Careers

Employment at ABRAMS

ABRAMS seeks talented individuals with a strong interest in book publishing. Individuals must be able to take initiative, be a team player and have excellent communications skills, both oral and written. Our professional positions range from editorial, graphic design, sales, marketing and publicity to finance and information technology.

To apply for a position at ABRAMS, please complete the employment application by clicking the following link, https://www.abramsbooks.com/apply

ABRAMS is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

HR Generalist or HR Business Partner

Marketing Director

Associate Production Manager

Associate Managing Editor

Junior Designer

Associate Editor, Adult (Food & Drink)

Marketing Associate

Senior Designer, ABRAMS Kids

Digital Publishi​ng Associate

Associate Managing Editor, Children’s

Designer, ABRAMS Kids

Trade Sales Representative

Junior Designer, Children’s Books

Internships:

Managing Editorial Intern


HR Generalist or HR Business Partner

SUMMARY: ABRAMS seeks a HR Generalist/HRBP to join our team in New York City! The successful candidate will be a proactive HR professional with exceptional interpersonal skills who take on day-to-day general HR functions, with a focus on Benefits administration and talent acquisition functions. This is an exciting opportunity to bring your HR acumen and impeccable communication skills to a fun and distinguished publishing house

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:

Benefits Administration

  • Manage the administration of the all benefits programs
  • Own day-to-day relationships with vendors (i.e., carriers, brokers, etc.)
  • Research, troubleshoot, and resolve all benefits inquiries
  • Reconcile and process all benefits invoices
  • Work directly with brokers and carriers to review and recommend plan and carrier changes
  • Manage the execution of annual open enrollment process, including all related events, communications, and system configuration
  • Conduct benefits orientation new hires
  • Ensure compliance and market competitiveness of benefits programs in partnership with HR leadership
  • Manage the implementation and roll-out of initiatives under our wellness program
  • Administer leaves of absences processes
  • 401(k) management
  • Partner with payroll on 401(k) and time off administration
  • Coordinate and perform transfer of data to vendors for services, premiums and plan administration.
  • Document and maintain administrative procedures for benefits processes
  • Administer health and welfare plans, including enrollments and terminations.
  • Assist with benefit plan audits.
  • Prepare, collect and organize data for assessments.

Talent Acquisition

  • Manage full life cycle talent acquisition efforts through offer phase.
  • Pro-actively recruit experienced candidates for various positions
  • Partner with hiring managers to understand strategic objectives and identify recruiting strategies to address them.
  • Build and update extensive candidate database
  • Develop creative methods of advertising positions to source top talent
  • Build, maintain, and develop strong relationships with both candidates and internal clients
  • Manage all paperwork associated with an offer
  • Manage all elements of the interview process from beginning to final stages.
  • Recruit and manage the internship program
  • Continuously work on ways to improve the recruiting process and candidate experience

HR Administration

  • Primary point of contact for employees on all HR related queries
  • Facilitating human resources processes
  • Manage new hire process
  • Assists with processing of terminations
  • Maintains human resources records by recording new hires, transfers, terminations, changes in job classifications, merit increases; tracking vacation, sick, and personal time.
  • Assists or prepares correspondence as requested.
  • Coordinate training sessions and seminars.
  • Conduct new-employee orientations to ensure employees gain an understanding of benefits plans and enrollment provisions.
  • Preparing and amending where necessary HR documents, i.e. employment contracts and recruitment guides
  • Perform other special projects or duties when required

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field and/or equivalent experience
  • 3 – 5 years HR experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities while remaining agile
  • Strong analytical and judgment skills.

Marketing Director

SUMMARY: ABRAMS is seeking a Marketing Director to manage and build the Adult Marketing team. This role oversees the staff responsible for trade/consumer outreach, digital/social media promotion, and marketing design, as well as the execution of title-specific marketing campaigns for high level, select titles. This position will work closely with the Sr VP of Marketing & Publicity to set vision and strategy in alignment with business goals. The ABRAMS Adult list publishes critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture as well as narrative nonfiction and new works of fiction for adults.

Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and direction to a 5-person marketing team to help staff develop and execute integrated and strategic marketing campaigns
  • Conceive, develop and execute marketing campaigns for select titles per season
  • Partner closely with the Executive Director of Publicity to ensure campaigns include cohesive marketing and publicity support
  • Participate in author/agent meetings as ABRAMS marketing representative
  • Communicate detailed campaign updates to editors, publishers, sales teams, agents, and authors. Present campaigns formally in key meetings.
  • Participate in the planning, preparation, and presentation at sales conference meetings
  • Oversee the marketing budget including working with staff to manage costs and regular re-forecasting of budgets at the title and imprint level
  • Work closely with the ABRAMS sales team to provide support in the form of materials, ideas, communication about developments with our books, etc…
  • Attend and participate in key conferences and shows such as Winter Institute and Comic-Cons

Requirements

  • A minimum of 6-8 years of hands-on book marketing experience- with increasing levels of responsibility for title marketing and people management
  • Experience in developing successful marketing campaigns across categories with expertise in text for both fiction and non-fiction titles
  • Excellent leadership skills, project management, communication, budget management, organizational, prioritization and presentation skills a must
  • Desire to work and interact cross-functionally within the company and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Superior problem-solving skills and a positive, can-do attitude to work well with different types of personalities
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, high level of professionalism, attention to detail, and organization
  • Extensive knowledge of book marketing including current trends
  • Extensive knowledge of social media and metadata best practices and how they apply to books as a marketing and sales tool
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • MS Office Suite required, Adobe Creative Suite is a bonus
  • Passion for books and the book publishing business

Associate Production Manager

SUMMARY: The Associate Production Manager will handle all aspects of production for Abrams’ imprints.

Responsibilities:
Handle all elements of production from files to finished product with the goal of delivering projects on time and on budget.

Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Project planning
  • Trafficking of materials
  • Creating and maintaining purchase orders
  • Data entry in TMM
  • Estimating
  • Quality control – color correction of proofs
  • Managing compliance paperwork – safety testing, vendor approvals, NDA’s, licensor agreements, etc – as needed
  • Help in assisting with ongoing improvements to communication, workflow and overall process
  • Support manager as needed

Key Skills/Experience:

  • 1-3 years working in book publishing
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Flexible mind set/able to multitask
  • Must be energetic, organized, and a proactive problem solver
  • Computer literate – Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Systems plus

Associate Editor, Adult (Food & Drink)

SUMMARY: The Associate Editor’s responsibilities will include working with the author (or writer) to ensure that manuscripts meet the accepted editorial standards in terms of content, scope, development of the subject, organization, and accuracy.

The position will require formal presentations at key meetings, such as at Pub Board and Season Launch. The Associate Editor will interface with the Sales and Marketing departments and provide information as needed; developing and managing relationships with key authors and literary agents.

Responsibilities:

  • analyzing market trends
  • pursuing new authors and book projects
  • evaluating book proposals submitted by literary agents
  • presenting and costing new projects
  • negotiating deal points for new projects
  • editing manuscripts
  • serving as internal champion for projects acquired by the Adult Editorial team

Marketing Associate

SUMMARY: The Marketing Associate will develop and execute creative and interactive marketing campaigns working closely with authors and the editorial, publicity, and sales staff. You will be a part of a fast-paced, hardworking, creative, and fun-loving team and play an integral role in shaping the marketing initiatives to promote our distinguished books and authors.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute creative title-specific and category marketing campaigns using traditional and new methods
  • Work with authors and brand partners to capitalize on promotional opportunities
  • Oversee creation of promotional materials and advertising, working directly with sales team, internal designer, and outside vendors
  • Assist with ABRAMS’ presence at select trade and consumer shows and author events
  • Conduct and analyze market research and write metadata-driven marketing copy
  • Maintain title budgets

Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-4 years of marketing experience, specifically in book publishing
  • Experience in developing creative, impactful campaigns.
  • Knowledge of social media, email and marketing analytics; metadata and consumer facing copy
  • Highly motivated and innovative multitasker with the ability to thrive in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
  • Strong initiative and judgment. We are looking for someone with the ability to pay attention to detail while taking charge of complex projects and campaigns from start to finish
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is essential; TMM, Edelweiss, Photoshop, and InDesign are a plus

Junior Designer

SUMMARY: The Junior Designer will work with both the Art Director on design implementation and the Design Manager to ensure smooth departmental workflow. This is a growth position with the potential to create original book and cover designs. The Junior Designer will support the Adult Design Dept. with a focus on Abrams Noterie and Image imprints.

Responsibilities

  • Design books and gift/stationery products based on templates provided by art directors
  • Originate cover and interior book designs
  • Input text and image corrections on existing designs
  • Preflight fles for print
  • Packaging fles for release
  • Convert sample pages/images/spreads for iblad, ppt, catalog, trade shows, etc.
  • Create and print thumbnails, contact sheets and routing passes.
  • Assist in trafcking projects to and from editorial and production
  • vAssist art director with preparation for cover meetings
  • Assist with various administrative duties

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in print design
  • BFA preferred
  • Well versed in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Illustration and/or handlettering skills a plus
  • Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • A proactive person with strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Portfolio required

Associate Managing Editor

SUMMARY: The Associate Managing Editor will work as part of the managing editorial team to produce an annual list of high-quality illustrated books, including art books, cookbooks, design, photography, craft, and narrative non-fiction books.

Responsibilities

    • Work closely with editorial, design, and manufacturing production departments to guide books through the preproduction process
    • Copyediting and proofreading
    • Hire, manage, and evaluate freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers
    • Create and track schedules
    • Use title management system to track book data (specifications, etc.) and schedules
    • Contribute to production meetings
    • Track book-related materials for sales and marketing uses

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 to 4 years’ experience as a managing editor or production editor in the book industry
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills (on hard copy and electronically, using Track Changes in MS Word ad Adobe Acrobat); solid knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style
  • Experience hiring and managing freelance copy editors and proofreaders
  • Proven ability to create and manage schedules
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments
  • Experience working on illustrated books a plus
  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Title Management software a plus

Senior Designer, ABRAMS Kids

SUMMARY: Design and manage Abrams Children’s branded fiction, franchise, and middle-grade books across all imprints, age-ranges and formats. This position will also support the associate art director of Amulet books in the direction and design of middle-grade branded series and paperback books

Responsibilities

  • Design and manage branded fiction, and licensed books across all imprints, age-ranges and formats
  • Concept and develop approximately 15-20 new titles per year.
  • Support associate art director with design and direction Amulet titles
  • Create mood-boards for new projects providing a wide range of illustration talent to fulfill the needs of each project
  • Have a strong list of illustrator contacts
  • Scout, hire and art direct freelance designers.
  • Work closely with editors to define the look and feel of each cover and series

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of design experience in book publishing, with knowledge of working with licensors and branded franchises
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience and knowledge of series branding
  • Familiarity and interest in popular licensed properties
  • Understanding of the commercial market and design trends of licensed books, branded series and commercial book covers
  • Ability to manage multiple freelance designers and work with outside packagers
  • Proficiency with current Adobe Design Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Motivated to learn, grow, research, solve problems, and work closely with team members
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with editors and other departments
  • Desire to work closely within a team of other designers, editors, and production managers

Digital Publishi​ng Associate

SUMMARY: The Digital Publishing Associate will manage the development of digital products, collaborate with all departments to facilitate digital product workflow and promotion, and provide administrative support to the department.

Responsibilities

  • Edit annual list of frontlist and select backlist ebook titles and traffic files from production through QA
  • Coordinate ebook, including Netgalley files, and audiobook distribution to sales outlets
  • Update ebooks to align with paperback conversions, including reprint corrections, covers, and pricing
  • Create ebook solutions for titles with unconventional design
  • Gather and validate metadata throughout digital product title development
  • Assist in vendor management to ensure timely and accurate product delivery
  • Communicate digital product merchandising and promotion opportunities with marketing, publicity, and social media teams
  • Assist in digital product sales tracking and analysis
  • As needed, assist in proofing and QA of audiobooksv
  • Act as contact for queries about digital products from internal staff and vendors

Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of e-reading devices and digital product software
  • Excellent proofreading, copyediting, communication, organization, and project management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, Adobe, reflowable and fixed-layout ePub, FTP programs, and PubTracker software
  • Familiarity with Firebrand’s Title Management system and ProTools is a plus
  • Two to three years of experience in the book publishing industry
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic problem-solver, able to work under deadline with minimal supervision
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Associate Managing Editor, Children’s

SUMMARY: Work as part of the managing editorial team to produce an annual list of high-quality illustrated picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with editorial, design, and manufacturing production departments to guide books through the preproduction process
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Hire, manage, and evaluate freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers
  • Create and track schedules
  • Use title management system to track book data (specifications, etc.) and schedules
  • Contribute to production meetings
  • Track book-related materials for sales and marketing uses

Qualifications

  • 3 to 4 years’ experience as a managing editor or production editor in the book industry
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills (on hard copy and electronically, using Track Changes in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat; solid knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style
  • Experience hiring and managing freelance copy editors and proofreaders
  • Proven ability to create and manage schedules
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically across departments
  • Experience working on illustrated books a plus
  • Familiarity with Firebrand/Quality Solutions Title Management software a plus

Designer, ABRAMS Kids

SUMMARY: Design and assist in the art direction of picture books and non-fiction books under the Abrams Books for Young Readers (BYR) imprint.

Responsibilities

  • Provide design assistance and support to Art Director on design projects.
  • Design picture book jackets, layout interiors and assist in art direction of the illustrators.
  • Make corrections to routing picture book mechs and release to production.
  • Meet with production managers to review and color correct proofs.
  • Manage freelance designers for our non-fiction titles.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in children’s book design/publishing
  • Knowledge of picture book illustrators and relationships with artist agencies
  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac platform
  • A solid working knowledge and interest in children’s books and illustration
  • Book cover design or picture book experience strongly preferred
  • Hand-lettering skills a huge plus
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team setting: work closely with fellow designers, editors and production managers.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Creativity, originality, willingness to experiment, learn, grow and share knowledge with the design team

Trade Sales Representative

SUMMARY: The Trade Sales Representative will be responsible for the sale of all Abrams imprints to Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Bookazine, Follett, Scholastic, several educational wholesalers.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Scholastic, Follet, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor, and several educational wholesalers and local accts to execute sales, promotion, and co-op strategies.
  • Liaise between various departments at ABRAMS to coordinate execution of sales and promotions.
  • Present new and appropriate backlist titles to current accounts on a semi-annual basis –travel is required.
  • Create promotions and exclusives to support both frontlist and backlist sales.
  • Build and maintain relationships with buyers.
  • Regularly pursue new opportunities with buyers.
  • Process orders, provide title information and manage inventory for accounts.
  • Analyze sales per account on a monthly basis.
  • Forecast sales based on trends and sales history.
  • Attend launch and sales meetings and participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Attend EBMA annually.
  • Travel to major accounts twice a year, visit local accounts twice a year with relationship building visits throughout the year.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree; minimum 4-5 years of book publishing and educational sales experience.
  • Strong ability to deliver effective presentations internally and externally.
  • Creative, outgoing, team player with an enthusiastic and highly motivated drive to increase sales grow business
  • Efficient & Detail oriented.
  • Strong follow-up and follow-through skills, efficient & organized email management.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, in particular Excel.
  • Must be a confident/experienced traveler.
  • The candidate must have the ability to think independently, work under pressure with tight deadlines, and as part of a team.

Junior Designer, Children’s Books

SUMMARY: Design and assist in the art direction of graphic novels under the Amulet Books (middle-grade to young adult) and Abrams ComicArts (adult) imprints.

Responsibilities

  • Provide design assistance and support to Art Director on design projects.
  • Design graphic novel covers and assist in art direction of the illustrators.
  • Assist and guide illustrators to provide final artwork within the requirements of each book.
  • Layout interiors pages into design mechanicals.
  • Make corrections to routing mechs and release to production.
  • Review and color correct proofs.
  • Troubleshoot file/art/prepress issues.

Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience in children’s book design/publishing and or comic-related field.
  • A solid working knowledge and interest in the graphic novel and comic book industry.
  • Relationships with creators a plus.
  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac platform.
  • Interest and knowledge of children’s books and illustration.
  • Book cover design and/or graphic novel experience strongly preferred.
  • Comic-style lettering skills a huge plus.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team-setting: work closely with fellow designers, editors and production managers.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills.
  • Creativity, originality, willingness to experiment, learn, grow and share knowledge with the design team.

Managing Editorial Intern (14-21 hours/week)

Responsibilities

  • data entry in our Title Management software
  • checking corrections
  • coding manuscripts
  • requesting and reviewing cover copy
  • creating copyright pages
  • assisting with Managing Editorial reference packets
  • overall assistance to the department

Preferred Skills: A demonstrated interest in book publishing and the managing editorial process. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.