Illustration ©2000 Peter Reynolds, from JUDY MOODY, by Megan McDonald
Production Assistant
Candlewick Press seeks a motivated professional to join our talented team as Production Assistant. This role will assist and support the production and manufacturing team as well as oversee the production of Candlewick frontlist versions of Walker-originated titles, and other title formats as assigned. The Assistant will also handle circing, manufacturing, and the distribution of bound galleys, lithos, blads and chapbooks.

Responsibilities include:
- Liaise with London office, traffic and oversee production of Candlewick frontlist versions of Walker-originated titles as assigned.
- Receive, approve and distribute advances for assigned titles.
- Monitor front list schedules for availability of interior files for bound galleys; request cover copy from editors and request first pages from design and/or editorial for bound galleys; circ materials for both covers and interiors for approvals; send to printer and issue purchase orders, approve proofs, receive and review shipment for approval of bound galleys, and distribute.
- Monitor front list schedules for availability of files for litho production of Candlewick-originated picture books as required. - Handle quotes, cost estimates, purchase orders, and delivery.
- Notify and work with design and editorial when a chapbook or blad needs to be created. Handle schedules and quotes and work with Executive Director to select vendor; prepare estimates and handle the advances.
- Maintain up-to-date schedule for sales materials and assist Promotional and Sales Materials Production Associate in coordination of all sales materials needs.
- Support Senior Production Managers and Production Managers by preparing OTR/FTP memos as needed, opening packages and distributing proofs, collating color bar proofs, circulating printer proofs for frontlist titles, and distributing advances.
- Enter invoice instructions for the production team, including reprints.
- Distribute reprint author/illustrator advances copies.
- As time allows, assist production team by issuing quote requests as needed, and generating Excel spreadsheet P&Ls as needed.
- Handle and maintain filing and file storage for the department
- Assist Executive Director on a project basis as assigned.
- Perform other tasks as needed or assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:
- A minimum of 1 year in a book production and print buying environment is strongly preferred -- the ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of print purchasing including estimating, scheduling, prepress, paper, and binding.
- Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is required
- Must be proactive, detail-oriented, and possess excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Able to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and efficiently and deal with issues diplomatically and tactfully.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter (noting salary requirements when applying for a full-time position) via e-mail to, referencing "Production Assistant"
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