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Requisition Number 19-0285
Post Date 6/5/2019
Title Group Creative Director
Organization Name Henry Holt & Company
City New York
State NY
Description

Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world, publishing a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. Macmillan Publishers is committed to our authors, our employees, and to the environment.

U.S. publishers include Celadon Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt & Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur.

Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences --race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective — in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will be an employee of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC
Requirements

Position Description:

Oversee the overall creative vision and supervision of the department’s creative product at Holt. The Group Creative Director will oversee design and creative for all Holt books, and create and execute design on all titles. This candidate is responsible for bringing Holt’s brand to life across all its individual parts, ensuring that the brand is identifiable and the overall aesthetic and consumer experience is cohesive across imprints.

Major Responsibilities:

• Working with designers, editors and Publisher to analyze, develop, design and create jacket concepts for overall approval by author/illustrator and in-house committee.
• Oversee staff who creates interior layouts and designs for all books for the imprint.
• Execute concepts and lay out images and type for jackets and cases.
• Create front and back matter for novels.
• Responsible for all illustrators, freelance designers, photo agencies, hand letterers, etc. to ensure not only that the work is completed but also completed on schedule.
• Prepare book files for print.
• Responsible for strategically developing and executing Holt’s brand and marketing strategy planning by contributing analysis and engaging, effective and market-relevant ideas.
• Participate in acquisition and marketing discussions.
• Work along with the Publisher to establish workflow protocols.
• Route mechanicals; prepare files; file appropriate materials with production and various servers; invoices and contracts for freelancers; administration of photo permissions and font licenses.
• Attend, contribute and add value to department meetings by pitching ideas and showing example covers to the team for feedback etc.

Required Skills / Knowledge/Experience Needed:

• 10+ years of design experience; Advanced skills in print graphics software (Adobe Creative Suite); experience in preparing files for print publication.


Educational Background Required:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Graphic Design or other related field or equivalent work experience.

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