Houghton Mifflin Associate Designer in Boston, Massachusetts

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Date:May 15, 2017

Location:Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 5221

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Franchise group is seeking an Associate Designer to join the design team. The ideal candidate is extremely organized and has excellent communication skills. The Associate Designer will be responsible for the design of 20-30 titles per year in a variety of formats including early readers, board books, and media tie-in books. The Associate Designer will manage these titles through the various stages of production, from the early stages of creation to final product, with guidance from the Art Director.

The Associate Designer will also be responsible for

  • Providing design support to the Art Director and franchise design team as needed

  • Managing the Franchise design team contracts

  • Preparing jacket, cover, and interior files for the printer

  • Keeping titles on schedule and updating the status of each title in the Design status report

  • Researching and staying on top of design trends in the children’s book industry

  • Participating in design and interdepartmental meetings

  • Occasional photo and illustration research

  • Working collaboratively with editorial and production groups


  • BFA or BA in Graphic Design or Illustration

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe CS: Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Adobe Bridge

  • Minimum 2 years of design experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members

Experience in publishing is a plus.


For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to create educational and entertaining content for multiple channels and in various formats, from hardcovers and paperbacks to e-books and mobile apps. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World® dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. For more information, visithttp://www.hmhco.com/popular-reading.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visithttp://careers.hmhco.com


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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