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Penguin Random House Canada Published: April 20, 2021
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Editor, Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers

As a team of dedicated book-loving professionals, we discover, shape, and share content that nurtures thoughts, dreams, and conversations around the globe, ensuring that new and established voices are heard.

We are actively seeking to add team members from communities with lived experiences of marginalization and underrepresentation. We respect and value each individual and their lived experiences and are committed to creating a more diverse team and establishing a culture of belonging. If you self-identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community or another marginalized group, we strongly encourage you to apply.

We are looking for an Editor to join the Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers group.

Are you self-motivated, highly creative, and dynamic? Are you a strong editor with a passion for children’s books? Do you have the vision to generate innovative ideas and seek out new voices and publishing opportunities? If this describes you, consider joining the Young Readers team on an exciting journey as we write new chapters of Penguin Random House Canada’s culture and employee experience story together.

Your contribution to the story:

At Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, we acquire, develop, and publish children’s books for all ages that engage, inspire, and connect with our readers. Reporting to the Publisher, you will work alongside other members of the Young Readers team to create content for our three imprints (Tundra, Puffin, and Penguin Teen) that deliver this experience to our audience.

What you’ll do:

  • Acquire and edit books across genres, with a strong focus on graphic novels, illustrated non-fiction, and picture books.
  • Seek out and identify new creative talent from a variety of different sources.
  • Negotiate offers with agents, authors, and illustrators.
  • Substantively edit manuscripts.
  • Work with the art director to select illustrators and develop art.
  • Write compelling catalogue and jacket copy.
  • Present and pitch titles to key stake holders across the Penguin Random House Canada team.
  • Work alongside the managing editor to ensure all tasks are completed on schedule.

 Experience and knowledge you’ll bring (qualifications):

  • Five years of education or experience in children’s book publishing or a related field.
  • Knowledge of the children’s book market and a passion for children’s books.
  • A heightened sense of cultural competency pertaining to at least one group that has experienced marginalization, demonstrated through enhanced knowledge, awareness, and experience with that community, their culture, and their history.
  • Elevated inclusion skills shown through a proven ability to work across a range of collaborators, including authors and illustrators from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent editorial skills pertaining to both text and art.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to manage multiple projects on tight deadlines.
  • An insatiable curiosity and appetite for self-directed learning, experimentation, and creativity.
  • A proactive and efficient approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat Pro, and experience using collaborative digital tools such as Slack, Asana, Google Docs, etc.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of books they have edited in PDF format to hrcanada@penguinrandomhouse.com by May 16th with the subject heading: Editor, Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers.

With most employees working from home at this time, we welcome remote applicants from across Canada. However, applicants located within commuting distance of our Toronto office will be given preference for this role in anticipation of our eventual return to the workplace.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please contact Human Resources at hrcanada@penguinrandomhouse.com or 416-364-4449 if you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies.