Careers at Phaidon

The Phaidon family of companies — Phaidon, The Monacelli Press, and Artspace — are devoted to celebrating and showcasing the creative arts through our growing publishing programs and e-commerce marketplace platforms. In each of our companies, we offer career opportunities to curious, creative, and independent individuals who share our passion for art, design, architecture, and popular culture.

Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. We work with the world's most influential artists, chefs, writers, and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food, and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in New York and London, with offices in Paris and Berlin. Phaidon books are sold in a wide variety of sales channels, bookstores, and specialty shops, retail and online around the world.

The Monacelli Press, a leading publisher of illustrated books for twenty-five years, challenges the conventions of publishing to produce some of the most provocative, inspiring, and essential titles on architecture, visual art, interior design, landscape architecture, and photography. A separate imprint, Monacelli Studio, was founded in 2015 and focuses on the applied arts, adding art instruction, photography technique, and crafts to the publisher's growing list of books. In 2020, Monacelli joined the Phaidon family of companies.

Artspace.com is the leading online marketplace for contemporary art. We offer our customers the opportunity to discover and collect art from leading artists, galleries, and cultural institutions across the globe. Our team is full of innovative individuals with a mission to create best-in-class experiences and bring art into the lives of all.

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Editorial Assistant (New York)

Key Accountabilities:

  • Communicate with authors, photographers, artists, and agents.
  • Liaise with other departments and colleagues in the New York and London offices and elsewhere (design, production, sales, marketing, publicity, contracts, and accounting) to relay messages, follow-up on requests for information, and in general, anticipate when to proactively act on messages.
  • Create fact sheets, catalogue copy, budget drafts, and cover copy.
  • Organize and label artwork and digital files.
  • Light proofreading, collating galleys, keyboarding text corrections.
  • Read and evaluate manuscripts or drafts and write reader’s reports. Create and send standard letters/acknowledgements – e.g. proposal rejections/freelance applications.
  • Organise Publisher’s calendar as necessary. Make travel arrangements, set up meetings, and book meeting rooms.
  • Answer phones, e-mail, photocopy, mail material, file correspondence, log invoices, process expenses, and handle general editorial tasks as needed.

Requirements and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Prior internship or 1–2 years publishing and/or office experience.
  • Self-directed and independent with the ability to follow through consistently on assignments.
  • Good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
  • Detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy, with minimal mistakes.
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, communication, and writing skills. Copyediting/ proofreading experience preferred.
  • Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to create and maintain simple databases. Knowledge of InDesign would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated interest in art, photography, fashion, and culture.

This role, which reports to the Publisher, is an excellent opportunity to join Phaidon’s editorial team in an entry-level position with potential for growth.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the US and we would particularly welcome candidates from currently under-represented groups in book publishing. To apply, please email a full CV and covering letter to careers@phaidon.com

Closing date: 19 November 2021

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Children’s Book Project Editor (New York)

An exciting job opportunity has arisen in our New York office for a highly creative, experienced Children’s Book Project Editor. Working closely with the Associate Publisher, you will manage a range of illustrated nonfiction titles, from board book to middle grade. You will be involved in all aspects of book creation, from pre-acquisitions through to publication. This will include concepting exciting new titles, assessing texts, editing contracted projects (structural edits through to final proofreading), and managing budgets and schedules. This is currently not an acquiring role but has the potential to grow into one.

Our ideal candidate has several years of editorial experience in children’s book publishing; demonstrable ability to develop age-appropriate content; a keen eye for language; and is extremely detail oriented. A true passion for children’s books and market knowledge is essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Editorially manage contracted projects from pre-acquisition through to publication, and additionally support marketing, publicity, and sales efforts
  • Collaborate with the Design team and external designers throughout the book process regarding specs, illustration needs, routes, and overall design
  • Create and monitor schedules, manage freelance copyediting of manuscripts and proofreading and indexing of page proofs. Check for quality assurance at all stages and ensure revisions have been made correctly
  • Create project proposals, quote request forms, profit & loss statements, catalogue copy, online copy, contract requests, and payment requests; manage gratis lists; update company database records (Books); and complete other administrative tasks relating to the children’s titles
  • Evaluate potential projects with regard to Phaidon’s editorial identity and market

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 3 years experience in children’s publishing, and a specific knowledge of and passion for children’s books (ages 0–14) and the children’s marketplace
  • Expert writing skills, oral communication skills, and negotiation skills
  • Detail orientation, respect for process, deadline sensitivity, and the ability to juggle and prioritize, willingness to collaborate
  • Candidate should be energetic, communicative, and resourceful

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the US and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from currently underrepresented groups in book publishing. To apply, please email a full CV and covering letter to careers@phaidon.com

Closing date: 30 November 2021

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Children’s Book Project Editor/Senior Project Editor (London)

An exciting job opportunity has arisen in our London office for a highly creative, experienced Children’s Book Project Editor/Senior Project Editor. Working closely with the Associate Publisher, you will manage a range of illustrated nonfiction titles for children ages 0–14 in various formats (from board books to large-format gift books). You will be involved in all aspects of book creation, from pre-acquisitions through to publication. This will include concepting exciting new titles, assessing texts, editing contracted projects (structural edits through t o final proofreading), and managing budgets and schedules. This is currently not an acquiring role but has the potential to grow into one.

Our ideal candidate has several years of editorial experience in children’s book publishing; demonstrable ability to develop age-appropriate content; a keen eye for language; and is extremely detail oriented. A true passion for children’s books and market knowledge is essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Editorially manage contracted projects from pre-acquisition through to publication, and additionally support marketing, publicity, and sales efforts
  • Collaborate with the Design team and external designers throughout the book process regarding specs, illustration needs, routes, and overall design
  • Create and monitor schedules, manage freelance copyediting of manuscripts and proofreading and indexing of page proofs. Check for quality assurance at all stages and ensure revisions have been made correctly
  • Create project proposals, quote request forms, profit & loss statements, catalogue copy, online copy, contract requests, and payment requests; manage gratis lists; update company database records (Books); and complete other administrative tasks relating to the children’s titles
  • Evaluate potential projects with regard to Phaidon’s editorial identity and market

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 3 years experience in children’s publishing, and a specific knowledge of and passion for children’s books (ages 0–14) and the children’s marketplace
  • Expert writing skills, oral communication skills, and negotiation skills
  • Detail orientation, respect for process, deadline sensitivity, and the ability to juggle and prioritize, willingness to collaborate
  • Candidate should be energetic, communicative, and resourceful

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from currently underrepresented groups in book publishing. To apply, please email a full CV and covering letter to careers@phaidon.com

Closing date: 10 November 2021

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Junior Press Officer (London)

Reporting to the Head of Press UK & Export, we are seeking an exceptional Junior Press Officer. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with previous publicity experience to contribute ideas and passion to a small and friendly team based in Stratford (E15), London.

Responsibilities will include assisting in planning and implementing impactful, creative and intelligent publicity campaigns, incorporating both traditional and online media, preparing mail-outs to media and assisting with departmental administration. The ideal candidate will also have a sound knowledge of, and be active on, social media and will implement online media campaigns.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implementing publicity campaigns independently as well as working with the Head of Press, UK & Export
  • Working closely with colleagues in the US and our European offices, sharing campaign ideas and strategies
  • Working with wider marketing and sales teams (such as reps, marketing, social media, and website) to ensure press campaigns are integrated with them and deliver the objectives set
  • Building relationships directly with authors
  • Attending regular journalist meetings and growing your network of contacts
  • Managing departmental and personal administration
  • Assisting organising and implementing high-profile author events

You will:

  • Be proactive – someone who seeks out new opportunities and comes up with fresh ideas
  • Be creative in your campaign ideas and planning
  • Be organised and have excellent attention to detail
  • Have exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Be a problem solver

Essential Criteria:

  • 1 year PR experience either in-house or agency
  • An interest and passion for the subjects that Phaidon publish and a specialist interest in any one or more of these subjects
  • A strong understanding and proven interest in digital and social media

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. Please apply by email to careers@phaidon.com with the following:

  • A CV
  • A supporting statement explaining how your experience relates to this role (maximum 500 words)
  • A description of a press campaign that you have worked on, including top three campaign objectives and outcomes (maximum 500 words)

Closing date: 31 December 2021

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Project Editors (London or New York)

Two vacancies have arisen for editors to project manage our titles. Working closely with the Publisher and Commissioning Editors, the editors will be involved in all aspects of book creation, from the early stages of commissioning through to hand-over to production. This will include commissioning and assessing texts, editing, picture management, managing budgets and schedules, as well as supervising freelance staff. The editors will liaise extensively with photographers, authors, designers, and Phaidon’s production team.

Substantial and proven complex project-management experience is essential, along with a dedication to excellence and accuracy, and a talent for building strong relationships with others. The successful candidates will also have a demonstrable knowledge of and passion for the subjects covered by our list.

We are looking to work with talented people based on their abilities and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from currently under-represented groups in book publishing. Book publishing experience is certainly valued, but not essential.

When applying, please include details of any specialist skills or subject knowledge you may have. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview and asked to complete an editorial test, which can be done at home. We would like to hear from candidates interested in working at our London or New York offices.

To apply, please send a full CV, references, and covering letter to careers@phaidon.com.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the country for which they are applying.

Closing date: 5 November 2021

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