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W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Custom Book Production Assistant, College Textbook Division in New York, New York

Job Descriptions:

W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a Custom Book Production Assistant to assist with Custom Higher Education books and their ancillaries, as well as to perform general departmental support duties. The Custom Book Production Assistant will report to the Director of College Production, with supervision from the Custom Production Supervisor. This is a book production position, not writing, editorial, or film/video production—please do not apply if these are your areas of interest.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaborate with the Custom Editorial, Manuscript Editorial, and Design departments to usher Custom books through production and manufacturing

  • Work with composition houses to manage typesetting and page layout

  • Work with paper merchants to purchase text stock for Custom titles

  • Work with several book manufacturing companies and component vendors to ensure timely printing and shipping of titles

  • Maintain an accurate database of all projects in process

  • Perform general departmental support functions as needed

Please note- this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required

  • Must be able to work full business hours from Norton’s New York City Headquarters. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily providing employees the option to work remotely

  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes

  • Must be highly organized, disciplined, and self-motivated

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills

  • Must have excellent time management skills and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across activities and projects

  • The ideal candidate will be curious about books and making them, and will have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing publishing industry

  • Book production internship(s) a plus

Technical skills

  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel a must. Proficiency with Photoshop and page layout software (InDesign) a plus

About Norton:

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to "publish books not for a single season, but for the years." In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital resources that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at:

Keyword: Custom Production Assistant

From: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.