Senior Designer

New York City, New York (US)
Competitive annual salary + benefits
Aug 02, 2018
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Our Harper Art Dept team is currently seeking a Senior Designer to join the fast-paced, creative team. In this role, the Senior Designer will design covers for a wide range of high-profile titles under the Harper Hardcover and Paperback imprints.



  • Organize, design and handle titles and mechanicals with guidance from Senior Art Director.
  • Assists with preparation for meetings; prints materials, such as comps, sample layouts; mounts covers and/or creates dummy books. 
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the team.
  • Effectively communicate with artists/photographers directly as needed. 
  • Keep projects on a timely schedule and keep supervisor in the loop on projects and manage freelancers as needed.
  • Take initiative in the course of each project to problem-solve, trouble-shoot, demonstrate consistent follow-through and meet deadlines.
  • Color correct and attend press oks when possible.
  • Archive all projects in DAM, keep supervisor informed of project status and keep production status on server updated.

As needed you will:

  • Provide design support to supervisor.
  • Return art and dead matter.
  • Provide general assistance on special projects.



  • Minimum 3-5 years of design experience required
  • Book cover design experience strongly preferred
  • Solid understanding of production process, color correction of proofs, timely routing of materials
  • Pre-press experience preferred
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to set priorities under pressure
  • Strong Mac skills and design skills using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • A strong interest in books
  • College degree or equivalent work experience
  • Course work in graphic design, typography and illustration preferred


HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books.  When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job.  That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.




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