Creative Director, Ten Speed Press

Posted: 11/19/2018 | Expires: 12/19/2018

Location: Emeryville, California
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Creative
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

Company: Penguin Random House LLC 
Requisition ID: 27166 

TEN SPEED PRESS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

TEN SPEED PRESS is one of only two dedicated lifestyle imprints of Penguin Random House. Based on the West Coast, we are known for creating beautiful illustrated books with striking design, innovative formats, and award-winning content. Our books are at once commercial and literary and speak to multiple audiences and age ranges. We are home to a community of authorities, tastemakers, and visionaries: bestselling and award-winning artists, designers, photographers, chefs, and writers. We publish into a diverse mix of nonfiction categories including art, pop culture, design, graphic novel, food and drink, gift, self-improvement, business, and lifestyle.

Summary
The Creative Director leads the design department at Ten Speed Press and directs all aspects of visuals for the company. The position reports to VP Publishing Director and will partner with Publisher and Publishing Director to determine the visual identities of Ten Speed Press, Lorena Jones Books, and Watson-Guptill.

Responsibilities
* Oversee the look and feel of the imprints and their products
* Direct all aspects of design, including books, digital products, corporate communications, and marketing collateral
* Supervise and inspire the ten-person creative team
* Lead creative sessions for project kick-offs
* Oversee the selection of creative teams
* Provide quality control over concepts and projects
* Manage budgets according to book P & Ls
* Source, hire, and direct freelancers when needed: write creative briefs, negotiate and process contracts, and review all incoming work
* Negotiate photographers’ and illustrators’ fees and contracts
* Design and art direct 3-4 lead titles per year
* Art direct other photography shoots as needed
* Direct promotion / marketing design for any product (catalog, brochures, invitations, presentations, etc.)
* Act as advisor on visual matters in acquisitions meeting
* Bring new trends in design and content to the company, and actively contribute to new project development
* Work with PD and editorial, marketing, publicity, and production departments on systems and workflow planning


Essential Skills
* A high collaborative work style, with the ability to interact positively and effectively with editorial, marketing and publicity, production, as well as authors, photographers, and other outside suppliers
* Exceptional visual judgment, with constantly refreshed creative ideas and active input regarding the development of the list as a whole
* Good communication: a clear, articulate spokesperson for design and Ten Speed Press
* The ability to manage and direct with confidence and finesse, showing an affinity for mentoring and developing design team members
* Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, strong attention to detail, and timely and efficient follow-up
* Open to new ideas
* Possess a strong grasp of design technology, including emerging digital publishing platforms
* Connected to the larger design community and mindful of industry best practice


Experience Required
At least 10 years’ experience in print publishing, art direction, and team management, preferably in illustrated book publishing.


Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.

Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.TEN SPEED PRESS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

TEN SPEED PRESS is one of only two dedicated lifestyle imprints of Penguin Random House. Based on the West Coast, we are known for creating beautiful illustrated books with striking design, innovative formats, and award-winning content. Our books are at once commercial and literary and speak to multiple audiences and age ranges. We are home to a community of authorities, tastemakers, and visionaries: bestselling and award-winning artists, designers, photographers, chefs, and writers. We publish into a diverse mix of nonfiction categories including art, pop culture, design, graphic novel, food and drink, gift, self-improvement, business, and lifestyle.

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