Designer-Young Adult

Job Requisition ID: 12005

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Designer, HMH Books for Young Readers

The Designer reports to the Creative Director of HMH Books for Young Readers.  He or she is responsible for following through on the creative vision and design of our Young Adult book covers and interiors, from cover conception to delivery of final approved files to production.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Executes a broad range of designs for commercial YA and middle grade fiction.

• Creates designs for young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction titles that are appropriate for both physical and digital versions of the book and which can translate into multiple formats. 

• Works closely with illustrators and photographers in the creation and delivery of cover and interior artwork.

• Work closely with the Creative Director to schedule and prepare materials for jacket meetings, as well as for Sales and Marketing meetings.

• Works closely with editorial, managing editorial, and production.

• Ensures proper management of digital assets, following procedures for online use and in HMH archive.



• Bachelor’s degree in art/design

• Minimum of  3 years’ experience designing young adult or middle grade books or additional relevant experience

• Expert knowledge of typography, illustration, and photography

• Expertise in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

• Ability to take and interpret direction and feedback

• Thorough understanding of print and digital design trends

• Solid print production experience, including creating print-ready files; additional digital production experience preferred


Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings



For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to create educational and entertaining content for multiple channels and in various formats, from hardcovers and paperbacks to e-books and mobile apps. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World® dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. For more information, visit

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.  For more information, visit  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Full time
New York, New York 10016, US