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Princeton University Press seeks a part-time Production Artist to join our Design team. As a Production Artist you will work under the direction of the Assistant Design Manager and be primarily focused on compiling and tracking freelance designer materials and preparing paperback mechanicals. This position is part-time and will be 25hours/week maximum, and a minimum of 3days/week of working in the office. Due to the time sensitive nature of our projects, the ideal schedule will be regularly spaced and every other day (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

Responsibilities include:

  • Learns how to compile and organize the materials needed for Freelancers to complete jacket and/or paperback mechanicals. This includes the understanding of how to read schedules in the database and ensure the freelancers meet those deadlines.
  • Carefully reviews Freelancer-generated proofs to ensure printer specifications and logo guidelines have been met.
  • Acquires ability to read editors proofreading marks on printed proofs and to communicate those changes clearly using the mark up tools in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Learns to convert jacket files from jacket format to paperback format and prepare them so that they are printer-ready.
  • Follows the jacket and/or paperback approval protocols. Keeps all people involved in the project up-to-date on status.
  • Develops business communication skills in order to navigate successfully within a professional environment, minimizing misunderstandings and maximizing workflow.
  • Tracks essential prep materials (ex. jacket design forms) and ensure they are available for key dates.
  • May assist with design of original book jackets and complete photo research for book jackets to assist other in-house designers.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.


  • A graphic design degree from a 4-year college or university is preferred but applied relevant experience is of the highest importance for this position.
  • Fundamental design skills, and an interest in book design.
  • Ability to learn on the job and adapt quickly to changes in schedules.
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat on a Mac platform is required.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud on a Mac platform is preferred.
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to multitask and efficiently track multiple projects in multiple stages of progress at one time.
  • Ability to work well both independently and with others and to synthesize feedback.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • An interest in publishing and the dissemination of knowledge.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements and resumé to:

Only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit


Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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File created August 2, 2017

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