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Senior Art Director-Children's

Callisto Media

Callisto Media

Naperville, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Sourcebooks Kids publishes notable fiction and non-fiction with the hope of engaging children in the pure fun of books and the wonder of learning new things. Our art and design team are industry leaders in creativity, innovation, and vision. We are a highly collaborative group of creatives who value using data to drive results and inform our decisions.

We are looking for a Senior Art Director to join our team. You must have 10+ years of demonstrated experience art directing and designing for trade picture books and graphic novels with strong communication skills in author, illustrator, and team management to be considered for this role. This position will focus primarily on supporting and expanding our growing Children's fiction list while overseeing the vision, art direction, design, and production of board books, picture books, middle-grade novels, and graphic novels.
This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who believes in our mission that Books. Change. Lives. and a desire to grow into creative leadership!

This position can be Remote or Hybrid in Naperville and fully remote in the following states ONLY: AZ, CT, MD, MN, NJ, NY, NV, NC, OR, PA, TN, TX, WA, AND WI

In addition to the above, the Senior Art Director candidates will:
Have Vision. We raise our own expectations and our partners to higher levels with each new title we launch. You should be able to iterate and expand on ideas without limits and then turn those ideas into real books.
Be Agile. We have a very creative, dynamic environment. While many of our books have months to be developed, we often need to turn around new ideas in just days. Or hours. You have to be willing to consistently push creative boundaries, while accepting and respecting the realities of the marketplace. Be able to solve problems, be flexible, and communicate complex ideas on the fly.
Thrive with Process. You will work within efficient design processes focused on creating the highest quality covers and internals in a deadline driven environment. Be respectfully persistent in the pursuit of creative excellence and timely delivery of work.
Communicate and Collaborate effectively and often within your team, department, across Sourcebooks, and with our authors and illustrators. Have a remarkable ability to not only present and champion your ideas and our thinking, but provide keen insights and valuable perspectives across Editorial, Marketing, Sales, and Production teams.

Embody Growth Mindset and the Entrepreneurial Spirit. Commit to an idea with passion and enthusiasm and know when to change gears and let the idea go. Be self-motivated, with strong communication skills and a desire to work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.

Other Requirements:
  • 10+ years of progressive experience art directing and designing children’s books with a trade book publisher
  • Have an expert understanding of the needs of children’s books--particularly in the areas of picture books and graphic novels
  • Lead book cover and highly illustrated and designed internal development
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in the publishing industry
  • Experience managing illustrators and designers
  • Strong visual and written communication skills
  • Expert skills in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficient in a Mac-based environment
  • Love of typography
  • An advanced understanding of offset printing and the print industry
  • Unquestioned integrity and values that the organization can trust without reservation
  • Be able to work independently and as part of the design team while contributing to department goals
  • Champion the quality and originality Sourcebooks is known for
Ideal Candidate will also:
  • Maintain detailed knowledge and insight into the categories they are assigned to and specifically how it relates to and affects content development, cover and internal design, and book publishing
  • Have a clear design aesthetic that complements Sourcebooks’ aesthetic
  • Exhibit a passion for children’s books and the mission of the company
Sourcebooks is a fast-growing entrepreneurial company seeking impact players and difference makers. We create books that transcend categories and defy odds; with hundreds of national bestsellers and awards to show for it. We are a company of enthusiastic, book-loving employees who are dedicated to connecting books to readers in new and innovative ways. Every day, we are transforming the publishing industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. Story by story, book by book, we have touched over 100 million lives. Join us as we strive to change 100 million more.

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, & generous paid time off.

We value 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.



Sourcebooks is a thriving entrepreneurial company that brings extraordinary authors to readers in the most dynamic, data-driven ways. We create books that transcend categories and defy odds, and we have been honored with hundreds of national bestsellers and awards. We are a company of enthusiastic booklovers passionate about connecting books to readers in new and innovative ways. Story by story, book by book, we have changed more than 100 million lives. Join us as we change 100 million more.