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Associate Design Director, Entertainment Publishing

Associate Design Director, Entertainment Publishing


Chronicle Books seeks an Associate Design Director to join its Entertainment publishing group which is responsible for such titles as the Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones series, Pop Trash, and I Could Pee On This. Chronicle Books’ design department creates the company’s unique visual aesthetic by producing some of the most innovative, well-designed titles in the market. Our designers manage multiple projects simultaneously and guide all elements of their projects – covers, interiors, and packaging -- from conception through manufacture. The Associate Design Director will manage other Designers, guiding the quality and appropriateness of their work and cultivating their career development, and they will also assume a leadership role within the Design Department and the Entertainment publishing group and will be charged with establishing creative goals around specific categories, while driving toward the financial goals set for our publishing.



The position involves a range of responsibilities, of which the primary duties as an Associate Design Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Art direct, project manage, and design a range of book, non-book, and book-plus titles for Entertainment categories (i.e. pop culture, tv, music, movies, humor, sports, trivia, etc.); projects with licensing partners (i.e. HBO, Disney, Lucas Films, Showtime, STARZ, Sanrio); and retail proprietary projects (i.e. Target, Barnes & Nobles).
  • Scout and hire outside designers, illustrators, and photographers.
  • Collaborate with editorial, production, and marketing team members in-house to realize a collective vision.
  • Project Manage and prepare sales materials for Spring and Fall Book Clubs, book fairs (Frankfurt, Bologna, London, etc.), and catalog
  • Build and share information and expertise with fellow designers and other project
    team members.
  • Manage 1-2 other Designers as they drive the same responsibilities outlined above.


The position also requires the Associate Design Director to participate in the Entertainment publishing group, for which tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Build, share, and voice expertise, not only as a designer but also as an authority on the publishing category’s consumer, marketplace, trends, and competition.
  • Help develop and implement a vision and strategy for the publishing group,
    with the goal of publishing distinctive and profitable titles.
  • Originate and develop new ideas and new formats for publication.



  • Art/design school graduate or university design/art major.
  • At least 10 years of work experience in graphic design, including initial concept generation, comps, presentations, and preparation of pre-press files.
  • Portfolio pieces that demonstrate an appropriate sensibility for and interest in book design and/or print design are essential.
  • Experience with brand licensors is desirable.
  • Experience managing others, or proven capacity to do so, is necessary.
  • Focus on print-based design is required. Emphasis on publication design and product design is preferred. 
  • Experience in a Macintosh environment and a command of Adobe InDesign, as well as a strong working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Ability to prepare files for press according to print specifications is required. A knowledge of offset printing techniques, in particular color balance and how to achieve it, is important.


Successful candidates must possess strong organizational, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills as well as a strong focus on attention to detail. This entails teamwork, collaboration, an ability to mediate and negotiate with fellow work-mates and outside design resources, and an ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments simultaneously. Sound critical judgment skills toward the design of Chronicle’s publishing is also essential.


To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and link to your online portfolio (or a PDF version) to Please include “Associate Design Director” in the subject line of your email.


About Us:


Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and continues to be one of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the United States. Over the years, we have developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books and gift products. Our independent company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format across a list that is as diverse as it is distinctive. We value collaboration and creativity, we have a passion for design and quality, and we insist on surprising and delighting our readers. To succeed in our work, we seek and hire people who are committed to the open exchange of ideas and who help us cultivate an atmosphere of mutual accountability and trust.


Our mission says it best: 


Inspired by the enduring magic of books, we cultivate and distribute exceptional publishing that is instantly recognizable for its spirit and creativity. Our collaborations spark the passions of adults and children worldwide, encouraging them to explore, connect, and see things differently.