Senior Book Designer/Art Director

Weldon Owen Publishing International - San Francisco, CA


Weldon Owen International, an award-winning independent, illustrated book publisher located In San Francisco, is looking for a Senior Designer/Art Director to join the team. Founded in 1984, Weldon Owen is a high-quality, nonfiction, adult and children's book publisher specializing in producing innovative, richly illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of food and drink, sports and fitness, popular science, craft and design, education and popular culture for the global market.

We are looking for someone with at least 5+ years experience as a Senior Designer in a publishing house, with experience running a team and being responsible for the creative execution of the publishing plan for at least one division of a company. The ideal candidate is a motivated and creative individual with book design experience that possesses strong skills in design, layout, photography, typography, illustration and people management. This position encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, which include conceptualizing, and managing the creation of high-quality books and the product photo shoots that highlight the end result. Experience with food and drink is a plus!

This role encompasses three main skill sets:

  • Senior Designer – 5+ years conceptualizing and designing high-quality books.
  • Art Director – The visionary behind photo shoots, specifically for our Food & Drink Division. This includes food styling, prop styling and managing the overall vision for a highly creative photo shoot with backdrops and creative resources. Ex Cookbook development from start to finish.
  • People/Team management – Managing both the junior designers in your division and overseeing large creative teams across divisions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, with the help of other members of the team, the book/project from concept to finish
  • Conceptualizing and executing book covers and packaging
  • Designing book interiors from manuscript to bound book
  • Collaborate with editors, production, and marketing throughout the process
  • Manage junior designers in the division
  • Hiring and managing freelance designers, photographers, illustrators, and letterers
  • Maintaining strong working knowledge of the market
  • Creating mockups and sales materials and book fairs
  • Working with production to ensure accurate product development to final book/product

Minimal requirements:

  • 5+ years experience as a designer in a publishing house
  • A passion for books with experience in book publishing
  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Experience with FileMaker a plus
  • Knowledge of food and drink, sports and fitness, popular science, craft and design, education and pop-culture
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent organizational skills

This is a full-time position located in San Francisco. Weldon Owen International offers a 401k savings program, employer-paid health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, paid sick leave, and paid vacation time.

Please send a cover letter and your resume to be considered for this position.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Design: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Adobe Creative Suite: 1 year (Preferred)


  • San Francisco, CA (Preferred)