Junior Designer, Klutz, Scholastic Inc.

Scholastic - New York, NY3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $57,000 - $78,000 a year

Junior Designer, Klutz, Scholastic Inc.

Klutz creates activity books and other great stuff for kids ages 3 to 103. We began our corporate life in 1977 in a garage we shared with a Chevrolet Impala. For those of you who collect mission statements, here's ours: Create wonderful things. Be good. Have fun.

Klutz is a division of Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books.

As a designer, you’ll collaborate with the design team and the VP, Product Development to drive the creative vision at Klutz, creating packaging, covers, and interior layouts for our books and kits.

Everyone at Klutz is responsible for bringing in new ideas and developing them into high-quality, innovative, fun, and accessible products that encourage kids to learn by doing. Our designers work on projects from ideation to production, forming content along with the product managers.


  • Design alongside a team of graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, and packaging designers.
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the team on the development of the project from concept to finish, managing the freelance designers, illustrators, and crafters.
  • Ideate and design concepts for product development and presentation; include key components within the packaging.
  • Design packaging, book covers, and interiors for each product, ensuring the graphic treatment is aligned with the brand, appeals to the target audience and serves the content of the project.
  • Organize and manage multiple projects per season, delivering on time and within the established budget.
  • In collaboration with the product editor, select and hire (or approve the hire of) freelance illustrators and photographers. Manage these contributors or oversee their management to ensure they deliver Klutz-quality art on schedule, within budget, and in the format that best meets Klutz’s needs.
  • Work with the product editor to coordinate or oversee all aspects of photo shoots. This includes, but is not limited to, soliciting editorial input, conceiving photo set-ups, gathering props and wardrobe, selecting the best models and locations, and directing photographers to ensure that they deliver terrific, Klutz-quality images that serve the content, align with the Klutz brand, and meet editorial goals.
  • Work to manage prepress production within industry print standards for output.
  • Review separator and printer proofs to ensure that they are accurate and that they meet Klutz’s high quality standards. Ensure that corrections and changes are clearly communicated to the separator/printer or production liaison.
  • Other responsibilities to support the product development team as assigned.

  • 2+ years graphic design experience in publishing or related field
  • Packaging, book cover and interior design experience preferred
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Superstar Mac skills and design skills using InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a team
  • College degree or equivalent work experience
  • Course work in graphic design, typography, and illustration preferred
  • Passion for kids products, crafts, science, maker movement and DIY a big plus

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

Some benefits that we offer:
  • 100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment
  • Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount
Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.