Cover Design Director

Location: Emeryville, CA Posted: Dec 7

Job Description

Do you want to join an incredibly passionate and talented team in a fast-growing company that is blazing trails in the world’s largest media industry?

Callisto Media is an innovative technology and intellectual property company revolutionizing the book publishing industry by using proprietary tools to identify and meet consumer demand. Founded in 2011, we consistently create titles year after year with recurring demand in popular Non-Fiction categories such as Cooking, Health, Wellness, Fitness, Mindfulness, Business, Crafts, and many other general reference topics. With offices in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and New York City, we are experiencing tremendous growth and are seeking a Cover Design Director who can help fuel our next wave of expansion.

Integral components of our longstanding success are impactful cover designs and appealing interiors that are strategically and analytically positioned to quickly engage consumers at point of sale. Our experienced teams of data scientists and publishing veterans work closely to create books readers want to buy. In recognition of our exceptional targeting, superior quality, and rapid growth, we have been ranked one of the top two fastest growing publishers by Publishers Weekly in each of the last three years. Please view a sample of our work at the following link:

The Cover Design Director at Callisto Media reports to the Senior Director, Design and is responsible for managing the seamless execution of our book covers. This leader ensures that our covers are carefully positioned based on our research, and effectively communicate salient benefits reflecting market needs and reader considerations. The Cover Design Director develops an efficient cover design workflow supported by the proper processes, tools, and resources to deliver 300 books in 2018, while partnering with the Design Director to ensure harmony with interior designs. The Cover Design Director also manages the in-house Cover Designers, and works to ensure maximum team productivity and engagement.

The ideal candidate has proven experience as a creative and strategic leader, including overseeing the design of hundreds of book covers at scale in a fast-paced Trade publishing environment, and employing expert strategic and analytical insight in applying Marketing and Sales data toward the execution of cover design assets. Expert skills in managing in-house staff, an extensive network of creative resources, as well as an established track record in collaborating successfully with in-house Editorial, Sales, and Marketing teams are also a must.

Strategic Leadership, Communication, and Execution
• Lead cover design development and implementation across 300 titles annually
• Interpret and apply market data strategically across all covers
• Facilitate cross-Departmental cover asset handoffs and processes
Performance and Quality Management
• Ensure high quality design product, team workflow, and cover output at scale
• Create and manage workflows to reinforce adherence to established timelines
• Provide mentorship and facilitate growth opportunities for direct reports
Production and Creative Management
• Maintain the integrity of Callisto’s creative vision across all books
• Monitor daily production and ensure consistent, on-budget, and timely completion of cover designs

Desired Skills and Experience
• At least 10 years proven expertise as an in-house creative team Manager
• Expertise in developing and adhering to rigorous, process-oriented design and production workflows
• Excellence in design with a broad, award-winning portfolio of interior and cover design work
• Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with great attention to detail
• Exceptionally sharp eye for photo art direction; expertise in directing food and lifestyle photography a must
• Superior organizational skills with the ability to effectively multi-task, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines
• Strong orientation toward data-driven decision making
• Excellent expense and resource management skills
• Extensive knowledge of typography and proper typesetting conventions
• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
• Adaptability in a fast-paced and dynamic startup environment
• Expert proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
• Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or equivalent education and experience

Application Details

Callisto Media offers a competitive salary, full benefits, 401K, stock options, and a friendly working environment. This is a full-time, onsite position at our office in Emeryville, California. Please submit a resume, digital samples of your work or your online portfolio, salary requirements, and a cover letter describing why you are an ideal candidate.

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NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

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