Job description

Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Duke University Press is seeking a Book Designer to join the Editing, Design, and Production Group. The Book Designer is responsible for the design of text and covers for 30 to 40 projects per year, from visual concept to print and e-publication.

The Press is recognized internationally as a prominent publisher of books and journals, and publishes 150 books annually and nearly 60 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections. Duke University Press publishes primarily in the humanities and social sciences and is known as a publisher willing to take chances with non-traditional and inter-disciplinary publications.

If interested in applying please submit the University-required electronic application, including your résumé and cover letter, before close of the position at Noon on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

Job Responsibilities:

I. Competencies

A. Excellent skills required in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; strong understanding of InDesign paragraph and character styles

B. Strong and versatile portfolio demonstrating knowledge of typography, design, writing thorough composition specification, and logical thinking; good technical knowledge of typesetting, prepress including halftone sizing and adjustment, and black-and-white and color printing

C. Proven project management ability; self-directed and deadline-oriented

D. Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly

E. Strong verbal and written skills

II. Design

A. Evaluate manuscripts for structure and presentation in print and electronic formats; review castoffs and manuscript files elements

B. Design interior text, write specs, and supply sample layouts to compositors as needed; review page proofs.

C. Responsible for cover, case and jacket designs for assigned titles

D. Work internally with editorial and marketing staff on cover ideas, and externally with rights-holders and authors for images and approvals

E. Create digital cover and jacket files according to printer templates; work with production and print vendors on print specs, special finishes, trims, paper, and schedule

III. Production

A. Manage multiple and overlapping projects

B. Monitor, meet, and accelerate schedules as needed for multiple book projects simultaneously

C. Work with EDP production specs and suppliers for optimally prepared files for print and e-publication

Departmental Preferences:

  • Prefer B.A. or B.F.A. in graphic design, or 2 years related experience
  • Book design experience; InDesign and Photoshop proficiency required
  • Prior work with FTP clients and font management software
  • Excellent experience with and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Basic HTML/CSS knowledge preferred
  • Both Mac and PC proficiency a major plus
  • Prefer at least one year of book or publication design experience.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work generally requires one year graphic arts or related experience to acquire considerable knowledge or skill in the methods and techniques used in complex design and layout of books, as well as an ability to analyze and interpret art needs of manuscripts and other publications. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Posted: 2/6/2021
Application Due: 2/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time