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Creative Director, National Geographic Books

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 775972BR Location Washington, DC, United States Business Disney Publishing Worldwide Date posted Mar. 04, 2021

Job Summary:

The ideal candidate should have at least 10 years of book design experience in trade book publishing, with knowledge of all aspects of book design, from concept to production. The creative director will work closely with the editorial director to establish a visual language for National Geographic Books that works across varying formats and categories, and be able to offer unique design solutions for a wide range of projects, from atlases to monographs to narrative nonfiction titles. Work with illustrators, photographers, photo editors, cartographers, editors, and designers to uphold the rigorous standards of National Geographic. Must be organized, efficient, and have strong communication skills, as well as be proficient with such software programs as InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Word, and Powerpoint.


  • Responsible for overseeing the design, photo, and cartographic elements for 20-25 frontlist titles each year.
  • Oversee a team of in-house designers as well as freelance designers for each season’s list from concept stage to final book. Mentor and inspire the designers, in and out of house. Review all stages of interior and cover design, from style to dummy to proofreading to release routing on all frontlist titles.
  • Manage design, photo, and cartographic departments. Make assignments for all design and illustration work; collaborate with the director of photography and director of cartography to coordinate team assignments, budgets, and schedules.
  • Liaise with the editors on the creation of creative briefs, brainstorm with the Marketing, PR, Design, Photo, and Editorial teams for cover concept ideas. Lead NG portion of weekly Cover Concept meeting to present covers to the Marketing, Publicity, and Sales teams.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing communication between the Art, Editorial, Production, and Manufacturing departments to ensure cost efficiency, timely execution, quality control and follow-through from design transmittal to bound books.
  • Review all visually-driven acquisitions, weigh in on feasibility, approach, specs, market viability, and quality.
  • Manage communication of all spec changes to Manufacturing department; review all RFQs, P&Ls, and cost adjusts to ensure all specs match expectations and budgets.
  • Personally design several titles a year, from covers to interiors, through all stages of production. Create concepts, design jackets and interiors for multiple projects
  • Source new talent and art direct illustrators, photographers, and designers to deliver beautiful cover and interior designs, with a focus on diversifying the contributors and voices represented in the NatGeo publishing program.
  • Manage budget for design department; negotiate all contracts for illustration and design, manage invoicing.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of related experience in editing a range of projects, with an emphasis on non-fiction, and the versatility to handle all categories NGBooks publishes into
  • Established relationships with key talent and industry contacts including illustration agents, freelance photographers and designers; excellent negotiation skills; experience in requesting and reviewing contracts.
  • Exceptional knowledge of printing processes, production, and techniques
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Exceptional knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, with a focus on InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Experience with digital blue lines.
  • Strong knowledge of National Geographic subject areas
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

About Disney Publishing Worldwide:

Disney Publishing Worldwide helps bring our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games.The business is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations and bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Publishing Worldwide, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Disney Publishing Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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