Position Description
Press University of Texas Press
Production and Design
Book Designer


Job Posting Title:

Book Designer

University of Texas Press



Austin, Texas


Job Description:

To design, typeset, and manage the print production of approximately 25-30 books and dust jackets per year.


Job Details:


  • Design book covers and interiors, including related research and communication
  • Typeset and input corrections to book interiors
  • Create and monitor schedules/production related vendor communication
  • Miscellaneous design-related activities, strategic planning, and staff meetings


Required Qualifications

• BFA or BA in Design or equivalent 4 years of work experience. 

• Three or more years of publishing or related design experience. 

• Exceptional design portfolio demonstrating an effective use of typography and conceptual thinking, including image research and design choices that are both innovative and subject-appropriate. 

• Highly proficient in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat; proficient in Word and Excel. A portfolio demonstrating proficiency using InDesign paragraph and character styles to create attractive and effective book/magazine/long-format page layouts. 

• Good in-person and written communication skills; must be open to receiving constructive criticism and feedback and be able to effectively advocate for your designs.

• Pre-press experience evaluating art for acceptable quality, making adjustments as needed, and preparing files according to printer specifications. 

• An excellent eye for detail and commitment to producing the highest quality books. 

• Ability to manage multiple and overlapping projects. 

• The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, deadline-oriented, collaborative, and flexible in adapting to new technologies and workflows as necessary.


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with FileMaker Pro and database software. 

• A portfolio demonstrating Illustration skills is a bonus, but not required.

• Experience with both offset and POD/SRDP printing preferred. 

• An interest in exploring, developing, and optimizing work-flow.


Working Conditions

Typical office environment. Must be able to lift a heavy carton of books.


Required Materials

  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of Interest
  • This position requires a design portfolio
  • Three professional references


Please apply through the University of Texas website:


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