Job Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in New Harbinger Publications employment opportunities.

Throughout our 40+ year history, New Harbinger Publications has honed a reputation as the preemi­nent publisher of self-help, and psychology titles. From the outset our aim has been to publish books that are accessible, substantive, and, above all, useful.

Working for New Harbinger Publications you will enjoy a positive environment and a staff that thrives on teamwork, company values, and dedication. We are an employee-owned company and offer a generous benefits program.

Read about New Harbinger’s Values.

Current Openings:

Book Designer

Benefits include:

  • 401(k) with matching
  • ESOP retirement plan
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible spending account for healthcare
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Continuous career training through our HR learning portal and other live or online sources.

New Harbinger Publications provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

As an employee-owned company, New Harbinger: 

Information & Learning  
New Harbinger provides reasonable access to information, such as performance indicators, projections that show how decisions affect the company’s financial health, and the company’s strategic direction.   New Harbinger expects employee owners to take responsibility for learning about the company and what drives its success, and to teach themselves about their personal and departmental roles in the company’s success. The company expects employee owners to participate in learning activities about New Harbinger’s business practices.  
Organizational Fairness  
New Harbinger provides fair compensation for the work of employee owners and full participation in the ESOP as outlined in the plan. New Harbinger provides fair treatment for all employee owners under the company’s stated policies.   New Harbinger expects employee owners to work hard at their jobs, follow company rules, and not take advantage of the company. The company expects employee owners to take an ownership perspective in how they invest their time and energy, keeping the company’s best interests in mind. 
Employee Ownership Culture  
New Harbinger provides employees with opportunities to constructively express ideas and opinions, ask questions, and make suggestions about company endeavors. New Harbinger provides employee owners with opportunities to optimize growth in their jobs and to seek out education that furthers their job performance. New Harbinger provides a supportive work environment.  New Harbinger expects employee owners to speak up about problems as they occur and to know and follow procedures for handling problems and complaints. New Harbinger expects employee owners to take responsibility for finding solutions rather than just pointing out problems. New Harbinger expects employees to support their coworkers and the core mission of the business. 

Book Designer

Job Title: Book Designer
Department: Production
Reports to: Production Manager
FLSA Status:Exempt
Type:Full time
Location:Remote/Hybrid in Oakland, CA 94609
Posted:November 08, 2023

Position Summary

We are seeking an organized and self-motivated designer equally experienced with book and graphic design. The ideal candidate will have professional experience designing books in nonfiction publishing and a portfolio demonstrating a strong sense of typographic design, acuity combining text and image on the page, and an ability to modify their aesthetic to meet the needs of different audiences and age ranges.

The book designer will be expected to work independently—delivering excellent work on budget and on time—as well as collaboratively across departments when and if complications arise. A passion for books—including but not limited to the task of organizing information as book design—is a must.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Concept, lay out, and design approx. 20–30 book projects per year.
  • Input multiple stages of corrections for each book designed and act as an additional set of eyes on all text corrections.
  • Develop independent styles and workflows for a variety of projects. Examples include trade nonfiction; self-help workbooks; and fully illustrated books for the kids, teen, or gift market.
  • Work closely with Art and Editorial departments to design high-quality book interiors that highlight each book’s unique content.
  • Quickly and effectively incorporate feedback from project stakeholders.
  • Hire and coordinate freelance artists—book designers and illustrators—as needed.
  • Balance multiple interdependent schedules to keep projects moving across departments and toward publication.
  • Work with Production Editor to project manage production dates for 75 books annually


The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to excel in this role.  

  • At least 5 years of relevant design and/or publishing experience 
  • A portfolio that highlights mastery of books design fundamentals, a strong typographic aesthetic, and the ability to combine text and image—particularly illustrations—to create dynamic spreads 
  • Superior proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop 
  • Knowledge of typography, illustration, and photography, as they appear in trade paperback books 
  • Ability to manage projects in parallel, pivot with time-sensitive situations, and prioritize essential workload while taking on new projects 

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This position is remote-hybrid based in Oakland, CA, or offsite remote inside the 48 contiguous states. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. If you have a disability, let’s discuss the accommodations that we may be able to provide.

The compensation range for this position is $63,320–94,980. Salary will vary based on skills and experience. The following benefits are offered by the company: medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life, short-term and long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, critical illness, hospital indemnity, long-term care, health and dependent care FSA, travel assistance, 401(k), and, PTO (15 vacation days, 2 personal days, 10 holidays and generous sick leave). Eligibility requirements apply to some benefits and may depend on your job classification, hours worked and length of employment.  

New Harbinger is an employee-owned company and as such all employees are enrolled in our ESOP (employee stock option program) after one year of service. 

To Apply for this Position

New Harbinger is committed to creating a diverse work environment. New Harbinger believes that the publishing industry and field of psychology should center more BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ voices and we encourage people with these identities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We offer an excellent working environment and great benefits including health, dental, vision, paid time off, matching 401k, profit sharing, and more!

Please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected], with “Book Designer” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please describe how you see yourself contributing to New Harbinger’s mission, the perceived needs of our audience, what types of books you could see yourself acquiring for us, and what specifically interests you about joining the Acquisitions team at New Harbinger. No phone calls please. No recruiters.