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Organization: Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Date Posted: 9/1/2017
City: Grand Rapids
Location: Michigan
Country: United States
Primary Category: Art/Graphic Design/Creative
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: > 10 years

Description & Details


HarperCollins Christian Publishing seeks a Senior Graphic Designer with experience in designing and typesetting multi-purpose Bibles and academic-level titles to join our team in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We’re an in-house Content Design team supporting multiple Bible and Academic Publishing groups. The successful candidate should have the technical ability to handle complex designs and merge Bible text with ancillary materials from various sources to output high-quality print output. In addition, candidate should have project management skills in hiring and managing outside vendors. We work in a fast-paced environment, so strong and appropriate execution are crucial for the role, as well as organization and managing a demanding schedule.



Under minimal supervision by the Creative Director:

  • Work simultaneously on 10-12 projects based on publishing cycle.
  • Design and typeset high-quality Bible interiors in collaboration with editorial, art directors, marketing, and production.
  • Take initiative in each project to problem-solve, trouble-shoot, and demonstrate consistent follow-through to meet deadlines.
  • Properly manage projects and report progress.
  • Translate text scenarios and requirements for design into effective technical solutions
  • Coordinate the creation of interior illustrations/artwork and photography.
  • Execute with a focus on file performance, scalability, and usability as well as content reuse and integrity
  • Maintain quality control throughout the entire publishing workflow process.
  • Responsible for pre-press operations to prepare print ready PDF for the printer.
  • Collect all necessary files and documents pertaining to a project and archive following established procedures.



  • Expert Macintosh computer skills in Adobe CC Suites programs: mainly InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Strong knowledge of typography including use of paragraph, character, and GREP styles, and setting up Master pages
  • Knowledge of Bible structural elements and translations


Work Experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in design and composition, project management, preferably Bible-centric.
  • Will consider professional and educational publishing experience if complexity of projects comparable to Bibles.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Design preferred or equivalent work experience in religious, academic, or professional publishing.

Industry Knowledge:

  • Understands printing and binding processes
  • Strong knowledge of Bible design and current trends


  • Comprehensive knowledge of long document typesetting in InDesign
  • High level of skill working with Adobe CC InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator on MAC OS
  • Knowledge of how to create and use GREP styles and scripts preferred
  • Familiarity with XML (DITA) a plus
  • Project Management
  • Handle multiple tasks and set appropriate priorities
  • Effective written and oral communication skills with extended team and vendors
  • Able to work quickly, accurately, and efficiently

Portfolio required for consideration



HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an equal opportunity employ

How to Apply / Contact

Portfolio required for consideration


Please mention you saw this job opportunity at the ECPA Career Center for Christian Publishing.

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