Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children and adults, with a goal of creating and supporting lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our children’s books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. Charlesbridge believes that books should offer accurate information, be both compelling and educational, and promote a positive worldview. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in both children's and adult literature.

Charlesbridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  As part of our commitment to health and safety, Charlesbridge requires COVID-19 vaccines for current employees, including all newly hired employees.

Job Openings

Retail Sales and Marketing Associate

Independent publisher seeks Sales and Marketing Associate to join our sales and marketing team. Successful candidates will possess a love of books for readers of all ages and a desire to promote our unique and celebrated trade list. This is a full-time, benefitted position.  Charlesbridge currently operates under a hybrid in-office/virtual work schedule, requiring some time in our Watertown offices.  Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to Massachusetts to qualify.


Working as part of our sales and marketing team and reporting to the Retail Sales and Marketing Manager, the Sales and Marketing Associate will support sales and marketing efforts across markets, create promotional content, and actively participate in front and backlist title campaigns, with a particular focus on consumer facing outlets, including, but not limited to independent bookstores, special markets, and Amazon. 

Associate will also work closely with authors and illustrators from all imprints, advising on best practices to promote their work and build their profiles and name recognition, setting expectations and ushering them through the sales and marketing process.  

The ideal candidate has an understanding of the retail market for both children’s titles and adult non-fiction, has previous trade marketing or bookselling experience, is organized and detail-oriented, and is interested in working as part of a collaborative team.  

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Aids with execution of account, market, and title specific promotional programs, mailings and account maintenance for indies, specialty retailers, and online retailers.
  • Aids with planning and execution of regional trade shows and national industry events.
  • Pitches marketing and event opportunities to retailers, conferences, festivals, school and libraries, and special market outlets.  Arranges travel where appropriate.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with and manages expectations of contributors; shares best practices on self-promotion, media appearances.
  • Aids with creation, development, and distribution of creative content and promotional pieces, including all Edelweiss catalogs, sales materials, and sell sheets
  • Presents titles to booksellers, reviewers, and other key contacts as appropriate.
  • Works closely with the social media consultant and Retail Sales and Marketing Manager to craft and drive retail and consumer messaging and interest through in-house communications via newsletters, social media, e-blasts, and physical mailings.
  • Facilitates newsletters (and other digital marketing) to retail and consumer lists.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree or experience equivalent
  • Minimum of two years of publishing, marketing, or bookselling experience 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft and Google suites and file sharing services like Dropbox
  • Familiarity with Edelweiss, Amazon Analytics and SEO beneficial, as is familiarity with video conferencing services including but not limited to Zoom and Crowdcast
  • Critical thinking and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • A strong sense of prioritization and attention to detail
  • Well-honed written and oral communication skills; experience writing marketing and sales copy preferred, comfort speaking and presenting to both large and small groups a plus
  • A strong desire to work in collaborative, team-oriented environment

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to Inclusion of writing samples with application materials encouraged. Please send application materials in one PDF doc with subject line “Retail Sales and Marketing Associate”. No phone calls or snail mail, please.