Job Description

Part-Time Graphic Design Assistant

The Cognella Academic Publishing imprint of Cognella, Inc. is immediately seeking a part-time Graphic Design Assistant to join our fast-moving and close-knit publishing team and to provide essential support for our forthcoming textbooks. In this position designers are responsible for the preparation of pre-press and marketing files for the covers of our academic textbooks and may additionally be given the opportunity to engage in designing cover art for some titles.

The ideal candidate will be driven and detail-oriented, possess strong technical skills, and have a proficiency in advanced editing and design software (namely the following Adobe Creative Suite software: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). They should be able to learn new software programs and processes quickly, possess a passion for design work and a keen eye, and have the drive and direction to complete their work thoroughly, efficiently, and on time. This position requires someone with a collaborative spirit and get-it-done attitude. This is an amazing opportunity to learn and grow a career at the intersection of design and publishing in a thriving entrepreneurial environment.


  • Produces error-free, print-ready, and digital-use cover files for books
  • Optimizes files and performs QC checks on output
  • Enters accurate data in project recordkeeping systems and maintains proficiency in comprehension of reports and other tools needed to track assignments and priorities
  • Adjusts images (cropping, retouching, refinishing) and type (kerning, tracking, word spacing) where needed
  • Troubleshoots file issues when indicated by printers (e.g., font display, file setup, bleed, color profile), communicating clearly and quickly with external vendors
  • Supports our marketing team through the design and creation of print collateral materials for specific books and events
  • Assists in the creation of digital marketing materials for web and email utilization
  • Liaises with other internal teamsincluding licensing, marketing, creative, and order fulfillmentat varying points and clearly communicates status updates and questions
  • Cross-trains on additional print file finalization types for our Custom Publishing imprint
  • Troubleshoots technical issues as they arise
  • Updates project tracking database and keeps records up to date
  • Performs cross-checks on covers for accuracy and correctness


  • High level of proficiency using computer software that includes Adobe Creative Suite (CC) with an emphasis on InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Ability to work well in an environment of rapidly changing priorities and to meet or exceed deadlines
  • Highly effective handling of print processes (CMYK v. RGB, vector v. raster, spot color v. process, bleed, trim, typesetting)
  • Professional demeanor paired with strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to present information clearly one-on-one and in group settings
  • Above average capacity for organization, time management, and multi-tasking, along with the ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Willingness to adapt to fast-changing processes and procedures that improve efficiency
  • Ability to work cohesively and productively with colleagues
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Motivation to work independently
  • Ability to commit to part-time schedule of at least 20 hours per week (may increase certain times of year depending on the volume of work)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Minimum Experience

At least one (1) year of previous experience working with print production files is required, along with technical proficiency in listed software programs and the ability to work on a PC. Must have existing knowledge of print production terminology and workflows. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both print and digital production and graphic design.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or equivalent combination of education, skills, and experience is required.

Reports to: Director of Academic Publishing

Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Start date: Immediate

Schedule: Must commit to regular schedule of part-time hours MondayFriday. Some flexibility may be granted regarding which weekdays make up the recurring schedule.

Location: Flexible remote position. Those in San Diego have the option of working out of Cognella’s corporate office located in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, California. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Compensation: Starting at $16.00 per hour, depending on experience, and including sick time and 401K matching plan, with bonus opportunities based on optional participation in our wellness program.

To apply: Please apply for this position directly through the Indeed posting at:

About Cognella:

Cognella is redefining academic publishing by creating teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under three imprints: Cognella Academic Publishing, Cognella Custom, and Cognella Active Learning. Cognella also publishes engaging nonfiction titles featuring modern perspectives as Cognella Press. Learn more at

Cognella was recently awarded a 2021 Top Workplaces designation by the San Diego Union-Tribune. We’re proud to offer Cognella team members a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and the opportunity to contribute significantly toward the goals of the company.

Cognella, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.