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Production Assistant (Pre-Press Coordinator)

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The Pre-press Contractor will work directly with Publishing, Creative Services and Internet teams, as well as on and offsite vendors. This person will support color shows track progress of projects, act as a liaison between departments, source projects to external vendors, proof and ensure delivery of required web and book material in a timely manner.


  • Act as a liaison for Creative Services and production vendors (HudsonYards, Quad Graphics, and Etch), other internal departments and internal clients, etc. for coordination of project timelines.

  • Maintain/ track project calendar ensuring schedules and deadlines are on track and provide foresight to determine if deadlines will not be met. Work with pre-press manger and director to alter schedule if necessary.

  • Release web and book projects to appropriate vendor per Director or Manger’s direction.

  • Review color and provide direction as needed to re-touchers (HudsonYards, Quad Graphics, and Etch) to attain color OK.

  • Prepare image and color instructions to pre-press vendors for outgoing web production projects. This includes mark-ups, creation of swatches and reviewing instructions with Creative Services.

  • Works with Creative Services, Production and Photo Art departments on the distribution and acquisition of photographic and layout materials.

  • Review web or book projects for color and quality consistency and compliance.

  • Works proactively with a sense of urgency and motivation and volunteer assistance without being asked.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested.


  • Must be proficient in Mac platform

  • Must have a positive attitude and work well under pressure

  • Must have flexibility to successfully deal with changes in the working environment and be comfortable in an independent role


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

  • 3 - 5 years experience with color correction and retouching

  • 3 - 5 years experience with color mark up and color shows

  • Experience with Photoshop


  • Ability to effectively communicate both written and verbally

  • Ability to produce independently in a team environment

  • Ability to evaluate and calibrate color proofing devices
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