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The MIT Press welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who have significant personal experience or engagement with low-income communities or communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are strongly encouraged to apply.


Acquisitions Assistant/Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow

ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT/MELLON UNIVERSITY PRESS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP, MIT Press, to work closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Will also work with other departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects. May take on additional projects as well. Responsibilities include screening manuscript proposals; researching competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging fields, and potential expert peer reviewers; contacting peer reviewers and tracking reviews; writing book descriptions; assisting with contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for projects; guiding authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and permissions; preparing materials for internal editorial approval and launch meetings; representing the press and interacting with book buyers and authors at academic conferences; and attending in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.

The Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing 14 month fellowships in the acquisitions departments of six university presses.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.A./B.S. (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. preferred); a commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books. Evidence of superior academic achievement in fields relevant to diversity or those that correlate to the major lists of participating presses; commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing; sustained personal engagement with low income communities and/or communities within the U.S. that are underrepresented in publishing; and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing are preferred.

Travel to conferences is required.

This is a 14-month, entry-level position.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AUP. Fellows will be notified by April 15, 2019, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2019.

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01/2719

 


Digital Marketing Manager

The Digital Marketing Manager is responsible for expanding readership and raising the profile of MIT Press books and journals and for shaping the MITP digital marketing strategy including developing, implementing, tracking, and optimizing international digital campaigns and digital and print advertising campaigns across all channels. This position is also responsible for overseeing the Press-wide social media strategy working with Publicity who is responsible for the content.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establishes the strategy and implementation of an international advertising plan for all books and journals each season.
  • This includes setting and managing an annual budget, scheduling the MIT Press advertising program in magazines, appropriate journals both print and online as well as paid search engine and keyword advertising, banner and other digital advertising across multiple digital channels, and social media advertising.
  • Plans and implements all external Books email and other digital campaigns to our newsletter subscribers (via MailChimp), develops a relationship with our subscribers, develops custom email lists for all disciplines and groups, works with the Communications Manager on voice, and creates goals to grow the email subscriber list including regular ROI tracking by campaign.
  • Measures campaigns and looks continually for new digital opportunities to expand readership. Develops analytics for all campaigns. Tracks ROI on individual campaigns including social media, traditional online ads, and email campaigns deployed through MailChimp.
  • Responsible for the overall social media strategy managed via Hootsuite for books and journals working closely with Books Publicity and Institutional Marketing.
  • Leading role in curating the website home page and other features of the website.
  • Manages and helps to develop and oversee a strategy for the Grassroots Marketing Coordinator who is responsible for executing campaigns reaching scholarly/professional audiences for Book and Journals.
  • Works with the Web Manager, Marketing Managers, Communications Manager, Textbook Marketing Manager, and the Publicity Manager and Publicists to integrate best practices from direct marketing and social media efforts and taps those managers in planning integrated online / offline campaigns.
  • This position reports to the Director of Marketing & Author Relations and manages the Books Marketing Designer and the Grassroots Marketing Coordinator.

Skills Required:

  • Four years (+) work experience, preferably at a trade publisher or university press, creating marketing content across all media, including web, social, email, and print.
  • A demonstrated creative and innovative approach to work preferred, as is experience contributing to the creation of digital and print graphic content, overseeing the production of graphic materials contributing to the overall website strategy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, organizational, verbal, and written communication skills. Creative, strategic, and analytic thinking skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage an annual budget.
  • Deep knowledge of the media and marketplace.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with current and emerging social media and digital platforms.
  • Experience analyzing digital metrics (experience with Google Analytics would be a plus).
  • Experience using MailChimp, HubSpot or other similar Marketing Automation Tools.
  • Experience using Content Management Systems such as Drupal.
  • Familiarly with social advertising platforms and owned social management tools such as Hootsuite.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, and familiarity with Drupal and Medium.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft applications, and Photoshop.
  • BA/BS required.

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01/16/19

 


Managing Editor

Position Overview:

The cryptocurrency space has grown rapidly in a short period of time. This exponential growth of institutions, capital, and information has brought a host of challenges: How can you determine the signal from the noise? Who can you trust? What is a fact? The cryptocurrency space needs an authoritative source of information, more interdisciplinary discussion, and more neutral analysis of ongoing research. As the managing editor of this new cryptocurrency journal, you will incorporate input from researchers in this space and feedback on the DCI’s Cryptocurrency Research Review to create a journal that publishes reviews of cryptocurrency and blockchain research in addition to peer reviewed research papers. More specifically, you will be responsible for facilitating decisions regarding which papers to review, soliciting articles, and coordinating all aspects of the editorial operation for a new pre-print server and journal in cryptocurrency research. You will uphold and promote the policies of the journal's owner/publisher in work with editorial decision-makers, journal board members, authors, reviewers, cryptocurrency community practitioners, other contributors, and members of the journal's reading public.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

EDITORIAL OFFICE OPERATION

  • Coordinate decision-making process amongst associate editors and editors-in-chief, using tact, encouragement, and persistence as needed.
  • Inform and remind editors-in-chief of matters pertaining to publisher's policies, requirements, and deadlines.
  • Provide editors-in-chief with periodic progress reports, performance statistics, and recommendations related to associate editors' workload, responsiveness, and task completion.
  • Answer e-correspondence from contributors, reviewers, associate editors, guest editors, and other inquirers, independently and in a timely way (same day if possible).
  • Work with journal contributors and the technology team to resolve any issues with the journal’s website.
  • Work with the EIC and associate editors to identify potential new contributors and coordinate outreach.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Working directly with the marketing department at MIT Press and members of the MIT Media Lab, this position will be responsible for developing a community of researchers and readers who will form the main audience for the journal. This will include being an evangelist for the journal’s mission to bring rigour to the understanding of cryptocurrency, but also to build bridges to other important outlets for cryptocurrency research.

EDITORIAL/PEER REVIEW PROCESS

Manage the editorial and peer review process in its entirety. This process involves soliciting and collecting articles and reviews; checking articles for conformity to journal submission guidelines and seeking revision where needed; obtaining assignment of peer reviewers from editor(s)-in-chief; setting deadlines for revision and providing reminders; re-formatting and editing articles and reviews for language issues as needed; obtaining editor-in-chief decisions; communicating decisions to contributors; setting deadlines and providing guidelines for submitting revised manuscripts; and distributing acceptance documents to contributors.

PRODUCTION

  • Communicate regularly with MIT Press production coordinator concerning status and flow of expected final-version manuscripts.
  • Provide MIT Press production department with same-date notification of manuscript acceptance.
  • Work with production coordinator to facilitate the copyediting and proofreading of manuscripts.
  • Provide editorial office notes on revised pages. Other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED: Qualifications include a BA or BS and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the cryptocurrency space including terminology and key and emerging topics. Publishing experience is preferred but not required. Community building skills are a must as is familiarity with academic practice. Editing skills are highly desirable. Demonstrated strong English verbal and written business communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

Also required: Excellent critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Strong organizational, prioritization, and attention-to-detail capabilities and an ability to build relationships both internally and externally. The applicant needs to manage their time to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure. An ability to plan and manage multiple projects and effectively multi-task and work within a team or independently is crucial.

PREFERRED: Boston/Cambridge location preferred but not essential.

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01/16/19

 


 

Library Sales Representative

The MIT Press, a leader in university press publishing with a global academic reputation for publishing content that advances scientific and technological discourse, is currently seeking a Library Sales Representative. This position will be located in our office in Cambridge, MA and will be responsible for selling new and existing online products to the academic library, school and public, and corporate markets. The products include digital collections, journal subscriptions, and e-books. The person in this role will take a key part in launching a new ebook product to market, with a focus on the US and Canada territory.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience in publishing or digital sales or related fields such as marketing or library science. Responsibilities include:

  • Research and target new business through research, networking, and cold calling.
  • Maintain and further develop relationships with existing customers.
  • Respond daily to high volumes of customer/internal queries.
  • Prepare quotes, negotiate pricing, and provide follow-up through all stages of the sales process.
  • Track and report monthly sales activities, including customer feedback, and convey to appropriate department (marketing, product development, acquisitions editors, and MITP management).
  • Track renewal dates, retention rates, and customer data via Salesforce, and regularly report key metrics.
  • Closely collaborate with colleagues in sales, marketing, customer service, and product development to ensure customer satisfaction and quickly resolve outstanding customer issues.
  • Moderate travel: site visits within sales territory and attendance at key library conferences.
  • Work closely with customer service to establish and monitor trials for potential customers, monitor usage of trials, set up access, and resolve customer issues in a timely manner.
  • Regular use of software tools such as RedLink, Atypon Insights, and other tools and data related to institutional subscriptions.
  • Create and execute public sales presentations.

Reports to the Manager of Institutional Sales.

This is not a supervisory role; however, at the direction of manager, there may be some supervision of outside sales representatives.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience in publishing or digital sales or related fields such as library science or marketing.
  • Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to prioritize and work independently as well as within a team environment, and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce.
  • Travel: Up to 20% of time including conferences and library visits.

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Senior Acquisitions Editor for Architecture and Art

The MIT Press seeks an experienced Acquisitions Editor to acquire, manage, and build our internationally recognized list of trade and scholarly books on architecture, art, and cultural studies.  

The Senior Acquisitions Editor will report to the Editorial Director and will:

  • Evaluate, develop, sign, and publish 25 to 30 new book projects each year by emerging and established authors whose work is fundamental to contemporary art and architectural thought and practice and to the shaping of future discourse in those fields;
  • Work with press colleagues, authors, and editorial advisors to cultivate and grow a publishing program known for its editorial quality, design excellence, global reach, and intellectual challenge; 
  • Sustain and develop productive and collegial ties with a large network of authors (including practitioners as well as scholars) and institutions (museum, galleries, institutes, foundations) throughout the world; 
  • Travel to conferences, exhibitions, campuses, and book fairs as needed to meet with authors, curators, and publishers;
  • Establish priorities and consult with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure that the publishing program reflects the highest standard of work being done at MIT and other universities in these fields; 
  • Evaluate and commission proposals for trade books, scholarly works, professional monographs, textbooks, reference works, exhibition catalogs, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals; provide constructive feedback on all such projects to realize their maximum impact and potential; 
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts; 
  • Arrange for the review and translation of works written in foreign languages. 
  • Procure external funding as needed to offset production costs, enhance design elements, or lower retail prices of contracted projects; 
  • Negotiate contracts for books, book series, new imprints, and co-publication arrangements; work with authors, agents, publishing partners, and rightsholders to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready to go into production; 
  • Work with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects in print and digital formats, and with marketing and sales departments to ensure the effective distribution of books to their intended audiences; 
  • Present new and proposed book projects to the press’s staff, its editorial board, and its sales representatives; 
  • Prepare annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials to help market and promote the list;
  • Over time, develop a vision and selection strategy for the publishing program that reflects its historic origins, anticipates its future directions, and insures the uniqueness of its character from other offerings;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with internal staff and external clients and partners; 
  • Manage an assistant, shared with one other acquiring editor
  • Represent and act as an ambassador for the MIT Press in all external interactions;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Required: Qualifications include a BA or BS; at least five years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the fields of art and architecture; broad cultural experience and connections; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; solid negotiation skills; familiarity with art and architectural communities and histories in academic and non-academic, Western and non-Western contexts; the ability to work with scholars, practitioners, and activists working in different languages and cultural contexts; and knowledge of publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows. 

Location: Position can be based in our Cambridge, MA or London, UK offices. It does not allow for remote working arrangements.

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The MIT Press welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who have significant personal experience or engagement with low-income communities or communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are strongly encouraged to apply.

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