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Assistant Acquisitions Editor

Job Description 

The Assistant Acquisitions Editor will assist the Acquisitions Editor with project management for the MIT Press’s lists in computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, and engineering across a range of publication types, including trade books, textbooks, and professional monographs. Duties include working with authors to prepare manuscripts and artwork for production; handling administrative functions such as data entry, permissions, correspondence, and payments; managing the peer review process for new projects; conducting research on competing and comparable titles; preparing production estimates, P&L statements, and publishing plans; assisting the editors and authors as their liaison with other departments; and presenting projects at internal meetings as needed.

This position offers a great opportunity to learn the book acquisitions process at a major university press.

Job Requirements 

Two years of relevant work experience are required, demonstrating excellent organizational and communication skills, strong administrative computer skills (MS Word, FileMaker, Excel, LaTeX), and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple task demands and manage time effectively. Must be detail-oriented and self-motivated and enjoy working in teams, but also be resourceful enough to work independently. Some background in computer science or mathematics preferred. The MIT Press is committed to bringing an understanding of the diversity of human experience to the daily work of developing manuscripts and publishing books. Those who have had significant personal engagement with low-income communities and/or communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a cover letter in their application via the MIT job cart portal.

Job #15287-5


Floor Supervisor, MIT Press Bookstore

Job Description 

The Floor Supervisor performs complex customer service, sales, merchandising, and clerical duties in a fast-paced retail environment.  Will be responsible for assisting with training and day-to-day supervision of sales floor staff; developing in-store displays; maintenance of the sales floor; providing marketing assistance; responding to client inquiries on the sales floor via telephone and email; providing direct sales assistance to customers regarding the books published by the MIT Press and the Press’s publishing disciplines; processing sales via cash register; ordering, shipping, and receiving inventory; stocking and merchandising shelves; providing general clerical support; representing the bookstore at events; and other duties as needed.  

The MIT Press Bookstore functions as a showroom for the MIT Press and provides a range of retail services to both the MIT community and the public-at-large, with a specific emphasis on scholarly and academic publishing.

Job Requirements 

REQUIRED:  high school diploma or its equivalent; minimum of three years’ bookstore or related retail experience; some supervisory experience in a fast-paced, customer service-environment; strong interpersonal and customer service skills and ease with telephone, email, and in-person communication; and attention to detail. Must be able to juggle multiple priorities despite frequent interruptions, work independently, embrace new technologies, handle confidential financial information, interpret store policies using discretion and judgment, and lift boxes weighing up to 30 lbs. Familiarity with the Press’s publications and the Institute helpful, as is an active interest in scholarly or nonfiction publishing. A basic understanding of the Press’s scholarly disciplines (e.g., computer science, neuroscience, linguistics, etc.) would be useful. Post high school education and proficiency with Excel and Word preferred.

Weekend and evening work required. The MIT Press Bookstore is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, and it is open M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.; weekends, 12:00 - 6:00 P.M. 

Job #15262-5


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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