ASSISTANT ACQUISITIONS EDITOR
ASSISTANT ACQUISITIONS EDITOR, MIT Press, to assist three acquisitions editors (one based in Europe, one based in New York, and one in the U.S. office) with project management for the MIT Press’s lists in brain and cognitive sciences (neuroscience, philosophy of mind, neuropsychiatry, vision science, psychology, global and public health, etc.) across a range of publication types, including trade books, textbooks, professional monographs, and reference works. 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.
REQUIRED: relevant work experience, excellent organizational and communication skills, strong administrative computer skills (MS Word, FileMaker, Excel), 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. 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.
Some travel will be required.
ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT, MIT Press, to assist two acquisitions editors (one based in Europe and the other in the U.S. office) with project management for the MIT Press’s lists in new media studies, game studies, digital humanities, and education across a range of publication types, including trade books, textbooks, professional monographs, and reference works. 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 as needed.
The position offers a great opportunity to learn the book acquisitions process at a major university press.
REQUIRED: relevant work experience; detail orientation; advanced writing and verbal communication skills; excellent organizational skills; strong computer skills (MS Word, FileMaker, Excel); and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects and task demands simultaneously, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time. Must be resourceful and able to work independently, but also enjoy working in teams.
Some travel may be required.
PREFERRED: Sustained personal engagement with communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing, and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.
BOOKSELLER, MIT Press, to perform complex customer service, sales, merchandising, and clerical duties in a fast-paced retail environment. Responsibilities include responding to client inquiries on the sales floor, via telephone, and by email; providing direct sales assistance to customers regarding the books published by the Press and its publishing disciplines; processing sales via cash register; ordering, shipping, and receiving inventory; stocking and merchandising shelves; providing general clerical support; representing the bookstore at off-site 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.
A high school diploma or its equivalent; a minimum of one year of bookstore or related retail experience; experience working as part of a retail team 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, handle confidential financial information, interpret store policies using discretion and judgment, and lift boxes weighing up to 30 lbs. Familiarity with 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.
Bookstore hours: M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.; weekends, 12:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Must be flexible about scheduling and able to work evening and occasional weekend hours.
TECHNICAL SPECIALIST, LaTeX AND SCRIPTING
To devise and implement procedures for production of LaTeX manuscripts, including copyediting and author review of edits; create LaTeX macros and template adaptation; and provide technical support to LaTeX authors and LaTeX support throughout manuscript editing, prepress preparation, production, and electronic book creation and publication. Responsibilities include supporting authors and in-house project managers with LaTeX typesetting and layout adjustments; troubleshooting author-created file problems; migrating, creating, and maintaining a library of custom LaTeX templates; modifying existing in-house or author files to conform to design specifications; applying improvements across a library of templates and macros; modifying existing LaTeX files to allow for electronic copyediting and author review of edits; training and assisting editors and authors with specified LaTeX editor such as BaKoMa and LyX; and writing and editing custom XSLT transformations for XML manuscript conversions. Will also typeset books from author-supplied files and troubleshoot artwork in all manuscripts as needed. Will work closely with project managers; the technology team; and freelancers, editors, authors, vendors, compositors, and printers.
REQUIRED: B.A./B.S.; comfort with both Macintosh and Windows environments; absolute fluency with LaTeX and a variety of LaTeX tools and packages; fluency with Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel, FTP clients, and other file management systems; minimum of two years’ electronic and print production/typesetting/publishing experience; and excellent organizational, electronic file management, and verbal and written communication skills. Experience with advanced LaTeX development (creation of macros and related TeX hacking) preferred, as is proficiency with XSLT and other text scripting and transformation languages.
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