ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT/MELLON UNIVERSITY PRESS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP, MIT Press
The University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing one-year fellowships in the acquisitions departments of four university presses with the support of the Association of American University Presses and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Click here for the complete announcement.
Through this year-long, full time entry-level position, fellows will be immersed in the acquisitions department of a leading scholarly press, working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Fellows will acquire deep and specialized knowledge of how editors identify emerging areas of scholarship, work with authors to develop manuscripts, manage the process of peer review and revision, present projects for approval, and represent them through each stage of publication. Fellows will also work with other press departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects, and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these other publishing areas.
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 their press and interacting with book buyers and authors at academic conferences, and attending in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.
Requirements include a B.A./B.S. and commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books. Preferred qualifications: M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.; 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; and 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.
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AAUP, and selected fellows notified by April 15, 2017, to begin the year-long fellowship on June 1, 2017.
Part-time, 21 hr/week
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.
The MIT Press Bookstore is located at 301 Massachusetts Ave., in Central Square Cambridge, with hours: M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.; weekends, 12:00 - 6:00 P.M.
This is a part-time, 21 hours per week (3 days) position, eligible for all MIT Benefits. Must be flexible about scheduling and able to work evening and occasional weekend hours.
SUBSCRIPTION SALES REPRESENTATIVE
SUBSCRIPTION SALES REPRESENTATIVE, INSTITUTIONAL MARKET, MIT Press, to be responsible for selling new and existing online subscription products to the academic library, school, and corporate markets. The products include digital collections, journal subscriptions, and e-books. Responsibilities include maintaining and further developing relationships with existing customers; targeting new business through research, networking, and cold calling; responding to a high volume of daily email and telephone customer/internal queries; preparing quotes, negotiating pricing, and providing follow-up through all stages of the sale; training and demoing products remotely via WebEx or Skype; the daily use of internal software for tracking, e.g., RedLink and other tools for usage and other data related to institutional subscriptions; and collaborating with internal stakeholders. The MIT Press is a leader in university press publishing with a global academic reputation for publishing content that advances scientific and technological discourse.
At least three years of experience in publishing, digital sales, or related field such as marketing or library science; strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to prioritize and work both independently and within a team-oriented environment; and facility with Microsoft products and learning new technologies.
Must be able to travel up to 20% of time, including conferences and library visits.
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