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ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT

Job Description

Assist acquisitions editors with project management for the MIT Press’s lists in the arts, architecture, computer science, and physical sciences 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, including overseeing permissions clearance; handling administrative functions such as data entry, 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 preparing projects for presentation and presenting projects as needed.

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

Job Requirements

Relevant work experience; detail oriented; advanced written and verbal communication skills; ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple task demands simultaneously, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time; self-motivation; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; and strong administrative computer skills using MS Word, FileMaker, Excel, and PowerPoint. Must be resourceful and able to work independently, but also enjoy working in teams. 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 with significant personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are encouraged to apply.
Some travel may be required.

Job #14857-4

 

PUBPUB  COMMUNITY MANAGER

Job Description

The community manager (CM) monitors and ensures the timely production of MIT Press books and journals produced on the PubPub publishing platform and assists the PubPub team with non-programming-related site development. The CM will work with the Press on strategies for content acquisition and development to bring new projects to the platform and see them through to a successful conclusion. The job will also involve community building that will take many forms, and will include developing and implementing a broad communications strategy that encourages readers to be active contributors by commenting on books and journals on the platform.

Duties and Responsibilities

With supervision as needed, the community manager (CM) monitors and ensures the timely production of MIT Press books and journals produced on the PubPub publishing platform from the MIT Media Lab and assists the PubPub team with non-programming-related site development. The CM will work with the Press on strategies for content acquisition and development to bring new projects to the platform and see them through to a successful conclusion. The job will also involve community building that will take many forms, and will include developing and implementing a broad communications strategy that encourages readers to be active contributors by commenting on books and journals on the platform. PubPub allows for a new kind of thinking around peer review and scholarly communication and the CM will spur the conversations necessary to push these ideas forward.

In addition, the CM will manage some aspects of publication from the point of manuscript submission through to the publication of the live book or article on the site. It’s important for the CM to be aware of trends in digital publishing and have knowledge of the roles of all players in the scholarly communications ecosystem, ideally including libraries. The CM is the primary production contact for those working on journal content, and acts as a liaison with the MIT Press for production matters, including copyediting and proofreading.  For journals, s/he will also work with all parties to establish submission guidelines, a style guide, and other materials necessary for a successful launch, and to ensure compliance post-launch. The CM will also support the promotion of the PubPub platform within the MIT community and elsewhere as a publishing platform of choice.

The CM will also support the PubPub team by engaging directly with the team and community on site layout and other user experience concerns. The CM will be expected to reach out to the community through a variety of methods including surveys and one-on-one interviews to gather user requirements. In addition, the CM will conduct experiments on the platform to determine how to best serve users, and increase participation and site stickiness. The position will not be responsible for direct coding of these features but will be expected to translate the user requirements and help prioritize feature development and site tweaking for the PubPub team. For these reasons a strong background in graphic design, user experience, experiment design, and data analysis is preferred.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Build and maintain a network of authors to contribute journal articles to the PubPub platform. Work with both book and journal authors through the entire publication process as needed.
  2. Build and maintain a network of reviewers to become part of the PubPub community. Actively solicit contributions to the post-publication peer review process for individual books and articles.
  3. Be the primary interface between the community and the PubPub team to ensure enhancements to the platform are developed in line with the community’s needs. Develop experiments to provide concrete evidence of user behavior.
  4. Establish and refresh submission and style guidelines for journals in concert with the editor(s). Ensure articles adhere to these guidelines.
  5. Oversight of the website to ensure that comments are free of inappropriate content and encourage healthy debate on all pieces.
  6. Coordinate with the MIT Press on production tasks.
  7. Develop a marketing strategy in concert with MIT Press and assist the Press in identifying key constituencies to boost readership as well as the number of authors and reviewers participating on the platform.
  8. Handle administrative tasks related to digital publication such as DOI assignment.

Job Requirements

The community manager will need to be highly creative and demonstrate a willingness to push the projects along new and sometimes untested pathways. The CM is expected to be a full participant in shaping the future of the platform, and to contribute significantly to developing both its content and feature functionality.  Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred in software design or communications. Three years of experience in digital publishing, writing, or a related field and significant knowledge of digital publication practices and developments. Strong organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under pressure of deadlines and with minimal supervision. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, in person and using email and the telephone. Preferred: Copyediting for style and proofreading experience. Familiarity with graphic design and user experience methods and technologies a plus. Experience designing web usage experiments and data analysis techniques also desirable.

NOTE: This is a temporary, one-year position.

Job #14808-O.

 

SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER, DIGITAL MEDIA AND ADVERTISING

Job Description

The Senior Marketing Manager, Digital Media and Advertising is responsible for shaping the digital marketing strategy of the Press and for expanding readership and raising the profile of MIT Press books and journals and the Press itself by developing, implementing, tracking, and optimizing international digital campaigns and digital and print advertising campaigns across all channels.   This position is also responsible for crafting a Press wide social media strategy.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Reports directly to the Director of Marketing & Author Relations, manages the Books Marketing Designer and the Grassroots Marketing Coordinator, and works in concert with other marketing staff to identify cross publicity, social, and other marketing opportunities.

Establishes the strategy and implementation of an international advertising plan for all books, journals, and subscription products each season.

  • Schedules 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 such as Facebook and Google ads.

Plans and implements all external Books email and other digital campaigns to our newsletter subscribers (via MailChimp), develops a relationship with our subscribers, and creates goals to grow the email subscriber list and includes regular ROI tracking by campaign.

  • Develops a plan to continually grow email subscribers for all disciplines and groups, creates overall strategy for effective campaigns within each discipline and keeps the Directors of Marketing and Acquisitions abreast of campaigns that are deployed on a regular schedule.
  • 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.
  • Works with the Copywriter to create original copy for these communication using up to date best practices in email communication strategies.

Responsible for tracking the overall social media strategy for books and journals working closely with Books Publicity and Journals Marketing.

Responsible for setting and managing an annual budget.

Leading role in curating the website home page.

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 Books and Journals.

Trains Journal’s editorial offices and Books authors on best practices in social media.

Works with the User Experience Designer, Marketing Managers, Textbook Marketing Manager, and the Publicity Managers to integrate best practices from direct marketing and social media efforts and taps those managers in planning integrated online / offline campaigns.

Job Requirements

Education: A bachelor's degree is required, preferably in marketing, business, or communications. 
Experience: This position requires five years (+) work experience creating marketing content across all media, including web, social media, email, and print, preferably at a trade publisher or university press. Familiarity and experience with MailChimp or another email clients. Demonstrated proficiency with current and emerging social media and digital platforms. Strong analytical and communication skills. A demonstrated creative and innovative approach to work preferred, as is experience contributing to the creation of digital and print graphic content and overseeing the production of graphic materials and contributing to the overall website strategy.

Job #14759-P.

 

 

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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