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ACQUISITIONS EDITOR FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICS, AND ENGINEERING

Job Description

The MIT Press seeks an enterprising and passionate Acquisitions Editor to acquire 25+ new book titles each year in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

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

  • Work with our Editorial Director and Press Director to develop a cutting-edge publishing program in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering and a strategic plan for the aggressive growth of this program.
  • Establish priorities and consult with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects MIT’s standing among research universities in these fields;
  • Build cutting edge lists in these fields and closely track original and consequential research suitable for publication in book form;
  • Regularly visit key campuses, attend professional conferences, cultivate relationships with leading researchers, and engage deeply with the relevant literature;
  • Contact prospective authors using all available means and commission book-length works that will make valuable contributions to existing knowledge;
  • Evaluate resulting proposals for trade books, professional monographs, textbooks, reference works, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals for impact and execution;
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts;
  • Negotiate contracts for books and book series; work with authors 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;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with all internal staff;
  • Represent and act as an ambassador for the MIT Press in all external interactions;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Job Requirements    

Qualifications include a BA or BS; at least five years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven analytic ability; knowledge of the higher education community; the ability to work with academic authors; and knowledge of the publishing industry, particularly scholarly publishing. Campus and conference travel is required. Job #13067-P

Location: Cambridge, MA or London, UK

 

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST, LaTeX AND SCRIPTING

Job Description

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.

Job Requirements

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.  Job #12780-N

 

COORDINATING EDITOR, JOURNAL OF DESIGN AND SCIENCE

Job Description

MIT Press (part-time, 50%), to monitor and ensure the timely production of the Journal of Design and Science (JoDS), a new scholarly journal copublished by the MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab utilizing new publication methods and technologies and nonstandard workflows. The primary responsibility will be to develop the community of advisors, collaborators, and authors that collaboratively produce the journal. Will serve as a full participant in shaping the future of the journal and contribute significantly to developing both its content and feature functionality.  Will manage most aspects of publication from the point of article submission through live publication on the journal site; serve as primary production contact for those working on journal content and liaison with the Press for journal-related production matters; work closely with the technical team at the Media Lab responsible for the development and maintenance of the publishing platform (PubPub); work with all parties to establish submission guidelines, style guide, and other materials necessary for a successful launch and post-launch compliance; and promote both the JoDS and PubPub platform as a publishing platform of choice. This position will be responsible for overseeing social media posts related to JoDS.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  five years’ experience in digital publishing, writing, or related field; significant knowledge of digital publication practices and developments; strong interpersonal and communication skills; strong organizational and time-management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under pressure of deadlines and with minimal supervision; and discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues. Copyediting for style and proofreading experience highly desirable. Experience with or knowledge of Media Lab research a significant plus.  Bachelor’s degree in a design or science field strongly preferred.  Graduate degree a plus. Job #13277-N

 

METADATA ASSOCIATE

Job Description

MIT Press (MITP), to contribute toward the Press’s increased efforts to become a metadata-informed content publisher. Responsibilities include analyzing and fixing inconsistencies of key data points; troubleshooting data integrity; systematically updating key areas of data and distributing to external systems and vendors; helping to establish and implement best practices, quality, and governance implementation across all business units; and developing, communicating, and documenting training materials. Will also work closely with digital products colleagues in developing future data points (including chapter-level, key words, etc.) by demonstrating a thorough understanding of the data, including how it is captured and used in MITP’s internal systems; and work closely with software developers to improve the use of the metadata for both internal workflow needs, external distribution, and to enhance websites and other market-facing media.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma or its equivalent; at least three years of similar experience in publishing or libraries; self-motivation; ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong analytical, organizational, writing, and communication skills; aptitude for and willingness to learn new systems and processes; ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders; experience in an information management capacity, either in a library environment or in book or journal publishing and product information management; knowledge of and exposure to information and publishing standards; informed understanding of the publishing marketplace, including retail and institutional sales; and familiarity with database systems and Microsoft Office software.  Experience with markup languages a plus, as is work experience in a library or university setting. Experience with cataloging or taxonomy desired.  Bachelor's degree preferred.  Job #13402-5 The position is funded for two years.  

 

BOOKSELLER

Job Description

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.

Job Requirements

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. Job #13358-2

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.

 

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