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ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT/MELLON UNIVERSITY PRESS DIVERSITY FELLOW

The University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing year-long fellowships in the acquisitions departments of four university presses – the University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, MIT Press, and the University of Georgia Press – with the support of the Association of American University Presses and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Job Description

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.

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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

 

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 (hours M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.; weekends, 12:00 - 6:00 P.M.) 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: a high school diploma or its equivalent (post high school education strongly preferred); 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-oriented environment; strong interpersonal and customer service skills and ease with telephone, email, and in-person communication; and attention to detail. Must be able to work independently, juggle multiple priorities while working with frequent interruptions, handle confidential financial information and 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. Proficiency with Excel and Word preferred. Job #12923-2

Must be flexible about scheduling and able to work evening and occasional weekend hours.

 

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

 

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