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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.


Assistant Acquisitions Editor

Position Overview:

An Assistant Acquisitions Editor works with assigned Acquisitions Editors (AEs) to develop book lists in specialized subject areas. The Assistant Acquisitions Editor also works with authors and MIT Press staff to facilitate effective review and consideration of project proposals and manuscripts, manuscript production, and marketing.

This position involves many different forms of work in the areas of organization and project management. 

The Assistant Acquisitions Editor manages distinct and critical phases of a project’s development for as many as 50-60 projects per year. After contracts are signed, the Assistant Editor is often the primary contact for projects and their authors.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Create records in title management system (Filemaker) and complete all relevant fields.
  • Manage the peer review process
  • Send contracts to authors for signature and coordinate advance payments. 
  • Prepare manuscripts for production, including file preparation and publishing plans
  • Solicit endorsements

Additional responsibilities:

  • Series Management. Coordinate assigned series produced by sources outside the Press. 
  • Project Management. Responsible for projects assigned by acquisitions editor following contract signing. 
  • Research to identify competing books, potential course adoptions, and areas of growth in emerging fields.
  • Develop financial projections as requested by editor.
  • Documentation. Research and prepare contracts and other documents, including project dockets, publishing plans, and sales sheets. 
  • Permissions. Locate copyright holders of artwork for jackets and interior of books. 
  • Review final manuscripts to ensure that preparation guidelines have been followed. 
  • Coordination and Communication. Collaborate with other departments and act as liaison with authors.
  • Travel. Represent the Press at academic conferences 
  • Meetings. Participate in a wide variety of internal meetings
  • Additional duties as needed or required. This role requires extensive communication with acquisitions editors, authors, and colleagues in other departments. 

Supervision Received:

This position reports to two Acquisitions Editors. One Acquisitions Editor is located remotely, the level of daily supervision received may vary depending on the acquisition editor. 

Supervision Exercised:

May supervise acquisitions interns and help to train and advise junior colleagues.

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION:  High school diploma or equivalent required. BS or BA preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Minimum 3 years of communications experience required. Experience in publishing, advertising, or a creative agency preferred.

SKILLS:  

  • Exceptional project management skills, organizational skills, writing skills, and presentation skills. 
  • Able to prioritize and meet competing demands and deadlines. 
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues (including reviewer identities, tax forms, etc.) using discretion and judgment. 
  • Knowledge of MS Office suite required (MS Word, Excel). 
  • Knowledge of Filemaker and LaTeX preferred.
     

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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10/15/2019


Communications Coordinator

Position Overview:

The Communications Administrator is responsible for building brand awareness and stimulating interest and engagement for MIT Press initiatives by executing communications activities and writing materials in support of the Press. The Communications Administrator is also responsible for producing and disseminating internal communications. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Gathers information from internal sources and external partners to highlight on MIT Press platforms;
  • Synthesizes and summarizes a broad spectrum of news and research; 
  • Writes, edits, and produces press releases and other communications with Direction from the Press Director;
  • Develops content for the MIT Press’s digital channels and Institute outlets;
  • Coordinates internal communications, including maintaining the Bi-Monthly Internal Newsletter;
  • Helps coordinate efforts, in partnership with the Marketing Manager, to establish and maintain consistent and appropriate MITP voice in all social media and other communications;
  • Signs off on relevant communications;
  • Tracks communications data and metrics, analyzes trends, and makes recommendations based on results;
  • Maintain and update the MIT Press Wordpress blog;
  • Schedules relevant social media posts on Hootsuite;
  • Creates, schedules, and analyzes email newsletter communications on Mailchimp;
  • Assists with planning, organizing, and implementing of special projects and events;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervision Received:

Supervision is provided by the Director of the Press on a periodic basis, or as needed.

Supervision Exercised:

May guide the work of others on routine activities.

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree in a related field required.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 1 year of communications experience required.

SKILLS: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to copyedit for grammar, spelling, accuracy, format, and tone;
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment;
  • Excellent organizational skills and superb attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook;
  • Experience with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms.


** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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11/19/2019


Customer Service Representative 2 - Journals Digital Products Customer Team

Position Overview:

The Customer Service Representative engages with MIT Press clients by email and phone, assisting customers with their print subscriptions and online access to journals and ebooks.  Accuracy and attention to detail are essential qualities, for the Customer Service Representative serves as a reliable, dependable, contributor to the Journals Digital Products Customer Service team in maintaining the high standards of service that the Press is known for world-wide.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

CUSTOMERS

Subscriptions/Orders - 45%

  • Provide support for ebook, subscriber, bookstore, and online database customers via phone, fax, and email 
  • Process subscriber claims
  • Troubleshoot problem subscriptions and resolve with minimal assistance from Fulfillment Assistant or JDPCS Manager

Access - 50%

  • Provide technical support for online access to journals and our online databases which includes:
  • Assisting customers to set up access, update IPs, download usage statistics; combining accounts as needed
  • Answering questions about license agreements or forwarding them to our lawyer; getting signatures as needed
  • Setting up trials 

ADMINISTRATIVE - 2.5%

  • Research old proforma and balance due invoices, adjusting or cancelling as needed
  • Monitor subscriptions to our online databases, insuring that reports maintained on shared drive accurately reflect renewal invoices, payments received, and cancellations in our fulfillment system
  • Assist order entry and other staff during peak renewal times

SALES/MARKETING - 2.5%

  • Send promotional materials 
  • Respond to discount requests with input from Sales team 

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

The manager of the Journals and Digital Products Customer Service group provides daily supervision.

Supervision Exercised:

None.

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: A high school degree or equivalent is required.  Some higher education preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of one year in customer service and/or providing fulfillment support by telephone, fax, and email is required.
 
SKILLS: Working knowledge of Windows, MS Word, Excel, Outlook or other email program, and Internet Explorer or another web browser. Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Should be able to work both independently and in a team-oriented environment. Must be focused, organized, and able to work quickly and accurately under pressure.  

Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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11/19/2019


Customer Service Representative 2 - Journals Digital Products Customer Team - FULL-TIME TEMPORARY ONE YEAR CONTRACT

Position Overview:

The Customer Service Representative engages with MIT Press clients by email and phone, assisting customers with their print subscriptions and online access to journals and ebooks.  Accuracy and attention to detail are essential qualities, for the Customer Service Representative serves as a reliable, dependable, contributor to the Journals Digital Products Customer Service team in maintaining the high standards of service that the Press is known for world-wide.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

CUSTOMERS

Subscriptions/Orders - 45%

  • Provide support for ebook, subscriber, bookstore, and online database customers via phone, fax, and email 
  • Process subscriber claims
  • Troubleshoot problem subscriptions and resolve with minimal assistance from Fulfillment Assistant or JDPCS Manager

Access - 50%

  • Provide technical support for online access to journals and our online databases which includes:
  • Assisting customers to set up access, update IPs, download usage statistics; combining accounts as needed
  • Answering questions about license agreements or forwarding them to our lawyer; getting signatures as needed
  • Setting up trials 

ADMINISTRATIVE - 2.5%

  • Research old proforma and balance due invoices, adjusting or cancelling as needed
  • Monitor subscriptions to our online databases, insuring that reports maintained on shared drive accurately reflect renewal invoices, payments received, and cancellations in our fulfillment system
  • Assist order entry and other staff during peak renewal times

SALES/MARKETING - 2.5%

  • Send promotional materials 
  • Respond to discount requests with input from Sales team 

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

The manager of the Journals and Digital Products Customer Service group provides daily supervision.

Supervision Exercised:

None.

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: A high school degree or equivalent is required.  Some higher education preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of one year in customer service and/or providing fulfillment support by telephone, fax, and email is required.
 
SKILLS: Working knowledge of Windows, MS Word, Excel, Outlook or other email program, and Internet Explorer or another web browser. Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Should be able to work both independently and in a team-oriented environment. Must be focused, organized, and able to work quickly and accurately under pressure.  

Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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11/19/2019


Professional Books Marketing Associate

Position Overview:

The Professional Books Marketing Associate will execute marketing initiatives for professional and academic books coordinating the production of deliverables and executing campaigns across mediums. This job will report to the Digital Marketing & Advertising Manager, who will oversee planning and strategy for the campaigns the Professional Books Marketing Associate will execute. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Marketing 

  • Execute and monitor digital marketing campaigns for professional books across all digital advertising platforms (Amazon Advertising, Google Adwords, Facebook Advertising, etc.). 
  • Execute organic and grassroots marketing initiatives, including social media campaigns, email marketing campaigns, and distribution partner campaigns for professional books. 
  • Develop seasonal marketing calendars for professional books, under the supervision of the digital marketing manager. 
  • Create targeted emails for various academic fields of study featuring MIT Press professional books. 
  • Research and book ad slots for professional books marketing with relevant websites and publications, commissioning and delivering creative as needed. 
  • Coordinate creative requests for professional books marketing. 
  • Communicate marketing plans and results of campaigns to authors as needed. 
  • Maintain grassroots outreach to professional societies, and other organizations with potential for distribution partnerships.
  • Gather and report data on all professional books marketing initiatives.


Supervision Received:

This role reports directly to the Digital Marketing & Advertising Manager.

Supervision Exercised: 

N/A

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 1 year of communications experience required.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in social media planning, scheduling, and posting for business purposes.
  • Experience in blogging or other content production. 
  • Experience using social media scheduling software. 
  • Experience using an email scheduling platform. 
  • Some familiarity or experience placing digital ads.
  • Some familiarity with data analytics reading and reporting. 

Preferred Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Technological competency.
  • Proofreading skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple task demands.
  • Familiarity with email, social, or other marketing software
  • Familiarity with common blog platforms

Travel, evening/night/weekend work required. Deals with confidential information using discretion and judgment.

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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11/19/2019


Publicity Associate

Position Overview:

This is a vital and vibrant role in our Publicity team which supports our Publicity Manager and department initiatives. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent time-management and prioritization skills, and someone who thrives in an independent or team setting.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Key general media contact for the department
  • Addresses and/or vets phone calls and emails from media, authors, and booksellers
  • Review copy request management
  • Coordinates Publicity Intern program and projects
  • Coordinates overall social media calendar and planning tools
  • Regularly contributes creative content to blog and social media platforms
  • Coordinates and promotes the MIT Press Podcast program schedule
  • Attends and contributes to weekly team meetings and other relevant planning meetings
  • Maintains and facilitates book awards calendar and submissions
  • Plans and schedules promotional advance reader’s copies and galley printings
  • Manages weekly and monthly publicity updates and distributes to other departments and Reps
  • Maintains and distributes media clips, press and event contacts, and title folders/files
  • Pitches press interviews and reviews for a limited number of assigned books each season
  • Drafts press material, including press releases, pitch and galley letters as assigned
  • Liaise with bookstores to organize author events as assigned
  • Represents company at book events as assigned
  • Manages department subscriptions and memberships
  • Provides general administrative support, including mailings, proofreading, etc.
  • Reports to the Senior Publicist

Some travel may be required to pitch the seasonal list to the media and to attend trade shows and conferences.  

Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

Supervision Received:

The Publicity Associate will receive general supervision from the Senior Publicist.

Supervision Exercised:

The Publicity Associate may provide guidance to the Publicity Intern(s)

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years of administrative experience required. 

SKILLS: 

  • Strong interest in book publicity and publishing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and superb attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FileMaker Pro, CisionPoint and Adobe Pro Suite
  • Experience with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium and other platforms
  • Knowledge of academic publishing a plus

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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11/19/2019


Software Developer

Position Overview:

The Software Developer will design, create, maintain, and update web sites, services, databases, and tools to support the industry-leading digital and print publishing at the MIT Press. The candidate will create databases, code, and tools that meet system and industry standards, and will review deliverables to ensure project goals are accomplished. The developer will analyze performance of programs and take action to correct deficiencies based on consultation with users and approval of supervisor. The developer will document tools, internal processes, and processes involving vendor software.

The MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • The candidate will participate in designing, developing and maintaining scholarly digital projects of the MIT Press. 
  • This includes development of work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans and status reports using Jira Software and Confluence or equivalent tools. 
  • Working with other developers, technical staff, and with stakeholders, the candidate will maintain and extend the PHP codebase of a Drupal 8 website hosted at Acquia (mitpress.mit.edu), as well as legacy Drupal 7 websites (cognet.mit.edu, arteca.mit.edu), and support future website migrations. 
  • The developer will create and update internal tools that process incoming and outgoing PDF, XML, image, and other files to support publishing workflows.
  • The job requires the ability to coordinate projects across the Press and with outside vendors. 
  • The candidate will confer with internal users to gain understanding of needed changes or modifications of existing programs.


Supervision Received:

Receives general supervision from the Manager of Software Services. May report to project managers for selected aspects of technical projects.


Supervision Exercised:

Occasional supervision of temporary staff or interns.


Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. 


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum 3 years relevant programming experience required. Advanced knowledge of IT standards/policies required. 

SKILLS: 

  • Experience with the LAMP stack and some combination of XML, XSLT, Java, and PHP development. 
  • Experience with other programming languages/environments/concepts including XPath, XQuery, JavaScript, XML, CSS, SQL, Web Services and REST. 
  • Familiarity with development lifecycles, change management, and operational support. 
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, writing, and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to independently analyze and resolve complex problems is required. 
  • The ability to document programs, programming problems, and resolutions for future reference is required. 
  • The ability to direct supporting technical activities, including system and database administration, is required. 
  • The ability to work proactively and with self-direction within a cross-functional team is required.

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS: 

  • Three years of experience building publishing and/or scholarly publishing projects and experience in web programming and applications development; 
  • Three years of experience customizing and implementing XML publishing tools; 
  • Familiarity with university and research environments, knowledge of information technology and computing applications as implemented in scholarly research services. 
  • Domain knowledge of scholarly journals and books publishing would be a plus.

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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10/08/2019


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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