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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.

 


 

Events and Outreach Assistant

EVENTS AND OUTREACH ASSISTANTMIT Press-Bookstore, to coordinate the MIT Press Bookstore's community outreach and marketing efforts, including planning, promoting, and executing the authors@mit lecture series.  Responsibilities include overseeing fourteen authors@mit events per term and growing attendance, working with bookstore management and other Press departments to identify candidates for the series, and communicating with authors and other community groups to develop the schedule; maintaining a sales presence at additional events; identifying/developing opportunities to co-sponsor events; producing event marketing materials, executing promotional plans, handling logistics, coordinating RSVPs and ticket/book sales, and completing post-event reporting; working with the bookstore management to develop and implement a promotional marketing plan; and with a development associate on an outreach strategy to elevate the profile and build awareness of the bookstore; assisting with the promotion of the bookstore’s Espresso Book Machine program; and performing a variety of other duties, e.g., newsletter production, social media and website maintenance, etc. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma or its equivalent; three years’ related experience; excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills; experience collaborating with a team; attention to detail; initiative; comfort with public speaking; experience with event production, A/V systems, and social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); and familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, Eventbrite, InDesign, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.  Must be able to juggle multiple projects, remain flexible despite shifting priorities, work independently, build/leverage relationships, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs.  Retail or bookselling experience preferred.  Secondary education and a background in a literary/scholarly/arts/nonprofit setting beneficial. An interest in scholarly or nonfiction publishing and familiarity with MIT and MIT Press publications helpful. Job #17206-5

Must be available for evening and weekend work. 


3/12/19

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Journals Subsidiary Rights Associate

JOURNALS SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS ASSOCIATE, MIT Press (MITP), to handle all aspects of licensing and accounting of MITP journal copyrighted content and act as a journals copyright specialist and overall communication conduit regarding departmental issues.  Responsibilities include processing permission requests from outside sources for re-use of copyrighted MITP material published in its forty-plus scholarly journal publications; issuing invoices and responding to email requests regarding permission to reprint/reuse journal content; accounting for and reconciling journals permission payment income through receipt and recording of check deposits and claiming bank wire transfers; establishing a regular dunning schedule; maintaining relationships with abstracting and indexing databases and discovery services with the goal of increased discoverability and recognition of MIT Press journal content; maintaining relationship with Copyright Clearance Center; registering the copyright for each journal issue with the Library of Congress; advising journal editorial offices on copyright issues and compliance; proofreading journal articles and issues for accurate copyright indications; maintaining publication agreement archives; generating annual journal permission sales analysis by income source and arranging for royalty payments; database maintenance; and coordinating antipiracy efforts and practices and troubleshooting issues. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma (college degree preferred); three years’ publishing experience, preferably with an emphasis on intellectual property management; excellent organizational and verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail; ability to understand basic concepts of copyright law and to communicate them clearly to others; ability to manage and respond to a large volume of email in a timely manner; proficiency with FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Word, and Excel; and discretion and good judgment with confidential information/issues. Experience with account management desirable. Job #17177-5

3/4/19

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Acquisitions Assistant/Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow

ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT/MELLON UNIVERSITY PRESS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP, MIT Press, to work closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Will also work with other departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects. May take on additional projects as well. 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 the press and interacting with book buyers and authors at academic conferences; and attending in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.

The Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing 14 month fellowships in the acquisitions departments of six university presses.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.A./B.S. (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. preferred); a commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books. 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; 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 are preferred.

Travel to conferences is required.

This is a 14-month, entry-level position.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AUP. Fellows will be notified by April 15, 2019, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2019.

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01/2719


 

Managing Editor

Position Overview:

The cryptocurrency space has grown rapidly in a short period of time. This exponential growth of institutions, capital, and information has brought a host of challenges: How can you determine the signal from the noise? Who can you trust? What is a fact? The cryptocurrency space needs an authoritative source of information, more interdisciplinary discussion, and more neutral analysis of ongoing research. As the managing editor of this new cryptocurrency journal, you will incorporate input from researchers in this space and feedback on the DCI’s Cryptocurrency Research Review to create a journal that publishes reviews of cryptocurrency and blockchain research in addition to peer reviewed research papers. More specifically, you will be responsible for facilitating decisions regarding which papers to review, soliciting articles, and coordinating all aspects of the editorial operation for a new pre-print server and journal in cryptocurrency research. You will uphold and promote the policies of the journal's owner/publisher in work with editorial decision-makers, journal board members, authors, reviewers, cryptocurrency community practitioners, other contributors, and members of the journal's reading public.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

EDITORIAL OFFICE OPERATION

  • Coordinate decision-making process amongst associate editors and editors-in-chief, using tact, encouragement, and persistence as needed.
  • Inform and remind editors-in-chief of matters pertaining to publisher's policies, requirements, and deadlines.
  • Provide editors-in-chief with periodic progress reports, performance statistics, and recommendations related to associate editors' workload, responsiveness, and task completion.
  • Answer e-correspondence from contributors, reviewers, associate editors, guest editors, and other inquirers, independently and in a timely way (same day if possible).
  • Work with journal contributors and the technology team to resolve any issues with the journal’s website.
  • Work with the EIC and associate editors to identify potential new contributors and coordinate outreach.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Working directly with the marketing department at MIT Press and members of the MIT Media Lab, this position will be responsible for developing a community of researchers and readers who will form the main audience for the journal. This will include being an evangelist for the journal’s mission to bring rigour to the understanding of cryptocurrency, but also to build bridges to other important outlets for cryptocurrency research.

EDITORIAL/PEER REVIEW PROCESS

Manage the editorial and peer review process in its entirety. This process involves soliciting and collecting articles and reviews; checking articles for conformity to journal submission guidelines and seeking revision where needed; obtaining assignment of peer reviewers from editor(s)-in-chief; setting deadlines for revision and providing reminders; re-formatting and editing articles and reviews for language issues as needed; obtaining editor-in-chief decisions; communicating decisions to contributors; setting deadlines and providing guidelines for submitting revised manuscripts; and distributing acceptance documents to contributors.

PRODUCTION

  • Communicate regularly with MIT Press production coordinator concerning status and flow of expected final-version manuscripts.
  • Provide MIT Press production department with same-date notification of manuscript acceptance.
  • Work with production coordinator to facilitate the copyediting and proofreading of manuscripts.
  • Provide editorial office notes on revised pages. Other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED: Qualifications include a BA or BS and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the cryptocurrency space including terminology and key and emerging topics. Publishing experience is preferred but not required. Community building skills are a must as is familiarity with academic practice. Editing skills are highly desirable. Demonstrated strong English verbal and written business communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

Also required: Excellent critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Strong organizational, prioritization, and attention-to-detail capabilities and an ability to build relationships both internally and externally. The applicant needs to manage their time to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure. An ability to plan and manage multiple projects and effectively multi-task and work within a team or independently is crucial.

PREFERRED: Boston/Cambridge location preferred but not essential.

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01/16/19


 

Senior Acquisitions Editor for Architecture and Art

The MIT Press seeks an experienced Acquisitions Editor to acquire, manage, and build our internationally recognized list of trade and scholarly books on architecture, art, and cultural studies.  

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

  • Evaluate, develop, sign, and publish 25 to 30 new book projects each year by emerging and established authors whose work is fundamental to contemporary art and architectural thought and practice and to the shaping of future discourse in those fields;
  • Work with press colleagues, authors, and editorial advisors to cultivate and grow a publishing program known for its editorial quality, design excellence, global reach, and intellectual challenge; 
  • Sustain and develop productive and collegial ties with a large network of authors (including practitioners as well as scholars) and institutions (museum, galleries, institutes, foundations) throughout the world; 
  • Travel to conferences, exhibitions, campuses, and book fairs as needed to meet with authors, curators, and publishers;
  • Establish priorities and consult with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure that the publishing program reflects the highest standard of work being done at MIT and other universities in these fields; 
  • Evaluate and commission proposals for trade books, scholarly works, professional monographs, textbooks, reference works, exhibition catalogs, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals; provide constructive feedback on all such projects to realize their maximum impact and potential; 
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts; 
  • Arrange for the review and translation of works written in foreign languages. 
  • Procure external funding as needed to offset production costs, enhance design elements, or lower retail prices of contracted projects; 
  • Negotiate contracts for books, book series, new imprints, and co-publication arrangements; work with authors, agents, publishing partners, and rightsholders 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;
  • Over time, develop a vision and selection strategy for the publishing program that reflects its historic origins, anticipates its future directions, and insures the uniqueness of its character from other offerings;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with internal staff and external clients and partners; 
  • Manage an assistant, shared with one other acquiring editor
  • Represent and act as an ambassador for the MIT Press in all external interactions;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Required: Qualifications include a BA or BS; at least five years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the fields of art and architecture; broad cultural experience and connections; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; solid negotiation skills; familiarity with art and architectural communities and histories in academic and non-academic, Western and non-Western contexts; the ability to work with scholars, practitioners, and activists working in different languages and cultural contexts; and knowledge of publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows. 

Location: Position can be based in our Cambridge, MA or London, UK offices. It does not allow for remote working arrangements.

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