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.

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 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: Cambridge, MA or London UK

Journals Marketing Associate

Position Overview:

Under supervision by the Manager, Institutional Marketing, the Journals Marketing Associate (JMA) coordinates the logistical and creative aspects of marketing subscriptions, single-copy sales, and pay-per-view options for over 35 scholarly journals and approximately 3 digital products to individuals, libraries, and other institutions. In collaboration with the advertising and digital marketing team, the exhibits manager, and the wider publicity team, and under supervision of the Manager, Institutional Marketing, the JMA assists in promoting these products through advertising, email and direct mail campaigns, electronic media, conferences, special events, and publicity. The JMA also serves as the primary publicity and promotions contact for the Press’s full range of subscription products.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in publicity work, including responsibility for posting frequent updates to the MIT Press Twitter feed, blog, Facebook page, and other promotional and social media outlets. Coordinate communications with editorial staff to gather news items. Under direction, also responsible for writing press release copy and coordinating with books division publicity for Press-wide projects. Assists in implementation of posting on the journals website homepage carousel.
  • Write copy for and distribute customized issue releases for select journals.
  • Co-manage podcast series with wider publicity team: Post audio files, coordinate recording dates/times with various speakers, promote availability of podcast and expand upon the conversation recorded.
  • Organize and distribute a bimonthly Institutional Marketing report for internal distribution to press staff.
  • Accompany editorial and marketing staff to select conferences and meetings across the country and act as a MIT Press representative; meet with customers and editorial staff as required; display strong knowledge of catalog and ability to communicate mission of the Press.
  • Work with manager to supervise, design, and manage tasks of the departmental intern(s); coordinate entry/exit administrative items for intern.
  • Coordinate regular distribution and collection of journals marketing questionnaires.
  • In collaboration with the advertising and digital marketing team, help to plan and initiate advertising, email, and direct mail campaigns. This effort may include researching and negotiating mailing lists, developing copy and reviewing it with external editorial staff, and coordinating design and distribution.
  • Handle non-campaign postal projects, including national and international mailings of marketing material.
  • Coordinate pre-conference publicity efforts and promotions for journals and digital products through direct mail, e-mail, website presence, and social media.
  • Serve as backup for the exchange advertising program with the subscription sales manager, which includes regular maintenance of relations with outside publications, coordination of design and updates with Promotions Designer, and follow-up with published proofs of advertisement.
  • Help to create, maintain and analyze promotion reports to measure success of marketing campaigns. Revision of reports at anniversary dates. Assistance in creating of yearly marketing reports. Tracking and modification of departmental schedules/procedures on wiki.
  • Other marketing-related tasks as necessary, including support of the Journals Director as requested.

Qualifications & Skills: 

Bachelors degree in English, marketing or equivalent preferred. A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; excellent proof-reading skills. Must be well organized, detail-oriented, capable of multitasking, self-motivated, and energetic. Creative and critical thinking. Comfort with reviewing, assessing, and interpreting data. Strict adherence to assigned budgets and schedules.

Skills Required:

Fluency in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Adobe Acrobat Pro, FileMaker Pro, and HTML. Fluency in all major social media platforms and related evaluation tools.

Skills Preferred:

Working knowledge of site editing through WSYWYG editor, e-mail distribution software, wiki editing, and intranet posting. Previous experience in marketing and an interest in a wide variety of scholarly disciplines.

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

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Full-Stack Software Developer

Job Description

FULL-STACK SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, MIT Press, to build open-source publishing tools (features, architecture, and documentation) for PubPub, an open authoring and publishing platform initially developed at the MIT Media Lab.  Responsibilities include designing, prototyping, implementing, and extending features for PubPub; designing and leading development of key PubPub architecture components; maintaining project roadmap; prioritizing opportunities and problems based on user feedback and design; participating in the full cycle of application development; sharing knowledge and best-practices through technical documentation; working closely with publishers, authors, and readers to analyze stakeholder needs/requirements and implement solutions; troubleshooting and debug programs; and other duties as needed.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree, preferably in computer science; at least five years’ related experience; experience with open source projects and Git repositories;  proficiency with JavaScript, Node.js, and React; familiarity with ECMAScript 6+ and ability to use browser debugging tools; understanding of browser discrepancies and how to remediate them; familiarity with common UX/UI patterns and typography best practices; interest in and enthusiasm for clean interfaces and visual prototyping (Sketch, Photoshop, etc.); ability to work as part of a cross-functional team; familiarity with software development lifecycle management, including agile and contemporary software practices such as DevOps; and familiarity with software versioning tools and best practices (e.g., Git, SVN).  At least two years’ experience building publishing and/or scholarly publishing projects and experience in web programming and applications development preferred, as is familiarity with university and research environments and knowledge of information technology and computing applications as implemented in scholarly research services. Knowledge of trends in the development of state-of-the art web-based technology also preferred. Domain knowledge of publishing a plus.  Job #16022-P

This is a one-year appointment renewable on an annual basis.

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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.

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