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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.


Acquisitions Assistant

Position Overview:
The Acquisitions Assistant assists two Acquisitions Editors with project management for the MIT Press’s book programs in education and learning, new media, digital humanities, game studies, science fiction, and design. The Acquisitions Assistant manages distinct and critical phases of project development for approximately 40 projects per year, across a range of publication types including trade books, textbooks, and professional monographs. The Acquisitions Assistant also works with authors and MIT Press staff to facilitate effective review and consideration of project proposals and manuscripts, and manuscript production. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Working with authors to prepare manuscripts and artwork for production; 
  • Data entry and maintenance of project data in title management system (Filemaker);
  • Coordinate the peer review process by querying potential reviewers and making sure review process stays on schedule.
  • Soliciting endorsements for forthcoming books; 
  • Sending contracts and tax documents to authors for signature and coordinating advance payments;
  • General administrative responsibilities, including planning around seasonal deadlines and maintenenance of project schedules.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for projects assigned by acquisitions editor following contract signing. 
  • Identify competing books, potential course adoptions, and areas of growth in emerging fields.
  • Develop financial projections as requested by editor.
  • Research and prepare contracts and other documents, including project dockets, publishing plans, and sales sheets. 
  • Locate copyright holders of artwork for jackets and interior of books. 
  • Review final manuscripts to ensure that preparation guidelines have been followed. 
  • Collaborate with other departments and act as liaison with authors.
  • Represent the Press at academic conferences. 
  • 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. The level of daily supervision received may vary depending on the acquisition editor. 

Supervision Exercised:
 None. 

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. Previous publishing experience is helpful, but not required.

SKILLS:

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, 
  • Strong administrative computer skills (MS Word, FileMaker, Excel, PowerPoint), 
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple task demands, and effectively manage time,
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues (including reviewer identities, tax forms, etc.) using discretion and judgment,
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enjoy working in teams when necessary.

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02/25/21


Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow/Acquisitions Assistant

Position Overview:
The MIT Press seeks applicants with strong or exceptional academic backgrounds for the prestigious Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship*. This role assists two Acquisitions Editors with project management for the MIT Press’s book programs in Information Science, Communication, Internet Studies, Culture and Technology. Manages distinct and critical phases of project development for approximately 30 projects per year, across a range of publication types including trade books, textbooks, and professional monographs. This is a full-time, entry level position. 

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, including the University of Washington Press, Northwestern University Press, the University of Chicago Press, Cornell University Press, the Ohio State University Press, and the MIT Press.

Application deadline: March 15, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AUP. Fellows will be notified by April 15, 2021, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2021.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Working with authors to prepare manuscripts and artwork for production; 
  • Data entry and maintenance of project data in title management system (Filemaker);
  • Coordinate the peer review process by querying potential reviewers and making sure review process stays on schedule; 
  • Soliciting endorsements for forthcoming books; 
  • Sending contracts and tax documents to authors for signature and coordinating advance payments;
  • General administrative responsibilities, including planning around seasonal deadlines and maintenenance of project schedules.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Research and prepare contracts and other documents, including project dockets, publishing plans, and sales sheets. 
  • Locate copyright holders of artwork for jackets and interior of books. 
  • Review final manuscripts to ensure that preparation guidelines have been followed. 
  • Collaborate with other departments and act as liaison with authors.
  • Represent the Press at academic conferences. 
  • 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 the Editorial Director and the Acquisitions Department Manager. 

Supervision Exercised:
None. 

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent required. B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years of administrative experience required. Previous publishing experience is not required.

QUALIFICATIONS: 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 that correspond to the major lists of the participating publishers or are relevant to diversity; a 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.

SKILLS:

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, 
  • Strong administrative computer skills (MS Word, FileMaker, Excel, PowerPoint), 
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple task demands, and effectively manage time,
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues (including reviewer identities, tax forms, etc.) using discretion and judgment,
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enjoy working in teams when necessary.

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02/25/21


Textbook Sales Associate

Position Overview:
The Textbook Sales Associate will support our worldwide textbook sales effort by implementing a new inside sales strategy, providing customer support, and managing customer and sales data, which includes devising new systems for sales tracking and reporting. The goal of this position is to maximize sales opportunites in the higher ed market. This is not a commission-based role. 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Inside Sales
Prepares sales strategy for key textbooks; employes a variety of sales techniques including cold calls and email campaigns to develop leads and close adoptions
Achieves seasonal sales targets, contributing to the overall revenue and profit objectives of the organization
Tracks all sales opportunities and customer communications in sales database (Salesforce)
Prepares reports of sales activities, highlighting any challenges and makes recommendations for resolution
Gathers relevant market intelligence and communicates to key stakeholders

Data and Reporting
Creates sales materials for outsourced sales teams 
Prepares monthly textbook sales reports, focusing on both domestic and international sales performance in both print and digital 
Monitors inventory levels to ensure adequate textbook stockholding
Liases with colleagues in other sales teams to develop effective reporting tools and best practices

Customer Support
Acts as the main point of contact for textbook customer service inquiries
Reviews and approves exam and desk copy requests
Fulfills print desk copy requests
Provides digital files for accessibility requests
Provides pricing quotes and facilitates sales for bulk eTextbook purchases

Miscellaneous
Uses market knowledge gained through customer interactions to collaborate with the Textbook Marketing Manager to develop campaigns to drive textbook growth
Stays connected to developments and trends in the higher ed market, in particular for digital products and new business models
Posts ancillary files to eTextbook platform and updates internal tracking systems accordingly
Acts as primarly textbook sales liaison for author events and professional conferences
Builds and maintains effective external and internal relationships
Other duties as needed or required

Supervision Received:
Reports to the Manager, Textbook Strategy and Development

Supervision Exercised:
None.

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 5 years of administrative and/or sales experience required, preferably within academic publishing.

SKILLS:
A commercial outlook; the ability to make recommendations to support sales targets
Experience with data management, analysis, and reporting
Intermediate level user of Salesforce and Excel
A demonstrated focus on customer satisfaction and service
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work independently, on deadline

PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
This is a new position within the organization and would benefit from a creative, highly-organized self-starter who is prepared to shape the role, processes, and tools while adhering to industry best practices.

Apply Here

02/25/21


** 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.

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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