Jobs

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.

Open Positions:

Senior Acquisitions Editor for Economics, Finance, and Business

The Senior Acquisitions Editor for Economics, Finance, and Business acquires and develops our books in economics, finance, and business, and oversees an existing list of titles that contribute significantly to the MIT Press’s annual income and profitability. The Senior Acquisitions Editor’s primary responsibility is to add to this list approximately 25 new projects each year with an emphasis on field-defining textbooks and monographs along with high-impact trade books; and to project manage approximately the same number of titles through the publication process annually.

The MIT Press is based in Cambridge, MA and offers both in-office and remote working options to employees in the USA and United Kingdom.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Commissions textbook, trade books, and research monographs in economics, finance, and business. Tracks original and consequential research and teaching. Solicits proposals from qualified authors on subjects for which a need has been determined.
  • Using all available data, determines the need for and commercial viability of proposed book projects.
  • Evaluates queries, proposals, and manuscripts from authors and agents to identify prospective projects including new and revised textbooks along with trade books, monographs, reference works, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals.
  • Arranges for projects to be independently peer reviewed by qualified experts, and talks with authors about needed revisions.
  • Consults with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects MIT’s standing among research universities in the field.
  • Travels to key campuses and academic conferences to meet with authors and represent the list.
  • Builds the press’s networks in economics, finance, and business, and positive relationships with researchers, instructors, reviewers, series editors, and others in the field.
  • Seeks out diverse and underrepresented perspectives in line with the Press’s EDI goals
  • Drafts and prepares external contracts; negotiates terms with authors, volume editors, contributors, and series editors.
  • Works with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepares publishing plans for projects ready to go into production.
  • Regularly reviews the backlist for revision opportunities.
  • Coordinates with Marketing and Production departments as needed to evaluate potential and costs for prospective projects.
  • Prepares production estimates, P&Ls statements, and publishing plans. Makes recommendations on commercial viability of new projects.
  • Works with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects, including manuscripts prepared in LaTeX; and with marketing and sales staff to ensure the effective promotion of books for their intended readers.
  • Presents book projects to the Press editorial board, and its marketing and sales staff.
  • Prepares qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials.
  • Manages a list of titles that contribute significantly to the MIT Press’s annual income and profitability
  • Represents the MIT Press effectively with authors and prospects, and generally in external interactions.
  • Performs other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Exercised: Receives support from an Associate Acquisitions Editor, who also supports and reports to one other Acquisitions Editor. The two supervising Editors are responsible for mentoring the Associate Editor, supporting this person’s development in the role and beyond, conducting annual performance evaluations, and meeting regularly to ensure that work obligations are equitably distributed and performed to expectations.

Qualifications and Skills

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

Experience: Minimum 5 years of journalistic or editorial experience required. 

Skills:

  • Strong track record of book acquisitions, including textbooks in economics or a related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of publishing contracts and terms
  • Knowledge of the higher education community
  • Ability to work with academic authors
  • Ability to handle confidential information and/or issues using discretion and good judgement 

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Advanced or bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, business, or a related field
  • Five years or more of book acquisitions experience in economics, finance, business, or a related field 
  • Knowledge of LaTeX

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Computer Support Assistant

To provide routine computer and software applications support such as: network, operating system, and software application problems; software installation; data restoration; installation or upgrades to operating systems, etc., to MIT Press personnel on all platforms. Opportunities to learn application and database customization procedures. This role is hybrid and will require at least three days per week in the Press offices to facilitate in-person support.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Triages and updates all HelpDesk, Data Services, and Website tickets via ServiceNow. Responds in a timely manner, providing explanations and instructions; escalates to appropriate staff or departments as necessary.
  • Follows up on outstanding requests and ensures timely resolution. 
  • Installs and updates basic hardware/software and network systems in coordination with MIT support.
  • Creates accounts and configures hardware/software as part of the onboarding process.
  • Provides first-tier support for audiovisual equipment in the Press offices.
  • Administers local and network printers, copiers, and scanners; replaces toner, clears printer jams, calls for repairs, and follows up on any connectivity problems. 
  • Trains staff on basic software and equipment.
  • Creates and/or updates documentation and/or guidelines for various systems and departmental procedures. 
  • Strives to communicate technical concepts in common terms to ensure understanding for all audiences.
  • Performs standard testing of network facilities and laptop equipment. 
  • Administers department voice accounts and updates department telephone trees.
  • Maintains all department MIT Mailman and Moira lists. Adds and removes users from access lists and periodically conducts audits on lists to maintain security.
  • Supports backup software for all laptops. Monitors backup systems for all department computers.
  • Depending on interest, shadows in-house developers as they address issues and implement features. 
  • On rare occasions, may work nights and weekends if any installation or process needs to be completed off-hours.
  • Work may require lifting and moving objects weighing 10 to 20 lbs. Work may require moving from site to site (Press offices and Bookstore, a short distance apart). 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications and Skills

Education: High school diploma or equivalent required.

Experience: Minimum 2 years computer user support experience required. 

Skills:

  • Working knowledge of common software applications and processes preferred. 
  • Ability to communicate technical information and issues effectively to others. 
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Preferred Education and Experience: Experience supporting a mixed-platform (Mac and PC) environment. 

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MITops Program Lead

The MIT Open Publishing Services (MITops) Program Lead will be responsible for shaping and executing the strategy for the growth of the Press’s newest publishing venture. MITops, conceived and managed by the MIT Press, offers a portfolio of services to mission-aligned partners, including peer review support and editorial development; professional copyediting and design; marketing and publicity; and hosting on the PubPub platform.  

The Program Lead (PL) will serve as a key member of the MITops strategic team and assist with overall strategy, programmatic management, and business development. In concert with Press directors and managers and the senior team at our technology partner, the Knowledge Futures Group, the PL will help to identify and recruit institutional partners and independent scholarly publishers that need professional publishing services. The PL will be responsible for building and maintaining a network of experienced publishing contractors that can provide services such as copyediting and marketing. The PL will work closely and collaboratively with the PubPub team to scope and develop online community publishing solutions that meet partner expectations cost effectively. One-year contract role, with possibility of permanent hire.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

Business Development 

Working independently, and also collaboratively with the Press’s Acquisitions Editors and the Director of Journals and Open Access, identify and recruit 6 publishing partners in year 1 and up to 8-10 annually at a steady rate.

  • Negotiate contracts with partners and related content providers
  • Identify opportunities for innovation in content creation, curation, sourcing, and dissemination 
  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for content portfolio growth and diversification, including industry positioning, content roadmaps, strategy for selecting and acquiring content, and investment optimization. 
  • Seek program and project funding as appropriate

Project Evaluation and Planning

In concert with the Director of Journals and Open Access, coordinate the project development process including scope development, budget preparation, work plan development, and day-to-day coordination. 

  • Implement operational and administrative activities for the MITops program
  • Represent MITops program to internal and external stakeholders 
  • In collaboration with the PubPub team and key MITP stakeholders, develop project plans and execution approaches; revise to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Determine resource requirements based on project SOWs and the client/partner’s specific service requirements and budget 
  • In concert with the KFG, create and update detailed project schedules, track deliverables throughout various phases, and report on current project status to the cross-organizational team and project partners 
  • Oversee the vendor and independent contractor relationships 
  • Identify and monitor project dependencies and critical paths; manage program scope and schedule, identify and resolve issues, and report on current project status to the cross-organizational team and project partners
  • Track project milestones and deliverables; manage risks and issues; communicate progress clearly and regularly to the PubPub team and MITP staff
  • Schedule project status and working meetings; prepare and distribute progress reports to key stakeholders, including the MITops Advisory Board
  • Manage expectations and coordinate communication for assigned projects and partners
  • Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within project teams, should they arise
  • Conduct project post-mortems with a focus on continued improvement 
  • Develop methods for collecting feedback and ensure tracking of key program metrics; compile, review, and analyze data to evaluate program metrics; determine and implement next steps, resolution of issues, etc.
  • Review and revise existing business model for MITops with the MITP Director of Finance; regularly report on financial performance of the program/project to the Press Director and Publisher and the executive staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills

Experience: Minimum 3 years of administrative and/or project/program management experience required, with at least 2 years of product, marketing, or business development experience, preferably in scholarly and/or books/journals publishing. An understanding of the principals and praxis of open science and open scholarship. 

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. 

Skills:

  • Strong communications skills and customer service orientation
  • Track record of ability to set up systems and processes to manage communications and outreach
  • Basic understanding of current and evolving digital scholarship methodologies, state-of-the-art production technologies, and multimodal software applications.

Preferred: 5-7 years’ product, marketing, or business development experience, preferably in scholarly and/or books/journals publishing or in open scholarship community management. 

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Editorial, Design, and Production (EDP) Assistant 

The Editorial, Design, and Production Assistant will provide administrative and data entry support across the editorial, design, and production departments. To be successful in this role you should be comfortable working with external vendors and other departments within the Press, possess strong time management skills to allow for timely completion of weekly and daily tasks, and be interested in learning how books are made.

This is a full-time, 35 hour per week position. MIT Press offers a hybrid work environment. This position can be fully remote, partially remote, or fully onsite. Please note there may be occasions where onsite work is required. The EDP Assistant will report to the Director of EDP and Publishing Logistics and will receive project guidance from EDP managers and other EDP staff as needed.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform initial review of final manuscripts to confirm they follow turnover guidelines/checklist
  • Maintain CIP data application process for all titles with Library of Congress
  • Request castoffs
  • Enter and maintain EDP metadata fields in the Press’ internal title management database and in our distributor’s web portal
  • Distribute “Look Inside the Book” assets
  • Generate and distribute weekly reprint and on sale reports
  • Process invoices from vendors and prepare purchase orders for new vendors
  • Update P&Ls
  • Coordinate moving physical books to the storage annex (this requires the ability to pack, sort, and lift boxes weighing approximately 25 lbs.)
  • Additional tasks/projects as needed

Qualifications and Skills

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent required 
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience

Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, and knowledge of editing and proofreading a plus
  • 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, Outlook, FileMaker Pro, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Willingness to learn and use new software

Preferred Education and Experience:

Education:

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field

Experience

  • Proven experience in a book publishing environment, familiarity with InDesign, and knowledge of book printing a plus. 

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7/12/22

Production Assistant 

The Publishing Production Assistant is responsible for coordinating the placement of backlist titles into our print-on-demand platform (40%), archiving final files for MITP frontlist titles (30%), and assisting on various reprints (30%). MIT Press offers a hybrid work environment. This position can be fully remote, partially remote, or fully onsite. Reports to the Production Manager with oversight from Production Coordinators as needed.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare backlist titles for inclusion in MITP’s print-on-demand program by reviewing files and working with our POD partner to ensure file accuracy and printability.
  • Create and maintain Excel spreadsheets with POD metadata
  • Download archive files from via FTP and upload and organize assets into our content management system
  • Prepare cost estimates, update P&Ls, route and track proofs, and manage reprint schedules for backlist books as needed
  • Process invoices from vendors and prepare purchase orders for new vendors
  • Additional tasks/projects as needed

Qualifications and Skills

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent required 
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience 

Skills:

  • 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, Outlook, FileMaker Pro
  • Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and FileMaker.

Preferred Education and Experience:

Education:

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field

Experience

  • Proven experience in a book publishing environment, familiarity with InDesign, and knowledge of book printing a plus. 

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7/12/22

Manager, Academic and Library Marketing

MANAGER, ACADEMIC AND LIBRARY MARKETING (MILM), MIT Press, to manage day-to-day activities and communicate, market, and build MIT Press’s message and brand among academic and library audiences.  Will be responsible for developing, budgeting, and implementing cross-channel, data-informed marketing and communications strategies for all MIT Press institutional products, journals, books, and other products, with a specific focus on reaching academic partners, faculty, and libraries; conducting robust analysis of customer data and web traffic to optimize discovery and identify new opportunities; producing effective promotions materials and marketing collateral; managing advertising and marketing programs to public and academic libraries; overseeing textbook, exhibits, and journals review marketing programs; supervising the associate manager of textbooks marketing, the exhibits manager, and the global marketing manager. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in a related field; at least three years of experience; excellent writing, editing, analytical, organizational, and communication skills; strategic approach to daily activities; ability to work independently and as part of a team and manage an annual budget; deep knowledge of the media and marketplace; demonstrated proficiency with current and emerging social media and digital platforms; experience analyzing digital metrics; experience using Mailchimp, Hubspot or similar marketing automation tools; experience using content management systems such as Drupal; familiarity with social advertising platforms and owned social management tools such as Hootsuite; basic knowledge of HTML and CSS and familiarity with Drupal and Medium; proficiency with all Microsoft applications and Photoshop. PREFERRED: experience with Google Analytics and experience managing a team of two or more. Job #21298-7

Hybrid or remote work arrangements may be considered for this position.

revised 5/23/22

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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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