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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.

Open Positions:

Acquisitions Assistant

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

  • 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 maintenance 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.

Qualifications and 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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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. 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 cultivates 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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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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