Title: Associate Publicist
Req Number: mit-00009674
Department: MIT Press
Location(s): Cambridge MA
FT/PT: Full Time
Employment / Payroll Category: Support
ASSOCIATE PUBLICIST, MIT Press, to secure endorsements for about 200 forthcoming books each year. Duties include working with marketing, acquisitions editors, and authors to identify potential endorsers; contacting, sending out page proofs to, and following up with these candidates; editing comments for style and effectiveness; circulating endorsements to promotions and acquisitions staff; working with catalog manager to circulate jacket copy; checking jacket copy and proofs for accuracy; carefully monitoring book schedules to ensure endorsements are obtained in a timely manner; and keeping uncorrected page proofs and PDFs for staff use. Will also develop media campaigns for a select list of new books, including trade and professional titles; work closely with the authors of these books and with journalists who may be interested in covering them; write pitch letters and press releases; research media; assemble mailing lists for galleys and review copies; schedule interviews; develop press kits; post publicity and news items on the Press blog; sustain an informed dialogue with journalists about new and upcoming titles; help promote Press titles on various social media outlets, including writing blog posts; and help with other duties as requested.
This is not an entry level job.
REQUIREMENTS: at least two years of related experience in publishing or public relations; superior organizational skills; ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and write clearly about complex subjects; and a clear grasp of the various media that cover books and authors. An interest in science, the arts, and current affairs helpful. Strong candidates will be avid consumers of news and cultural stories. Bachelor's degree strongly preferred. MIT-00009674-5