To join one of the world’s leading university presses, leading a staff of 103 with seven direct reports. The MIT Press publishes monographs, textbooks, journals, and reference works in a wide range of fields, from art and architecture to economics to cognitive science and neuroscience. Will lead the Press’s initiatives in all areas of development, from traditional content acquisition through the exploration, development, and management of innovative new tools and technologies for delivery of ideas and intellectual property to a worldwide audience. Will also oversee the MIT Press Bookstore.
Ten years’ senior management experience in scholarly publishing, the capacity to innovate, the ability to operate effectively in a university environment, and strong management and financial skills. Job #11906-S
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The MIT Press seeks a highly motivated and creative Senior Publicist to develop and implement publicity campaigns for a substantial portion of the 200 trade and professional titles published by the Press each year. These span a wide range of subjects including architecture, art, computing, economics, environmental studies, new media, philosophy, and science. The Senior Publicist works closely with the authors of his or her assigned books as well as with journalists who may be interested in covering them in reviews, interviews, news articles, or cultural stories. The Senior Publicist writes pitch letters and press releases, researches media, assembles mailing lists for galleys and review copies, schedules interviews, organizes author tours, signings, and other book related events, develops press kits, posts publicity and news items on the Press blog and social media sites, and sustains an informed dialogue with journalists (print, broadcast, and online) about new and upcoming titles of likely interest. The Senior Publicist also communicates results to Press staff and authors and helps with training of other members of the department, including assisting the Publicity Manager in training other members of the department and reviewing their press materials and review lists. Some travel may be required to pitch the seasonal list to the media and to attend trade shows and conferences.
The ideal candidate would have at least 3-4 years of publicity experience; be very organized and able to write clearly about complex subjects; have the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; have media contacts and possess a proven track record publicizing serious nonfiction; and experience working on author tours and events. An interest in science, the arts, and current affairs is helpful for this job; strong candidates will be avid consumers of news and cultural stories. Finalists will be expected to provide a writing sample (not an academic paper) that demonstrates a clear and persuasive style.
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