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Senior Publishing Technology Specialist

Summary:

SENIOR PUBLISHING TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST, MIT Press, to serve as the point person for evaluating and implementing new technologies and assist with developing technology strategies for the Books and Journals divisions.  Will optimize the creation and distribution of eBooks, digital journal materials, and supplemental materials by managing both the integration of current systems and implementation of new technologies; help streamline and integrate each divisions’ digital production and distribution infrastructure; liaise with current technology providers (e.g., Atypon and Firebrand) to ensure smooth operation; manage vendor relationships; manage metadata initiatives; assist with digitization projects; assist in training staff to use new technologies; maintain thorough documentation and interface with software development team to introduce and build upon current books and journals requirements; stay abreast of technology developments; work with stakeholders to identify and document requirements for new technology projects and platforms and with developers to codify these requirements into workable designs; and meet with potential publishing clients and explain the Press' technology approach and future direction.

Required Skills:

At least five years’ experience working in an academic publishing environment; working knowledge of XML, DTDs, ePub, and HTML; demonstrated ability to manage vendor relationships; ability to multitask; excellent oral and written communication skills; and ability to communicate complex technical issues to nontechnical staff and vendors.  Familiarity with a broad range of technologies including content platforms, production systems, e-commerce, content management systems, manuscript cleanup systems (e.g., eXtyles), Google Analytics, web technologies, mobile reading devices, and subscription management systems preferred.  Master’s degree in library science or publishing also preferred, as is a general understanding of programming technologies (especially XSLT transforms). Experience working on scholarly journals a plus. 

 

Sales Assistant

Summary:

SALES ASSISTANT, MIT Press (part-time, 20 hrs/wk.), to provide sales support.  Will create and develop special sales initiatives, both frontlist and backlist; write copy for special sales email blasts and letters; work with MIT to increase sales to departments and individuals of the Institute; work to grow the local Kendall Square special sales outreach; manage special sales rep group(s); assist authors with orders.  Will also provide general sales support, including a variety of mailings; assist with seasonal projects and special projects; and respond to general sales emails.

Required Skills:

Detail-orientation; self-motivation; computer proficiency and experience with Excel, Word, FileMaker, design programs, and databases; excellent organizational, communication, and customer service skills; and a genuine interest in book, journal, or magazine sales.  Publishing, book retail, or other selling experiences a plus. 

Schedule to be determined.

 

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