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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.


Marketing Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator MIT Press-Knowledge Futures Group (KFG)-PubPub, to work with senior KFG staff to execute a multi-channel marketing strategy to promote the publishing services offered by PubPub and related KFG products and services.  PubPub, a joint initiative of the MIT Press and MIT Media Lab, is an open-authoring and publishing system and the leading project of the newly launched Knowledge Futures Group (KFG). PubPub is the primary open access, online publishing platform for the MIT Press and important on-line publishing forum for Media Lab collaborators.  Will support the efforts of PubPub’s community and product managers; help develop and implement a data-influenced marketing campaign, including client recruitment and business development; build a marketing toolkit to ensure consistent messaging; refine brand positioning to best target PubPub marketing efforts; help create marketing plans for the platform services; update and optimize the public-facing PubPub and KFG websites; analyze campaign performance; execute various online and print marketing activities; and perform other duties as needed.  Responsibilities include establishing relationships with existing PubPub clients and potential adopters; jointly planning and initiating advertising, email, and social campaigns for PubPub and KFG; assisting with developing and implementing sustainable business models for PubPub; managing PubPub’s project calendar; and organizing community events. 

Qualifications & Skills:

EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred.

EXPERIENCE: At least three (2) years’ software product, marketing, and business development experience, preferably in scholarly publishing or in open source community management.  Proven success coordinating promotional campaigns. Strong communications skills and customer service orientation. SKILLS: Strong organizational skills; ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and write clearly about complex subjects. An interest in science, the arts, and current affairs is helpful.

11/2/18

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Library Sales Representative

The MIT Press, a leader in university press publishing with a global academic reputation for publishing content that advances scientific and technological discourse, is currently seeking a Library Sales Representative. This position will be located in our office in Cambridge, MA and will be responsible for selling new and existing online products to the academic library, school and public, and corporate markets. The products include digital collections, journal subscriptions, and e-books. The person in this role will take a key part in launching a new ebook product to market, with a focus on the US and Canada territory.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience in publishing or digital sales or related fields such as marketing or library science. Responsibilities include:

  • Research and target new business through research, networking, and cold calling.
  • Maintain and further develop relationships with existing customers.
  • Respond daily to high volumes of customer/internal queries.
  • Prepare quotes, negotiate pricing, and provide follow-up through all stages of the sales process.
  • Track and report monthly sales activities, including customer feedback, and convey to appropriate department (marketing, product development, acquisitions editors, and MITP management).
  • Track renewal dates, retention rates, and customer data via Salesforce, and regularly report key metrics.
  • Closely collaborate with colleagues in sales, marketing, customer service, and product development to ensure customer satisfaction and quickly resolve outstanding customer issues.
  • Moderate travel: site visits within sales territory and attendance at key library conferences.
  • Work closely with customer service to establish and monitor trials for potential customers, monitor usage of trials, set up access, and resolve customer issues in a timely manner.
  • Regular use of software tools such as RedLink, Atypon Insights, and other tools and data related to institutional subscriptions.
  • Create and execute public sales presentations.

Reports to the Manager of Institutional Sales.

This is not a supervisory role; however, at the direction of manager, there may be some supervision of outside sales representatives.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience in publishing or digital sales or related fields such as library science or marketing.
  • Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to prioritize and work independently as well as within a team environment, and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce.
  • Travel: Up to 20% of time including conferences and library visits.

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Managing Editor: Cryptocurrency Journal

Overall Mission

The cryptocurrency space has grown rapidly in a short period of time. This exponential growth of institutions, capital, and information has brought a host of challenges: How can you determine the signal from the noise? Who can you trust? What is a fact? As the managing editor of this new cryptocurrency journal, you’ll curate foundational research to direct this burgeoning field. More specifically you will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the editorial operation and the peer review process for a new pre-print server and journal in cryptocurrency research. You will uphold and promote the policies of the journal's owner/publisher in work with editorial decision-makers, journal board members, peer reviewers, authors, manuscript submitters, and members of the journal's reading public.

Editorial Office Operation

  • Coordinate decision-making process amongst associate editors and editors-in-chief, using tact, encouragement, and persistence as needed.
  • Inform and remind editors-in-chief of matters pertaining to publisher's policies, requirements, and deadlines.
  • Provide editors-in-chief with periodic progress reports, performance statistics, and recommendations related to associate editors' workload, responsiveness, and task completion.
  • Answer e-correspondence from authors, prospective authors, reviewers, associate editors, guest editors, and other inquirers, independently and in a timely way (same day if possible).
  • Work with authors and the technology team to resolve any issues authors may have with the journal’s website.
  • Work with the EIC and associate editors to identify potential new authors and coordinate outreach.

Community Building

Working directly with the marketing department at MIT Press and members of the MIT Media Lab, this position will be responsible for developing a community of researchers and readers who will form the main audience for the journal. This will include being an evangelist for the journal’s mission to bring rigor to the understanding of cryptocurrency, but also to build bridges to other important outlets for cryptocurrency research.

Editorial/Peer Review Process

  • Manage the editorial peer review process in its entirety. This process involves acknowledging preprints selected for peer review, checking for conformity to journal submission guidelines and seeking revision where needed; obtaining assignment of peer reviewers from editor(s)-in-chief; setting deadlines for peer review and providing reminders; collecting reviews, reformatting and editing them for language issues as needed; obtaining editor-in-chief decisions; distributing decisions along with reviews to authors; setting deadlines and providing guidelines for submitting revised manuscripts; and distributing acceptance documents to authors.

Production

  • Communicate regularly with MIT Press production coordinator concerning status and flow of expected final-version manuscripts.
  • Provide MIT Press production department with same-date notification of manuscript acceptance.
  • Work with production coordinator to facilitate the copyediting and proofreading of manuscripts.
  • Provide editorial office notes on revised pages.

Requirements

Qualifications include a BA or BS and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the cryptocurrency space including terminology and key and emerging topics. Publishing experience preferred but not required. Community building skills a must as is familiarity with academic practice. Editing skills highly desirable. Demonstrated strong English verbal and written business communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Also required: Excellent critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Strong organizational, prioritization, and attention-to-detail capabilities and an ability to build relationships both internally and externally. The applicant needs to manage their time to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure. An ability to plan and manage multiple projects and effectively multi-task and work within a team or independently is crucial.

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Senior Acquisitions Editor for Architecture and Art

The MIT Press seeks an experienced Acquisitions Editor to acquire, manage, and build our internationally recognized list of trade and scholarly books on architecture, art, and cultural studies.  

The Senior Acquisitions Editor will report to the Editorial Director and will:

  • Evaluate, develop, sign, and publish 25 to 30 new book projects each year by emerging and established authors whose work is fundamental to contemporary art and architectural thought and practice and to the shaping of future discourse in those fields;
  • Work with press colleagues, authors, and editorial advisors to cultivate and grow a publishing program known for its editorial quality, design excellence, global reach, and intellectual challenge; 
  • Sustain and develop productive and collegial ties with a large network of authors (including practitioners as well as scholars) and institutions (museum, galleries, institutes, foundations) throughout the world; 
  • Travel to conferences, exhibitions, campuses, and book fairs as needed to meet with authors, curators, and publishers;
  • Establish priorities and consult with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure that the publishing program reflects the highest standard of work being done at MIT and other universities in these fields; 
  • Evaluate and commission proposals for trade books, scholarly works, professional monographs, textbooks, reference works, exhibition catalogs, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals; provide constructive feedback on all such projects to realize their maximum impact and potential; 
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts; 
  • Arrange for the review and translation of works written in foreign languages. 
  • Procure external funding as needed to offset production costs, enhance design elements, or lower retail prices of contracted projects; 
  • Negotiate contracts for books, book series, new imprints, and co-publication arrangements; work with authors, agents, publishing partners, and rightsholders to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready to go into production; 
  • Work with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects in print and digital formats, and with marketing and sales departments to ensure the effective distribution of books to their intended audiences; 
  • Present new and proposed book projects to the press’s staff, its editorial board, and its sales representatives; 
  • Prepare annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials to help market and promote the list;
  • Over time, develop a vision and selection strategy for the publishing program that reflects its historic origins, anticipates its future directions, and insures the uniqueness of its character from other offerings;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with internal staff and external clients and partners; 
  • Manage an assistant, shared with one other acquiring editor
  • Represent and act as an ambassador for the MIT Press in all external interactions;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Required: Qualifications include a BA or BS; at least five years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the fields of art and architecture; broad cultural experience and connections; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; solid negotiation skills; familiarity with art and architectural communities and histories in academic and non-academic, Western and non-Western contexts; the ability to work with scholars, practitioners, and activists working in different languages and cultural contexts; and knowledge of publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows. 

Location: Position can be based in our Cambridge, MA or London, UK offices. It does not allow for remote working arrangements.

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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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