Job Description

PUBLICIST, MIT Press, to work closely with Press authors and the media.  Will be assigned a portion of trade (general audience) titles published by the Press each year in a wide range of subjects including science, technology, architecture, art, computing, design, economics, environmental studies, new media, and other areas.  Responsibilities include sustaining an informed dialogue with print, broadcast, and online media about new and upcoming titles; implementing publicity campaigns; developing press kits; writing pitch letters and press releases for key titles; researching media targets; developing contacts for advance reader's copies and review copies; scheduling media interviews; organizing author tours, signings, and other events; tracking and reporting confirmed media placement and events; working closely with the social media team to ensure exposure of MIT Press media and event news; and writing and sharing content for the MIT Press blog.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a bachelor's degree; at least two years' publicity experience, including work on author tours and events; strong organizational and communication skills; and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, work as part of a team, and write clearly about complex subjects. Must have media contacts and a proven track record publicizing trade nonfiction categories. Strong candidates will share an interest in science, the arts, and current affairs and be avid consumers of news and cultural stories. Specific experience in science trade publishing and of UK and EU markets a plus.  Job #16059-N

The role will involve some travel related to media pitching, trade shows, and conferences, as well as out-of-hours work.


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Full-Stack Software Developer

Job Description

FULL-STACK SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, MIT Press, to build open-source publishing tools (features, architecture, and documentation) for PubPub, an open authoring and publishing platform initially developed at the MIT Media Lab.  Responsibilities include designing, prototyping, implementing, and extending features for PubPub; designing and leading development of key PubPub architecture components; maintaining project roadmap; prioritizing opportunities and problems based on user feedback and design; participating in the full cycle of application development; sharing knowledge and best-practices through technical documentation; working closely with publishers, authors, and readers to analyze stakeholder needs/requirements and implement solutions; troubleshooting and debug programs; and other duties as needed.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree, preferably in computer science; at least five years’ related experience; experience with open source projects and Git repositories;  proficiency with JavaScript, Node.js, and React; familiarity with ECMAScript 6+ and ability to use browser debugging tools; understanding of browser discrepancies and how to remediate them; familiarity with common UX/UI patterns and typography best practices; interest in and enthusiasm for clean interfaces and visual prototyping (Sketch, Photoshop, etc.); ability to work as part of a cross-functional team; familiarity with software development lifecycle management, including agile and contemporary software practices such as DevOps; and familiarity with software versioning tools and best practices (e.g., Git, SVN).  At least two years’ experience building publishing and/or scholarly publishing projects and experience in web programming and applications development preferred, as is familiarity with university and research environments and knowledge of information technology and computing applications as implemented in scholarly research services. Knowledge of trends in the development of state-of-the art web-based technology also preferred. Domain knowledge of publishing a plus.  Job #16022-P

This is a one-year appointment renewable on an annual basis.


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MIT Press Bookstore: Events and Outreach Specialist


This is a halftime (60%) role. As part of a small dynamic team, coordinate the MIT Press Bookstore's community outreach and marketing efforts, including the planning, promotion, and execution of the authors@mit lecture series.

Principal Responsibilities

Events Management

  • Work with the MIT Press Bookstore management team and MIT Press Marketing Department to identify candidatesfor the bookstore’s authors@mit lecture series.
  • Communicate with authors and other community groups to develop the seasonal schedule for the event series.
  • Identify and collaborate with partners to co-sponsor events both in-store and on campus.
  • Produce marketing materials, and execute a promotional plan for the lecture series.
  • Work with bookstore staff to fulfil event logistical needs.
  • Manage RSVPs and ticket sales via Eventbrite.
  • Represent the MIT Press bookstore at in-store and off-site events.
  • Will require some evening and weekend hours.

Marketing and Community Outreach

  • Work with the MIT Press Bookstore Manager to design and implement a plan to promote the bookstore to customers, both within MIT and throughout the local region.
  • Work with the MIT Press Bookstore management team and the MIT Press Publicity Department to coordinate in-store displays, promotions and special offers to drive foot traffic, and increase sales revenue.
  • Work with the MIT Press’s Development Associate to develop an outreach strategy designed to elevate the profile and build awareness of the MIT Press Bookstore within the community.
  • Foster relationships with MIT departments, labs and centers, as well as directly with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Establish and strengthen community partnerships, including locally-based businesses, associations, and area tech & biotech companies.
  • Assist in the promotion of the bookstore’s Espresso Book Machine program.
  • Provide content updates to the MIT Press Bookstore website and social media outlets, under direction of the Bookstore management team.
  • Direct the production of the bookstore’s monthly newsletter.
  • Maintain the bookstore's mailing list

Other Duties as Required:

  • Assist bookstore staff on the sales floor as needed.
  • Other clerical duties as needed.

Job Requirements

  • Must possess strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in a collaborative team.
  • Must be able to juggle multiple complex projects, be flexible about shifting priorities, and possess the ability to work independently, take initiative, and anticipate needs.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and leverage relationships both internally and externally.
  • Familiarity with Press’s publications and the Institute helpful, as is an active interest in scholarly or nonfiction publishing.
  • Experience with event production, and comfort handling A/V systems.
  • Experience with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, Eventbrite, InDesign, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • A high school diploma or its equivalent; secondary education beneficial.
  • Previous retail or bookselling experience is preferred; a background in literary, scholarly, arts, or other non-profit setting is beneficial.
  • Must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Availability for weekend and evening work required.

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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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