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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.

Open Positions:

Copywriter

Position Overview: to write and edit compelling, effective, and accurate promotional copy for approximately 300 MITP books annually.  Responsibilities include using author- and acquisitions editor-provided material to write and edit catalog and jacket copy, circulating for feedback, implementing edits, and finalizing copy; producing copy that reflects the MITP brand voice, editorial standards, and best practices; maintaining a catalog and jacket copy schedule and assigning and coordinating writing projects with marketing staff, distribution partners, and external vendors; formatting jacket copy files for cover design process, proofreading designs, and soft proofing jackets; maintaining the accuracy of copy in title management systems; lightly editing and uploading author- and acquisitions editor-supplied endorsements; preparing copy for two seasonal catalogs, coordinating multiple rounds of editing and their production with a variety of teams, and ensuring timely delivery; advising on overall design, cover, and content of catalogs, ensuring it reflects the MITP brand and is a useful marketing and sales tool; advising on title, positioning, and audience for books; participating in annual marketing budget planning and tracking catalog- and copywriting-related expenses; and other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements: bachelor’s degree in related field; two years’ journalistic, professional writing, or editorial experience; proficiency producing excellent promotional copy; solid understanding of the latest copywriting and Chicago Manual of Style editorial standards; strong organizational, analytical, strategic planning, and writing skills; and ability to process and track expenses, work independently, collaborate with and manage a network of freelancers and colleagues, and quickly understand difficult concepts and transform them into readable material.  PREFERRED:  experience writing and editing marketing and jacket copy at a book publisher.

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Bookseller

Position Overview: Perform complex customer service, sales, merchandising, and clerical duties in a fast-paced, self-motivated environment, juggle multiple priorities despite frequent interruptions. (90%) Assist in hosting events both in-store and off-site. (10%)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Customer Service

  • Assist customers in finding and purchasing books
  • Proficiency with point-of-sale system Anthology
  • Assist campus and local visitors in locating resources at MIT and in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Answer questions and take orders via telephone, and respond to customer queries via email
  • Use available resources (printed and online) for help in answering customer service queries
  • Maintain professional, helpful, and positive attitude in all service situations
  • Take deliveries to various campus locations

Sales

  • Maintain proficiency with Anthology point-of-sale system and all sales functions
  • Process sales via Anthology cash register
  • Follow all Bookstore sales policies, including those regarding the handling of cash and secure credit card data
  • Develop knowledge of MIT Press publications and related subject areas
  • Represent the Bookstore at off-site retail events, and be comfortable doing so independently
  • Handle sales at off-site events

Receiving 

  • Lift and unpack incoming cartons of books, and check manifests of deliveries for accuracy
  • Able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Section Maintenance and Merchandising

  • Perform daily shelving and straightening of displays in the store
  • Maintain 3-5 subject areas independently, and assist with other major sections
  • Keep Bookstore display areas, sections, and overstock areas neat, alphabetical, and orderly in appearance 
  • Restock depleted books from overstock
  • Pull books from sections in preparation for returns
  • Change featured titles periodically (informed by bestseller and new arrival reports or as directed by the Bookstore Manager)
  • Cleaning
  • Learn all Bookstore sections and their respecting overstock areas
  • Develop knowledge of the MIT Press and related publications
  • Pull stock via sales reports in preparations for returns

Shipping

  • Pack orders and returns for shipping via USPS, FedEx, and UPS
  • Package and ship sales from online partner vendors
  • Follow all shipping policies and maintain proper order of shipping paperwork
  • Maintain basic standards for quality and appropriateness of packaging

Clerical

  • Prepare cash deposits and daily sales reports using Excel
  • Filing
  • Enter bibliographic data for forthcoming titles into inventory database
  • Make bank and Post Office deliveries or run other necessary errands

Other duties as required.

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** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

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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