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Assistant Acquisitions Editor

Position Overview:

An Assistant Acquisitions Editor works with assigned Acquisitions Editors (AEs) to develop book lists in specialized subject areas. The Assistant Acquisitions Editor also works with authors and MIT Press staff to facilitate effective review and consideration of project proposals and manuscripts, manuscript production, and marketing.

This position involves many different forms of work in the areas of organization and project management. 

The Assistant Acquisitions Editor manages distinct and critical phases of a project’s development for as many as 50-60 projects per year. After contracts are signed, the Assistant Editor is often the primary contact for projects and their authors.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Create records in title management system (Filemaker) and complete all relevant fields.
  • Manage the peer review process
  • Send contracts to authors for signature and coordinate advance payments. 
  • Prepare manuscripts for production, including file preparation and publishing plans
  • Solicit endorsements

Additional responsibilities:

  • Series Management. Coordinate assigned series produced by sources outside the Press. 
  • Project Management. Responsible for projects assigned by acquisitions editor following contract signing. 
  • Research to identify competing books, potential course adoptions, and areas of growth in emerging fields.
  • Develop financial projections as requested by editor.
  • Documentation. Research and prepare contracts and other documents, including project dockets, publishing plans, and sales sheets. 
  • Permissions. Locate copyright holders of artwork for jackets and interior of books. 
  • Review final manuscripts to ensure that preparation guidelines have been followed. 
  • Coordination and Communication. Collaborate with other departments and act as liaison with authors.
  • Travel. Represent the Press at academic conferences 
  • Meetings. Participate in a wide variety of internal meetings
  • Additional duties as needed or required. This role requires extensive communication with acquisitions editors, authors, and colleagues in other departments. 

Supervision Received:

This position reports to two Acquisitions Editors. One Acquisitions Editor is located remotely, the level of daily supervision received may vary depending on the acquisition editor. 

Supervision Exercised:

May supervise acquisitions interns and help to train and advise junior colleagues.

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION:  High school diploma or equivalent required. BS or BA preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Minimum 3 years of communications experience required. Experience in publishing, advertising, or a creative agency preferred.

SKILLS:  

  • Exceptional project management skills, organizational skills, writing skills, and presentation skills. 
  • Able to prioritize and meet competing demands and deadlines. 
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues (including reviewer identities, tax forms, etc.) using discretion and judgment. 
  • Knowledge of MS Office suite required (MS Word, Excel). 
  • Knowledge of Filemaker and LaTeX preferred.
     

** 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.

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10/15/2019


Software Developer

Position Overview:

The Software Developer will design, create, maintain, and update web sites, services, databases, and tools to support the industry-leading digital and print publishing at the MIT Press. The candidate will create databases, code, and tools that meet system and industry standards, and will review deliverables to ensure project goals are accomplished. The developer will analyze performance of programs and take action to correct deficiencies based on consultation with users and approval of supervisor. The developer will document tools, internal processes, and processes involving vendor software.

The MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

 

  • The candidate will participate in designing, developing and maintaining scholarly digital projects of the MIT Press. 
  • This includes development of work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans and status reports using Jira Software and Confluence or equivalent tools. 
  • Working with other developers, technical staff, and with stakeholders, the candidate will maintain and extend the PHP codebase of a Drupal 8 website hosted at Acquia (mitpress.mit.edu), as well as legacy Drupal 7 websites (cognet.mit.edu, arteca.mit.edu), and support future website migrations. 
  • The developer will create and update internal tools that process incoming and outgoing PDF, XML, image, and other files to support publishing workflows.
  • The job requires the ability to coordinate projects across the Press and with outside vendors. 
  • The candidate will confer with internal users to gain understanding of needed changes or modifications of existing programs.


Supervision Received:

Receives general supervision from the Manager of Software Services. May report to project managers for selected aspects of technical projects.


Supervision Exercised:

Occasional supervision of temporary staff or interns.


Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. 


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum 3 years relevant programming experience required. Advanced knowledge of IT standards/policies required. 

SKILLS: 

  • Experience with the LAMP stack and some combination of XML, XSLT, Java, and PHP development. 
  • Experience with other programming languages/environments/concepts including XPath, XQuery, JavaScript, XML, CSS, SQL, Web Services and REST. 
  • Familiarity with development lifecycles, change management, and operational support. 
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, writing, and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to independently analyze and resolve complex problems is required. 
  • The ability to document programs, programming problems, and resolutions for future reference is required. 
  • The ability to direct supporting technical activities, including system and database administration, is required. 
  • The ability to work proactively and with self-direction within a cross-functional team is required.

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS: 

  • Three years of experience building publishing and/or scholarly publishing projects and experience in web programming and applications development; 
  • Three years of experience customizing and implementing XML publishing tools; 
  • Familiarity with university and research environments, knowledge of information technology and computing applications as implemented in scholarly research services. 
  • Domain knowledge of scholarly journals and books publishing would be a plus.

** 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.

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10/08/2019


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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