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.


Bookstore Manager

BOOKSTORE MANAGERMIT Press Bookstore, to function as the senior member of the bookstore, with responsibility for leading a small, dynamic team of booksellers; providing exemplary customer service; sales and merchandising; overseeing all buying, accounting, and operations; and growing the business to specified targets in a fast-paced retail environment. Responsibilities include hiring, scheduling, supervising, and training staff; maintaining the sales floor; directly assisting customers; guiding the store’s marketing, social media efforts, and in-store merchandising; supervising events staff in coordinating an active events schedule; inventory curation and control; accounting and budgeting functions; monitoring/analyzing and reporting on sales data; maintaining and operating the Espresso Book Machine program; maintaining point-of-sale system, IT software updates, and operational functioning of the store; acting facility manager; and liaising with the MIT Press leadership and staff.  

The MIT Press Bookstore is a full-service bookstore offering trade and scholarly/academic titles across a range of fields and serves as a showroom to the publications of the MIT Press (MITP). 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  college degree; three years of bookstore or clearly relevant retail management experience; strong organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal, leadership, and customer service skills; ease with telephone, email, and in-person communication; and attention to detail.  Must be able to juggle multiple priorities despite frequent interruptions, work both independently and as a team player, handle confidential financial information and interpret store policies using discretion and judgment, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs.  Familiarity with MIT and the Press’s publications and scholarly disciplines (e.g., computer science, neuroscience, linguistics, etc.) desirable, as is an active interest in scholarly/nonfiction publishing.  Proficiency with Excel, Word, InDesign, MailChimp, and Eventbrite preferred.  Job #17438-7

Frequent weekend and evening work will be required. 


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Director of Marketing and Sales

Position Overview:

The MIT Press (MITP), the leading university press of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, and design, seeks a Director of Marketing and Sales to lead a 20-member team and maximize the impact and success of its publications in the global marketplace.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for establishing overall marketing and sales vision and goals for trade / academic, book / journal / digital publisher with $25+mm in annual revenue.
  • Develops and implements strategic marketing and sales plans and forecasts across the diverse book categories in which MITP publishes (trade, professional / academic, textbook and digital), the various market segments we target (retail, corporate, institutional, and course adoption), and the audiences we serve (domestic and International).
  • Prepares annual marketing and sales budgets and performs quarterly performance assessments to ensure goal achievement.
  • Directs a marketing and publicity team of twenty marketing 300+ new books and 40+ journals each year.
  • Ensures the publicity team is achieving maximum impact for all titles especially those with trade market appeal.
  • Comfortably negotiates the dual goals of aggressively marketing and selling the Press’s trade and textbook lists while also marketing the growing, mission-driven Open Access program.
  • Works collaboratively with internal and external sales partners to drive laydowns, sell-through and course adoptions where appropriate.
  • Relies on quantitative analysis to measure ROI of marketing spends, including and catalogs and collateral, to manage budget resources efficiently.
  • Works with colleagues in Editorial, Design, and Production to create a look and feel to new products that meet MITP’s standards of excellence and match the vibrancy of our publishing program.
  • Serves on MITP senior management cabinet, and liaises with marketing, communication and sales leaders at the Press and across MIT.
  • Collaborates with the Editorial teams in books and journals to help drive product development and reflects the voice of market to key stakeholders.
  • Recruits and develops talent as needed to create and sustain a team that aligns all sales and marketing actions with the Press mission; conducts performance reviews of direct managerial reports.
  • Oversees the creation and dissemination of all print and digital marketing collateral and advertising in support of books and journals. Ensures the Press website is a sales-driven beacon for the Press.
  • Encourages digital social marketing media as a robust means to drive sales and increase the conversation about MITP publications.

Supervision Received and Exercised:

This role reports to the Director of the MIT Press. Level of supervision depends on decision making skills and planning abilities of the successful candidate, but overall this individual is expected to function with minimal oversight.

All marketing, publicity, sales, communications, and promotions roles fall within this department.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required; advanced degree in a related field preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years of marketing, communications and/or sales experience in publishing required.
  • Track record of effective personnel management.
  • Experience motivating and leading teams in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Proven track record of success in marketing, publicity, or digital and social media marketing.
  • Strategic thinker with facile skills needed to adjust to a fast-changing publishing landscape and a track record of successful business planning.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (speaking and writing).
  • Some travel required.

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Data Associate

DATA ASSOCIATEMIT Press (MITP), to work under the supervision of the manager of data services.  Responsibilities include analyzing and fixing inconsistencies of key data points; troubleshooting data integrity within systems; systematically updating key areas of data and distributing updates to external systems and vendors; supporting best practices of data standards, quality, and governance; assisting with implementation and education across all business units to support MITP operations; developing, communicating, and documenting training materials regarding data standards and procedures; and working closely with stakeholders to improve the use of the data for both internal workflow needs, external distribution to partners, and use of the metadata to enhance websites and other market-facing media. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  at least three years’ experience with product information management in a library, publishing, institutional, or similar environment; strong analytical, organizational, writing, and communication skills; aptitude for and willingness to learn new systems and processes; ability to communicate effectively with business stakeholders across all departments; familiarity with database systems and office software (MS Word and Excel); self-motivation; and the ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.  Knowledge of and exposure to information and publishing standards would be helpful.  Job #17248-5


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Acquisitions Assistant/Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow

ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT/MELLON UNIVERSITY PRESS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP, MIT Press, to work closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Will also work with other departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects. May take on additional projects as well. Responsibilities include screening manuscript proposals; researching competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging fields, and potential expert peer reviewers; contacting peer reviewers and tracking reviews; writing book descriptions; assisting with contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for projects; guiding authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and permissions; preparing materials for internal editorial approval and launch meetings; representing the press and interacting with book buyers and authors at academic conferences; and attending in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.

The Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing 14 month fellowships in the acquisitions departments of six university presses.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.A./B.S. (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. preferred); a commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books. Evidence of superior academic achievement in fields relevant to diversity or those that correlate to the major lists of participating presses; commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing; sustained personal engagement with low income communities and/or communities within the U.S. that are underrepresented in publishing; and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing are preferred.

Travel to conferences is required.

This is a 14-month, entry-level position.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AUP. Fellows will be notified by April 15, 2019, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2019.

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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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