Position Description
Press MIT Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Acquisitions Assistant


Assist acquisitions editors with project management for the MIT Press’s lists in the arts, architecture, computer science, and physical sciences across a range of publication types, including trade books, textbooks, professional monographs, and reference works. Duties include working with authors to prepare manuscripts and artwork for production, including overseeing permissions clearance; handling administrative functions such as data entry, correspondence, and payments; managing the peer review process for new projects; conducting research on competing and comparable titles; preparing production estimates, P&L statements, and publishing plans; assisting the editors and authors as their liaison with other departments; and preparing projects for presentation and presenting projects as needed.

This position offers a great opportunity to learn the book acquisitions process at a major university press.

Job Requirements

Relevant work experience; detail-oriented; advanced written and verbal communication skills; ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple task demands simultaneously, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time; self-motivation; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; and strong administrative computer skills using MS Word, FileMaker, Excel, and PowerPoint. Must be resourceful and able to work independently, but also enjoy working in teams. The MIT Press is committed to bringing an understanding of the diversity of human experience to the daily work of developing manuscripts and publishing books. Those with significant personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are encouraged to apply.  Some travel may be required.

To apply: visit the MIT Careers website, http://careers.mit.edu/ and search for job number 14857.