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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Acquisitions Assistant in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Acquisitions Assistant

  • Job Number: 23695

  • Functional Area: Publishing

  • Department: MIT Press

  • School Area: Libraries, MIT Press, Tech Review

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Non-Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

  • Schedule: full-time, 35 hrs/wk.

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    Job Description

ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT, MIT Press, to assist two acquisitions editors with project management for Press’s book programs in economics, finance, business, and neuroscience. Will manage distinct and critical phases of project development for approximately forty projects per year across a range of publication types, including textbooks, trade books, and scholarly/professional monographs; and work with authors and Press staff to facilitate effective review and consideration of project proposals and manuscripts and manuscript production. Responsibilities include working with authors to prepare manuscripts and artwork for production; reviewing final manuscripts to ensure that preparation guidelines have been followed; data entry and maintenance; coordinating the peer review process and ensuring that it stays on schedule; soliciting endorsements for forthcoming books; sending contracts and tax documents to authors for signature and coordinating advance payments; assisting with document preparation; researching and identifying competing books; tracking and overseeing permissions clearance; and a variety of general administrative and other duties as needed. This position offers a great opportunity to learn the book acquisition process at a major university press.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; three years’ administrative experience; excellent organizational and communication skills; strong computer proficiency using MS Word, FileMaker, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to coordinate/prioritize multiple task demands and effectively manage time; discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues; attention to detail; self-motivation; and ability to work on teams as necessary. PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree; publishing experience; experience/engagement with diverse communities or communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields and willingness to apply that knowledge in the daily work of publishing; and academic or professional experience in economics, finance, business, and neuroscience. Job #23695-4This is a full-time, 35-hour/week position. MIT Press offers a hybrid work environment, but should be able to commit to working in the Cambridge office at least one day per week.2/5/24