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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mellon Fellow, Acquisitions Assistant in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mellon Fellow, Acquisitions Assistant

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MIT Press

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Libraries, MIT Press, Tech Review

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Full-Time Temporary

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35 hrs/wk - M-F

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

MELLON UNIVERSITY PRESS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP/ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT, MIT Press, to assist acquisitions editors with project management for book programs in information science, communication, internet studies, culture, and technology. Will manage distinct and critical project development phases for approximately thirty projects annually, across a range of trade books, textbooks, and professional monographs. Responsibilities include working with authors to prepare manuscripts and artwork for production; data entry; coordinating the peer review process; soliciting endorsements for forthcoming books; sending contracts/tax documents to authors and coordinating advance payments; general administrative duties; researching competing books, potential course adoptions, and areas of growth in emerging fields; developing financial projections; researching and preparing contracts/documents; representing the Press at conferences; participating in meetings; and additional duties as requested. The Mellon Fellowship seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing fellowships in the acquisitions departments of six university presses.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or GED; three years’ administrative experience; commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences to develop, recruit, and market manuscripts/books; evidence of academic achievement in fields corresponding to the major lists of participating publishers or are relevant to diversity; 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, preferably bringing the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing; excellent organizational and communication skills; strong computer skills (Word, FileMaker, Excel, PowerPoint); discretion with confidential information/issues; attention to detail; self-motivation; and ability to coordinate/prioritize multiple tasks, effectively manage time, and work in teams. Publishing experience not required. PREFERRED: B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S., or Ph.D. Job #19330

Travel to conferences is required. This is a fourteen-month, entry-level position.

Application deadline: March 15, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AUP. Fellows will be notified by April 15, 2021, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2021. 2/22/21