Job opening detail :
posted: June 29, 2018
Offered by:
MIT Press
Health; Dental; 401K
Full Time
Cambridge, MA
The MIT Press seeks a PUBLICIST to work closely with our authors and the media. The successful candidate will be assigned a portion of the trade titles published by the Press each year in a wide range of subjects including architecture, art, computing, design, economics, environmental studies, new media, and science to name a few.

The Publicist will sustain an informed dialogue with print, broadcast, and online media about new and upcoming titles; implement publicity campaigns; develop press kits; write pitch letters and press releases for key titles; research media targets; develop contacts for advance reader's copies and review copies; schedule media interviews; organize author tours, signings, and other events; track and report confirmed media placement and events; work closely with the social media team to ensure exposure of MIT Press media and event news; and write and share content for the MIT Press blog.

Job Requirements: A bachelor's degree preferred; significant publicity experience, including work on author tours and events; strong organizational and communication skills; and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, work as part of a team, and write clearly about complex subjects. Must have media contacts and a proven track record publicizing trade nonfiction. Strong candidates will share an interest in science, the arts, and current affairs and be avid consumers of news and cultural stories. Specific experience in science trade publishing and of UK and EU markets a plus.
The role will involve some travel related to media pitching, trade shows, and conferences, as well as out-of-hours work.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.
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The MIT Press is committed to reimagining what a university press can be. Known for iconic design, rigorous scholarship, and creative technology, the Press advances knowledge by publishing significant works by pioneering authors. We honor complexity with provocative and transformative work that crosses academic and geographic boundaries to serve the broadest possible global audience.

The MIT Press is the only university press in the United States with a list based in science and technology. This does not mean that science and technology are all we publish, but it does mean that we are committed to the edges and frontiers of the world—to exploring new fields and new modes of inquiry. We publish more than 200 new books a year and more than 30 journals. We are a major publishing presence in fields as diverse as art and architecture, economics, cognitive science, environmental science, new media, and computer science, publishing books and journals for both specialists and general readers.

We have published early work by such distinguished authors as Paul Krugman and Patricia Churchland and rediscovered classics by Umberto Eco, Nadar, and Santiago Ramón y Cajal. The MIT Press was pivotal in establishing the field of cognitive science. It has published many influential works in science, technology, and society and in architecture, neuroscience, and game studies. We publish current, discipline-defining work by both established scholars and younger authors.

Our history began in 1926 when the physicist Max Born visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to deliver a set of lectures on Problems of Atomic Dynamics. The Institute published the lectures under its own imprint, and that book is numbered 1 in the archives of the MIT Press. In 1932, James R. Killian, Jr.—editor of the Institute's alumni magazine, future scientific adviser to President Kennedy, and tenth president of MIT—created an Institute-sponsored imprint called Technology Press. In 1962, MIT established the MIT Press as an independent publishing house. One of the independent Press’s first new employees was graphic innovator Muriel Cooper, who designed our distinctive logo and set the course for the design innovations that have been a hallmark of the Press’s work to the present day. The Press opened a European marketing office in 1969, and today we sell a higher proportion of our products outside the United States than any other U.S. university press. A Journals division was added in 1972.

In the 1970s under Press Director Frank Urbanowski, the Press developed a strategy of focusing the list on a few key areas and publishing in depth in those areas: architecture, computer science and artificial intelligence, and economics, with cognitive science, neuroscience, technology studies, aesthetic theory, design, social theory, and environmental science added over the next decade. Today, we are adding to our distinctive mix a deepened focus on engineering, physics, math, and education.
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