Position Description
Press MIT Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Acquisitions Assistant/Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow


The Acquisitions Assistant works closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Will also work with other press 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 year-long fellowships in the acquisitions departments of four university presses.

Job Requirements

A bachelor's degree; (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 year-long, entry-level position.

Application deadline: March 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AUP. Fellows will be notified by April 15, 2018, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2018. Click here for the complete announcement.

To apply, visit https://careers.mit.edu and search for Job number 15648.