Position Description
Press Princeton University Press
Contracts/Rights and Permissions
Contracts Assistant (12-month term position)


Do you love books and enjoy helping others achieve organizational goals?

Are you interested in the legal aspects of book publishing?

Do you have a keen eye for detail and a strong ability to multi-task?

If yes, then read on!

Princeton University Press (PUP), a global organization of about 150 employees, seeks a Contracts Assistant to join the Contracts department. The Contracts Assistant’s primary role is to support the Director of Contracts with daily contracts operations as the Press implements a new title management system.

This is a full-time 12-month term position, and near the end of the assignment, there will be an assessment of the long-term need for the role. The base rate for this position is $35,000/year. The Press is one of the top academic publishers in the country, provides a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and is located in a historic building on Princeton University’s campus that is walking distance from downtown Princeton with easy car access to Route 1.  

Responsibilities Include:


  • Confirm accuracy of rights reversions.
  • Recover backlist intellectual property by crosschecking multiple databases and documents.
  • Research new and existing publishing agreements to determine subrights and territory restrictions.
  • Correct subrights database inaccuracies and organize digital files as needed for mass data importation.
  • Maintain integrity of information entered into the subrights database, and answer staff queries regarding said information.
  • Coordinate the physical and digital archival of new publishing agreements.




  • Degree from a four-year college or university preferred.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in legal research; contracts, subrights, or permissions; and/or short or long-term project management.
  • Demonstrated interest in contracts and/or copyright.
  • Ability to multi-task and solve problems in a clear and timely manner.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently.
  • Ability to draw conclusions from digital, verbal, and printed resources.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Products – Word, Excel and Access.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements, cover letter and resumé to: resumes@press.princeton.edu

Only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit http://press.princeton.edu/.


Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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