The University of Minnesota Press is seeking an organized, enthusiastic, and creative person to join our marketing and sales team. The ideal candidate will have an interest in publishing books and contributing to culture and scholarly communications, as well as a demonstrated track record of handling multiple projects simultaneously and providing excellent follow-through. They will work well independently while also actively contributing to a team’s success through excellent communication and collaboration.
**The salary range for this position is $44,000-$50,000 dependent on education and experience.**
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Plan and execute publicity activities in a timely way for 60-80 scholarly books per year across academic areas of acquisition and including the Forerunners Series.
Research media and journal outlets and develop outreach lists using existing tools.
Write and distribute publicity pitches and press releases upon publication.
Execute and track review copy mailings to select journals and upon request.
Secure book reviews and coverage, including arranging author interviews and supplying requested information and cover art.
Coordinate logistics and promotion for events for a small number of select titles.
Seek publicity opportunities beyond the marketing plan.
Assist Publicist in publicity and event tasks for select backlist books, as assigned.
Create and produce Advance Reading Copies and coordinate NetGalley digital review copy submissions and promotions for Publicity Department.
Maintain accurate publicity database information for scholarly journals.
Departmental Support and Participation (20%)
Participate in weekly departmental meetings and regular planning meetings.
Support department correspondence by providing authors with marketing plans and information on a regular basis.
Assist department operations including select award submissions, desk and exam copy processing, and giveaway mailings.
Copywriting for a small number of titles.
Attend book events, conferences, and trade shows on occasion.
Other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation—
Remain in a stationary position for an extended period of time.
Move about office to access files and office equipment.
Operate a computer and other office equipment.
Work Profile The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the University of Minnesota Press endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote. Because we are a land-grant institution that serves the state, the University will continue to- in most cases- expect employees to live in Minnesota.
This position has been designated as eligible for Flexible Work Profiles Two, Three or Four.
Flexible Work Profile Two is expected to work on-site more than 50% of the time. Your office will be located in the Barrel House building at 111 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Flexible Work Profile Three is expected to work remotely more than 50% of the time. Your dedicated office space will be in your remote work location.
Flexible Work Profile Four is expected to work fully remotely with the exception of required attendance for on-site events. Your dedicated work space will be in your remote work location.
The University of Minnesota Press management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.
BA/BS degree or a combination of related education and work experience (preferably in marketing, communications, publicity, or a related field) to equal at least four years
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
High level of competence in communicating with people whose culture or background is not your own
Demonstrated attention to detail and high level organization skills
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and timelines at one time
Proficient using Mac computers, MS Office, and Google applications
Enthusiasm, curiosity, composure, and dedication
Experience pitching media and awareness of different media types
Knowledge of scholarly publishing and communications
Experience working creatively and inclusively to engage a wide range of readers and communities
Strong presentation skills
Knowledge of NetGalley online services
Familiarity with Cision; Adobe CC including InDesign; and Filemaker Pro
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.