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Beacon Press is owned and operated under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is an equal opportunity employer. Beacon Press values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.


JOBS

Editor

Beacon Press, an over 150-year-old independent, nonprofit book publisher in Boston that specializes in progressive nonfiction, seeks a Boston-based Editor to acquire, edit, and shepherd through publication 6-7 crossover or trade books a year. The ideal candidate will have prior experience as an associate or assistant editor, will be politically engaged, intellectually curious, and attuned to what makes a powerful reading experience. The candidate will acquire titles consonant with the Press’ existing lists but will also come eager to develop a list that expands the Press’ mission to a new subject area.

This position requires excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently toward the collaborative and common goals of the lists, the editorial department, and the Press. It entails travel to relevant academic conferences and cultivating contacts both within and outside the publishing industry, demands keeping up on trends within acquisitional areas, and requires excellent time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to manage detail-oriented projects with overlapping deadlines.

Beacon values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Acquire 6-7 strong crossover or trade books a year, preferably 7. Reporting to Associate Director and/or Associate Editorial Director.
  • Participate in cultural change process at Beacon Press.
  • Develop contacts, keep abreast of trends, and attend conferences in acquisitions field(s). Nurture relationships with literary agents but when there’s no agent, work directly with writers to develop book ideas.
  • Actively participate in weekly editorial meetings, editorial retreats, staff and marketing/publicity meetings. Pass projects appropriate for other editors’ lists. Foster strong connections with all departments—sales, marketing, design, publicity, and production.
  • Make offers to authors or agents, developing familiarity with Beacon contract terms and industry norms.
  • Shepherd books from the proposal stage to final book, including:
    • Develop and edit manuscripts.
    • Track permissions, as needed. Prepare manuscripts for transmittal to production department.
    • Work with authors and in-house colleagues on titles and subtitles and draft title information sheets.
    • Launch titles inhouse and as needed with Beacon’s distributor, Penguin Random House.
    • Draft and circ design memo.
    • Draft all copy—online copy, flap copy, back panel copy.
    • Solicit blurbs.
    • Collaborate with publicity and marketing on developing publication strategy.
    • Send out complimentary copies of printed book to endorsers and influencers.
    • Submit books for awards.
  • Maintain files and contact with backlist authors.
  • Mentor assistants and interns.
  • Take on other departmental tasks as needed.

To apply: Applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to jobs@beacon.org. No phone calls, please.

Beacon Press is owned and operated under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is an equal opportunity employer. Beacon Press values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.

Editorial Assistant

Beacon Press, a 150-year-old independent, nonprofit book publisher in Boston that specializes in progressive nonfiction, is hiring a full-time editorial assistant, who will assist two senior editors. This position is a mix of editorial and administrative responsibilities. It is an excellent way to learn the publishing business and simultaneously do good in the world. Responsibilities can shift or increase in one direction as the assistant learns more and develops specific publishing interests. However, it is ideal for someone at an entry level. Great attitude/morale and a collaborative, eager-to-learn spirit make a great fit with our work culture. The candidate must be highly organized; an excellent writer, reader and communicator; and have an interest in progressive publishing. Beacon values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide editorial support, including reading submissions, writing readers reports, drafting editorial and marketing memos for internal use; drafting online and flap copy for external use; researching book ideas and authors.
  • Participate in cultural change process at Beacon Press.
  • Provide administrative support, including processing author payments; handling permissions; mailing books; updating editorial meeting minutes; tracking deadlines; preparing manuscripts for production.
  • Coordinate with publicity, marketing, production, and design departments to meet in-house deadlines and keep books on schedule.
  • Know and understand the books each Senior Editor is working on; contribute informed ideas about them.
  • Supervise an editorial intern for the department.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Strong language, grammar, writing, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong presentation manner
  • Organized, attentive to detail, resourceful, prioritizes well, and poised under pressure
  • Previous publishing and/or internship experience is a plus
  • Interest in progressive nonfiction publishing and a dedication to Beacon’s mission is a big plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and proficient computer skills


To apply:
Applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to jobs@beacon.org. No phone calls, please.

Beacon Press is owned and operated under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is an equal opportunity employer. Beacon Press values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.