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Jobs & Internships

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.


Publicity Assistant

Beacon Press is looking for a full-time publicity assistant, supporting the work of the communications director and the publicity manager. The ability to organize and prioritize simultaneous projects is a requirement, as is the ability to write and communicate in an effective and professional manner. Interest in book publishing and the media’s coverage of social, economic, race, education, and LGBTQ issues is essential.

The publicity assistant’s responsibilities include printing press materials and manuscripts, mailing out galleys and reviews copies from the office, coordinating bound book mailings, using and updating our media database, conducting web research as requested, and arranging author travel. Under the supervision of the communications director and the publicity manager, the publicity assistant also helps execute publicity campaigns as assigned, writes press materials and pitch letters, and arranges author events.

Please send resume and cover letter to

Beacon Press is committed to building a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

Design Manager/Director

Beacon Press is seeking a talented and motivated individual to oversee and create high-level designs with modest budgets and resources. The ideal candidate will have a passion for books, for innovation, for collaboration, and a commitment to social justice.

Both supervisory and hands-on, the Design Manager/Director position requires both variety and depth of experience. This is a full-time post, ideal for an individual with at least 5 years of design experience in a print environment.

Job Description:
  • Create cover designs that are innovative, on trend, and capture the essence of a wide variety of books.
  • Collaborate with editorial team to understand project requirements and develop creative solutions.
  • Work with marketing to create print and online ads, social media images, promotional products, and other marketing tools.
  • Oversee Beacon branding, signage, posters, displays, and any other Beacon Press–related design projects.
  • Meet tight deadlines to get designs into production and occasionally going on press checks.
  • Oversee a senior designer.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong design and conceptual-development skills
  • Excellent typography skills
  • Proficiency using Macintosh OS X, Adobe CC: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a design team; take and give constructive criticism
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to balance multiple deadlines and project priorities

Education and Experience:
  • Undergraduate degree in graphic design, fine arts, or related field (or life equivalent).
  • 5+ years’ experience in graphic design with an emphasis on print, ideally within a Mac environment. Experience creating original book covers desirable but not necessary.
  • Portfolio must demonstrate a range of approaches.

Please send resumes and a link to your portfolio to: Helene Atwan,

Beacon Press especially welcomes applications from people of color, indigenous people, people who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, or people who are differently abled.


Beacon Press Summer Internship Program

The Beacon Press summer internship program is a wonderful learning opportunity and can prove to be invaluable should you pursue a career in book publishing. Because Beacon is a small press, our interns have the opportunity to observe the functions of other departments as well as their own, to work in a friendly and supportive environment, and to make a valued contribution to a distinguished press that has a long tradition of publishing progressive, timely, and thought-provoking books.

Interns are expected to commit to 15 to 20 hours per week for the entire 8-9 week program (the individual schedules are flexible). We are happy to work with your school to help you earn college credits, when applicable. (Please note: Beacon Press is a small nonprofit organization and this is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity.)

To apply for the Beacon Press Internship for Summer 2018, please send your résumé and a cover letter to and indicate the internship you are applying for. Applications are due by April 30th.

Publicity Intern

The Publicity Intern will work in various areas of administration and support, gaining valuable experience in book publicity, while also having the opportunity to observe and engage with other departments. Day-to-day tasks may include assisting with book mailings, database maintenance, attending meetings, researching media leads, tracking media placements, creating press materials, writing occasional blog posts, and completing media outreach. Our interns gain hands-on publicity experience and are expected to fully engage with the books and work assigned to them.

Candidates should have excellent writing, research, and critical thinking skills; be creative, detail-oriented, and work well independently. A desire to learn, and a dedication to our social justice mission are essential.

Book Production Intern

The Production Internship provides an opportunity to learn about the book production process from the editing, design, and typesetting stages to the bound book and e-book. Duties also include: proofreading, filing, reviewing copyedits, photocopying, data entry, archiving, e-book QA, maintenance of the production library, assistance with the digital archive, and special projects.

Candidates should have a particular interest in the area of production, be extremely detail-oriented, and have strong organizational skills. You must be comfortable working independently on projects.

Digital & Social Media Intern

The Digital & Social Media Intern works closely with the digital marketing associate in various areas of Beacon’s social media assets. Responsibilities include assisting with the drafting and scheduling content on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; planning social media campaigns; drafting blog posts and newsletters; creating social media images; tracking authors, books, and trending news on social media; updating website content; and tracking weekly and monthly online stats.

Candidates should have a strong interest in publishing and social justice, as well as a desire to learn about the ways publishers use online assets to build community and raise the profile of our brand, books, and authors.

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern works closely with the marketing department in various areas of administration and support. Day-to-day tasks include research for organizational and academic outreach opportunities, assisting with book mailings for giveaways and other projects, drafting letters, reading assigned books to assist in development of marketing plans, scheduling social media posts; updating content on Beacon websites, writing blog posts, tracking monthly online stats, and producing marketing materials.

Candidates should have a strong interest in publishing and social justice, as well as a desire to learn about marketing books to consumer audiences.

Beacon Press especially welcomes applications from people of color, indigenous people, people who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, or people who are differently abled.