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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

Business Operations Assistant

Beacon Press is seeking a Business Operations Assistant to support the Finance and Production Departments. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about trade publishing in one of Boston’s most prestigious firms. The position will report to the Business Manager and will be primarily responsible for a mix of administrative and operational responsibilities.

Business Support

  • Process Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable transactions
  • Assist in semi-annual author royalty payout
  • Maintain accuracy of House Accounts Receivable Report—posting cash, reviewing open invoices, following up on overdue payments
  • Process sales orders received through website, mail, email, and phone
  • Submit stock transfers from warehouse
  • Maintain employee laptop audit
  • Maintain author/agent and title/publication date records in Acumen
  • Ad-hoc projects as assigned

Production Support

  • Set up titles and Jobs in Acumen and Biblio
  • Close jobs when expenses are complete
  • Purchase, assign, and record ISBNS for all print, ebook, and audio products
  • Apply for and manage Library of Congress CIP Data
  • Submit copyright application and file copyright certificates
  • Maintain In-House and Galley Quantities spreadsheets
  • Maintain Biblio database
  • Maintain production library

Office Support

  • Assume Beacon Press receptionist role—serving as contact person for UUA receptionist on ground floor, buzzing in authorized guests
  • Process incoming and outgoing staff mail
  • Manage office supply inventory and storage room
  • Research and resolve reports of copyright infringement and title piracy
  • Responding to all phone, email, and written requests for customer service
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Position is task-oriented with deadlines—strong organizational skills required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort with phone work speaking professionally to customers and authors
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Minimum of six months of record-keeping and office procedures
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Adobe preferred
  • Experience with financial systems and/or title management systems preferred
  • Publishing experience and exposure to Acumen would be beneficial
  • Use of keyboard, lifting boxes up to 25 pounds

How to Apply

Please send résumé and cover letter indicating “Business Operations Assistant” in the subject line to: jobs@beacon.org.

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 LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

*Important: The Beacon Press office remains closed, and as such, this will be a work-from-home position until our offices re-open at some point in 2021.

Production Associate

Beacon Press is seeking a detail- and process-oriented, enthusiastic, and book-loving production associate to join the Beacon team. Reporting to the production director, the associate schedules, budgets, and manages the production of reprints, paperback conversions, ebooks, and CDs. This person works closely with print and ebook vendors and is responsible for budgeting and scheduling all reprints. In addition, the production associate proofreads page proof, ebooks, ARCs, indexes, blues, and jacket mechanicals. This position reviews printer proofs, audio auditions, and book advances. This position also performs a number of essential administrative tasks for the department, including but not limited to processing invoices, maintaining the digital archive, managing print and audio files, fulfilling internal and external file requests, and other tasks as assigned.

Required Experience: BA degree and 3–5 years’ prior publishing experience preferred. A strong interest in book production and excellent multi-tasking abilities required. Must be highly detail oriented, organized, and thorough, and be able to prioritize tasks in a busy, deadline-driven environment. This person must be a team player, a problem solver, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be proactive, and be adept at following and refining workflows. Proofreading experience is essential; knowledge of book printing and working to tight deadlines with vendors highly desirable. The production associate should be comfortable with spreadsheets and databases. Proficiency with Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and InDesign is essential. Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style is a plus. Experience with Biblio or other title-management software a bonus. Mac and PC proficiency required.

* IMPORTANT: This will be a work-from-home position until our office in Boston reopens, a date to be determined.

How to Apply: Beacon Press is owned and operated under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color, Indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Beacon Press is committed to developing a diverse and talented staff team. Send cover letter and résumé—indicating “Production Associate” in the subject line—via e-mail to jobs@beacon.org. E-mail submissions preferred.