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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.


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Editorial Assistant

Beacon Press, a 165-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 (one based in Boston and one based in New York City). 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 interested in learning how to be an editor, as we take the apprenticeship aspect of the position seriously. 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
  • 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 resume to Rakia Clark at rclark@beacon.org. No phone calls, please.