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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.



Beacon Press is seeking an experienced, creative, and enthusiastic Publicist to join the Beacon team. Under the supervision of the Communications Director and the Associate Publicity Director, this position will lead media campaigns, as well as partner on overall group strategies, to bring Beacon’s publications to the largest possible readership.

The ideal candidate leverages established ongoing working relationships with national and local print, broadcast, and online journalists to achieve coverage goals. Candidates should possess strong internal and external communication skills, be adept in time management, and be able to work both independently as well as in a collaborative setting.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Planning and execution of publicity campaigns for front and backlist titles
  • Working with authors on articles, op-eds, adapted excerpts, and other submissions related to publicizing their book
  • Holding regular meetings with authors, agents, and editors to share information about media campaigns
  • Arranging author events at bookstores and other venues
  • Developing, researching, and maintaining strong relationships with national and local media contacts
  • Attending and presenting at regular internal meetings and at meetings with external partners
  • Prepping authors for media interviews and event presentations
  • Juggling multiple projects while maintaining deadlines


  • Current relationships with national and regional media contacts
  • 3–5 years of relevant experience in book publicity or related public relations
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong writing skills are essential
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively while also responding to urgent needs as they arise

* IMPORTANT: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston offices of Beacon Press remain closed, and as such, this will be a work-from-home position until our offices reopen.

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. If you are excited about this role, but are unsure whether you meet 100% of the requirements, we encourage you to inquire and/or apply. Send cover letter and résumé—indicating “Publicist” in the subject line—via e-mail to E-mail submissions preferred.


Beacon Press Summer 2021 Internships for People of Color

The Beacon Press Internships for People of Color program seeks to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the book publishing industry. We encourage applicants anywhere in the country to apply. We offer a competitive hourly wage of $16 an hour for each internship. Interns are expected to work for 10–14 weeks, with a 17–20 hour-per-week commitment and a flexible schedule. It is preferable, though not required, that interns be available to work on Thursdays for various meetings.

The intern will work closely with the sales team; help track and analyze sales data, explore backlist opportunities, build sales kits and create selling materials and more.

A Beacon Press internship is a wonderful learning opportunity and may 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.

To apply for the Beacon Press Internship for People of Color for the Summer 2021 semester, please send your résumé and a cover letter to Applications are due by April 16.