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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 LGBTQ+ are strongly encouraged to apply.


JOBS

Executive Publishing Assistant

Purpose
To provide administrative and editorial support to the Director of Beacon Press. The ideal candidate is someone who hopes to build or continue a career as an executive administrator in the publishing industry.

Principal Responsibilities
  1. Assists Director with administrative and editorial related tasks and duties.
  2. Manages confidential information with discretion.
  3. Assists with scheduling and communications.
  4. Performs tasks such as check requests, travel support, data management, preparation for presentations, meetings, publications, and events.
  5. Handles all details for biannual advisory board meetings.
  6. Completes routine editorial support work such as working on information forms, design and audio information forms, drafting descriptive copy, and conducting online research.
  7. Provides administrative support including processing author payments; assisting with permissions; mailing books; tracking deadlines; preparing manuscripts for production.
  8. Acts as liaison to other departments including publicity, marketing, production and design to meet in-house deadlines and keep books on schedule.
  9. Manages Director’s expense account.
  10. Assists Director’s public presence via social media.
  11. Participates in cultural change process at Beacon Press.
  12. Must be available to occasionally work a flexible schedule, including nights or weekends for Press-related events.
  13. Coordinates lunches, special events and gatherings.
  14. Ability to travel occasionally for book-related events or to represent the Director or the Press.
  15. Perform additional duties as requested by the Director.

Qualifications

Note that qualifications may be met as a result of professional experience, lived experience, volunteer work, and/or formal or informal training. Requirements include:
  • 4+ years’ experience in book publishing or as an administrative assistant.
  • The successful applicant will be a highly organized, multi-tasking, team player with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail, and strong organizational and time-management skills are essential.
  • The ability to interact with a variety of individuals and audiences with a high degree of professionalism and possessing emotional intelligence and a non-anxious presence is valued.
  • Must be highly proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Having experience with the publishing title information system, Biblio, is a plus.
  • A positive attitude and collaborative spirit, along with a desire to work in a progressive organization committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression is needed.
  • Must possess a high degree of intercultural fluency to interact with a diverse staff team, authors, and Advisory Board.
  • College degree preferred.

How to Apply

People with disabilities, people of color, Indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Send cover letter and résumé—indicating “Executive Publishing Assistant” in the subject line—via email to Ruthie Block, rblock@beacon.org.

About Beacon Press

Founded in 1854, Beacon Press is a distinguished independent and nonprofit publisher of serious non-fiction. Our books seek to change the way readers think about fundamental issues. The mission of our publishing program is to affirm and promote the following principles:
  • the inherent worth and dignity of every person, especially historically marginalized people, economically disadvantaged people, BIPOC people, LGBTQQIA+ people, and people of all abilities, ethnic heritages, and gender identities
  • justice, equity, compassion and inclusivity in human relations
  • acceptance of one another, and of multiple perspectives, to better engage new audiences with progressive ideas
  • a free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • the importance of scholarship and credible journalism to address misinformation and strengthen democratic citizenship
  • the right of conscience, the value of religious pluralism, and the use of the democratic process in society
  • the goal of world community, free from oppression, with peace and justice for all
  • respect for the interdependent web of all existence; especially in a world facing global climate change
  • the importance of free speech and a free press, and of literature and the arts, in democratic life

About the UUA

The Unitarian Universalist Association is a progressive religious denomination headquartered in Boston’s waterfront Fort Point Innovation District. This faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations brings to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice. Our normal workweek is 35 hours, we pay 80% contribution towards health insurance premiums, 10% towards retirement (after one year), and have generous paid time-off policies. The UUA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all. As part of this commitment, the UUA will ensure that applicants and staff with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (617) 948-4648 or humanresources@uua.org.