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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. In alignment with our commitments to science and equity while protecting those are most vulnerable, proof of a full-course vaccination against COVID-19 is a requirement of employment. Medical exemptions are considered upon recommendation from a provider.


Editorial Assistant

Beacon Press, a nearly 170-year-old independent, nonprofit book publisher in Boston that specializes in progressive nonfiction, is hiring a full-time editorial assistant, who will assist one executive editor. 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. The candidate must be highly organized; an excellent writer, reader and communicator; and have an interest in progressive publishing. This is a hybrid position, with some day(s) each week required in our Boston office. Salary starts at $44,600.

This role is an excellent opportunity to join Beacon’s editorial team in an entry-level position with potential for growth.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. 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
  2. Provide administrative support, including processing author payments; handling permissions; mailing books; updating editorial meeting minutes; tracking deadlines; preparing manuscripts for production
  3. Coordinate with publicity, marketing, production and design departments to meet in-house deadlines and keep books on schedule
  4. Know and understand the books the editor is working on; contribute informed ideas about them
  5. Supervise an editorial intern, when required, for the department
  6. Participate in cultural change process at Beacon Press
  7. Assume additional responsibilities as requested


  • Undergraduate degree although some graduate level work and experience is a plus
  • Strong language, grammar, writing, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong presentation manner
  • Organized, attentive to detail, resourceful, prioritizes well, and poised under pressure
  • Self-directed and independent with the ability to follow through consistently on assignments
  • Good time management and organizational skills with the ability to multitask across departments, activities, and projects
  • Previous publishing internship and/or office experience preferred

How to Apply
Beacon values a diverse workforce. People with disabilities, people of color, Indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply. Send cover letter and résumé—indicating “Editorial Assistant” in the subject line—via email to No phone calls, please.

Proof of a full course vaccination against COVID-19 is a requirement of employment, in alignment with our commitments to science and equity, protecting those who are most vulnerable. Medical exemptions are considered upon recommendation from a provider.