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Publicity Manager

General Description: The Johns Hopkins University Press seeks an experienced, well-connected manager and publishing industry professional for the position of Publicity Manager in the Books Division. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Institutional Outreach, the publicity manager develops and implements publicity and media strategy for 140-160 new trade, scholarly, and professional books annually. The publicity manager is expected to leverage his/her own efforts—along with those of two staff publicists, student interns, and occasional freelancers—to achieve maximum exposure for new titles through all available and appropriate channels. The manager must sustain productive relationships with members of the media, current and prospective Press authors, acquisitions editors, and senior managers to enhance the Press’s reputation as an innovative leader in the field of scholarly publishing.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

• Architects publicity/media strategy for forthcoming books in concert with marketing, acquisitions, and authors. Assigns specific titles to appropriate publicists, monitors workload, and adjusts as necessary. Oversees the planning and execution of all publicity campaigns and ensures timely and appropriate distribution of all press materials, including bound book mailings, press releases, pitch letters, bound galleys, and bound page proofs. Reviews distribution lists to ensure that books are being promoted to the appropriate media audience. Monitors the selection and scheduling of all author appearances, tours, and broadcast interviews. Handles publicity for most lead titles (20-30 per year); hires and supervises freelance publicists as necessary. Oversees the timely distribution of links to reviews and other media coverage. (80%) 

• Develops and sustains relationships with major book review editors and other members of the media to generate sustained interest in covering JHUP books or authors. Schedules seasonal publicity pitch calls in New York, Washington, and other major metropolitan areas as appropriate. Attends domestic sales conferences each season to supplement sales pitches with information on publicity plans. (10%)

• Represents the Press at events, book festivals, annual meetings of academic and professional associations, and other gatherings as necessary. (5%) 

• Maintains spending (including galleys, BLADs, events, and author travel) within the constraints of a fixed annual budget. (5%)

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree required. At least 8 years of experience managing book publicity for trade or scholarly publishers, with a strong track record of getting results. At least 3 years of direct management experience.

Special skills and knowledge: Must have active media contacts and fluency with social media, as well as traditional and nontraditional print and digital channels. 

The position requires stellar communication skills, diplomacy, experience with media training, and a nimble approach to a rapidly changing environment.
Successful candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and databases (Filemaker Pro experience a plus).

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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