Employment Opportunities

Associate Publicist

Books Marketing - Publicity Department is seeking an Associate Publicist who will be trained to seek media coverage for Johns Hopkins University Press books and authors by devising and implementing publicity campaigns for 20-25 books per year, with a focus on specified professional titles and monographs. The position reports to the Publicity Manager.
The Associate Publicist will join a team of exceptional professionals committed to bringing the benefits of discovery to the world by providing global access, impact, and influence for the scholarship that we publish and distribute. This position will help to ensure that the Press is a leader in the selection and development of innovative ideas and scholarship; the creation of pioneering technologies to enhance discovery and learning; and the connection of people to the most trusted knowledge from global researchers, scholars, and educators. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with publicity manager, marketing colleagues, editors, and authors to gain a complete understanding of assigned books. With the oversight of the publicity manager (or other senior publicity colleagues), will develop and begin to execute appropriate publicity campaigns, and to coordinate those efforts with the promotion efforts of other colleagues.
  • Actively participates in launch and positioning meetings to help shape Press list and promotional ideas.
  • Serves as the main marketing contact for authors. With guidance, will works closely with authors to gain their support of, and participation in, publicity efforts.
  • With guidance, develop timely and appropriate distribution of all press materials, including ARCs, digital galleys, proofs, and finished books.
  • Will learn how to follow up appropriately with book review editors, radio and TV producers, bloggers, and journalists who may be interested in covering books in reviews, interviews, news articles, or feature stories.
  • Schedules interviews and other book-related events and coordinates author travel.
  • Sustains an informed dialogue with members of the media (print, broadcast, and online) about new and upcoming titles of likely interest.
  • Facilitates creation and distribution of bound ARCs for the season.
  • Disseminates news of major forthcoming coverage to authors, colleagues, and to the sales team, as well as to key independent bookstores. Selects excerpts from reviews and enters them into press-wide database for timely use in promotion.
  • Will manage Press social media for Books, OR manage awards submissions for Books.
  • Occasionally called on to represent the Press at annual meetings of academic and professional associations, domestic sales conferences, and seasonal publicity calls.
  • Weaves equity, justice, and inclusion principles into all aspects of the work. 



Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • At least three years of work experience, with at least two years in a junior-level communications or marketing role (Book publishing experience preferred).
  • Three additional years of work experience in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Stellar at all aspects of communication, with specific experience communicating effectively with the public and/or other demanding constituents.
  • Top-notch organizational skills; ability to handle competing demands from various sources.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, social media platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of databases.
  • Superior problem-solving skills including using analytics to drive decisions.
  • Creative thinker; embracing new ideas; passionate about exploiting the potential of JHUP.
  • Excel in effective use of resources; keen self-awareness.
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Solution Architect

Project MUSE is a multi-million-dollar electronic database platform which hosts content from scholarly publications including journals, books and other content types. Project MUSE is a division within Johns Hopkins University Press, one of the largest of the US-based university presses.  In continuous operation since 1878, the Press has been and remains a leader in scholarly book, journals and digital publishing.  
We are currently looking for a Solution Architect  (Business Solution Analyst) to join the Technical Team at Project MUSE. The role reports to the Manager, Publishing Technologies.  This role involves interacting with internal and external parties to gather business requirements, and propose solutions incorporating existing and new functionality of our state-of-the-art publishing platform. This position will solve problems for internal workflows along with our serving platform. Integrating data to and from many different systems, such as the fulfillment systems, metadata system, discovery systems to name a few.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Interact with various constituencies at MUSE and the Press to identify and analyze business requirements.
  • Highlight customer and industry trends in product development conversations.
  • Introduce the overall technical vision for a particular project.
  • Create robust project plans.
  • Design innovative forward-thinking solutions.
  • Create technical specifications for implementation.
  • Identify new features and functionality.
  • Evaluate and prototype APIs to create efficiencies.
  • Standardize document specification and project plans.
  • Understand and perform data migrations.
  • Ability to formulate and communicate strategy.
  • Support all teams with technical knowledge as required, including giving demonstrations, creating documentation and assisting where needed.
  • Capable of managing several initiatives simultaneously.
  • Work with the managers to capture, analyze, decompose system requirements, develop document, and test design solutions that meet those requirements.
  • Assist in troubleshooting, managing, and reporting problems.
  • Weave equity, justice, and inclusion principles into all aspects of the work. 


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • Bachelor’s Degree and five years related experience required.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Experience in a directly related role (e.g., business analyst or solution architect) required.
  • Prior hands-on web software development experience required.
  • Hands-on web software development experience with knowledge of SQL, Perl, Java, Python, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript required.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience in project management techniques.
  • Experience with release management processes.
  • Experience in software development processes, source control and issue tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of 508 compliance and ADA accessibility standards.
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Metadata Strategist

Project MUSE is a division of The Johns Hopkins University Press. Founded in 1878, the Press is the oldest continuously operating university press in the United States as well as one of the largest. The Press is a leader in scholarly book, journal, and digital publishing. For over 25 years, the Project MUSE platform has been the trusted and reliable source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading universities and scholarly societies. Currently, Project MUSE hosts more than 700 journals from 125 publishers. In 2012, scholarly books were added to the platform, with more than 70,000 books from not-for-profit presses now available. Thousands of libraries worldwide acquire content from the MUSE platform to serve the research and instructional needs of their faculty, staff, and students. A variety of purchase and subscription options are offered to institutional customers, along with selected article purchasing for individual users, and a large body of content that is freely available to all under newly-emerging “open access” arrangements. We are currently seeking a Metadata Strategist  (Librarian III). 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Is Project MUSE’s metadata expert and is responsible for assessing, developing, and documenting internal policies for metadata creation, application, and maintenance.
  • Participates in large-scale research and development projects related to metadata discovery, interoperability, and identity management, including the development of a linked data environment and of descriptive metadata standards throughout MUSE.
  • Modernizes designs of existing metadata distribution and ingestion systems
  • Ensures compliance with evolving national and international metadata standards.
  • Oversees relationships between Project MUSE and discovery services to ensure that metadata delivery is efficient and accurate.
  • Oversees relationships between Project MUSE and library clients to ensure that metadata delivery is efficient and accurate.
  • Acts as technical liaison between linking partners and Project MUSE.
  • Works closely with technical staff to develop an effective workflow for ingesting, tracking, and delivering metadata.
  • Serves as consultant to other divisions of the JHUP about metadata.
  • Fosters collaborative efforts related to metadata between Project MUSE and other JHUP divisions.
  • Telecommuting option available based on position need and Press Flexible Work Agreement


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or an advanced related degree.
  • Three years professional library experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3-5 years of progressive experience with metadata projects
  • Practical experience managing all aspects of metadata creation for digital content, including selecting, implementing, and documenting metadata standards, overseeing quality control, and mapping between datasets
  • Demonstrated experience with current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA and AACR2, and the MARC bibliographic, holdings, and authorities formats
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and ability to apply metadata standards (including MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, OAI, KBART, TEI, and relevant thesauri and/or ontologies, as required by special projects) as well as the ability to implement and analyze these standards
  • Familiarity with machine actionable languages, such as XML and RDF
  • Familiarity with linked data principles and standards
  • Must be committed to weaving equity, justice, and inclusion principles into all aspects of their work and interaction with colleagues and customers.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills combined with capacity for complex, detail-oriented work
  • High level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility to be organized, productive, and effective in a dynamic environment, while participating in variety of simultaneous projects
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Rights & Permissions Assistant

The Press General Administration Department seeks a Rights & Permissions Assistant  to assist with the overall activities of a busy rights & permissions department actively working with the rights manager. 
NOTE: This position is remote eligible during the pandemic. Once campus reopens, this position will be expected to report to the Homewood campus (Baltimore, MD) on a regular basis.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Involves independently researching and the processing of permissions requests, including assessing and negotiating fees with publishers and vendors for all books and journals published by the press with a budget of over $100,000 revenue. Excellent written and oral communication skills required to communicate time-sensitive matters globally with publishers, institutions and authors (60%).
  • Assist with pitching titles to global partners for subsidiary rights sales. Independently coordinate logistics for foreign book fairs including exhibits, travel, display, supplies, including payment of global vendors and processing wire and credit card payments (20%).
  • Responsibilities also include drafting and sending subsidiary rights contracts to global partners. Duties such as posting payments to Filemaker database and sending gratis books as well as filing, general business correspondence and returning phone calls (15%).
  • Assist Rights Manager in training permissions clerk, student workers as necessary (5%).


Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma/GED and 3 years of work experience required, preferably in a publishing environment.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and additional years of experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience according to the JHU equivalency.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Previous copyright experience preferred.     
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel.
  • Excellent Organization Skills.
  • Ability prioritize multiple demanding projects.
  • Candidate must be detail oriented, flexible, have exceptional organizational skills and be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment. 
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
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Programmer Analyst

The Johns Hopkins University Press and Information Systems Unit seeks a Database Programmer who will be responsible for maintenance of the Press’s FileMaker database system and its integration with enterprise systems. This position reports to the IT Software Engineer / Senior Analyst.
The position maintains and troubleshoots all regularly scheduled reporting and other automated database activity on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Consults and communicates with on-site and remote database users to fix reported problems and provide user support. Under supervision of the IT Software Engineer / Senior Analyst, the Database Programmer designs, writes, documents, and tests new database features and updates. Monitors and optimizes performance of multiple FileMaker servers. Keeps job knowledge of FileMaker Pro and related systems up-to-date through self-study and professional contacts.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifies requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual clients and with other persons in a position to understand service requirements.
  • Arranges project requirements in programming sequence by analyzing requirements; preparing a work flow chart and diagram using knowledge of database capabilities, subject matter, programming language, and logic.
  • Develops and maintains databases by encoding project requirements in computer language; entering coded information into the computer.
  • Confirms database operation by conducting tests; modifying program sequence and/or codes.
  • Provides reference for use of database applications and servers by writing and maintaining user documentation; maintaining a help desk.
  • Maintains database systems and programming guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Develops and maintains applications and databases by evaluating client needs; analyzing requirements; developing software systems.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Additional experience may be substituted for education.
  • One year of related work experience with computer systems and applications.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least two years’ experience in FileMaker Pro development.
  • Proficient in SQL, XML, HTML, Javascript, Microsoft Office.
  • Experience as an SQL database developer would be a plus.
  • Excellent critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills.
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