Employment Opportunities

Production Specialist

Project MUSE is a multi-million dollar electronic database of academic journals in the humanities and social sciences.  We produce over 400 academic journals as well as front-list and back-list monographs from over 80 academic publishers. 

Project MUSE is a division within The 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, journal, and digital publishing.

The position of Production Specialist will work with content from scholarly publications including journals, books and electronic references.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • PDF quality control
  • XML quality control
  • Table of Contents quality control
  • Special projects as assigned

The Production Specialist supports content in a variety of Web-based formats including PDF, HTML, multimedia, and XML. The daily activities of the Production Specialist include assigning ebooks to subject discipline collections as well as PDF creation and manipulation, XML manipulation, Web publishing, troubleshooting production schedules and PDF/XML file editing. The candidate should be comfortable in a fast-paced production environment with competing priorities while maintaining an excellent attention to detail.

Qualifications

High School/GED. Bachelors preferred.

Related work experience:

  • High School/GED. Bachelors in a social science or humanities field preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 yrs of production experience in Web publishing.
  • Additional education beyond High School may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  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

Personal Skills:

  • Diligent work habits and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, creative problem-solver with an excellent attention to detail
  • Must be a team player
  • Willingness to learn new applications and follow web standards

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in technologies for electronic publishing including Adobe Acrobat
  • Proficiency in web publishing technologies including HTML and CSS.
  • Knowledge of XML.
  • Knowledge of web standards and web browser capabilities and ability to create cross-browser compliant publications.
  • Knowledge of 508 compliance and ADA accessibility standards and tools for both Web page and PDF publishing a plus.
  • Ability to learn new electronic publishing technologies
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues and errors   

Internal and external contacts required as part of the job:
Publishers, XML Vendors, Production Staff Members

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Editorial Assistant

The Johns Hopkins University Press seeks an organized, self-starting, and energetic individual to join our editorial team to acquire and publish scholarly non-fiction books. The Editorial Assistant provides comprehensive support to the acquisitions editors and authors and helps prepare book manuscripts publication.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for routing aspects of acquisitions work to enable editors to review, develop, and procure suitable book-length manuscripts.
  • Analyze editorial, copyright, and typographical complexities in book manuscripts and prepare manuscripts for copyediting and production.
  • Communicate with authors, readers, agents, and foreign publishers and agencies under differing degrees of supervision by the editors.
  • Monitor status of manuscripts-in-process, readers’ reports, contracts and reprint permissions.
  • Perform production-cost calculations and other financial calculations.
  • Analyze illustrated materials using Adobe Photoshop and other software.

Qualifications

High School Diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Two years’ experience. Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula (30 undergraduate degree credits/semester hours or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience).

The Johns Hopkins University Press is located near the university’s Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a proud member of the Association of American University Presses.

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Data Specialist


The Press fulfillment operation, HFS, services 11 client presses in every aspect of fulfillment services, including order processing, collection management, warehousing, fulfillment, and digital distribution services. A data specialist is required to manage royalty data and prepare statements and manage book data.  The position will report directly to the Manager of Fulfillment Services.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make updates to royalty information, as provided by clients. This needs to be checked against existing information and confirmed with clients on a regular basis. Attention to detail a must. (15% of time)

  • Prepare quarterly, semi-annual, and annual royalty statements for clients. Attention to detail a must. (25% of time)

  • Other royalty related tasks (e.g. work with IT on system upgrade) (10% of time)

  • Make weekly updates to book title data and send ONIX file to Amazon. Attention to detail a must. (30% of time)

  • Investigate notifications from Amazon regarding problem orders and other chargeback issues. (10% of time)

  • Check eBook order and data problems (5% of time)

  • Related tasks as assigned (5%)

  • Create/Update documentation about each job function, as noted above. (included in the specific task time estimates)

Qualifications

Computer or other special needs for the position:

Ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have excellent computer skills and a high degree of familiarity with databases, specifically those used for data management, royalties, order processing, billing, and/or reporting. Other required software skills include FileMaker and MS Office Experience with a customer service environment is helpful. A general understanding of the publishing industry, especially with regard to royalties and/or ONIX, is preferred. Candidate will need to communicate with clients frequently, so professional written and verbal communication skills are required.

Degree of independent action performed on the job:

High degree of autonomy will be expected from candidate after an initial orientation to the division.

Minimum requirements:

Education:

HS/GED, Bachelor’s preferred

2-5 years of related experience preferred

Additional education may substitute for experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.

Special skills / knowledge:

Candidate should have strong data management experience, a solid knowledge of database functionality, and be extremely attentive to details. Experience with Bookmaster software, ONIX, royalties, and/or FileMaker a plus.

Related work experience:

2-5 years of related work experience, publishing experience a plus. 

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Administrative Coordinator

This position provides high-level administrative support for the Director of Project MUSE, JHU Press. This position is responsible for administrative function of the MUSE Director’s office including communications, special event planning, scheduling, travel, and daily administrative support for the senior leadership team. 

 

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 an innovative leader in scholarly book, journal, and digital publishing.

 

Project MUSE is a multi-million-dollar electronic database of academic books and journals in the humanities and social sciences.  We produce content from over 260 academic publishers, including more than 600 academic journals and 40,000 front-list and back-list monographs.  We recently received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to expand our open access offerings. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Provide administrative support for special projects and initiatives led by the Director, including strategic planning, publisher relations support and business meetings.
  • Coordinate and administer annual publishers meeting.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Director’s office including triaging incoming calls. 
  • Provide physical and phone coverage during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Serve as primary contact with facilities manager and IT support for shared equipment.
  • Manage all incoming and outgoing communications in the Director’s office including preparing, writing, and editing letters, memos, contracts and other correspondences. Coordinate with other departments on all communications to internal and external audiences being sent out under the Director’s name.
  • Manage the Director’s calendar and scheduling individual, group, and committee meetings.
  • Provide notes and minutes for designated meetings.
  • Prepare the Director for a wide range of meetings and presentations by preparing and/or coordinating briefing materials and agendas.
  • Manage the domestic and international travel and travel reimbursement for the Director as well as guests, candidates, and other MUSE personnel.
  • Oversee personnel files for MUSE employees.
  • Provide new hire orientation for new employees to MUSE.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and serve as the primary on-site contact for special events such as meetings, events, and parties. Assist with departmental special activities and events, including providing onsite support.
  • In collaboration with the Director develop agendas for staff meetings and advisory board meetings and coordinate all arrangements and presentations, Provide word processing, document management, and layout/formatting support for PowerPoint presentations and similar documents, liaising with teams as needed.
  • Contribute to the customer service-oriented atmosphere within the division and serve as liaison to other departments and administrative coordinators when needed or requested.
  • Develop and maintain an efficient and secure filing and document retention plan for the Director’s office. 
  • All other duties as requested.

Qualifications

High School Diploma/GED required.  Bachelor’s degree preferred. Additional education may substitute for experience. Three years related experience required. Five plus years previous experience providing administrative support to multiple executive-level staff members preferred.

 

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. 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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Sr. Programmer Analyst

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.

Project MUSE is a multi-million dollar electronic database of academic books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Producing content from over 260 academic publishers, including more than 600 academic journals and 40,000 front-list and back-list monographs. We recently received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to expand our open access offerings.

The Senior Programmer Analyst is a member of Project MUSE's technical development team involved in software and database development. The position works with a small talented team who continues to output and design innovative publishing features in record time, with the quality and depth of a large organization.  Project MUSE has thrived on creating custom solutions, offering flexibility to both the product and the customer.  This position will report to the Manager, Publishing Technologies at Project MUSE.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops or modifies computer programs; develops test plans and performs unit, system and integrated testing for individual assignments, and or vendor software releases.
  • Database design, development and implementation, including user and system requirements collection, proto-typing and testing, application database schemes design and integration with applications, production maintenance and user support.
  • Develops, maintains, documents and tests new or existing programs; adheres to project wide standards for data collection/storage, structured programming techniques, documentation requirements, testing, reporting, software/hardware releases.
  • Uses programming knowledge and critical thinking to resolve moderately complex technical or procedural problems
  • Create reports and work with end users on report specifications; create and run queries as needed, both scripted and ad hoc.
  • Participates in institutional-level information technology initiatives as assigned.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Manage several projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines.

Qualifications

  • Expert experience with Web programming using Perl, CGI/Mod_Perl is required.
  • Experience with MySQL.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript, (eg. JQuery), HTML, CSS is desirable.
  • Experience and or knowledge with XML and or XSLT would be a plus.
  • Knowledge to implement and or support data analytics projects (eg.WebBI, Tableau) a plus.
  • Working environment is UNIX.
  • Publishing Experience a bonus.
  • Ruby and Python a bonus but not required.

Bachelor's degree and three years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Direct programming experience while pursuing education may count towards related experience. Significant undergraduate programming coursework or independent project can be considered as related experience.

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