Employment Opportunities

Marketing and Sales Director, Books Division

Johns Hopkins University Press invites applications for Marketing and Sales Director in the books division to join a team of exceptional professionals committed to bringing knowledge to international audiences in innovative ways that advances teaching and research and enlightens dialog and decisions that affect people’s lives worldwide.  As part of the executive leadership at JHUP, the Marketing and Sales director participates in leading press-wide strategic initiatives, has the opportunity to experiment with new ways of engaging readers, and collaborates with colleagues across all divisions (Books, Journals, Project MUSE, and Hopkins Fulfillment Services). 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creating strategic direction and vision for all worldwide marketing and sales aspects of the book division ensuring maximum dissemination of ideas and achieving financial goals. 
  • Overseeing domestic and international sales,  social media engagement, web site development, publicity, advertising, promotion, exhibits, special sales, and any new ways developed to reach audiences.
  • Working closely with the Press’s editorial team to help them select, develop, and publish excellent books. 
  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and leading a team of extraordinary sales, publicity, and promotion professionals to collaborate across all departments and divisions to meet the mission, goals, and vision of the Press.  Creating measurable and obtainable but also aspirational performance goals.  Works with an international team of sales representatives.
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating marketing and sales strategies and campaigns to effectively reach readers with 150+ new books per year and 4,000 backlist titles; employing analytics to measure audience reach.  Opening new markets; exploiting existing ones. 
  • Conducting research on the most effective ways in which to reach and engage audiences covering aspects of the brand, product, promotion, pricing, and distribution strategies and across all modes of engagement.
  • Building network of industry influencers, calling on these influencers to advise on new ways in which to ensure that all authors reach their intended audiences and achieve desired impact. 
  • Managing the JHUP brand, measuring perceptions, identifying gaps in those perceptions and JHUP’s ideal, and revising messaging and outreach accordingly. Creating branding platform for all stakeholders from author to end reader. 
  • Monitoring industry trends and the competitive landscape, identifying gaps that JHUP could effectively fill and proposing changes in product development, pricing, and distribution.     
  • Developing author relationship program in conjunction with acquisitions and other departments, implement strategy, and measure effectiveness. 
  • Maximizing dissemination while reaching financial goals through strategic partnerships, negotiating contracts, and monitoring performance.
  • Identifying synergies across divisions and implementing collaborative projects to benefit all aspects of the operation. 
  • Providing guidance on print-run and inventory decisions. 
  • Working with CFO and director to create rational budgets and deliver revenue and expense outcomes that meet or exceed those budgets.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and minimum 10 years of relevant leadership experience excelling in book marketing and/or sales, understanding all aspects of scholarly and trade publishing. 

  • Deeply knowledgeable about digital publishing but also grounded in traditional print.
  • Expertise in licensing and negotiating contracts and terms.    
  • Stellar at all aspects of communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to form collaborative teams and instill passion and drive to excel in those teams of professionals. 
  • Creative thinker; embracing new ideas; managing change; passionate about exploiting the potential of JHUP.
  • Inclusive in decision-making and problem-solving and achieving consensus for strategic direction and day-to-day operations.
  • Fluidity in operating at a high level of abstraction to the details necessary to lead staff in implementing on a daily basis.
  • Excel in effective use of resources; keen self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses; and appropriately delegating.
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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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Acquisition Editor

Johns Hopkins University Press seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate editor to acquire 25 new book projects each year in the areas of American History and Current Affairs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • establish priorities and consult with qualified academics to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects Hopkins standing;
  • work with the Editorial Director and the Press Director to develop a strategic editorial plan for growth of the list;
  • Keep the Hopkins books at the forefront of these fields and track current research suitable for publication in book form;
  • Regularly visit key campuses, attend professional conferences, cultivate relationships with leading researchers, and engage deeply with the relevant literature;
  • Establish an active and engaged presence within the community of scholars in this field;
  • Contact prospective authors and commission book-length works that will make valuable contributions to existing knowledge;
  • Evaluate resulting proposals for professional, trade, and course books, book series, and reference works;
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts;
  • Negotiate contracts for books and book series; work with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready to go into production;
  • Work with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects in print and digital formats, and with marketing and sales departments to ensure the effective distribution of books to their intended audiences;
  • Present new and proposed book projects to the Press’s staff and its editorial board;
  • Prepare annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials to help market and promote the list;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with all internal staff;
  • Represent the Johns Hopkins University Press and Johns Hopkins University in all external interactions with utmost professionalism;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications

Required: qualifications include an undergraduate degree; at least 5 years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven analytic ability; knowledge of the higher education community; ability to work with academic authors; and knowledge of the publishing industry, particularly scholarly publishing. Campus and conference travel is expected. This position is based in Baltimore Maryland. 

Preferred: advanced degree; demonstrated engagement with the scholarly community.

 

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Executive & Administrative Coordinator

This position provides high-level administrative support for the Director of JHU Press and overall administrative and human resource duties for the entire JHU Press.  This position is responsible for administrative function of the Director’s office including communications, special event planning, scheduling, travel, and daily administrative support for the senior leadership team.  The position is also responsible for day-to-day human resource communication, including new hire coordination, payroll transactions, FMLA requirements, and overtime processing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support for special projects and initiatives led by the Director, including strategic planning, donor support, and executive group meetings.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Director’s office including triaging incoming calls and monitoring public mail.  Notify staff members and departments when appropriate and coordinate and monitor responses to calls and public mail to ensure each situation is handled efficiently and professionally.
  • Manage all incoming and outgoing communications in the Director’s office including preparing, writing, and editing letters, memos, 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.
  • 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 JHUP personnel.
  • Manage communication between JHU Press and JHU Human Resources to coordinate new position hiring, terminations, student workers, and FMLA procedures.
  • Process all overtime, supplemental payments, and payroll related transactions within SAP system.
  • With Director, JHU Press & Director of Finance, coordinate and administer annual employee review process and spreadsheets.
  • Oversee personnel files for all JHU employees.
  • Provide new hire orientation for new employees to JHU Press.
  • 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 divsion 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. 
  • Provide phone coverage during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • All other duties as requested.

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma required.  Bachelor’s degree preferred. 
  • +5 years previous experience providing administrative support to multiple executive-level staff members.

 

Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to work independently with little direct supervision.

  • Capable of keeping information, circumstances, and decisions highly confidential.

  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects concurrently.

  • Discretion in handling sensitive situations and personnel issues.

  • Excellent communication skills.

     

    Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certification:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications and Web-based communication platforms.

  • SAP experience a plus.

     

    Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Occasional movement about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, various workstations,

 

  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and printer.

 

 

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None
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Metadata & Linked Data 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Acts as technical liaison between linking partners and Project MUSE.
  • Works closely with technical staff and ebooks coordinator 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.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
  • 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, 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

Other desired skills include:

  • 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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