Employment Opportunities

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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Promotions Coordinator

A key member of the three-person promotion team reporting to the Assistant Director of Marketing, the Promotion Coordinator plays an instrumental role in identifying, planning, and executing print and digital promotion of new and backlist titles for the Books Division. The coordinator handles day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that the content, appearance, and functionality of informational web pages on the JHUP site for the books division and online references are up-to-date. This position requires a professional with experience in book publishing who can handle multiple demands and challenging schedules.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains a regular rotation of featured titles and web promotions for the Book Division, including list-servs of new title updates, subject-area promotions, and sales.
  • Coordinates book selection, mailing list selection and acquisition, copy extraction, scheduling, and distribution for academic subject catalogs (10 annually), direct response, email promotions (60-80 annually), trial expiration notifications, and renewal reminders. Collects and organizes information on campaign costs and coordinates with Assistant Director of Marketing the generation and presentation of quarterly reports on campaign results.
  • Researches, selects, and orders mailing lists. Coordinates all bulk mailings and bulk emails for marketing department. Serves as liaison to list brokers. Coordinates postage advances. Monitors revenue from sales of JHUP mailing lists.
  • Works with Assistant Director of Marketing and Senior Designer to coordinate the collection, editing, production, and distribution of final copy, cover art, and metadata for two seasonal catalogs annually.
  • Monitors the websites of major online retailers to ensure that bibliographic and promotional information is current and accurate. Supplies retailers, wholesalers, distributors, bibliographic cataloguers, and sales reps with metadata, advance sales information, covers, descriptions, and review excerpts seasonally, as new titles become available, and whenever otherwise necessary. Consults with colleagues to identify appropriate titles for promotion in vendor coop agreements. Manages the title nomination process, submits all necessary files and ancillary materials, and monitors compliance.
  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of supplemental books content, as well as content updates and functionality enhancements for the informational web pages for the books division and online references. Ensures accuracy and quality of all book-related content on the JHUP website, including copy, prices, covers, and related promotional material.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 3 years of experience in the publishing industry, preferably in marketing;or equivalent professional experience in marketing communications.
  • Requires excellent marketing production and analytical skills, including web content managements systems, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience working with database software, like FilemakerPro.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines. The successful candidate must be able to establish priorities among multiple projects; manage the collection, assimilation, and dissemination of information from a variety of sources; and maintain records that enable the marketing department to evaluate the success of various campaigns.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment. The candidate will have frequent interaction with peer and senior staff in the marketing department and other departments at the Press. The successful candidate must be able to consider and implement appropriately input from editors, authors, and marketing peers, and negotiate final decisions with tact and diplomacy.
  • The candidate will need to maintain effective professional relationships with vendors.
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Director, Publisher Relations & Content Development

The Publisher Relations and Content Development position, will work closely with the Director and senior leadership of Project MUSE to influence and direct MUSE’s mission in advancing strategy and fostering revenue-beneficial relationships with new and active publishers. The overarching goal is to ensure that Project MUSE remains a competitive aggregator, platform, and a significant player within the scholarly communications community. MUSE is committed to disseminating the knowledge base of many disciplines in humanities and social science via a sustainable business model.  Strong publisher relationships are critical in achieving these goals.

 

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 not-for-profit 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

  • In concert with the Director and senior management, develop and execute strategic plans for the growth and diversification of MUSE’s content portfolio, including industry positioning, content roadmaps, identification and cultivation of innovative partnerships, and investment optimization.
  • Development and maintenance of publisher relationships including prospective and existing publishers. Create materials and tools to understand publisher needs and demonstrate the value proposition of MUSE. Conduct qualitative and/or quanitative research on the needs, perceptions, and expectations of publishers. 
  • Foster entrepreneurship by promoting the development of new product lines, market structure and brand extensions.
  • Work closely with Director of Sales to identify, acquire and create saleable products. Develop and present business cases that ensure strong ROI results for digital and niche products to serve targeted audiences and new market segments.
  • Collaborate across related external projects in order to increase value to users, improve operating efficiencies, create linking relationship and expand content corpus.
  • Track policy and industry shifts and peripheral value-added developments that may impact Project MUSE.  Develop strong networking among industry influentials
  • Expand journals hosting program into a competitive revenue-generating product.
  • Represent Project MUSE on local, regional, university, national, and international initiatives in the areas of scholarly communications and publishing.
  • Supervise up to 5 FTE in the Publisher Relations unit.
  • Organize and execute annual publisher’s meeting. The meeting is a critical component of publisher relations.
  • Participate on the MUSE advisory board.
  • Manage contract development, execution and tracking.
  • Develop relationships across the Press that foster a collaborative environment and encourage product development.
  • Identify potential funding opportunities and assist in the writing and administration of grants.
  • Position will be evaluated on the addition and retention of publishers / content, identifying new businesses, products and models.  

Qualifications

  • Position requires travel to conferences, meetings and publisher visits.
  • Demonstrate high level of professionalism, communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Bachelor’s required.
  • At least 10 years of publishing experience required.
  • Master’s preferred.
  • 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 initiatives
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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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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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