Working in publishing is about more than just correcting people’s grammar. If you’re a book lover looking for a job, here’s what’s good this week.
Just going out on a limb here, but we’re guessing that if you’re the type to click on a link with the words “publishing job” in it, you’re probably a bit of a bookworm. And if you’re currently looking for a position that’ll immerse you in the world of producing and distributing books and other media, well, your timing is just impeccable, because there are some special opportunities out there right now.
Take the Library Of Congress, for example. Working there will bring you one step closer to Old King Cole, one of the smallest books in the world at, 1/25” x 1/25” (or about the size of the period at the end of this sentence). And at Rand Corporation, you’ll be walking the halls near the scene of the crime where Daniel Ellsberg swiped a copy of History of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68—also known as The Pentagon Papers.
From administrative duties to data analysis to writing, these jobs will land you in the midst of the exciting world of publishing. Check them out here (including some can’t-miss opportunities on the editorial team at Girlboss).
Editorial Assistant, Random House
It’s literally a job description for avid readers: The Random House editorial assistant role seeks a “strong writer who has a broad reading sensibility and an interest in politics, pop culture, literary fiction, literary non-fiction, science and social justice.”
The requirements for this role are skills-based, meaning the role has no education or experience minimum. If accepted, you’ll be balancing daily editorial activities and acting as a liaison between authors, agents and different departments within the company.
Publicist, Harper Collins
This San Francisco-based role is dedicated to all aspects of publicity campaigns for multiple titles each month in HarperOne—a busy department specializing in books by high-profile authors and experts on topics like personal development, spirituality, religion, business, and healthy living.
Associate Children’s Marketing Manager, Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster is dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, but this role is perfect for you if you’re particularly passionate about children’s marketing. The main responsibilities revolve around creating and implementing title-specific marketing campaigns.
Director of Learning and Assessment, MacMillan Learning
The director of learning and assessment, located in Austin, TX, will be responsible for design, implementation, and delivery of highly impactful and usable learning assessment. According to Glassdoor, MacMillan has summer Fridays, and the company closes between Christmas and New Year’s. If this sounds good for you, MacMillan is looking for a candidate with at least five years of experience.
This Medford, MA-based position is the ideal publishing job for people interested in health titles. In this role, you will manage and develop relationships with external journal editors, while collaborating closely with internal and external stakeholders, networking in the community to identify opportunities for growth. Wiley offers US employees strong benefits, such as paid medical leave, adoption insurance, and discounted auto and home insurance.
Executive Editor, Early Childhood Dual Language Learning and Biliteracy, Scholastic
Remember the Scholastic Book Fair? You probably loved this company way before you ever knew you wanted to go into publishing. The executive editor of early childhood dual language learning and biliteracy at Scholastic will assist in creating innovative, research-based, developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Apply if you’re obsessed with early learning and are a native Spanish speaker.
Administrative Assistant, SAGE Publishing
Being an administrative assistant at a big publisher like SAGE is the perfect jumping-off-point for a career in the field. Plus, it’s an amazing networking opportunity. The administrative assistant will support the executive directors. SAGE Publishing is looking for someone with two to three years of experience, but it’s not required.
Writer-Editor, Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. It’s also the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. This role, out of the Office of Communications, which manages the Library’s overall communications with the public and internal Library of Congress audiences, will be focused on writing for the Library’s bi-monthly magazine, Gazette, and blog. And while the government’s a bit of a mess at the moment, at least there are some perks, like a full federal benefits package. This job is also a remarkable opportunity for individuals with disabilities per a government initiative to provide greater opportunities for employment.
Production Editor, RAND Corporation
Tryna live out your dreams after seeing The Post? Well, this will certainly bring you one step closer. Beyond being the source of the Pentagon Papers, RAND Corporation is a nonprofit that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. This job requires three years of experience and ability to obtain security clearance, and the chosen candidate will manage publishing production activities from manuscript through final product and distribution.
Editorial Team, Girlboss
That’s right. Girlboss has three amazing editorial positions open right now: Branded content editor, staff writer, and editorial intern. Come create awesome content whilst enjoying unlimited PTO, 401K, paid maternity leave, and remote work on Fridays. Check out the listing for a breakdown of each jobs responsibilities and requirements, and send in your application ASAP.