Johns Hopkins University Press seeks a Publicist who will secure media coverage for Hopkins Press books and authors by devising and implementing publicity campaigns for
books for general readers and professionals, as well as select scholarly books. This position reports to the Publicity Manager.
The 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.
The Press is committed to honoring every person’s inherent dignity as human beings and making that the foundation of our organizational culture. We proactively find ways to ensure opportunities that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and access. We strive to publish courageously, giving voice to groundbreaking ideas. We support each other and our stakeholders and envision a future where knowledge enriches the lives of every person. The successful candidate will join a welcoming community that is inclusive and values the contributions and perspectives of individuals from all backgrounds.
The starting salary range for this position is $44,850 to $61,600. Actual salary may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. This position is hybrid, but we will consider applicants who want to be remote.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- With input from the publicity manager and editors, the publicist plans and executes successful publicity campaigns for assigned books and coordinates PR efforts with the promotional efforts of colleagues in the marketing department.
- Serves as the main marketing contact for authors. Works closely with authors to gain their support of, and participation in, publicity efforts. Some media training involved.
- Develops press releases, pitch letters, and supplemental publicity material.
- Researches media contacts and assembles targeted pitch lists.
- Through emails and phone calls, pitches and follows up with book review editors, radio and TV producers, bloggers and podcasters, and journalists who may be interested in covering Hopkins Press books, resulting in reviews, news articles, and interviews with authors.
- Sustains an informed dialogue with members of the media about new and upcoming titles.
- Places first and second serial excerpts for select titles and works with authors to develop pitches for op-eds or other original writing tied to their book.
- Schedules author events and media appearances and coordinates author travel when needed.
- Creates publicity reports and alerts Press staff about new and forthcoming media hits.
- Actively participates in acquisitions and positioning meetings to help shape the Press’ list and promotional strategies.
- Helps supervise student workers.
- Occasionally called on to represent the Press at annual meetings of academic and professional associations, domestic sales conferences, and seasonal publicity calls.
- Weave diversity, equity, inclusion and access principles into all aspects of the work.
- Additional responsibilities as assigned.
- Two years of related experience.
- At least five years of work experience, with at least two years in book publicity, or related PR or news environment role. Have some established media contacts.
- Stellar at all aspect 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.
- Proven ability to routinely secure media attention for books or other projects.
- Experience using databases.
- Excellent critical thinking and communication skills.
- Superior problem-solving skills including using analytics to drive decisions.
- Creative thinker; embracing new ideas; passionate about developing the potential of Hopkins Press.
- Inclusive in decision-making and problem-solving.
- Excel in effective use of resources; keen self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses.
Classified Title: Publicist
Starting Salary Range: Min $44,850 - Max $78,360 Annually ($61,600 targeted; Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F 8:30 - 5:00
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus
Department name: Books Marketing Domestic
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
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.
**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.
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