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Job Req ID:  59938

Sr. Publicist

The Department of JHU Press is looking for a Senior Publicist who will seek media coverage for Johns Hopkins University Press books and authors by devising and implementing publicity campaigns for 40 books per year, with a focus on top-tier trade titles. The position reports to the Publicity Manager.


The Senior 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


NOTE: This position is remote eligible during the pandemic. Once campus reopens, this position will be expected to report to the Homewood campus (Baltimore, MD) on a regular basis.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with publicity manager, marketing colleagues, editors, and authors to gain a complete understanding of assigned books, to plan and execute appropriate publicity campaigns, and to coordinate those efforts with the promotion efforts of other colleagues.
  • Actively participates in launch and positioning meetings to help shape Press list and promotional ideas.
  • 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.
  • Research media and assembles targeted press lists.
  • Ensures timely and appropriate distribution of all press materials, including ARCs, digital galleys, proofs, and finished books.
  • Through emails and phone calls, follows up with book review editors, radio and TV producers, bloggers, and journalists who may be interested in covering books in reviews, interviews, news articles, or feature stories.
  • Reviews subsidiary rights requests related to forthcoming book coverage and responds according to Press guidelines.
  • Schedules interviews and other book-related events and coordinates author travel when travel is reinstated.
  • Sustains an informed dialogue with members of the media (print, broadcast. and online) about new and upcoming titles of likely interest.
  • Facilitates creation and distribution of bound ARCs for the season.
  • Disseminates news of major forthcoming coverage to authors, colleagues, and to the sales team, as well as to key independent bookstores. Selects excerpts from reviews and enters them into press-wide database for timely use in promotion.
  • 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.
  • Weaves equity, justice, and inclusion principles into all aspects of the work. 


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree required. 
  • At least five years of work experience, with at least four years in book publicity, or related PR or news environment role required. Established, current contacts in national, industry, and targeted media.
  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven ability of routinely securing top-tier media attention around books or other projects. 
  • Understanding of databases.
  • Superior problem-solving skills including using analytics to drive decisions.
  • Creative thinker; embracing new ideas; passionate about exploiting the potential of JHUP.
  • Excel in effective use of resources; keen self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses.


Classified Title: Sr. Publicist 
Working Title: Sr. Publicist 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC 
Starting Salary Range: $50,700 - $69,780
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 5 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10000124-Books Marketing Domestic 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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