Job Vacancy: Journals Publishing Assistant

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Anthony Cond

About LUP

Liverpool University Press (LUP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Liverpool, and was founded in 1899. The Press has recently expanded rapidly, and now publishes 28 scholarly journals and around 80 new books per annum across the arts and humanities.  LUP currently employs 13 staff.  In 2015, LUP was both the IPG Frankfurt Book Fair Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year and The Bookseller Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year.

The role of Journals Publishing Assistant reflects our growing journals portfolio and ambitious future plans.  Reporting to the Press’s Head of Journals for three days per week and its Head of Sales for two days per week the role will cover a wide range of journals activity. The job is based in Liverpool, but will require some travel.

 

Job Description

The Journals Publishing Assistant will undertake the following duties under guidance from the Head of Sales:

 

  • Deliver targeted marketing communications via email and direct mail as guided by the Journals Marketing Plan:
    • Using email marketing software and Microsoft Outlook to create, design and send out a variety email marketing campaigns
    • Adhere to the schedule in the Journals Marketing Plan and ensure all campaigns are sent out on time
    • Meet monthly with the Head of Sales and Head of Journals to analyse the previous month’s campaigns and brainstorm as to how the results can inform the next month’s strategy

 

  • Table of Contents alerts and Social Media:
    • Sending out new issue alerts to relevant subject listservs
    • Daily use of a variety of social media outlets for standard promotions of the journals and to seek new and inventive ways in which to reach a wider audience

 

  • Website and platform development:
    • Regularly updating pages on both the Liverpool University Press website and the Liverpool University Press Online platform with news, information and online adverts
    • This requires use of Adobe Photoshop

 

  • Conferences:
    • Maintaining and updating the list of conferences at which the journals are promoted and researching new events at which we can reach new audiences
    • Arranging the shipping and delivery of promotional materials to these conferences
    • Management of the conference budget
    • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for design and delivery of adverts and flyers for conference programmes/packs

 

  • Advertising:
    • Maintaining and updating the list of exchange ads as well as seeking new opportunities to advertise the journals
    • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for design and delivery of paid for and exchange adverts

 

  • Reporting:
    • Preparing marketing summaries for individual journals, collections and/or subject areas when requested

 

The Journals Publishing Assistant will undertake the following duties under guidance from the Head of Journals:

  • Oversee editorial administration for the journals list
  • Attending and contributing to editorial management meetings
  • Liaising with a number of external contacts, including editors, authors, societies and subscription and fulfilment agents
  • Managing member lists for some journals
  • Updating and maintaining editorial contact lists
  • Assisting with research into possible new journals in core subject areas
  • Updating and maintaining Liverpool University Press website and the Liverpool University Press Online platform with correct editorial information
  • Assist the HoJ with preparation of Annual Reports
  • Liaise with other departments for information
  • Assist with provision of bibliometric and usage analysis
  • Managing requests for OA articles (maintaining records, liaising with author and finance department, ensuting article is Open Access when published)
  • Manage the ‘featured article’ selection for 2 journals (liaising with editors, promotion surrounding article, making free to access when published)

 

The Journals Publishing Assistant will also undertake such other duties as will be decided by the Head of Journals and Head of Sales.

 

Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate an interest in publishing, through current employment, work experience placement, internship or other activity.
  • Show initiative, enthusiasm and the confidence to engage with the distinguished scholars who comprise our journals editors, editorial boards and contributors.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current issues and pressures in the publishing industry.
  • Possess excellent administrative and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Possess a good honours degree in a relevant field.
  • Be proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office applications with experience using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferable but not essential

 

To apply

Please email a CV and covering letter detailing how you are suited to the role, together with the names of two referees (who will be contacted only in the event of a successful application), to Clare Hooper, Head of Journals, clare.hooper@liv.ac.uk.

CLOSING DATE: 5pm on September 30th, 2016

Previous Next
Scroll to top