Job Opportunities at Columbia University Press

Job Opportunities

Northeast Sales Representative

Position overview and responsibilities: Responsible for selling books to wholesale, retail, and specialty account; prospecting for and opening new accounts; evaluating editorial proposals; acting as field sales representative for consortium member presses.

Job duties include: Call on designated accounts, retail, wholesale, or specialty, in geographic territory assigned by sales manager. Taking, processing, submitting orders from accounts. Planning and scheduling appointments and making travel arrangements necessary to fulfill appointment schedule. Maintain and report records of expenses incurred during travel and day-to-day activities. Provide customer service, troubleshooting problems, assist in publicity efforts for accounts. Read and assimilate manuscripts, marketing proposals, editorial proposals, and other pertinent information. Extensive travel required.

Experience and qualifications: Previous experience in bookselling, such as buying or managing for bookstore, or related experience in scholarly publishing preferred.

Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to


Director of Editing, Design, & Production

The Director of Editing, Design, and Production will be responsible for merging our current manuscript editorial and production/design departments, and working in consultation with the managers of these three functional areas. The Director of EDP will be responsible for the Press’s book editing and manufacturing budgets, the editorial/production workflows, and relations with vendors. As a member of the senior management team, the Director of EDP will participate in strategic planning for the Press, communicate the Press’s strategic goals to the department, and plan the support and implementation of these goals. The Director of EDP will set overall production values, standards, and policies; coordinate all phases of the production process; streamline schedules; and explore opportunities for cost savings and new efficiencies in the production pipeline, while maintaining a high quality of editing and design.

Skills and qualifications:
• Demonstrated leadership skills, a strong manuscript editorial and production background, including high-level knowledge of digital technology, and proven ability to maneuver in a fast-changing environment
• At least 5 years’ experience overseeing publishing operations for a scholarly publisher; trade experience a plus
• Proven abilities in change management with successful outcomes
• Proven track record as a collaborative, flexible colleague with strong communications skills
• Strong budget planning and management skills
• Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize projects under deadline pressure
• Ability to continuously monitor quality standards and to review and refine workflow processes
• BA required
• Proficiency in Excel, Filemaker Pro, and ability to adapt to new databases


Accounting Assistant PT

Position overview and responsibilities: Assist the Controller in the processing and administration of royalties of subsidiary rights, accounts payable and general accounting as well as other administrative and office duties. This position is part time, 15 hours per week.

Job duties include:
•Setting up author accounts in the accounts payable system
•Entering contracts into the royalty system
•Uploading all sub rights journal entries into Bookmaster
•Tracking advances applied to newly published titles
•Assisting with the annual royalty distribution in April
•Assisting with 1099 distribution in January
•Preparing daily sales report
•Processing monthly consortium invoicing
•Respond to royalty inquiries
•Collecting aged accounts receivables
•Other administrative and office duties as assigned

•Highly motivated and detail-oriented, with the ability to complete projects in a timely manner
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
•The ability to successfully prioritize, multitask and work independently
•Ability to initiate and manage projects, and adapt to a changing business environment
•Excellent computer skills including Microsoft word and excel required, Bookmaster preferred
•Accounting and office experience preferred
•Associates degree in accounting or business required


Internship in Acquisitions Editorial

Columbia University Press seeks to hire interns for the acquisitions editorial department. Applicants should be eager, hard-working college students or recent graduates who would like to gain practical, entry-level experience in book publishing. The editorial intern would:
• Send out manuscripts for peer review
• Attend editorial and marketing meetings
• Compile lists of recipients of complimentary books
• Prepare final manuscripts for release to production
• Write selling points etc. for editorial and release memos
• Procure promotional blurbs from senior scholars
• Work on grant applications
• Request checks for advances, fees, and other payments
• Contribute to social media presence
• Take on administrative duties, such as photocopying, covering the front desk, etc.
The intern should be able to commit to two or three full days a week. The internship is unpaid, but a transportation stipend is available.
To apply for an editorial internship, please send a brief cover letter and your resume to by the appropriate deadline:
Spring Internship: December 1
Summer Internship: April 1
Fall Internship: July 1


Internship in Subsidiary Rights

The Subsidiary Rights Department is seeking a motivated intern for Fall 2015, beginning early September. Interest in the legal aspects of publishing is beneficial. Candidates need to be available 10-15 hrs per week. The position will provide basic instruction in intellectual property rights (with an emphasis on digital/new technology rights), legal research and training in contracts. There will be some correspondence with authors and foreign publishers, as well as administrative tasks. Candidates should be detail-oriented, and possess excellent computer skills with a solid understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel. The internship is unpaid but may qualify for course credit and local travel reimbursement. If you are interested, please send your resume to Ann-Grace at