Job Opportunities at Columbia University Press

Job Opportunities

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