Mellon Diversity Fellowship at the University of Chicago: (Deadline 29 March 2021)
Applications are open for Mellon Diversity Fellowship at the University of Chicago in the United States of America. The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books. This 14-month fellowship seeks to address the lack of staff diversity in the academic publishing industry by providing underrepresented individuals in publishing real work experience and a network to assist them in their professional development.
This is a 14 month position with medical benefits and paid leave time. The fellow participates in the acquisition of new publications by acting as a liaison among acquisitions editors, authors and reviewers as well as other press departments with direction from others. Collects confidential materials and maintains the database of proposals and manuscripts under review.
- Assists the editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication.
- Assists as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties.
- Exercises independent judgment in screening proposals.
- Liaises with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process.
- Coordinates workflow with other departments in the Press (Editorial, Design and Production; Marketing; Order Fulfillment).
- Liaises with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations.
- Evaluates author illustration and permission programs and directs authors on the modification needed.
- Conducts picture research and discusses contract terms and permission fees as needed. Proofreads materials circulated as part of the pre-publication materials for books.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Applicants for this Mellon Diversity Fellowship position at the University of Chicago must have the following qualifications
- Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
- Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
- Knowledge of academic environment.
- Proficiency in MS Office.
- Familiarity with databases generally and FileMaker.