Job Opening


The editorial assistant will primarily work with the Trade and Regional Editor on a diverse set of books including regional history, scholarly, national trade, cookbooks, and children’s books. The ideal candidate should possess strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to work both collaboratively and independently on simultaneous projects, and an enthusiasm for book culture and scholarly communications.The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the University of Minnesota Press endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote.This position has been designated as OVPR Work Profile three. Profile three is expected to work remotely more than 50% of the time. Your dedicated office space will be in your remote work location. UPress management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Editorial Support (40%)
Provide primary editorial and clerical support to the Regional and Trade Editor in the development of key trade titles. This includes communicating with authors, image and permissions research, processing advances, permissions, and honoraria payments, and managing manuscript submissions.
Transmittals (30%)
Work with authors to confirm final editorial changes to manuscript, both substantive and stylistic. The editorial assistant will review and prepare manuscripts and illustrations to assure they are consistent with UMP editorial and Chicago Manual of Style standards; strategize with the editor(s) to prioritize manuscript transmittal queue; evaluate manuscripts for use of third-party copyright material; assist authors in securing necessary permissions for illustrations and previously published material; and transmit final manuscripts to production.
Soliciting Reviews (10%)
Oversee the evaluation and approval of scholarly manuscripts. This includes researching the qualifications of potential readers for manuscripts that need external review, contacting potential readers to discuss contents and scholarly contributions of manuscripts, and drafting project summaries for in-house editorial group and faculty review board.
Miscellaneous (20%)
Specific miscellaneous tasks related to the publication process may include: creating and maintaining editorial electronic records and book files; composing rejection letters for unsuitable projects; training and supervising student assistants and interns; nominating press books for scholarly awards; and other general administrative tasks in the Regional and Trade Program as required.


Required QualificationsBA/BS degree or a combination of related education and work experience to equal at least four years.

About the Department

The University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences and as publisher of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the most widely used objective tests of personality in the world. Minnesota also maintains as part of its mission a strong commitment to publishing books on the people, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Established in 1925, Minnesota is among the founding members of the Association of University Presses (AUP).

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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Interested parties may apply at the University of Minnesota site, Job ID: 344447.