The Direct Marketing and Sales Assistant assists in planning and executing direct-to-consumer online and print marketing and sales promotions for books published by and distributed by the Press, in close collaboration with the Electronic Marketing and E-Commerce Manager. The Direct Marketing and Sales Assistant will work with editorial, marketing, and design staff to create print and electronic catalogs and campaigns. The goal of the D2C program is to market and sell our booksâ”and the books of publishers we distributeâ”to individual readers and to return revenue above costs to the Press.
Schedule and execute two general interest catalogs and at least a dozen academic subject catalogs each year, plus ten to twenty single-book campaigns catalogs and promotions.
Meet with editorial and marketing staff to fix layout of each catalog.
Create catalog and fix page and position data in bibliographic database system.
Assemble, edit, and/or write copy for all catalogs and promotions.
Work with Journals staff to obtain ads for certain catalogs.
Work with design and/or editorial staff to clear permissions for catalog cover images.
Act as writer, copyeditor, and production controller for print outputs.
Obtain printing bids and arrange print jobs.
Arrange physical mailing with mail house, including reply envelope for catalogs.
Write, copyedit, and execute email and online promotions, either via email software or through a data communications company.
Handle invoices, track expenses, and assist in reviews of budget.
Research mail and email lists.
Extract mail and email lists from order processing data.
Work with list brokers and staff at other publishers to acquire and trade mailing lists
Check inventory data at warehouse and liaise with Distributed Publisher Coordinator to prompt restocking.
Fulfill miscellaneous customer requests for print or electronic catalogs.
Write, copyedit, and arrange for annual printing of reply envelope.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and tactfully with vendors and members of Press staff required.
Demonstrated ability to multitask and work in a highly productive environment required.
Excellent organizational skills required.
Excellent time management skills required, including the ability to multi-task with minimum supervision and meet overlapping deadlines.
Ability to coordinate the work of others required.
Decision-making skills required.
Meticulous attention to detail required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Analytical skills and the facility to engage with academic writing required.
Understanding of academia, higher education, the academic book market, and the workings and conventions of electronic and print media required.
Experience working with designers and printers preferred.
Supervisory skills preferred.
A genuine interest in and intellectual engagement with the publication of scholarly books preferred.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum of three years publishing, bookselling, online sales/promotion, or closely related marketing or sales experience required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Excellent computer skills in PC environment and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and email creation software required.
Knowledge of database software preferred.
Knowledge of basic HTML preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Travel to various campus locations.
Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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