Editorial Assistant - History
Job Details
Princeton, NJ - Princeton, NJ
Full Time

Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks a motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to support two editors. The Editorial Assistant (EA) will assist in the acquisition, development, and publishing of distinctive and outstanding books in history and will serve as a liaison both between authors and the Press, and between departments within the Press. The EA will take a central and collaborative role in the day-to-day management of the lists and will gain essential and detailed experience on all aspects of editorial and other processes involved in book publishing. The EA will be responsible for maintaining data integrity for all books on the lists, anticipating and contributing to the efficient flow of materials and information, and must be able to facilitate effective communication within the organization and beyond.

Position Requirements
  • A genuine interest in and intellectual engagement with the publication of scholarly books.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain excellent professional demeanor and be able to convey information accurately. An evaluation such as a written work product may be required at the time of interview.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to manage detail-oriented projects with overlapping deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently toward the collaborative and common goals of the lists, the editorial department, and the Press.
  • An interest in humanities preferred, but no proficiency is required.
  • Degree from a four-year college or university, or equivalent experience.
  • Computer proficiency, including with databases, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration, and commitment to professional codes of conduct which the Press’s may be accessed at https://press.princeton.edu/about/mission-values.
  • While the Princeton, NJ office is currently closed due to the pandemic, once the office reopens, interested candidates need be able to work from the Press’s NJ office for networking and professional development. Flexibility with in-office days will be permitted.


PUP is a strong advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university press community. Individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in academic publishing (which is, according to research by Lee & Low, historically a majority white, straight, cisgender, and nondisabled industry) are encouraged to apply. The Press provides a comprehensive and affordable benefits package and is located in a historic building on Princeton University’s campus that is walking distance from downtown Princeton with easy car access to Route 1 and walking distance from the Princeton train station.


TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter at PUP’s application website.

Please include in your cover letter salary requirements and a description of what you’re currently reading and what’s on your “to read” list.


Due to application volume, only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit http://press.princeton.edu/.




Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.