Special Sales and Grassroots Marketing (SSGRM) Coordinator
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Princeton, NJ - Princeton, NJ
Full Time
Special Sales and Grassroots Marketing (SSGRM) Coordinator

Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks an organized and highly engaged professional with a passion for scholarly publishing to join the Sales and Marketing team. The Special Sales and Grassroots Marketing Coordinator will focus on two areas of responsibility within this department: managing the bulk of the Press’s author events and working with the Associate Director of Sales & Marketing on SSGRM projects to increase the reach of Princeton University Press books in non-traditional markets.  The Coordinator will also support areas of sales and marketing at the Press, including administrative duties related to seasonal sales conferences; adding and updating SSGRM outreach details into PUP’s title and marketing management systems, and related responsibilities, as they arise.  This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Sales & Marketing.


Position Responsibilities

  • Work with Promotions and Sales teams on managing book sales for author events and keeping the events calendar up-to-date.  This will include, at least temporarily, the same for author events initiated through the PUP Speaks program.
    • Outreach to event organizers and PUP’s distributor, Ingram Publisher Services: Phone and email outreach to event organizers to coordinate book sales and liaise with the warehouse to ensure orders are processed for timely delivery to events.
    • Coordinate with independent booksellers: liaise with local/independent booksellers to arrange for books if direct purchase by event organizers is not feasible; work with PUP sales representatives to solicit book orders for bookseller/bookseller-managed events in their territories.
    • Where book sales are not feasible, work with authors and event organizers to provide promotional discount codes for individual attendees to purchase books directly from the PUP website.  Keep records of these codes for monthly reporting of resultant sales.
    • Work with Social Media and the Web team to share/upload events details from the events calendar to the PUP website
  • Manage logistics for twice-yearly Sales Conferences:  responsibilities range from coordination with Editors to ensure materials are available in advance of the meetings (sample spreads and manuscripts, author questionnaires); work on creating “tip sheets” for reps (in collaboration with Sales colleagues); creating in-house database (Biblio) documentation and SharePoint site to house all Sales Conference materials.
  • Work with Sales/Marketing teams to create and distribute reports and upload/update select information to Biblio and other in-house databases.
  • Work with Associate Director on outreach to specialty accounts/potential accounts for select key titles.  This outreach to be focused on professional associations; specialty retailers and wholesalers selling to targeted audiences; book clubs outside of our own consumer-facing club; and other markets as opportunities arise.
Position Requirements:
  • A minimum of 1-year experience working in publishing, or relevant work experience with a demonstrated ability to perform similar duties of this role is required.
  • A genuine interest in and intellectual engagement with the publication of scholarly books.
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Effectively engage and liaise with a diversity of individuals internally and externally
  • An agile and self-motivated learner who can manage deadlines.
  • Strong sense of follow-through.
  • Computer proficiency, including with databases, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain professional demeanor and convey information accurately.
  • A positive outlook, and a proactive and efficient approach to handling tasks in a busy department.
  • Prior experience with title management systems (e.g. Biblio) and marketing management systems preferred but not required.
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration, and commitment to professional codes of conduct, located 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.


Base Salary: $42,000/year plus comprehensive benefits package. Starting salary may be negotiable based on relevant skills and prior experience.


Application Instructions: Submit cover letter* and resume at PUP’s application website at the direct apply URL listed below.

*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.