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Title: Digital & Audio Associate
Description: Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks a Digital and Audio Associate (DAA) to join the global development and intellectual property department, collaborating with colleagues working on digital and audio across the Press. Reporting to the Digital and Audio Publisher (DAP), the DAA must be positive, motivated, and demonstrate a strong interest in digital and audio publishing. These are dynamic areas of publishing in which purchase models and markets change rapidly. The DAA must be able to work independently and have a good sense of when to escalate concerns.

The digital and audio team is responsible for the list development, production, delivery, and distribution of PUP’s digital publications. Digital and audio publishing is evolving quickly, and the DAA role will be part of an agile and adaptive team working in a fast-changing publishing landscape. This is a new role for 2021 which will augment the digital and audio team in anticipation of continued digital growth for the Press.

The DAA will work closely with the digital and audio publisher and digital distribution manager to deliver our strategy: to bring scholarly ideas to the world in digital form, serving scholars, students, and engaged readers everywhere.

The DAA will ensure consistent and efficient workflow across audio publishing and licensing and will work within the digital team to develop partnerships with our digital distributors. The DAA will be directly involved with title selection, casting, and scheduling of audio editions, and will manage admin relating to audio and ebooks within the department, including delivery and fulfilment of audio files, database management, invoicing and other necessary admin. The DAA will track and report on digital and audio revenue and trends using business intelligence analytics, and will provide high-level administrative support to the digital and audio publisher.

The DAA will work with the digital and audio team to communicate digital trends and requirements, and will help to communicate our digital strategy to key stakeholders, both within and outside the organization. This role has potential for growth and expansion for the successful candidate.

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.

• Assists the digital and audio publisher with seasonal planning for audio publishing and licensing, checking rights status, file availability, and distribution deadlines, and ensuring that ingestion criteria will be met. Confers with digital team, intellectual property, production, and editorial departments as needed.
• Engages with audio publishing, casting, and author communication, and works closely with audio licensing partners, with the goal of making at least 65 PUP books a year available in audio.
• Works within the digital team to set up regular meetings with partners and stakeholders, and works with the DAP to identify business priorities to meet PUP’s digital goals.
• Tracks applicable fields in Biblio to ensure correct ONIX delivery to CoreSource, and manages audio editions in both systems.
• Develops distribution protocol for audio in consultation with the digital team, business partners, CoreSource, and the PUP data team.
• Provides audio files and metadata manually to trading partners and through CoreSource when automatic distribution is not possible and via FTP when partner does not work with CoreSource.
• Closely monitors major retailers to ensure availability of new audio books and tracks pricing and sales.
• Attend conferences/workshops related to digital and audio publishing.
• Serve as a key member of the intellectual property team and collaborate as needed to achieve group projects in data administration and clean up.
• Prepares reports as needed for DAP, digital team, and business partners.
• Updates the PUP audio webpages as appropriate and works with the web governance team to develop web presence, affiliate linking, and partner links, in addition to any direct fulfillment of audio sales.
Requirements: Position Requirements
• Minimum of two years’ previous experience working in a digital publishing environment or related professional experience
• A demonstrable commitment to continued learning and professional development.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; must be able to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience, and work closely with trading partners and third-party vendors.
• Must be extremely organized, demonstrate facility with data and analytics, and motivated to learn about this rapidly growing and evolving sector of publishing.
• Facility with Microsoft Office, with experience in database management and excel spreadsheet reporting.
• The ability to travel nationally and internationally to attend book fairs and conferences, and the ability to participate in online meetings.
• Working knowledge of Biblio or similar title management system a plus.
• Must have excellent organizational skills, the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines, and be detail oriented. Must be able to work as a member of a team as well as independently, and across US East Coast and United Kingdom time zones.
• While the Princeton, NJ office is currently closed due to the pandemic, once the office reopens, interested candidates are expected to work primarily on-site. With manager coordination, occasional remote work will be permitted once office reopens.

Base Salary: $40,000/year plus comprehensive benefits package. Starting salary may be negotiable based on relevant skills and prior experience.

Location: Princeton, NJ
How To Apply For This Job: 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. Direct Apply URL:
Date Posted: 12/23/2020

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