Editorial Assistant


2 weeks ago

Haymarket Books is looking for a full-time editorial assistant to work in our Chicago office.

The editorial assistant will support the work of Haymarket’s editorial board, including administrative tasks as well as frequent interaction with our authors and other departments. We consider the relationships we have with our authors as one of our highest priorities as a press, and this position supports our authors at every stage of the publishing process. We are looking for someone who is comfortable working closely with authors and colleagues, pays close attention to detail, can juggle multiple projects at the same time, and is looking for a collegial and political environment to contribute to a radical book publishing project.

The editorial assistant:

—Provides administrative support to the editorial director and editorial board (scheduling, project management, fields questions from authors and agents, circulates agendas and notes for editorial board meetings)

—Assists with various day-to-day tasks such as logging submissions, drafting contract and payment requests, and sales reports

—Evaluates proposals and manuscripts and writes readers reports, or solicits external readers reports

—Provides editorial support on projects by offering editorial feedback, liaising with authors, and writing jacket copy, title information sheets, and catalog copy

—Supports select authors throughout the acquisition and production process through regular meetings and updates and liaising with other departments and editorial staff as needed

—Copyedits and proofreads as needed


—Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience/education. Publishing experience is a plus

—Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Acrobat, knowledge of InDesign a plus

—Must have close familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.

—Must be committed to the mission of Haymarket’s publishing project

Start date: ASAP Salary: $45,000 Benefits: 100% of health insurance covered, 4 weeks paid vacation plus 16 holidays, 2 weeks paid sick leave, 12 weeks paid parental leave Location: Remote until our office reopens in late 2021, then based in Chicago

Haymarket publishes books in a variety of genres and by a diverse array of authors, including Angela Y. Davis, Eve Ewing, Naomi Klein, José Olivarez, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Howard Zinn, and many others. Haymarket is also home to critically acclaimed and award-winning contemporary poetry.

We are committed to furthering racial and economic justice in our city and in our industry. We will prioritize applications from members of historically oppressed and marginalized groups and strive to foster a working culture in which new hires feel supported and valued.

To apply: Send a cover letter expressing your interest in this position, and a resume to jobs@haymarketbooks.org. Applications will be accepted until September 20. No phone calls, please. We regret that we are only able to respond to those applicants we select for interviews.