Employment

The New Press currently has two open positions for full-time employment: Assistant Editor, and Major Gifts Officer. Information about each position and how to apply can be found below.

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Major Gifts Officer

Summary:

An award-winning nonprofit book publisher located in NYC’s Wall Street area, The New Press has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic Major Gifts Officer to join our organization. An immediate, full-time position reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will be part of a four-person development team responsible for $3 million in annual philanthropic support by developing and managing a portfolio of high net worth donors; overseeing strategic interactions to strengthen major donor relationships; maximizing donor lifetime value; and contributing to the growth and financial sustainability of The New Press.

Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for:

  • Fundraising Leadership: serve as a front-line fundraiser in making major giving asks, both independently and in close collaboration with cross-departmental colleagues, the Executive Director, Board Members, etc.
  • Planning, Execution: establish an annual cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plan for retaining and upgrading donors with clear performance objectives linked to The New Press’s broader fundraising goals.
  • Cultivation, Solicitation: build relationships with a diverse portfolio of individual donors, soliciting five-figure contributions and, as appropriate, planned giving commitments.
  • Stewardship: engage, update, and celebrate donor involvement through tailored interactions to strengthen relationships, ensure annual commitments, and identify new giving opportunities.
  • Liaising with Board of Directors: work closely with Board members in cultivating and soliciting donors; strengthen the Board’s role as partners with development through trainings to enhance fundraising efforts.
  • Prospect Research and Outreach: work with the Development Associate to research donor prospects, qualify leads, and identify pathways for engaging and expanding The New Press’s major giving network.
  • Tracking Information and Results: ensure donor interactions and prospect information (from research and cultivation) is properly captured as actionable institutional history in the organization’s database.
  • Events Management: lead in developing and managing intimate donor cultivation events; manage donor outreach and invite lists; develop program content; and execute post-event cultivation strategies.
  • Annual Benefit Gala: lead in planning, executing, and capitalizing on the annual Social Justice Awards gala.
  • Writing, Editing, Presenting: producing outreach and presentation materials to support fundraising efforts: e.g., meeting and event briefings, activity reports, solicitation letters, proposals, and stewardship reports.
  • Fundraising Operations: collaborate with the Development Associate in optimizing gift processing, donor recognition, acknowledgements, and gift administration tasks as needed.
  • Learning: attend fundraising seminars and trainings that are relevant to the role’s responsibilities.

Qualifications:

Three to four years of major giving experience that clearly demonstrates the skillset, ability and comfort building authentic relationships while asking for meaningful donations.

  • A track record of success in raising five- and six-figure individual gifts from high net worth donors.
  • Excellent communication skills, articulate and persuasive, with well-honed relationship building skills and the ability to excite anyone about our mission and provide unique experiences for supporters.
  • People-oriented with a natural and innate desire to connect and build relationships.
  • A team-orientation, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to striving for excellence.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with presence and poise in representing the organization to a range of audiences and constituents.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and travel as needed.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and a passion for our mission that invigorates and excites everyone with whom you share it.
  • Proven capacity to apply independent judgement in planning, prioritizing, and organizing multiple tasks in a diversified workload; comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility, and ability to navigate participating in different team environments.
  • Discretion and sensitivity in handling and safeguarding confidential information.
  • Bachelors degree preferred.

Travel Required:

  • Periodic travel to cities with critical mass of donors (DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, etc.).

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@thenewpress.com; reference “Major Gifts Officer: Your Name” in the subject line; and include your preferred salary range. No phone calls, please. A writing sample will be required for candidates offered an interview. Submissions without thoughtful cover letters will not be considered.

The New Press offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The New Press is affiliated with the Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO; this position is not covered in the bargaining unit.

 

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Assistant Editor

The New Press seeks an experienced Assistant Editor to support two acquiring editors and also to cultivate The Press’s longstanding list of progressive education titles. This is an exciting opportunity to work on serious nonfiction book projects from acquisition through publication at a leading public interest publisher. The Assistant Editor works on books acquired by two Editors and also will work towards acquiring 2-3 education titles annually of her/his own.  The job entails evaluating and responding to submissions, transmitting manuscripts, liaising with authors, supporting work flow around the press’s seasonal lists, and managing administrative duties.  Over time, the role will also involve cultivating new authors in the education field and shaping potential book projects.  The Assistant Editor works closely with all departments in the organization and must be comfortable working independently and collaboratively. It is a key position that requires initiative and critical thinking, and comes with substantial responsibility and room for growth.  Discretion, judgment, and the ability to juggle many tasks and prioritize thoughtfully are extremely important.

This job will be a remote position for the duration of the COVID epidemic, but will ultimately transition back to being based out of The New Press’s offices on Wall Street in New York City.

Responsibilities:

Editorial assistance

  • Provide overall administrative support for two acquiring editors
  • Transmit manuscripts to the Managing Editor for production according to in-house procedures
  • Prepare blurb solicitation letters and finished book letters; mail galleys and finished books
  • Read and evaluate proposals and manuscripts, track submission correspondence, and prepare editorial memos
  • Correspond as needed with authors and/or their representatives
  • Track contracts and advances
  • Draft catalogue copy, jacket copy, and marketing tip sheets
  • Some editorial department admin responsibilities as needed

Education acquisitions

  • Gain a familiarity with the field of progressive education and The New Press’s backlist in this area
  • Cultivate contacts with potential authors and/or their representatives through direct outreach, conferences, etc.
  • Solicit and develop book proposals with the eventual goal of acquiring 2-3 new books each year.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 36 months of publishing experience with a thorough knowledge of the publishing process, from contract to finished book (this is especially important in light of the fact that the job will be done remotely in the initial months; candidate must come into the job knowing how to transmit a manuscript and the tasks involved in bringing a book to fruition)
  • An interest in/exposure to some of the fields in which The New Press publishes (law and justice, progressive education, race, gender, cultural studies, primary source documents, popular economics)  
  • An interest in and commitment to the ideals of The New Press, a not-for-profit, public interest publisher  
  • Excellent written and oral presentation; a collegial demeanor and strong interpersonal skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills, diplomacy, pro-activeness and initiative, and a high energy level
  • An ability to juggle multiple projects, provide status updates, and (with time) anticipate needs  
  • A propensity to meet deadlines
  • Ample experience with MS Office (including Excel) and a general facility with digital/tech matters
  • Fluency in one or more foreign languages (a plus)

How to Apply:

Please email your resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and salary requirement to careers@thenewpress.com. Please put your name and reference the title of the position in the subject line. A writing sample will be required for candidates invited to interview. Submissions without thoughtful cover letters will not be considered.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The New Press is affiliated with the Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO; this position is included in the bargaining unit and is a Grade II position.

 
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EEO Statement

The New Press is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The New Press will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, religion, creed, sexual orientation, disability, Union activity, marital and/or parental status, citizenship, national origin or alienage, ancestry, genetic information, size, age, military or veteran status, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.