Senior Publicist

New York, NY
Sep 25, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

We have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We have always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology for the day, but the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success. In a fast changing publishing landscape, OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible.

Job Summary:

Senior Publicist to handle all aspects of publicity for Oxford University Press’s titles. Will coordinate multi-city author tours and national/regional/local publicity, work directly with authors/agents and media regarding publicity, and will be responsible for creating and executing publicity, and working in tandem with marketing counterparts and U.K. publicists on global campaigns, for a diverse list of trade titles. Mentoring and advising junior staff, proofing and approving lists, press releases, and letters


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage book campaigns from beginning to end, including booking events, radio, podcast and television interviews, pitching for reviews both in print and online.
  • Communicate with authors, editorial and marketing staff about publicity achieved and reporting on individual titles at marketing meetings.
  • Identify the best and most appropriate audience for assigned titles and compiling media lists accordingly, pitching books and authors to all appropriate venues.
  • Pitch seasonal list to key media (ie. media visits/lunches)
  • Maintain and foster media contacts through research and in person meetings.
  • Research and write press releases, pitch letters, and other publicity materials.
  • Work with the Director/Manager to plan and map publicity campaigns.
  • Work with Director/ Manager to manage individual tour budgets.
  • Review book proposals and advise Publicity Manager, or Director, on book’s publicity potential and sit in on editorial board meetings as needed.
  • Fill in for Director/Manager as needed.
  • Mentor junior staff as needed: proof press releases, review lists, and answer questions.


Job Requirements:

College graduate with minimum 4-5 years book publicity or related experience. Candidate must be creative and have an enthusiastic and energetic approach to mining publicity opportunities. A familiarity with key print, radio, and online contacts is required. Excellent writing skills are required. Must be at ease pitching to media, dealing with authors, and juggling several projects at once. Familiarity with Publicity Assistant, Vocus, Cision, etc. a plus, multi-lingual also a plus.


At OUP, we believe in the power of the written word and the scholarship that stands behind it. Everything we publish relates directly to our mission: to support Oxford University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. As a press, we take pride in this mission, which allows us to enable, support, and facilitate research and scholarship around the globe.


The publicity department at OUP USA consists of a team of publicists working on a wide array of subjects within Oxford’s trade publishing program and also high profile breaking news stories out of our journals division. We run campaigns for books ranging from economics, politics, and current affairs to gender studies, literature, and music to science, environment, religion, philosophy and everything in between. 


GJC Level: I5 (for internal purposes only)

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


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