Radix Media is looking for one person to become the Marketing & Publicity Manager for our publishing operations. This is an ownership track position, which means that after a year, you could potentially co-own a printing and publishing company. We are worker-owned and collectively managed, so there is no rigid hierarchy to bring you down. Women, people of color, and other marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please read the whole ad below for a full overview of our business structure.
About Radix Media:
We are a worker-owned print shop and independent publisher based in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. On the commercial print side, we offer offset, letterpress, digital, and wide format services. As a publisher, we have released four titles: Aftermath: Explorations of Loss & Grief (Bronze winner for the 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year award), Be the Change! A Justseeds Coloring Book (co-published with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative), The Witches’ Grimoire (co-published with artist Sabrina Cintron), and a science fiction series called Futures.
Radix Media is worker-owned, meaning that there is no boss giving orders to a lower class of workers. We all own the shop together, and share in the profits (or losses) together. We are also collectively managed, which means that we all make decisions together and ensure that no one person is taking on more than another person. This helps keep our business running smoothly and allows us to live our values more fully.
Our official business hours as of July 1, 2019, are 9am–5pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends, though the occasional weekend may be required, mostly for tabling at book fairs and festivals. We are also closed on most major holidays as well as May Day (all of these are paid). We operate in a closed space, not a retail storefront, so we conduct business primarily through email and do not accept walk-in traffic.
What We’re Looking For:
In 2017, we decided to focus on the publishing side of our business, and are looking to continue that transition in 2019 and beyond. The Marketing and Publicity Manager will primarily be responsible for helping us build our platform as a publisher and market our titles.
The ideal candidate should be able to:
- Create marketing plans on a title-by-title basis
- Work with authors to promote and market their work
- Coordinate with social media manager to develop content
- Maintain our mailing list and send monthly targeted newsletters
- Create copy for sell sheets, press kits, and other marketing materials
- Represent the publisher at trade shows and book fairs
- Field media inquiries
- Maintain spreadsheets
- Make/maintain publishing connections
- Set up readings/book events
- Pitch our projects to different publications/media channels
- Send out review copies
- Keep up with publishing trends/conversations
The following would be a huge plus:
- Editorial experience
- Connections with the literary world
- A drive to publish emerging voices
- Being a fluent Spanish speaker
- Having worked in or organized with cooperatives before
Other tasks may be divided up on an as-needed basis. There are also opportunities to cross-train if you express interest in printing or other parts of the business.
- Commitment to staying in New York City for at least one year
- 2–3 years of hands-on book marketing or bookselling experience
- Ability to lift up to 25lbs
- Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign
- Strong written and verbal communication
- Willingness to collaborate, compromise, and troubleshoot
- Sharing the values and goals of the collective
- Organized and punctual
Prior work experience in publishing is ideal but not required. Experience with commercial printing is not required.
As worker-owners, we share both the burden of risk and the joy of success. This means that holding ourselves and one another to high standards, being thorough and efficient in our work, and communicating effectively are critical.
Please see the entire ad for more information on compensation as well as our business structure at http://radixmedia.org/jobs.
How to Apply:
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter. Include a little bit about yourself, your background and experience, and why you want to be part of a worker-owned print shop and publisher. Also attach a PDF resume to your e-mail. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Please also include two references.
In your cover letter, please address the following:
- Describe any past experience with the publishing industry.
- Describe any past experience with commercial printing.
- What does the ideal workplace look like for you?
- Are you able to make at least a one-year commitment? How does working at Radix Media fit in with your long-term goals?
- How does working at Radix Media align with your values?
- Do you have any schedule restrictions? Do you expect your availability to change within the next year?
We are an anti-racist, anti-sexist workplace. We welcome applications from women, trans folks, queer folks, and people of color. There will be no discrimination due to an applicant’s race, age, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexuality, housing situation or past criminal history.