Coffee House Press

Publicity & Communications Assistant

Coffee House Press, an internationally renowned independent publisher, is seeking a full time Publicity & Communications Assistant. The primary responsibility of the Publicity & Communications Assistant is to support the publicity and marketing staff while working closely with all staff to provide administrative and logistical support to the office.

Salary: $30,000 with health and dental insurance, vacation and sick days, and all national holidays

Location: At our office in Minneapolis, MN. Note that this position cannot be filled remotely—please indicate whether you are able to relocate, if applicable to you.

Start date: No later than July 22, 2019

Applications close on June 23, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applicants must be available for interviews (in person or remotely) the week of June 24–28. No phone calls, please.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of one year’s experience in publishing or a skill-transferable industry
  • Demonstrated excellence in administration or customer service
  • Demonstrated track record of meeting deadlines, coordinating projects, and working with team members

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Desire to be part of a mission-based organization
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to multitask, work independently, and manage deadlines
  • Detail oriented and well organized, with the capacity to coordinate and execute projects as part of a team and independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google suites, and database software

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Must be able to navigate an office environment
  • Must be able to work for an extended period of time at a computer
  • Must be able to carry and lift boxes of books and other materials

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Proficiency in major social media platforms, Adobe Suite (especially InDesign and Acrobat), and e-mail marketing platforms a plus

Major Areas of Responsibility: 


  • Monitor office supplies and act as a liaison to service providers including internet, IT, and phone accounts
  • Oversee office communication via phone and e-mail
  • File records and maintain office organization
  • Oversee in-house inventory and all related tasks
  • Assist with training and overseeing internship program in tandem with the editorial and production assistant
  • Other duties as assigned

Marketing and Publicity

  • Coordinate and execute award submissions for all books throughout the calendar year
  • Research and submit authors for festivals and coordinate with authors for relevant events
  • Carry out and monitor publicity mailings under the supervision of the publicist
  • Maintain press kits, publicity records, and publicity metadata for marketing and publicity team
  • Manage in-house sales under the supervision of the marketing and sales manager, including special orders, subscriptions, and event sales
  • Track author events, create event profiles, and coordinate with authors and booksellers under the supervision of the publicist
  • Maintain social media presence on Facebook and other accounts as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply:

Send resume, cover letter, three references, and a list of your ten favorite works of contemporary literature to Chris Fischbach,, by June 23, 2019. Please e-mail the noted account with any questions about this posting.

Coffee House Press is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses.

Contact Information

Chris Fischbach, Publisher
Coffee House Press
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