Coffee House Press

Publicity & Marketing Assistant

79 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 55413

Position: Full-Time

Coffee House Press seeks a Publicity and Marketing Assistant to support our communications team with book and author events, awards submissions, email and social media marketing, in-house sales, and customer service. This position also co-coordinates our internship program. The ideal candidate is an adventurous reader and literary-arts enthusiast with strong written and interpersonal communication skills. They excel at detail-oriented work, enjoy collaboration, and take initiative.

Major Areas of Responsibility

Publicity, Marketing, and Sales

With support and supervision of the Publicist and Marketing Manager:

  • Plan and coordinate author and in-house events, including virtual events, festivals, and bookstore readings, communicating with authors, organizers, and booksellers.
  • Manage awards submissions, working closely with authors and editors for each title.
  • Assist in composing press kits and other publicity materials for all titles.
  • Assist with publicity mailings.
  • Prepare the monthly Coffee House Press newsletter and assist with CHP social media, email newsblasts, and other external communications.
  • Maintain the book webpages and events calendar on the CHP website and maintain metadata in distributor database.
  • Coordinate the fulfillment of in-house sales, special orders, subscriptions, and event sales with support from interns and other staff; monitor and manage in-house inventory.
  • Provide excellent customer service to all CHP customers and constituents.
  • Provide general administrative support to the department.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Internship Program

In collaboration with the Development Assistant:

  • Coordinate the internship program.
  • Review internship applications and interview prospective candidates.
  • Arrange and attend weekly check-ins with each intern.
  • Design and assign projects for each intern, including their final culminating projects.
  • Conduct exit interviews and evaluate areas for improvement in the program.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


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 ability to coordinate and execute projects as part of a team and independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google suites, and database software
  • Ability to lift boxes and equipment up to 50lbs
  • Must be able to work from our offices in Minneapolis

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Fluency in HTML
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign

Reporting, Compensation, and Benefits

The Publicity and Marketing Assistant reports to the Publicist and Marketing Manager. This is a full-time staff position based in Minneapolis and includes health and dental benefits. Starting salary is $35,000.

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and a list of five works of contemporary literature that are important to you. Applications will be accepted through April 19, 2021.

To submit your application, click here.

About Coffee House Press:

Coffee House Press began as a small letterpress operation in 1972 and has grown into an internationally renowned nonprofit publisher of literary fiction, essay, poetry, and other work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Our mission is to create new spaces for audiences and artists to interact, inspiring readers and enriching communities by expanding the definition of what literature is, what it can do, and who it belongs to. 

Adventurous readers, arts enthusiasts, community builders, and risk takers—join us.

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