Technical Communications Specialist 2 (Acquisitions Editorial Assistant)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Penn State University Press
Full/Part Time:


Penn State University Press seeks a bright and energetic candidate for the position of Acquisitions Editorial Assistant. This position provides support for two acquisitions editors who acquire 45-50 new books per year. Responsibilities include screening incoming mail (including manuscripts and proposals), processing submitted manuscripts and coordinating the peer review of manuscripts under formal consideration, maintaining and updating departmental databases, drafting book descriptions for project proposals, requesting cost estimates from production and preparing provisional book budgets, preparing accepted manuscripts for transmittal into production, maintaining regular contact via e-mail or telephone with authors and peer reviewers, taking minutes at departmental meetings, and basic filing and photocopying. This is a demanding but exciting job at a press with a wide range of publications from monographs to general interest titles in a variety of subject areas. For more information about the Press, see We need an efficient, detail-oriented individual who is able to prioritize work and function independently and efficiently. Teamwork is very important. Excellent training for any career path in publishing. The University Libraries is a multicultural environment that embraces respect and diversity. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and good organizational abilities are essential; experience with Macintosh computers is preferred. Must possess ability to interact effectively with individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088