Publications and Research Assistant
Albany, NY - Posted on: Monday 05/23/16
Mount Ida Press, established in 1985, publishes books on architecture and history and the APT Bulletin, an international journal on historic-preservation technology. We also conduct research on historic structures; recent projects have included the Statue of Liberty, Cincinnati Union Terminal, and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. We are a small, fast-paced company located near the Capitol in Albany. For more information, please visit us online at www.mountidapress.com.
The publications and research assistant will work with the president and project manager on a variety of tasks and projects, including the updating of the company’s website. He or she will also have various responsibilities related to the publication of corporate and institutional histories and books on the history of architecture and construction.
Administrative tasks will include communicating with clients and authors, filing, keying edits, handling logistical details of manuscripts, preparing email and other correspondence, coordinating advertising and peer review for the journal, indexing, maintaining databases, and handling social media. Historical-research tasks will include searching online library and manuscript databases, occasional travel to archives and libraries, managing research files, and writing reports.
The successful candidate will be resourceful, exceptionally well organized, detail oriented, meticulous, computer savvy, and quick to learn. He or she will be able to switch gears quickly and manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.
Excellent writing, word-processing, and other communication skills, as well as online historical research experience, are required. The publications and research assistant must be able to assume responsibility and be comfortable with the stress of deadlines. Professional telephone and email demeanor and the ability to work well with other organizations and consultants are essential.
A bachelor’s degree and professional work experience are required; a master’s degree would be an asset. An academic background in history, architectural or art history, historic preservation, material culture, English, or a related field is preferred. Familiarity with publishing, historic preservation, building construction, and using original source materials, such as manuscript collections, would be important additional assets. This position has regular weekday hours and a benefits package. Salary level will be based upon skills and experience. Applicants seeking part-time employment of 30 hours a week will also be considered.
Please send by postal mail or fax (please do not email materials) the following: your resume, a short nonfiction writing sample (up to 10 pages) that demonstrates your writing and historical research skills, and a cover letter to Diana S. Waite, President, Mount Ida Press, 111 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210; phone 518-426-5935; fax 518-426-4116.