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Associate Director of Marketing, Sales, and Publicity

Dalkey Archive Press is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher that was established in 1981 to publish the best literary work from around the world, from smaller languages and countries underrepresented in the English-speaking countries, as well as daring work from the more widely used languages. Approximately 50% of our titles each year are literary translations. Our agenda is an aesthetic one: to find writers and books of the highest literary merit regardless of their profitability in the marketplace, and to discover writers from the past whose work has been overlooked. We aim to facilitate the sharing of this literature with audiences hungry for literature that shapes their lives and values. With the backlist of over 850 titles, we have the unique mission to keep our books permanently in print. Our authors have been recipients of almost all major awards, including three Nobel Prizes in Literature.

We are looking for an Associate Director of Marketing, Sales, and Publicity to join our small team. The AD will work predominantly at our office south of Chicago in the United States but we will consider an appointment to our office at Trinity College (Dublin). We are undergoing a succession process from the Founder and Publisher, and see this position as leading to becoming the Publisher, or to being part of a two-three-person team that will lead the Press into the future. We welcome applications from people with leadership skills who seek the responsibility of, and the demands that come with, operating a literary press. We are open to what you can bring to the organization in terms of ideas for the future, both in terms of literature and the?business.

The Associate Director’s role is interesting and varied, with the opportunity to channel an enthusiasm for literature into a publication and business strategy. The role encourages creativity in expanding our readership and in the development of the organization. We welcome a wide range of skills and experience. You will need to be a reliable, resilient self-starter with excellent organizational skills and a commitment to self-directed excellence.

The person we appoint will be confident working in an environment that makes one accountable to colleagues. We need someone who is keen and quick to learn, happy making decisions and taking the initiative, as well as prepared to take on the day-to-day practicalities of a fast-paced profession with shifting priorities.?We offer opportunities for learning and professional?development.


Qualifications, experience, and skills that include many of the following:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Marketing & sales experience
  • An exceptional literary background and a knowledge of the literary landscape
  • Excellent attention to detail and tight deadlines, as well as time-management skills
  • Ability to manage independently a varied workload and set priorities
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent numeracy and organizational skills
  • Good working knowledge of appropriate computer software
  • Experience designing/managing budgets
  • Good understanding of networking—forming and maintaining external relationships
  • Experience working with bookstores, media, distribution channels
  • High familiarity with Dalkey Archive titles and authors


Responsibilities will include

  1. Networking and representing Dalkey Archive at external events; building on Dalkey’s editorial and organizationalstrategy; managing partnerships and community building, and establishing new partnerships; strategic planning; ideas for future publications and projects.
  2. Relationship management: with authors and freelancers; with Board of Directors and Advisors; with stakeholders and political networks; customer service; supporting colleagues and working as part of a collaborative team.
  3. Financial/business management: overall financial management collectively with other staff, strategic planning for both the business and the publishing direction; monitoring and reviewing figures; producing sales figures spreadsheets; writing/confirming marketing?budgets.


Deadline for applications: January 22, 2019 (this deadline may be extended until there are enough qualified candidates with whom to begin the interviews)

To apply, please carefully read the specifications above and address these in a detailed cover letter, and attach a complete resume. Those to be interviewed will be asked to provide names, positions, and contact information of three references; if previous employers, references should be supervisors or company director.

Send your application to John O’Brien (obrien@ lottery apps download, Publisher of Dalkey Archive Press.

Salary: $38,000. With room for development based on performance and goals. Expectation is that salary level will be in $60,000 range within two years.

Start date: Will remain open until filled, but expected date will be no later than March 1.

Duration: permanent, subject to probation




Dalkey Archive Press, now in its 38thyear, is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher. Our mission is to publish the best literary work from around the world, with special attention to smaller languages and countries, and to keep these books permanently in print for future generations. Approximately 50% of our list each year consists of literary translations. Our authors are winners of the most prestigious awards given to writers. Our agenda is an aesthetic one: to find the new andinventive, past and present, regardless of its immediate marketplace value. We aim to facilitate the sharing of this literature with audiences hungry for literature that shapes their lives and values.

We are currently looking to provide an editorial fellowship to a qualified candidate who is absolutely determined to have a career in literary publishing but who does not now have the experience to break into this profession. The fellowships normally last for six months, and after this period of intense training, the expectation is that a fulltime position at Dalkey Archive will be offered. A further expectation is that this person will be the core of a two-three-person team to replace our Founder and Publisher, John O’Brien. The training will be challenging and demanding because of our high expectations for the future, and candidates should be ready to take on increasing responsibilities as the fellowship develops.

We are looking for candidates with a record of challenging themselves and a record that indicates that, knowingly or not, they have already been preparing themselves for this profession by the depth and scope of their reading background and taking on initiatives in college or afterwards that demonstrate their passion for literature. An absolute requirement is an in-depth knowledge of Dalkey Archive Press’s publications.

The editorial fellowship will train the Fellow in copy editing, book acquisitions, reader reports, author contracts, and in how to support and work with other areas of the Press; the Fellow must learn quickly, and develop a high level of communication skills to work with fellow staff, authors, and translators. They must be ready to meet all deadlines and must enjoy meeting people and attending Press functions. The Fellow must be driven to do deep research in world literature to discover authors and books. While book editors are notoriously most happy when left alone, our editors must be able to meet a range of people and establish a network of advisors around the globe. One or more foreign languages is a plus.

The editorial Fellow will have the opportunity and expectation to be a leader at the Press, and to demonstrate this capacity during the fellowship. By working very closely with the Publisher on a daily basis, the Fellow will be prepared to assume a regular position at the Press while having been given the chance to learn before being expected to function independently and having confidence to work successfully with the world outside the Press.

Compensation is modest during the fellowship but the cost of living in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is also modest. The position offered at the end of a successful fellowship will be comparable to what is paid by a commercial house in New York. The room for salary advancement is significant and is much quicker than it would be with a commercial publisher.

To apply, submit a full and complete resume together with a detailed cover letter explaining why you seek the fellowship, what qualifies you to meet the requirements described above, and why we should expect a level of excellence from you. Provide the names and contact information for three references that can speak to your abilities. Make the letter thorough and let it be a reason for why we will want to interview you and offer you a fellowship.

There is no specific deadline for applying; we will award a fellowship when the right person comes along. Our expectation is that you will be able to start within a few weeks after an offer is made. The latest start date is March 1, 2019. Send your application to John O’Brien (obrien@ lottery apps download, Publisher of Dalkey Archive Press.



  • In-depth reading knowledge of English-language and world literature
  • Demonstrable reading knowledge of Dalkey Archive’s list
  • Ability to conduct independent research into books the Press should sign on
  • Experience with copy editing
  • Superior proofreading skills
  • Good social skills and superior writing and oral communication skills


Internships—Illinois Office

Dalkey Archive Press is seeking candidates for a sixteen-week internship at its?Illinois office. Suitable candidates will do administrative tasks as assigned, proofreading, and may also be invited to read and critique manuscripts. This?internship?is a rare chance to learn about literary?publishing?while gaining valuable experience and getting to read some of the most innovative literature being published today.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Good attention to detail with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Confidence in working independently, with good time management
  • A flexible, positive attitude
  • A knowledge of contemporary literature and of Dalkey Archive Press
  • Proficiency using Microsoft and Adobe software
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus

The internship will be unpaid, but will be paid if renewed for another sixteen weeks.

CVs and a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the internship should be submitted to:?John O’Brien at?obrien@ lottery apps download