Publicist for the Cornell University Press

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Publicist for the Cornell University Press




Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


While position responsibilities vary, every member of our community is expected to foster a culture of belonging and a psychologically healthy work environment by communicating across differences; being cooperative, collaborative, open, and welcoming; showing respect, compassion, and empathy; engaging and supporting others regardless of background or perspective; speaking up when others are being excluded or treated inappropriately; and supporting work/life integration of oneself and others.


The Publicist will plan, coordinate, and execute publicity campaigns for up to 85 new books a year and more than 5,000 backlist books. This position communicates the Press’s brand, mission, and message through regional, national, and global media outreach. The role includes but is not limited to creating publicity campaigns, working with and building relationships with the media, liaising with authors, and collaborating with the rest of the marketing team on broader marketing campaigns.

The Publicist will work with the marketing team to align publicity efforts with digital marketing, social media, exhibits, awards, advertising, and any other marketing tactics to help ensure that the Press’s books get the best-possible media attention.

The Publicist will maintain best practices in publicity, maintain and develop media contacts, help authors with their own promotional efforts, and ensure all publicity metadata is updated and accurate in the Press’s title management system. The Publicist will work to ensure that the Press, its books, and its authors are accurately, fairly, and prominently represented in media of all types.

Required Qualifications:

Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.

Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and wellbeing.

Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Associate’s degree, 2+ years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills.

Ability to multitask.

Working knowledge of standard office software and applications.

Experience working (or studying) with the media or in publicity.

No relocation assistance is available for this position.

No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

3+ years’ experience in publicity and/or academic publishing (with an emphasis on marketing).

Working knowledge of FileMaker databases.

Marketing, communication, or media studies degree.

Working Conditions

Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts 20 to 50 lbs


To be considered for this position you must submit a cover letter and resume, preferably as one document. The cover letter must include one paragraph describing past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career to convey how you see these commitments continuing at Cornell.


Familiarize yourself with Cornell’s COVID-19 workplace guidance as well as the university’s COVID-19 services and information.


University Job Title:

Publications Assistant IV

Job Family:




Pay Rate Type:


Pay Range:

$23.29 – $27.06

Remote Option Availability:

Fully Remote



Contact Name:

Jose Delgado


Job Titles and Pay Ranges:


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Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
  • Unique applicable skills
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)


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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.



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