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Marketing Assistant

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Marketing Coordinator
Employment Status: Full-time, Temporary

The Marketing Assistant works with the Publisher Marketing team on campaigns for IPG’s two in-house publishers, Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books, as well as their imprints. The Marketing Assistant specifically manages B and C-level campaigns as well as most paperback and second editions. This role utilizes social media skills, event planning, partnership building, research, and other strategies to bring together individual campaigns for each title.

Success in this role involves knowledge of industry, sports and pop culture trends, ability to think strategically about how to boost sales, and possess excellent communication skills. The ability to create and maintain new relationships with authors, stores, teams and organizations is also in line with the company’s goals to grow and advance in the publishing marketplace.

This will be a remote position until our Chicago office reopens. At that time, it will be a split schedule between remote and select in-person office days. This is a 6-month position starting in mid-June.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Serve as a title lead to a portion of both publisher’s seasonal lists. This includes overall campaign development and management, author event planning, outreach to endorsers and potential revenue-sharing partners, ad campaign, SEO and keyword application, and marketing material write-ups.
  • Researches and creates the social media calendar of Triumph Books and Chicago Review Press’ used to plan social content throughout the month.
  • Maintain the Chicago Review Press blog by generating organic content, organizing planning meetings and outreach to authors for content
  • Design a high-frequency need of event posters, social media designs, sell sheets and intermittent support of department collateral materials. This includes work utilizing InDesign, Canva and other preferred creative programming.
  • Assist with Triumph Books and Chicago Review Press’ ebook submission forms for various digital promotions.
  • Assist in organizing the Triumph Books’ website, by adding new titles under their corresponding categories and creating shortlinks for all new Triumph Books and Chicago Review Press titles.
  • Assists publisher marketing team with research projects, trade show coordination, and mailings.
  • Assists corporate publicity team with publicity efforts and department needs, as necessary.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in English or Marketing.
  • Previous publishing, marketing, or book experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of industry, pop culture and sports preferred.
  • Ideal candidate will have attention to detail, a passion for books, someone who works well on deadline and in a fast-paced environment, tech and social media savvy, and have a positive attitude.
  • We’re looking for someone with the ability to work well on a team, but also individually and with a variety of personality types.
  • Physical abilities: Moving maximum 35 lb boxes
  • Chicagoland candidates only. Must be able to temporarily work remotely due to COVID-19.
  • This includes a dedicated workspace and access to reliable internet.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

About the Company

IPG is the original independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and a top 10 supplier of book content to, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers globally.

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading North American distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and as a division of IPG, now distributes products from clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Allen & Unwin; The History Press UK; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake.

With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, children’s, and general nonfiction and fiction titles.