Career Opportunities

ADVERTISING MANAGER

Kirkus Reviews is seeking a leader who is a top performer with proven success in a sales or marketing environment. Ideal candidates will be eager individuals capable of leading a thriving advertising department while achieving their own goals and growing a highly regarded literary brand into an innovative solution for publishers and independent authors. We’re looking for an organized individual who can work independently to close sales and reach goals—a book lover who thrives on building relationships and getting results!

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage a small advertising department to ensure that sales reps meet individual goals
  • Present advertising solutions to new clients via phone, email, and in-person
  • Work with advertising and marketing teams to increase advertising sales across print and digital platforms
  • Plan, development, and execute clients’ advertising campaigns, including contact creation, campaign scheduling, and results delivery
  • Serve as the primary contact for client communication and concerns associated with advertising or promotional campaigns
  • Manage budget creation, financial tracking, reconciliation, and communication with accounting department for all sales
  • Create innovative advertising campaigns and promotions to help clients grow their exposure and awareness
  • Communicate and work seamlessly with creative and marketing teams to create and deliver successful advertising campaigns
  • Responsible for incoming and outgoing inquiries associated with advertising or promotional campaigns
  • Proactively reach out and consult with potential clients
  • Develop and maintaining client relationships with publishers
  • Represent Kirkus Reviews at industry events
  • Assist with departmental administrative tasks as needed
  • Heavy warm calling and some cold calling required
  • 15% Travel, when required, for client meetings and industry events

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, business, or other related field
  • 3-5 years professional experience preferably in sales, marketing or media/publishing
  • Project management and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Customer service experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and a fantastic telephone manner
  • Effective at managing and motivating a small team
  • High comfort with warm and cold calling
  • Impeccable organization skills with the ability to effectively time/task/priority-manage oneself and team
  • Ability to be supportive and patient with new authors
  • Natural initiative, self-driven and comfort with self-managing/motivating
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a small-business atmosphere
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet targets
  • Confidence and an outgoing personality
  • Creative and able to generate new and effective ideas
  • Quick learning and adaptability skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and aptitude to learn internal software programs

This is a full-time position based in Austin, TX. Benefits include onsite fitness center, covered parking, hike & bike trail on property, health, dental, vision, 401k, PTO, and more. EOE

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Anna Cooper: acooper@kirkus.com. No phone calls, please.






Marketing Associate
Austin, TX

Kirkus Media is hiring a Marketing Associate with graphic design and web marketing skills to join our marketing team in Austin, TX. Kirkus is best known for publishing Kirkus Reviews, a highly regarded magazine that has served the publishing and film industries since 1933. As the result of launching innovative new products and services, Kirkus is experiencing its most successful years yet in its 83-year history. This role will support marketing initiatives within Kirkus including ad design, PPC, SEO, social media and the website. Candidates should be proficient in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator CC. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working independently, within a small, cross-disciplinary team. This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing and is a particularly exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in books and publishing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the marketing and sales teams to design web components and ads
  • Help develop and maintain collateral library, keeping all materials up to date and consistent with approved messaging / branding
  • Help maintain messaging and product marketing across different advertising and marketing channels
  • Assist with other marketing and sales tasks as needed
  • Ability to use Photoshop comfortably is required, Graphic design skills and/or experience needed (Ability to use Indesign is a plus)
  • Foundational understanding of SEO
  • Be active and comfortable on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Demonstrated basic experience with HTML, CSS table-less design and JavaScript.
  • Ability to collaborate with other designers and developers to envision and iterate concepts
  • Advanced proficiency with design and prototyping tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Demonstrated experience using web analytics data to inform design decisions - must have an intermediate understanding of major web analytics packages and SEO strategies
  • Ability to understand customer needs, motivations and behaviors and translate them into actionable deliverables
  • Detail-oriented and highly developed organizational skills including the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in design, marketing or related
  • At least 3+ years experience designing
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator CC
  • Intermediate skill with HTML and basic CSS
  • Experience with HubSpot
  • Comfortable collaborating with developers and other team members

This is a full-time paid position commensurate with experience including salary and benefits. Candidates will work in our Austin, TX office.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, 401k, PTO, and more. To apply, please email your resume and design samples to Sarah Kalina at skalina@kirkus.com






Full Stack Web Developer
Austin, TX

Kirkus Media is hiring a Full Stack Web Developer for its Austin, TX team. Kirkus is best known for publishing Kirkus Reviews, a highly regarded magazine that has served the publishing and film industries since 1933. As the result of launching innovative new products and services, Kirkus is experiencing its most successful years yet in its 83-year history. The new developer will be responsible for building, testing, debugging, and troubleshooting clean, web standards compliant code and Python/Django development. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working independently, within a small, cross-disciplinary team. This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing and is a particularly exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in books and publishing.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, 401k, PTO, and more.

Job Overview

We are currently searching for a full-stack Python/Django developer ready to bring their skills to our team. As a developer at Kirkus, your work will truly span the full stack. You’ll be building brand new, mobile-ready pages from scratch, but you’ll also be responsible for maintaining, building upon, and updating our existing code base as well.

Job Responsibilities

  • Plan, architect, integrate, and develop back-end and database driven features using the Python language and Django framework.
  • Create decoupled, interactive web UIs using JavaScript. Aid us in abstracting and decoupling existing, inline JavaScript.
  • Develop code that is cross-browser and cross-platform friendly
  • Aid us in modernizing our HTML and CSS. We’re moving towards SUIT CSS naming conventions.
  • Support ongoing development for existing projects. Efforts here may include simple updates to marketing landing pages or diving deep into our scripts that augment our book editing business to develop new features.
  • Support and maintain a complex set of scheduled tasks that power our business.
  • Fix bugs and resolve ongoing issues. You may be tracking down a pesky mobile CSS bug or tracking down erroneous carriage returns in XML files generated for our customers.
  • Write clean, efficient code with corresponding tests
  • Provide proper documentation for each project. Continue helping us in our effort to document legacy code.
  • Manage CMS, staging, and production environments and deployments via AWS ElasticBeanstalk.
  • Collaborate with project stakeholders to ensure all requirements are met. Communicate daily progress, potential roadblocks, and needs to teammates and stakeholders.
  • Provide technical advice and recommendations for language and software choices.
  • Evaluate technologies and manage technical planning. This is particularly important when opportunities arise to replace legacy choices with modern day best practices.

Technical Requirements

  • At least 5+ years experience developing and deploying web sites and applications
  • Experience with Django
  • Experience with Agile practices
  • Experience setting up and managing servers with AWS ElasticBeanstalk
  • Experience hand-coding HTML and CSS
  • Experience with MV* JavaScript development
  • Experience with web services and API consumption
  • Custom web based application development experience
  • Comfortable collaborating with designers and other team members

 

This is a full-time paid position commensurate with experience including salary and benefits. Candidates can work in our Austin, TX office or work remotely. For remote employees, adherence to our business hours is required. To apply, please email your resume to Sarah Kalina at skalina@kirkus.com





Book Reviewer
Freelance/Project Basis (Anywhere)

Kirkus Media is looking for experienced book reviewers of English and Spanish-language titles to review for Kirkus Indie, the book review magazine's section dedicated to self-published authors. Reviews are in the same format and held to the same high standards as other sections of Kirkus Reviews.

Reviews are about 350 words due two weeks after the book is assigned. Kirkus currently reviews nearly all genres for books of all lengths, in digital, hardcover and paperback format.

To apply, please submit your resume, writing samples and a list of reviewing specialties to Kirkus Indie Editor David Rapp at Drapp@kirkus.com.



Copywriter
Freelance/Project Basis (Anywhere)

Kirkus Media is seeking experienced copywriters to create promotional copy for a large publishing house. Copy will include book descriptions, back cover copy, and author biographies. Ideal candidates will have solid credits and copywriting experience with major trade publishers. Experience writing promotional copy for best-selling books a plus.

To apply, please email your resume, credits, and any genre specialties to bookediting@kirkus.com.



Book Editor
Freelance/Project Basis (Anywhere)

Kirkus Media is seeking experienced book editors to join our network of freelancers. Ideal candidates will have solid credits as a book copyeditor for one or more major trade publishers, notable small presses, or educational publishers. Experience editing best sellers or working with best-selling authors a plus. Requirements include a proven ability to meet or exceed deadlines, an extensive knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster, and proficiency in MS Word. Please note this is not an entry-level position and that passing an editing test is a hiring requirement.

To apply, please e-mail your resume—including credits—and your genre specialties to editingdirector@kirkus.com