Assistant Publications Coordinator

Modern Language Association (MLA) | New York, NY

About Job

The Modern Language Association is hiring an assistant publications coordinator to help support the work of its publication program, which creates resources for teachers, students, and researchers in language and literature and related humanities fields. The role is housed in the MLA office of scholarly communication, which develops and edits the MLA’s book publications, MLA Handbook and related style resources (including two websites, the MLA Style Center and MLA Handbook Plus), and the journal PMLA. It is also responsible for user engagement initiatives for MLA Commons, a website where MLA members can collaborate and share their work.

This role will allow you to work across a range of projects, both those that require interacting with external constituents and taking initiative to develop creative new ways to help them use the MLA Commons and those that require attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, focus, and meet deadlines. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. While this is not an editorial role, it will provide a wide-ranging foundation in academic publishing, digital content production, and online community management. Core responsibilities of the role include:

  • Planning and implementing user engagement activities on the Commons
  • Onboarding new committee and staff members on the Commons
  • Developing Commons training materials
  • Monitoring Commons e-mail in-boxes
  • Drafting and schedule Commons social media posts
  • Working with internal and external colleagues to test and troubleshoot website features
  • Preparing materials for publication (e.g., formatting manuscripts in Word, publishing online content in WordPress, reviewing permissions checklists, helping maintain publication database)
  • Making updates to website CSS and XML
  • Performing other work as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Some form of experience either working as an online community manager or with digital content development in an office, ideally for a publisher, media company, nonprofit, or educational institution
  • Proficiency with Microsoft OfficeAdobe, and basic spreadsheet functionality
  • Proficiency with CSS, XML, and HTML
  • Background in humanities study is a plus

Please submit a cover letter and résumé to apply.