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Junior Publicist

The publicity department at Oxford University Press consists of a global team of fifteen publicists working on a wide array of subjects within Oxford’s trade publishing program and also high profile breaking news stories out of our journals division. We run campaigns for books ranging from economics, politics, and current affairs to gender studies, literature, and music to science, environment, religion, philosophy and everything in between. The publicity department is dedicated to employee growth, and enthusiastic about implementing new ideas.

Education changes lives forever. It broadens horizons, breaks down barriers, and fires imaginations. Like the University of Oxford of which we are a part, we are committed to uncompromising standards, freedom of expression, and the enrichment of lives through education. This is our motivation, our purpose, and our mission. It is why 100% of the money we make is reinvested into education and research.

About the role

Reporting to the Publicity Manager you will liaise with Authors, managing publicity campaigns and events for a range of books, including titles in the Very Short Introduction series, the Great Battles series, and the Oxford World Classics series.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage book campaigns from beginning to end, including booking one-off events, radio, podcast, and television interviews, pitching for reviews and interviews both in print and online
  • Communicate with authors, editorial and marketing staff about publicity achieved and reporting on individual titles at marketing meetings
  • Identify the best and most appropriate audience for assigned titles and compiling media lists accordingly, pitching books and authors to all appropriate venues
  • Pitch seasonal list to key media (ie. media visits/lunches) with a senior team member
  • Maintain and foster media contacts through research and in person meetings
  • Research and write press releases, pitch letters, and other publicity materials
  • Work with the Publicity Manager to plan publicity campaigns
  • Work with Publicity Manager to manage individual campaign budgets.

Please note: This role’s official title is Associate Publicist as per the JD.

About you

This exciting and varied role is an excellent opportunity for a creative, personable and enthusiastic individual with a strong interest in books. To be considered for this role you will have:


  • Familiarity with key print and electronic book contacts
  • Confidence with dealing with the media and authors, being able to communicate effectively
  • Excellent writing skills
  • The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.


  • Book publicity experience
  • Willingness to travel within the UK to events.


We care about work/life balance here at OUP; with this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays), and a 35-hour working week, along with the flexibility to start and finish late or early as required. The environment you work in and your wellbeing is really important so we also have a wide range of facilities including: a canteen that serves a wide variety of healthy and delicious meals, a subsidized onsite gym and subsidized coffee shops. Amongst further benefits, our pension contribution is up to 11%.


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Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

GJC level: 3

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
    Global Academic
  • Department:
    GAB Trade Publicity
  • Closing Date:
    24 September 2019
  • Salary:
    up to £22,500 dependent on skills and experience.
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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