Employment and Internships

Parallax Press is an independent nonprofit publisher in sunny Berkeley, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1986. Our journal of mindful living, The Mindfulness Bell, is published twice a year. We are a part of the thriving Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.

As mindfulness practitioners who are engaged in the daily work of bringing treasured wisdom to publication, we offer a work environment that is participatory, flexible, energizing, and creative. Our books are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services and available wherever books are sold. We have more than 175 books in print, publish 15 new titles per year, and are continually engaged in growing as publishing professionals and as people.

We currently have one open staff position. Check back on this page in the future for other employment opportunities.

Plum Village Editor

The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism and its publisher, Parallax Press, seek an exceptional English-language Editor with knowledge, interest, and experience in mindfulness meditation and Engaged Buddhism. Projects include translations, scholarly works, and general audience trade books. 

The Editor is responsible for assisting the Plum Village Editorial Team and Parallax Press in all aspects of developing book ideas into manuscripts ready to be transmitted to production. With significant time in one of the Plum Village mindfulness practice centers in France, you will work with the monastic teachers, scholars, and leaders of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism to develop and edit writings and books emerging from the Sangha. You will cultivate ideas from the seed stage to manuscript form, and exercise your core skills in author coaching, manuscript creation, and developmental and line editing. The Editor will report to the monastic Plum Village Editorial Team members and the Publisher of Parallax Press. 

Read more here for a detailed job description and details on how to apply.


Internships

Parallax Press offers an internship program as an entry point to book publishing for people motivated to gain work experience in a mindful creative company. Internships at Parallax Press provide exposure to varied aspects of publishing including editorial, production, publicity, and marketing.

Examples of intern tasks may include:

  1. Attending editorial and production meetings
  2. Attending sales and marketing meetings
  3. Tracking and reviewing new submissions with Submittable
  4. Writing reader reports
  5. Researching audiences in Buddhism, nature, sustainability, wellness, peace, and social transformation
  6. Assisting the editorial team in daily tasks (proofreading, checking corrections, etc.)
  7. Copy editing and exposure to book industry standards
  8. Transcribing talks by authors
  9. Database review
  10. Applying for Cataloging-in-Publication data for new titles through the Library of Congress
  11. Helping organize online events
  12. Publicity mailings and email blasts

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and internships generally run for three to six months, one or two days a week.

We currently have no internships open until September 2021, but you may apply by sending your résumé and cover letter to jobs @ parallax.org with the words “Internship application” in the subject line. Due to the volume of inquiries, we regret we may not be able to respond to all applications. No phone calls, please.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Parallax Press is committed to diversity in its publishing program and in fostering an equitable, inclusive work culture and environment. Parallax encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religious and spiritual tradition, ability, sexual orientation, and gender.

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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