Heldref Publications is a non-profit publisher based in Washington, D.C. that provides a forum for scholarly discourse in the approximately 50 titles they publish.

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Rocks and Minerals, Romance Quarterly, Preventing School Failure, Demokratizatsiya, Behavioral Medicine, and Historical Methods. No, this isn’t an excerpt from one of those spam e-mails with random words that don’t make any sense, but a small sampling of titles put out by Heldref Publications. As a non-profit publisher, Heldref Publications aims to provide a forum for scholarly discourse in the approximately 50 titles that they publish. These titles are geared towards academics in a wide range of fields, as you probably gathered from our first sentence. Those fields include “research and practice in K-12 and higher education, world affairs and political science, history, world literatures old and new, the arts, popular culture, psychology, social sciences, health, and the environment.”

If you’re curious as to where they got the name Heldref, we can tell you that it comes from the HELen Dwight Reid Education Foundation. Helen Dwight Reid was a professor at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Buffalo, and she established the foundation in 1956 to promote education, international affairs, and sciences. In the 1970s it became clear to the foundation’s leadership that they could best pursue their mission through publishing. By doing so, the foundation was able to save a number of academic journals that were in risk of folding due to cost constraints, and to bring them under one roof where economies of scale could be used to their benefit. Since then, Heldref Publications has added a considerable number of titles, all of which “share a purpose of providing new ideas, information, and a means to communicate for scholars, teachers, students, and interested readers.” We think that the best way to get to know more about Heldref is to take a look at their list of titles on the left-hand side of their Home page.

Heldref Publications is currently hiring at their office in Washington, D.C., with a few of their open positions appearing to be appropriate for new college graduates. The position that looks most likely to be filled by an entry-level candidate is Proofreader. There is also an Accounting Assistant job that is part-time, but it appears to require some work experience (maybe a couple Summers of accounting internships would do). There’s also a listing for a Snow Removal Specialist, for those who are taking a little different path after graduation – we’ll assume that job has a start date some time a little after June. Heldref’s Jobs page is simple, but serves it purpose. To apply for any of these positions, send a cover letter and resume to Jon Terry.

Heldref Publications looks like a great place for someone who has mastered the English language, loves education, and wants to work for a non-profit. You can be pretty sure that proofreading for Heldref’s publications will be intellectually stimulating work.

Note: On April 27th we revisited entry-level jobs at Heldref Publications.

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