ALTA Board Nominations Open

ALTA's Nominating Committee is accepting nominations or self-nominations for the Board of Directors. ALTA will fill 1 seat each for Vice President and Treasurer, with terms beginning at this year's conference. The candidate elected as Vice-President shall serve for six years: a two-year term as Vice-President, followed by a two-year term as President, followed by a two-year term as Past President. At-Large Board members shall serve a term of three years. More information on each position can be found below. Please send your nominations, including the name of the candidate and a few sentences as to their qualifications, by July 25 to Nominating Committee Chair Samantha Schnee and Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette. Online voting will begin on August 9 and end September 2. Please note that your membership with ALTA must be current by August 8 in order to vote in this election.

Vice President

In the absence of the President or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. Any Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or Board of Directors. 

The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Corporation and shall in general supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Corporation. He or she shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors. As set forth in Sections 6.01 and 6.02 of the Bylaws, he or she may sign, with the Secretary or any other proper officer of the Corporation authorized by the Board of Directors, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws or by statute to some other officer or agent of the Corporation; and in general he or she shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.


If required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his or her duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Board of Directors shall determine. The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such moneys in the name of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 of these Bylaws; and in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall make a written report of the finances of the Corporation at each regular meeting of the directors, and at such other time as the directors shall require.

Now Hiring: Graduate Assistantship with the University of Arizona

ALTA seeks self-motivated and highly qualified applicants for the position of Graduate Assistant. The selected candidate will perform various administrative tasks, and will work independently and in coordination with other ALTA staff. The successful candidate will directly report to Kim Jones and will work closely with ALTA’s Program Manager and Executive Director.

This is a 0.5 FTE position (20 hours / week) for the 2021-22 academic year, with the possibility of starting in summer 2021. This GA-ship will begin as a remote position, as all ALTA staff is currently working remotely. As the situation surrounding the pandemic changes, and as the University of Arizona resumes in-person operations, this position is expected to be in-person or hybrid.

See more information, including a description of the role and preferred qualifications, here. Applicants must be a graduate student at the University of Arizona.

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to ALTA’s Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette at elisabeth@literarytranslators.org. Priority review begins on June 3, 2021.

Call for Expert Readers

One of the things that makes the National Translation Award (NTA) distinct is that it is the only award in the United States that includes evaluations of the translations vis-à-vis the source texts. We rely on the expertise of translators, or expert readers, who work from the original languages of the NTA-longlisted titles to provide an evaluation to our judges, which will then inform their choices of shortlisted and winning titles. Per NTA Policies and Procedures, these translators must have expertise in the source language of the text they are asked to assess, and to have published at least one book in translation.

If you are interested in being added to our list of expert readers to be called upon during the NTA judging process, please contact Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org with the language(s) you read and translate from.


ALTA is a member-led organization, and we could not continue to do the work we do without member support. If you are interested in volunteering your services with ALTA, please email the contact person listed below.

Committee Positions
  • Website Task Force
  • Awards Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee

If you are interested in volunteering as a committee member, please contact Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette at elisabeth@literarytranslators.org.

Volunteer Positions
  • Social Media Intern
  • Blog Contributor

If you are interested in volunteering with ALTA, please contact Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org.

Graduate Assistantships and Undergraduate Internships at the University of Arizona

ALTA offers year-long graduate student assistantships and flexible, for-credit internships to undergraduate students at the University of Arizona who are looking for experience working in a nonprofit literary arts organization. To find out more about graduate assistantships and undergraduate internships with ALTA, please contact Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette.

Faculty Affiliates at the University of Arizona

ALTA’s Faculty Affiliates at the University of Arizona are a crucial part of our shared effort to advocate for bold, diverse approaches to literary translation and multilingual arts on local, national, and international levels–in research, teaching, and public life. To learn more about becoming a Faculty Affiliate of ALTA, please contact ALTA Program Manager Kelsi Vanada.