Membership Engagement Coordinator

Title: Membership Engagement Coordinator, ALTA (Part Time)

Position Summary

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) seeks motivated and organized applicants for the position of Membership Engagement Coordinator.

The Membership Engagement Coordinator will play a key role in the redesign of ALTA’s website, with an eye to serving member needs. They will also be responsible for communicating with current and potential members.  

The strongest applicants will have experience or demonstrable capability in project management and/or membership engagement, as well as an interest in the field of literary translation.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate to work collaboratively with a small team to support the growth of a non-profit literary arts organization.

About ALTA

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is a nonprofit arts membership association that provides resources, community, and professional affiliation to its 800 members. ALTA’s mission is to support the work of literary translators, advance the art of literary translation, and serve translators, and the students, teachers, publishers, and readers of literature in translation. 

ALTA fulfills this mission in a number of ways: hosting our annual conference, the largest gathering in North America dedicated exclusively to literary translation; offering awards that recognize excellence in literary translation; and providing emerging translators with support through mentorships and fellowships.

For more information about who we are and what we do, visit https://literarytranslators.org.

Duties & Responsibilities

Manage Website Redesign Process

  • collecting feedback from ALTA stakeholders regarding desired functionalities and priorities for ALTA’s new website, especially in terms of staff usability and member services
  • working with the volunteer Website Task Force to develop and circulate an RFP, to collect and evaluate bids, and to secure a successful bid
  • serving as project manager for the website development and implementation process, including liaising between ALTA and the successful bidder 


  • using ALTA’s CRM (Customer Relationship Management) database to manage membership records
  • strengthening relationships with current members and maintaining member cultivation efforts, including managing questions and queries from current and potential members
  • working with the volunteer Membership Committee to assist with the design and oversight of membership benefits (including members-only listservs, publications, events, etc.)
  • expanding membership, with a focus on fostering greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at ALTA

Related Skills

Strategic thinking, timeline-orientation, clear communication, strong writing and organizational skills, detail oriented, budgeting and spreadsheet knowledge, ability to work collaboratively on a small team, and a proactive customer service attitude including responsive and personal rapport with members.

Preferred Qualifications for the Position

  • Experience with website development and/or website redesign.
  • Proficiency in data collection and management; experience working with NeonCRM, or other CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software and/or large databases a plus.
  • Commitment to and passion for ALTA’s mission and goals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with a strong emphasis on Excel skills; proficiency in G Suite applications, especially Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Calendar, and Google Groups.

Hours, Salary, Location

This is a 0.5 FTE (20 hours / week) position on a 12-month contract renewed annually; salary is in the range of $20,000 per year. The selected candidate will report to ALTA’s Executive Director, and will work both independently and in coordination with other ALTA staff. 

Candidates should indicate in their cover letter whether they are interested in working in-person in ALTA’s office at the University of Arizona in Tucson, or working remotely with some work hours scheduled during the Arizona business day. ALTA will consider a fully remote position for the right candidate.

Paid time off and holidays are included. Individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented in the field of translation are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply, email your resume (2 pages maximum) and cover letter to ALTA’s Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette at elisabeth@literarytranslators.org. Priority review begins on June 13, 2022

The American Literary Translators Association is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to strengthening our organization through diversity in every sense and strongly encourage candidates of all races and ethnicities, sexualities and gender identities, life experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to apply.  

Board Elections

ALTA Board Nominations Now Open

ALTA's Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations or self-nominations for the Board of Directors. ALTA will fill 3 seats for At-Large Board members, with terms beginning in October of this year. At-Large members elected in this cycle serve terms of 3 years. ALTA’s Board may also appoint up to 2 additional At-Large members, based on specific skill sets that the Board identifies as necessary.

At-Large Members (3): This director shall serve a term three years. The elected director will take on the responsibilities of a committee chair or other special duties, as determined by the President after the election in light of the Board's needs and the director's qualifications and interests.

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.

In order to appear on the ballot, nominees will need to send their candidate's statements and pictures to Samantha Schnee by August 4. In addition, the Nominating Committee may question or interview nominees about their qualifications and commitment to ALTA, and a nominee who fails to respond may be omitted from the ballot.

Online voting will begin on August 9 and end September 1. The nomination and electoral processes are governed by ALTA's Bylaws. Please do not hesitate to contact Samantha or Elisabeth if you have any questions. 

Only ALTA members whose membership is active by August 8 are eligible to vote in Board elections. Join now to participate!


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.

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.

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.