JOB OPENING – Membership & Development Coordinator

The American Literary Translators Association seeks motivated and organized applicants for the position of Membership and Development Coordinator.

The Membership and Development Coordinator will be responsible for: communicating with current and interested members, coordinating fundraising campaigns, and developing and maintaining relationships with donors. The candidate will also play a key role in the redesign of ALTA’s website, with an eye to serving member needs.

The candidate must have a strong organizational sense with a sharp eye for detail, and be able to prioritize and manage a range of responsibilities while working collaboratively with a small team.

Successful applicants will also have a demonstrable understanding of the field of literary translation, and a strong interest in international literature.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate to develop and build their skills in support of literary translation and translators, and to support the growth of a small non-profit literary arts organization.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • developing and maintaining relationships with donors
  • managing fundraising campaigns, including direct appeals, in coordination with the Communications and Awards Manager
  • ensuring timely donor acknowledgements
  • establishing and implementing data-entry procedures and best practices to ensure data consistency and quality
  • reviewing database maintenance and staying abreast of changes to database system
  • overseeing reporting on development, membership, and related needs
  • managing a schedule of annual fundraising activities that balances with other organizational goals and events
  • grantwriting support


  • maintaining member communications and cultivation efforts
  • managing questions and queries from current and potential members
  • contributing to the design and oversight of related membership benefits (including members-only listservs, publications, events, etc.)
  • expanding membership, with a focus on fostering greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at ALTA
  • strengthening relationships with current members

Website Redesign

  • 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 Website Task Force to develop and circulate an RFP to secure a successful bid
  • liaising between ALTA and the successful bidder during the website development and implementation process 

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, knowledge of CRM database systems, and a proactive customer service attitude including responsive and personal rapport with members.

Preferred Qualifications for the Position

  • Commitment to and passion for ALTA’s mission and goals.
  • Proficiency in data collection and management; experience working with Neon CRM, or other CRM software (customer relationship management software) and/or large databases a plus.
  • 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.
  • Experience with website development and/or website redesign.

Hours, Salary, Location

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

Preference may be given to candidates able to work in-person in ALTA’s office at the University of Arizona in Tucson. However, this role may begin as a remote position, as ALTA staff is currently working remotely due to the pandemic.

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 cover letter and resume to ALTA’s Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette at elisabeth@literarytranslators.org. Priority review begins on September 20, 2021

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. 


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.