Request for Proposals

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) seeks a partner to help us redesign our website and associated properties.

ALTA is seeking a website redesign that boosts the engagement from members and non-members alike, improves user experience, and effectively conveys ALTA’s mission and values, including its commitments to equity, community, professional development, and recognition of excellence and artistry in the field of literary translation.

Our Request for Proposals includes background information, a content overview, technical requirements, and proposal criteria to help potential vendors generate competitive proposals in alignment with the organization’s strategic goals for this initiative. Submissions will be accepted until December 15, 2023.

Questions should be directed to ALTA’s Membership & Digital Projects Coordinator Sophia Marisa Lucas at sophia@literarytranslators.org.



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

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

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. ALTA is able to offer a $50 honorarium to each expert reader for evaluating one longlisted title.

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.

Opportunities through the University of Arizona

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.


ALTA, an affiliate of the College of Humanities, seeks self-motivated and highly qualified applicants for the position of Secretary. 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 the Executive Assistant to the Dean in the College of Humanities and will work closely with ALTA’s Executive Director.

About ALTA

The mission of the American Literary Translators Association 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.

ALTA 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.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for its innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Schedule appointments, meetings, etc. for ALTA personnel, and ALTA Board and Committees.
  • Prepare, send, and track invoices; record and track account revenue expenditures.
  • Compile various data or statistics for manuscripts, records or recurring reports such as membership and donation reports, etc.
  • Draft email correspondence in response to general, routine inquiries or to requests for information.
  • Handle various administrative tasks related to ALTA's Board, including managing Board elections, creating and updating a Board manual, keeping various contact lists up to date.
  • Add new or updated data to ALTA’s membership database and website, as needed.
  • Monitor office supplies and initiate requests to replenish; research and compare vendors for various supply purchases.
  • Assemble and distribute mailings.
  • Answer phones, take messages and/or direct callers to appropriate personnel.
  • Additional data collection, entry, and management, as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills, an attention to detail, and an ability to juggle competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and procedures.
  • Enthusiastic, collaborative, adaptable, willing to learn.
  • Commitment to and passion for ALTA’s mission and goals.
  • Familiarity with University of Arizona systems.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience is required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word and Excel.
  • Experience with G Suite applications, especially Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Calendar, and Google Groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with applications including Zoom, Doodle, PayPal, QuickBooks, Submittable; experience with CRM software a plus.

Position Details

  • Non-Exempt, Part Time (0.5 FTE; 20 hours / week), Full UA Benefits, $16.00 / Hour, Position Open Until Filled.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

  • Please include 3 contacts for professional references at the end of your resume. You will be consulted in advance of any calls to references. Please include a 2-4 page writing sample. Upload files to satisfy the resume, cover letter and writing sample requirements for full consideration. Due to the application system formatting limitations, please do not free-type them in the application.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Posted 3/31/2023