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The Center for the Art of Translation is a San Francisco-based non profit promoting international literature and translation through programs in publishing, education, and public events. The Center is currently seeking an experienced Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager for our TWO LINES publications program, which includes the annual TWO LINES World Writing in Translation anthology and the World Library series of regional anthologies. The Two Lines Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager will provide the editorial and artistic vision for TWO LINES publications and curate the Center’s Lit&Lunch event series, manage TWO LINES staff and volunteers, and will represent TWO LINES externally and in strategic internal discussions and decisions. This position reports to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have at least five years experience of publishing/editorial work, familiarity with international literature and literature in translation, will have significant management and arts administration experience, and will share enthusiasm and passion for the Center’s mission. The Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager must be able to manage staff and multiple projects from inception to completion with minimal direction or oversight, including setting and managing milestones for the project within a set timeline. This position will also coordinate shifting priorities, provide regular reports to the Executive Director, and work effectively both leading and working on a team.

Responsibilities include the following:

EDITORIAL: Oversee artistic vision, editorial planning and production of all publications, including selecting guest editors, regions and/or languages for World Library, soliciting and evaluating monographs for publication, cultivating contacts within the publishing and translation fields, evaluating annual anthology submissions, and editing and proofreading introductions and translations. Provide editorial support on periodic grant writing and fundraising materials.

LITERARY PROGRAMMING: Curate Lit&Lunch series and other events, including event programming and annual publication party planning, act as artistic spokesperson at all Center events, coordinate translation workshops and other collaborative events and pursue partnerships and collaborations with publishers, translators, and cultural institutions.

MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION: Manage TWO LINES staff, volunteers, guest editors, translators, language readers, and copyeditors and act as program representative in staff and executive management meetings. Ensure tasks are coordinated, schedules and budgets are maintained, and provide biweekly reports to management. The Senior Editor & Literary Programs Manager will also develop a process to build TWO LINES supporters in the literary and translation communities. Assist with research to identify potential grants and donors.

PRODUCTION: Oversee the production of all TWO LINES titles, including the production timeline, submissions guidelines and production procedures, submission processing, copyright permissions, final proofreading and editing, and book design.

DISTRIBUTION, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS: Oversee distribution of all publications and provide feedback and support to marketing staff to develop and implement marketing and public relations plans for publications. Inform Development Director of any potential funding leads or creative fundraising ideas. Seek opportunities to raise awareness of and interest in TWO LINES publications, promote the Center and build connections with other translation and literary organizations, act as a representative of the Center and lead discussions and/or presentations at literary events, forums and conferences (3-5 per year).

• Strong background (5+ years) in book publishing, particularly in a management role
• Experience as a literary translator, editor of translation, or director of a literary center
• Excellent team building skills and the ability to both lead and be a part of a team
• Able to offer contacts within the publishing and translation industries
• Enthusiasm and passion for the Center’s mission
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including editing and proofreading
• Strong organizational sense with a sharp eye for detail
• Ability to prioritize and follow up on activities in a timely manner
• Energetic and a good team player, flexible and willing to learn
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, familiarity with the Mac environment and excellent analytical skills
• Experience with FileMaker Pro a plus

This is a full-time position with an initial probationary period. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and offers generous vacation package, retirement plan and benefit stipend. Our office is located South of Market near public transportation. To apply, please email [email protected] with a resume and cover letter addressed to:

Erin Branagan
Acting Executive Director
Center for the Art of Translation
35 Stillman St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107
Web: www.catranslation.org
How to Apply:
To apply, please email twolinesresume-at-yahoo-dot-com with a resume and cover letter addressed to:

Erin Branagan
Acting Executive Director
Center for the Art of Translation
35 Stillman St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107

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