The Center for the Art of Translation (CAT) seeks a Communications Assistant (CA). The CA, a newly created position at the Center, serves as CAT’s multimedia storyteller, promoting the Center’s publishing, events, and educational programs, spotlighting our collaborators and colleagues, supporting fundraising efforts, building and nurturing our community of translators, readers, writers, educators, students, and donors—and serving an explicit advocacy role. The Center advocates for international writing, translators and the art of translation, BIPOC writers and writing, and underrepresented voices everywhere. The CA is also charged with overseeing the Center’s website and social media streams, maintaining consistent messaging, style, and visual appeal. The CA proactively collaborates with CAT staff, writers, translators, educators, outside organizations, and volunteers.

We are eager to hire a natural storyteller with a winning voice and a keen eye. The ideal applicant is a gifted listener and observer who draws out engaging stories from people while building community. Being organized and adaptable are crucial to this position, but so are being creative, open-minded, and occasionally earnest. Although literary expertise and foreign language proficiency are not requisite skills nor duties of this position, a strong interest in literature in translation and/or a second language would be beneficial. 

This is an excellent opportunity to join an ambitious and affable staff of literary professionals. Wit is welcomed, savvy celebrated.


  • Develop newsletters, blog posts, and visual communications that amplify Center programs and events, cultivate the literary translation community, and respond to timely issues in the field 
  • Manage social media streams; develop and implement social media initiatives that spotlight publications, events, and educational activities; maintain social media style guides
  • Advocate for literature in translation, especially for the work of translators, writers of color, women writers, and underrepresented voices; build and maintain relationships to support these groups and their work; develop strategies and partnerships to raise their profiles in our field
  • Manage the Center’s website, coordinate updates, supervise quality control, and maintain style guidelines; manage the website’s visual identity, aligning it with organizational priorities; track website performance, SEO, and other analytics
  • Craft campaigns in support of fundraising, including emails, donor letters, donor newsletters, and surveys; assist with maintaining current contact information for donors, customers, contributors, etc., in CAT’s CRM


  • 3-5 years communications, writing, and/or administrative experience
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational sense with a sharp eye for detail
  • Energetic, imaginative, collaborative, adaptable, willing to learn
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Dropbox, etc. 
  • Familiarity with WordPress, the Chicago Manual of Style, and contemporary literature
  • Commitment to and passion for the Center’s mission


Candidates for this position may be located beyond the San Francisco Bay Area; this can be a fully remote job with occasional travel to San Francisco, annual literary conferences, and other literary events.


The salary for this position is $55,000 annually. The Center offers a robust benefits package that includes generous vacation, flexible work schedules, the option of joining a health and dental plan, a flexible spending account, and a retirement plan. This is a full-time, nonexempt position based in San Francisco.


At the Center for the Art of Translation, we are dedicated to finding new, overlooked, and underrepresented voices. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of this work. Better representation in publishing, events, and education starts with better representation on our staff. We believe we can honor more voices in more ways if our employees come from different backgrounds, and if our community is rooted in inclusion and belonging.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and two short (approximately 250-word) writing samples to admin@catranslation.org with “Communications Assistant Candidate” in the subject line.


The Center for the Art of Translation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, age, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to strengthening our organization through diversity in every sense and strongly encourage candidates of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, life experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to apply.


The Center for the Art of Translation is a 501c3 nonprofit that champions literary translation. We are dedicated to finding dazzling new, overlooked, and underrepresented voices, brought into English by the best translators, and to celebrating the art of translation. Our publications, events, and educational programming enrich the library of vital literary works, nurture and promote the work of translators, build audiences for literature in translation, and honor the incredible linguistic and cultural diversity of our schools and our world.

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