ANNOUNCING OUR FIRST RECRUITMENT DRIVE OF 2018!Deadline to apply: 5 February 2018
Among a growing number of journals with a focus on translation, Asymptote has distinguished itself with the diversity, the generosity, and the freshness of our offerings (we're also the first magazine to win the London Book Fair Award for International Literary Translation Initiative!). This is made possible by a team comprising close to ninety staffers across six continents: our editors are based across the world. Many are plugged into their local scenes, continually deepening their knowledge of local literature by forging partnerships with literary institutions and bringing exciting new discoveries to the table. It is unfortunate that magazines with key editors and position-holders of non-White or non-Western backgrounds are still a rarity in English-language literary publishing; therefore, we pride ourselves in being an inclusive journal—which is reflected not only in the names we feature on our covers, but also on our masthead.
If you are considering a career in world literature, Asymptote also provides the perfect training ground. Former Asymptote staff have gone on to take up positions in Dalkey Archive, Words Without Borders, The Wylie Agency, David Godine and Penguin Books.
All volunteer positions are listed below. Three-month internships can also be arranged for most positions, but permanent staff members looking to be involved for at least a year (for the editorial roles especially) are preferred.
The Executive Assistant assists in the journal's day-to-day operations. The Executive Assistant may be tasked with preparing communications, maintaining staff dossiers, compiling webstats, internal and external liaisons, as well as other miscellaneous tasks. Candidates should be detail-oriented, and good at organizing.
Assistant Managing Editor HR
Skilled at motivating a team and assessing people’s strengths and weaknesses? Have at least two years’ experience in HR, plus experience working with a digital team? We’re looking for an HR Manager with the finesse to handle a quickly growing team scattered across different continents and time zones, who can offer sound insight into how our staff is performing as well as weigh in on candidates we are considering taking on.
We're looking for Assistant Editors whose primary responsibility will be identifying the immediately outstanding pieces—as well as the hidden gems—when working through stacks of submissions. Having both a sharp reading eye and the ability to articulate opinions about literary works of varying length is a must. Those with experience writing reader's reports are strongly encouraged to apply. Other tasks that might arise include researching underrepresented countries or languages for leads, assisting in the production process, and helping other editors as needed.
We recently added new editors-at-large for Albania, Spain, and Central America. We'd like to extend our network even more to ensure a constant stream of quality content from underrepresented languages and regions. We welcome applicants from other parts of the world, especially but not limited to: Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Editors-at-large also help to promote our journal locally, explore partnerships with local journals and even organize events (though the last is not a necessary requirement).
Marketing, Communicatons and Social Media
Our Marketing Manager should be someone familiar with advertising and have considerable knowledge of worldwide literary platforms, bookstores, and other institutions with which Asymptote can form partnerships. In addition to planning publicity campaigns, the Marketing Manager also helps us to expand our Book Club.
We're looking for a second Communications Manager to join our Communications Team. The Manager is responsible for generating all external communications (including, but not restricted to: press releases, mailers, media kits, interviews, etc.) and maintaining certain internal documents (e.g. the Asymptote orientation manual). Only the most meticulous candidates, capable of generating impeccable copy, need apply.
Director of Outreach
The Director of Outreach leads Asymptote’s Outreach Team (which comprises of Social Media Managers, Communications Managers, and Marketing Managers), and is responsible for developing our social media platforms, overseeing HR and training for our Social Media Managers, and safeguarding our brand. We’re looking for candidates who excel at strategy, analysis, and leadership.
Social Media Manager (English)
Social Media Managers are responsible for Asymptote's online presence—not just in terms of promoting the journal's content but transforming our social media platforms into hubs for news and discussion about world literature. Applicants should be versatile, savvy with digital content, and have experience in publicity. If you have experience with Instagram or Pinterest, we'd love to hear from you especially.
Social Media Manager (French)
Same as above, but in French. If you have relevant social media experience and native French ability, and are willing to help us to develop our Asymptote en français Facebook page, we'd love to hear from you!
Social Media Manager (Spanish)
Same as above, but in Spanish. For the short term, we are keen on developing our Asymptote en espanol Facebook page, in order to reach even more readers from the Spanish-speaking world.
Educational Arm Assistants
We're looking for new team members with passion for and experience in pedagogy to help us bring world literature into classrooms. Educational Arm Assistants will help to generate our quarterly educational guides, pedagogy-related blog content, as well as outreach efforts for the educational arm. For more information and all educational resources that we have produced in the past, please refer to our Asymptote for Educators informational page here.
We seek a second business developer (ideally with some experience in Internet-related publishing) to help operate our Asymptote Book Club, and perhaps hatch other sustainablity projects.
Design and Multimedia
Crucial to maintaining our aesthetically particular brand image, good Graphic Designers are always in high demand at Asymptote! Designers are needed to cover the graphic needs of our many platforms (ranging from print to online). Please submit a portfolio along with your application.
To commemorate our seventh anniversary, we hope to roll out a new series of Asymptote memorabilia, ranging from tote bags to T-shirts. Candidates should have experience with merchandise design. Please submit a portfolio along with your application.
Responsive Layout Designer
The Responsive Layout Designer (or Responsive Layout Design Intern) will work closely with our existing Technical Manager to (re)design Asymptote's webpage layouts. The ideal candidate should have experience designing periodical layouts and have a strong interest in the potential applications of responsive web design for innovating and improving the way we read digital texts(-in-translation). Please submit a portfolio along with your application.
The Video Producer will conceive and produce dynamic video trailers for our issues, such as these trailers for our January 2014 and October 2015 issues. Along with other publicity material that might also be commissioned, these videos will be shared on our social media platforms. Candidates should have strong video production skills. Please submit a portfolio along with your application.
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All Asymptote staff work from home and communicate via email and Skype or gmail chat.
To apply for any of these unpaid positions, please send a cover letter explaining why you'd like to join our team and a copy of your CV to email@example.com, with "APPLICATION:" and the position(s) you're applying for in the subject line. Take note that most positions will start out with a 3-month orientation (requiring a commitment of 12 hours a week) during which you will get to know the journal and your fellow team members. After this orientation period, we will evaluate your performance and determine your future role with Asymptote. (Hours will come down to 6 to 10 hours a week, depending on which permanent role you’ve taken with us—some project-based positions may not even require a weekly commitment.)
Don't wait! Send in an application today!