Career Opportunities at the MLA

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Career Opportunities at the MLA

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Open Opportunities

Director of Information Systems

The Modern Language Association seeks a Director of Information Systems to establish and oversee the association’s technical vision. Under the supervision of the executive director, the director manages the operating environment and drives operational efficiencies, collaborates with colleagues on new product innovation and development, and aligns the association’s technology strategy with its mission by implementing and managing reliable and scalable technology infrastructure, applications, and processes. The director also establishes and manages key metrics for analyzing user experience and for measuring and optimizing user satisfaction.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in technical project management, with 3 years of increasingly responsible managerial experience. Some experience in an information-publishing environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of enterprise applications, databases, development tools and environments, frameworks and scripting languages, and open-source software.
  • Working knowledge of enterprise and information-publishing technologies, trends, and best practices.
  • Working knowledge of user experience (UX) analysis and optimization.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Rosemary G. Feal, MLA executive director, through Interfolio. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Acquisitions Editor

The Modern Language Association seeks a creative, experienced acquisitions editor to join the office of scholarly communication. This editor works with colleagues in scholarly communication and other units to acquire, evaluate, and develop new publication projects. The acquisitions editor develops new titles in long-standing book series as well as new digital projects; works with publications committees and editorial boards; and works with colleagues on the registration of copyrights on MLA publications, the granting of rights and permissions to MLA copyrighted materials, the sale of translation and reprint rights, and the payment of royalties. The acquisitions editor attends conferences to cultivate new publication projects and to develop professionally and works with colleagues to assist in imagining the future of the MLA’s publishing program.

The successful candidate for this position will have an MA in an MLA field, with a PhD strongly preferred. Three to five years of publishing experience is required, and experience in developing digital publishing projects is a very strong plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA, through Interfolio. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Managing Editor, MLA Commons

The Modern Language Association seeks a creative, experienced professional to join the office of scholarly communication as managing editor of MLA Commons. Under the supervision of the director of scholarly communication, the managing editor oversees projects related to the online scholarly communities of the MLA, works with a team of colleagues on the development of the MLA Commonsplatform and several of the scholarly communication projects it supports, maintains schedules and works with colleagues to ensure timely delivery and quality control, uses knowledge of the profession to create content and to enhance discussion in various online forums, encourages online member participation through outreach initiatives, and provides assistance to members in establishing and developing online communities and content. The managing editor assists the director of scholarly communication with developing new proposals for the platform’s future, as well as with creating usage policies and guidelines; monitors user activity, site metrics, member feedback, and social media to inform development of new initiatives; and coordinates with colleagues to ensure consistent association communication.

The successful candidate for this position will have an advanced degree in language and literature study, as well as a broad knowledge of higher education and of the areas of professional interest to MLA members. Strong project-management experience is required, along with excellent written communication skills and the technical facility to learn and adapt to new technologies quickly. Experience with digital media production is a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA, through Interfolio. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Director, Programs

The Modern Language Association seeks a PhD with teaching experience to join the office of programs as assistant director. Under the supervision of the director of the office of programs, the assistant director will plan, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate visits for the MLA consultancy service and will help design and administer an effective assessment program for the project. The assistant director will participate in the planning and coordinating of ADE and ADFL summer seminars and will track and assist in the initial review of manuscripts submitted to the bulletins of ADE and ADFL. Other responsibilities will include preparing promotional materials for distribution, answering queries and correspondence, and attending conferences at the request of the director. In addition and as needed, the assistant director will assist colleagues on staff with other projects by preparing grant proposals, writing reports, and drafting surveys.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in comparative literature or a language other than English
  • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching in an institution of higher education
  • Administrative experience preferred

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Dennis Looney through Interfolioby 1 November. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Project Coordinator

The Modern Language Association seeks a project coordinator to work collaboratively with MLA staff, partner institutions, and other humanities organizations on a series of programs related to career and workplace issues. This is a full-time position that is expected to run through November 2017.

The project coordinator will manage communication and collaboration with partner institutions and other humanities organizations involved in programmatic initiatives related to career and workplace issues. The coordinator will organize and facilitate annual institutes, bringing together representatives of partner institutions and invited participants; a proseminar that meets regularly over a three-year period in New York City to introduce graduate students and contingent faculty members to the diversity of the higher education and humanities landscape; and periodic workshops for directors of graduate studies and university placement officers. The coordinator will contribute to the development of a mentorship program, prepare related programming for the MLA’s annual convention, and manage related project budgets.

The successful candidate for this position will have a PhD in language, literature, comparative studies, or an adjacent field and an interest in thinking broadly about the future of graduate education, the academic workplace, and the contributions of the humanities to our national civic culture. Candidates with experience in a variety of work settings, with project-management experience, and with experience using digital tools and media are encouraged to apply. This position requires strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage and effectively prioritize multiple tasks.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Rosemary G. Feal, MLA executive director, through Interfolio by 1 November. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Financial Analyst

The Modern Language Association seeks a financial analyst to assist in all aspects of budget preparation and analysis. Reporting to the controller, the financial analyst will help coordinate the association’s budget-development process by assisting department heads with budget analysis and projections, uploading budget projections into Oracle Financials, and producing periodic budget-projection reports. Other responsibilities will include producing and analyzing standard and ad hoc financial reports for department heads and for the staff finance committee, compiling and analyzing information for the annual audit and for quarterly investment-valuation reports, and assisting with general accounting tasks.

The successful candidate for this position will have a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting or finance and a minimum of three years’ experience in budgeting, financial reporting, and financial analysis. Advanced proficiency in Excelis essential, and a strong knowledge of computerized accounting systems, especially Oracle Financials, is preferred. This position requires strong math and analytic skills, excellent organizational skills, the ability to communicate clearly and simply, and a keen attention to detail.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and résumé by e-mail to fin0614@mla.org. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer.

About the MLA

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. Learn more about the MLA’s mission.

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