Senior Editor

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) seeks a Senior Editor, a vital member of our growing editorial team who will conceive and execute work focused on translation for The Margins, our award-winning digital magazine. 

The Senior Editor will report to and work closely with the Managing Editor and in close collaboration with the entire editorial team. Overall, this person will be responsible for ensuring the successful and consistent publication of excellent works in translation, works by translators, and literature by writers outside of the United States, as well as representing the Workshop in the broader field of literary translation.

The ideal candidate for this role is familiar with literary translation as it relates to Asian arts and culture and has the ability to turn a creative vision into concrete deliverables. This is a part-time role (24 hours/week) affiliated with the Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will temporarily be a remote position as the AAWW staff continues to telecommute. Candidates not currently based in New York City will be expected to relocate once AAWW staff return to in-person work.

Responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

Editorial 

  • Solicit and edit excellent literary work for the Transpacific Literary Project (TLP) and shape this work into three or four themed folios/notebooks published in The Margins each year, planned in coordination with The Margins’ Editor in Chief and Managing Editor. These folios should feature literature from East and Southeast Asia, in translation or otherwise, but should also expand beyond those geographic boundaries. Overall, the work should engage with the developing discourse of the Transpacific and seek to bridge Asian literature in translation and Asian American studies
  • Conceive and execute new ways to integrate works in translation, works by translators, and literature by writers outside of the United States into sections across The Margins
  • Commission and edit critical essays and/or interviews for The Margins related to newly published books or underappreciated “classics” that center on translation and transnational literatures
  • Work collaboratively with other editorial team members toward the publication of notebooks and other collections of work; ensure that each (non-TLP) notebook features at least one work in translation or one work that troubles the nation-state boundaries of Asian American literature.
  • Execute editorial tasks, including developmental and line editing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and critical essays

Relationships and Networking

  • Establish a work plan with the support of the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor
  • Sustain a network of translators, academics, writers, and affiliated institutions; foster close working collaborations with a small group of translation advisors/contributing editors across East and Southeast Asia
  • Guide the work of Transpacific Literary Project guest editors
  • Participate in editorial meetings and stay informed about AAWW’s other editorial projects including Open City, A World Without Cages, and Black & Asian Feminist Solidarities; contribute to brainstorming meetings concerning future plans for The Margins.

General and Administrative

  • Guide production of art and multimedia content; prepare final files for copy editing; contribute to copy editing tasks when needed
  • Prepare social media copy for assigned pieces and liaise with Digital Communications team on social media strategy
  • Assemble and produce work on our WordPress CMS when necessary
  • Request paperwork from all writers and artists and liaise with Managing Editor to process payments.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Passion and deep interest in literary translation, as well as Asian, Asian American, Asian diasporic literatures
  • At least 3-5 years of professional editing experience, preferably in magazine or literary publishing
  • Proven track record in leading and guiding writers to deliver excellent, polished finished pieces
  • Demonstrated project management, multi-tasking, and communication skills, and excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills
  • Strong copy-editing skills, knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and ability to manage house style
  • Some experience with HTML and working with WordPress or other CMS
  • Experience using social media platforms
  • Familiarity with current SEO principles and experience applying them to stories
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite and other design software is a plus
  • Experience working across multiple time zones and with colleagues of different cultural backgrounds

The salary range for this position is between $23-$25/hour, commensurate with experience. The AAWW offers a strong benefits package including a generous vacation policy and fully-covered health insurance.

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and two pieces of writing that they have edited (links to work published online, or as attachments) to jobs@aaww.org. Please include the following subject line: FULL NAME – Senior Editor