Words Without Borders Digital Humanities Fellowship 2023
Words Without Borders seeks applicants for its digital humanities fellowship. The WWB Digital Humanities Fellowship Program is designed to provide training for individuals looking to build a career around the publication and promotion of international literature. The digital humanities fellow will primarily support the Digital Director in the continued migration of the publication’s archive and education materials to WWB’s new website, while also supporting several of the organization’s multimedia initiatives.
This is a unique opportunity for an early-career professional to be mentored by an experienced editor and digital director while also making a lasting contribution to an international literary and educational organization.
- Working to migrate assets from WWB’s existing CMS, Expression Engine, to its new WordPress CMS, including:
- Logging progress and noting missing items, errors, and other matters needing attention in migration log
- Participating in QA
- Implementing vast metadata scheme to optimize search results, in consultation with the Digital Director and the Editorial Director
- Locating photo and multimedia assets, uploading, resizing and otherwise editing to meet specifications of the new website
- Verifying formatting of literature is consistent between new and old websites
- Checking links adhere to new standardized URL structure
- Aiding the Digital Director in ensuring file name and other digital style standards are consistent throughout the new website
- Updating contributor bios, including acquiring new contributor photos as needed
- Potential to assist in the production, planning, and execution of digital events and/or assets related
- Editing and formatting short videos for promotional and fundraising purposes
- Researching digital best practices to support Digital Director, as necessary
- Meeting weekly with Digital Director to assess progress and ensure migration project is delivered on time
The ideal candidate will be highly organized, responsible, and able to work effectively both independently supervision and as part of a team. They will also be skilled at written and verbal communications and have knowledge of the international literary landscape.
- Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree a plus but not required.
- Demonstrated interest in international literature, and preferably global education as well
- Experience working with website content management systems.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and initiative.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office or other word-processing programs.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a small, dynamic team.
- Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Fluent in English with knowledge of one or more foreign languages.
- Experience with multimedia content production (including slideshows, podcasts, video, and/or creating GIFS) a plus.
The digital humanities fellow will work remotely and commit to working twenty to thirty (20–30) hours per week for nine months, beginning in February 2023. Though the position is remote and allows for some flexibility in hours, fellows must be available to work between the hours of 10 am and 4:30 pm ET.
The digital humanities fellow position pays $18 per hour.
Not sure if you meet all the requirements? Consider that research has shown that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, yet women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to apply only if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.
Words Without Borders does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability. We are committed to pursuing equity and inclusion in our organization and seek candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to our work. Individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented in the field of publishing are especially encouraged to apply. Permission to work in the US is required.
Interested candidates may email a résumé and cover letter indicating how this position aligns with their skill set and career goals by 11:59 pm eastern time (ET) on February 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Digital Humanities Fellowship.” No phone calls or social media contact, please.