job: Linguistic Assistant (Mango Lgs)

Mango Languages is looking for a Linguist Assistant to support ongoing content development initiatives. In this full-time, remote contractor position, you will collaborate with a team of linguists and subject matter experts to develop language learning content and supplemental educational resources.

The Linguist Assistant is responsible for delivering detailed work critical for content development projects, as well as supporting Linguists on the Content Development Team in daily operations and administrative tasks.

Candidates must demonstrate that they are able to effectively manage large-scale projects requiring patience and close attention to detail. They will be expected to work independently and maintain motivation through repetitive, small-scale tasks while consistently producing quality content.

The ideal candidate will also be an adept writer and copy editor. They will be able to research and write about languages and cultures unfamiliar to them in a respectful and accurate manner. This person is interested in language learning and will be a language learner themselves. They are hardworking, have a positive outlook, and can quickly adapt to changing priorities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with remote team members to support the creation of high-quality language learning content
  • Implement large-scale content revisions in alignment with Mango Languages’ standard of excellence
  • Act as copy editor of course content and supplemental materials
  • Work with large batches of audio files, including proofing, splicing, renaming, and uploading files
  • Review and draft educational texts with an eye for cultural accuracy and nuance
  • Prepare and organize documents in advance for content development teams
  • Support efforts to document internal processes
  • Assist with daily tasks and operations of the team
  • Assist with recruitment initiatives and communicate with candidates
  • Attend and participate in regular team meetings

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics or a language-related field
  • Experience writing or copy editing educational materials or non-fiction texts
  • Experience with administrative tasks such as file management and documentation
  • Passion for learning about languages and cultures
  • Takes responsibility for quality of work
  • Demonstrates attention to detail
  • A global perspective with international experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Google Suite preferred
  • Experience having learned a second language preferred
  • Experience working with audio files a bonus
  • Reliable internet connection

How To Apply

  • Please submit both a resume and cover letter outlining your experience and qualifications as they relate to the job description. Please include a writing sample.

Mango was founded to empower deeper human connections through language. We believe that language is an adventure; a journey to be embarked on by those of a bold and curious spirit, and a passion to connect more deeply with their global friends. Our award-winning language-learning system is powered by proven methodologies and world-class learning content. Available on mobile, tablet, and web-based platforms, our software is designed to establish retention and rapidly build conversation skills through smart, adaptive technology.

Mango Languages is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected category. All employment decisions are made solely on the merit and capability of an individual applicant.

LCL has a podcast!!!

Linguistics Careercast is the podcast devoted to exploring careers for linguists outside academia. We feature interviews with linguists in industry at all stages of their careers: recently graduated, mid-career, and some with 30+ years of industry experience. These career linguists represent tech, marketing, UX, research, data analysis, translation, speech pathology, content creation, and much more.

Additionally, we’ll host audio content from the Linguistics Career Launch, held in the summer of 2021. These audio tracks are taken from our YouTube videos.

Linguistics Career Launch 2021 was a one-month intensive program intended to familiarize linguistics students and faculty with career options beyond academia (in business, tech, government, and non-profit organizations). Videos of all our recorded sessions are available on our YouTube channel. LCL was organized by Nancy Frishberg, Alexandra Johnston, Emily Pace, Susan Steele, Laurel Sutton. You can get in touch at

The music is Neptunea by Scanglobe and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Podcast production by Gregory Gray at Tuatara Design.

Stories about career collisions

I recently heard one of the best career stories I have heard in a very long time on the Story Collider podcast. It’s a real stellar collision – so many of Larissa Zhou’s interests and training and expertise and character come together in her story – which inspired me to reach out to our community.

Let’s hear your stories of cosmic connections.

Click here to listen to Larissa’s story (and a story from a dear storytelling friend of mine from D.C. Adam Ruben).

In Larissa’s case, her career spark came watching the movie Armageddon as a kid when she just knew that she wanted to pursue a career as an astronaut (she says in her story that every kid felt the same way, but I am here to say: “not everyone!!!”) So, she begins her studies as a physicist with a minor in Social Anthropology, but it didn’t feel quite right. She had always had a passion for cooking, and found an intersection of food and science working as a food scientist for seven years, during which time she spent her free time rock climbing. When she started hearing about NASA and Space X’s plans to have people in space for longer and longer periods of time, she thought about the freeze-dried meals she would eat when she was backpacking, and she thought:

“Do they expect people to eat freeze‑dried meals for five years straight? And if not, what other new technologies can we invent that makes food tastier but still fits within the extreme requirements of space flight?”

The rest of her story is about how she made a pot that would boil rigatoni in space, despite everyone telling her that it couldn’t be done (you should hear the audience burst into spontaneous applause when she talks about getting funded directly by NASA, despite her professor telling her they wouldn’t be interested). I love the way she tells the story, including how food science departments tell her that they can’t help her because they don’t have the aerospace engineering skills and how aerospace engineering departments didn’t have the food skills to support her. She found support in a mechanical engineering program, and you can just see how she brings to them the perfect embodiment of an intersection of skills, interests, passions, vision, and determination to see things through.

Read more about Larissa

What are the stellar collisions in your career story?  

What problems are you being called to solve?

What constellation of gifts do you bring?

We want to hear these stories!

We want to help you create them!!

job: Assistant Director, Language Services


Job Locations US-OR-Portland | US Requisition ID 2022-16863 Position Category Management/Supervisory Position Type Regular Full-Time Job Type Unclassified Administrative Department Language Services Salary Range Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity FTE 1.00 Schedule Monday-Friday. Telecommuting when there is not a need to be on campus. Hours 8:00am – 5:00pm with flexibility of working hours required, including evenings and weekends. HR Mission Healthcare Drug Testable No

Department Overview

This position provides leadership, strategic direction and financial oversight of the Language Services department, and is responsible for planning, developing, and leading a centralized team of language services supervisors, interpreters, translators, and administrative staff who are responsible for the oversight and implementation of the language services provided at OHSU. The manager provides institutional perspective and insight to support the system-level alignment of a variety of initiatives. They have accountability and oversight of system-wide contracts with external vendors. The position demands a high level of focus on data interpretation, compliance, continued systems improvement, and program implementation.

Function/Duties of Position

Operations & Strategy:

  • Serves as a subject matter expert on the operational aspects of language access across OHSU
  • Provides centralized operations support for service delivery system-wide, including system standardization of vendor selection, scheduling, performance tracking/ productivity, user systems administration, analytics, expense tracking, management reporting, and statistical analysis
  • Consults with leaders on barriers to language access and drives meaningful improvement at the individual, departmental, and system level to achieve appropriate access to resources
  • Fosters relationships with stakeholders and partners (internal and external) and collaborates with OHSU members to ensure best-in-class language services that meet the diverse needs of those we serve
  • Maintains a high standard of customer service; ensuring the department responds quickly to internal and external issues, works with colleagues to address system-wide breakdowns, and proactively collaborates to resolve issues impacting the quality of services
  • Responsible for researching and vetting new technology and equipment needed to meet the growing needs
  • Identify industry trends, new technology, certifications, and/or modifications needed to enhance programmatic and service offerings
  • Provides leadership and guidance for the various programs supported by the department supervisors and staff
  • Collaborates with the interpreter and written translation supervisors in collecting observational data, and conducting quality reviews and audits of internal staff and vendors
  • Develops and manages vendor relationships, ensuring effective long-term partnerships with a focus on providing equitable access to resources for populations with limited English proficiency
  • Collaborates with other organizations to stay current on best practices and knowledge share on providing equitable and inclusive access to language services

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Monitors and complies with the budget, including preparation of monthly reports, and providing explanations for any variances
  • Oversees invoicing from vendors to ensure transactions are completed correctly and timely
  • Reviews financial reports to ensure expenditures and receivables are captured according to fiscal policies and OHSU guidelines
  • Works closely with the Contract Specialist to prepare and modify contracts with language vendors and other outside providers of interpretation and written translation services (continuously monitoring for compliance)
  •  In collaboration with the Contract Specialist manages the RFP process for vendors, as required

HR Management

  • Provides direct management of Language Services interpreter and written translation supervisors, program manager, and project coordinator
  • Assists in the recruiting, hiring, orientation, and on-boarding of new employees
  • Creates and maintains training plan for the onboarding process, and ongoing staff development
  • Develops strategies to maintain workforce wellness in alignment with institutional initiatives, focusing on team dynamics and individual support in relation to all aspects of the work environment 
  • Develop strategies and initiatives to mitigate turnover, retain the best staff members and recruit top talent
  • Engages staff in improvement work and provides opportunities for professional development
  • Provides direct supervision, performance management, and mentorship through 1:1s, informational interviews, shadowing, coaching, and corrective action with an emphasis on the Health Care Interpreter and Translator Code of Ethics
  • Remains current on HR processes and procedures and maintains a good relationship with HR business partner
  • Facilitates communication with staff and provides timely information and updates via appropriate channels

Quality Assurance

  • Reviews, edits, and develops policies and procedures as appropriate to ensure OHSU is in compliance with DNV and other regulatory agencies
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of applicable standards, rules, regulations, and laws at OHSU, the community, state, and federal levels in regard to translation and interpretive services
  • Maintains regulatory and compliance reporting, and responds with appropriate action plans as needed
  • Ensures employees and vendors adhere to mandatory occupational health and education/certification requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of  progressive management experience
  • Demonstrated experience with language services, understanding of the interpreting process and knowledge of linguistic principals as it applies to interpreting and translation
  • Demonstrated experience in cultural competency and humility, working with diverse populations (patients, students, employees, community members at large)
  • Fluent bilingual proficiency in English and another spoken or signed language
  • Exhibits a friendly and outgoing demeanor
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage and perform multiple tasks under conditions of fluctuating workloads, competing priorities, and changing deadlines
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak in large groups
  • Demonstrated experience in cultivating and fostering working relationships and partnerships internally and externally
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong training and facilitation skills
  • Ability to coach individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Applicable training, policies, procedures, and agreements related to the position, department, or OHSU as a whole
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • 7 years of managing direct reports
  • Experience in the healthcare, higher education, or research setting
  • Experience in data analytics
  • Formal experience in training and coaching
  • Experience with EPIC or other patient information software
  • Knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation
  • Experience in vendor relationship management
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Experience in project management
  • Holding national certification and be in good standing and from either the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI);
  • Qualification or certification through the Oregon Health Care Interpreter Program under Oregon Health Authority

Additional Details


All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

job: Individual Donor Manager

Position Title: Individual Donor Manager

Position Title: Individual Donor Manager
Position Level: Manager
Location / Country: Remote – Based in the United States or Canada
Department: Development
Reports to: Senior Development Manager
Schedule Type: Full-Time, 40 Hour/Week


Cultural Survival is an Indigenous-led NGO and U.S. registered non-profit that advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures, and political resilience since 1972. For 50 years, Cultural Survival has partnered with Indigenous communities to advance Indigenous Peoples’ rights and cultures worldwide. The core of our efforts rest on the principles of supporting, amplifying efforts and raising awareness of self-determination for Indigenous communities. Cultural Survival has curated a robust network of partnerships with Indigenous communities spanning over 70 countries on 6 continents. Our work is predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).


The Individual Donor Manager is an essential member of the Development Department and will uphold the following responsibilities: develop, implement, and manage the organization’s individual giving strategies including planned giving; cultivate, steward, and manage relationships with existing and prospective donors; identify, solicit, and secure gifts from new and prospective individual donors; and be a lead contributor in developing appeal and fundraising content and messaging. 


Full-time exempt (40 hrs./week), fully remote position with at least 15-20% travel time. United States or Canada.


Fluent in English and proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not required. Proficiency in an Indigenous language is also preferred, but not required.


The Individual Donor Manager is responsible for providing active leadership in the identification, solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of all tiers of individual donors and major gift prospects.

Essential responsibilities include, and are not limited to:

  • Update, develop, implement, and evaluate the organization’s individual donor strategies.
  • Manage and execute all individual giving efforts, including member and annual appeal direct mail, email appeals, social media campaigns, online giving, holiday cards, personal solicitations, etc.
  • Conduct prospect research and manage a portfolio for all tiers of individual donors and major gift prospects.
  • Steward relationships and communicate directly with individual donors to maintain and increase their support.
  • Plan, oversee and execute fundraising events and individual donor engagement opportunities.
  • Provide leadership in the production of advancement communications and fundraising materials such as annual reports, program fact sheets, donor surveys and assessments, appeal letters, and gift acknowledgements.
  • Support the Executive Director, Development team, and Board members in their individual major gift solicitations.
  • Track and document major gift prospecting, fundraising, and commitment activity, including monitoring retention rates and developing tracking reports as needed using the organization’s donor database (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Contribute to the organizational budget planning.


  • Contribute to the creation of content for Cultural Survival’s communications, including the website, social and multimedia, print materials, annual reports, and other marketing materials.
  • Produce reports and other materials for management and the Board of Directors.
  • Develop and author articles on an as needed and requested basis.
  • Attend and participate in team, organization-wide and other external meetings in representation of Cultural Survival.
  • Act in the best interest of the organization, reflecting CS values with an emphasis on teamwork, trust, collaboration, equity, humility, accountability, solidarity, and mutual respect.
  • Perform other duties as needed or directed.


For the Individual Donor Manager position, we are looking for an experienced, self-starter, driven and organized individual with successful experience managing a portfolio of individual donors and prospects.

Our ideal candidate has a wealth of experience working and collaborating with Indigenous Peoples in various contexts and will be sensitive to issues of representation and decolonization. They will embrace Cultural Survival’s mission, vision, and core values, and are committed to supporting and effectively communicating Indigenous Peoples’ inherent rights, dynamic cultures, spiritual traditions, and artistic expressions.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in cultivating, stewarding, and managing relationships with existing and prospective donors as well as identifying, soliciting, and securing majors gifts.
  • A proven track record of securing large financial gifts, including gifts of six figures or more.
  • Proven track record of building and maintaining relationships with donors, including high net worth individuals.
  • Experience working with and reporting to a Board of Directors.
  • Experience with utilizing, organizing, and managing a donor database system; experience with Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
  • Experience in developing fundraising language and communications to solicit donors.
  • Experience with event planning, specifically fundraising events.
  • Holds knowledge of the existing trends, tools and strategies that are applied in prospecting, soliciting, and securing gifts.
  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal in English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across distinct cultures and contexts.
  • Superb reading, writing and analytical skills.
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Team player with effective time-management skills.
  • Demonstrated success in developing a workplan and meeting deadlines.
  • Deep understanding of Indigenous issues and respect for Indigenous rights and human rights.
  • Capable of sharing feedback in a culturally sensitive and constructive manner.
  • Able to work independently, under limited supervision and able to present ideas to help the organization achieve its goals.
  • Access to a home office-based setting with consistent and reliable internet.
  • Preferred but not required:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional and/or lived experience.
    • Fluency in Spanish and/or Indigenous language(s)
    • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples, and ideally with Indigenous women, youth, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.
    • Experience working in a human rights and/or advocacy organization.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with other local nonprofits.
  • 100% fully remote position
  • 15 paid vacation days, 14 Paid Holidays, 12 Sick days, and 3 Personal days annually
  • Healthcare and Retirement benefits
  • Parental Leave
  • Family Leave
  • Excellent work environment, meaningful work, and career advancement opportunities


Cultural Survival’s competitive compensation offer is adjusted by the cost of living in the applicant country of residence. We have five position levels: Assistant, Associate, Coordinator, Manager, and Director.

We are a global organization. To provide a reference point on our compensation model, we are listing below the  yearly salary range of a Manager level position based in different countries:

  • USA – USD$67,000 to USD$76,000
  • Canada – USD$60,000 to USD$65,000
  • Panama – USD$24,000 to USD$27,000
  • South Africa – USD$27,000 to USD$30,000
  • Guatemala – USD$25,000 to USD$30,000
  • Nepal – USD$12,000 to USD$14,000
  • Mexico – USD$22,000 to USD$26,000
  • Nicaragua – USD$15,000 to USD$18,000


To be considered for this position, applicants must submit their application through the following link: 

Apply Now!

Application must contain the following:

  1. Cover letter: Detailing your interest in this position and how you specifically meet the qualifications required.
  2. Resume

Position open until filled.

Cultural Survival is an equal opportunity employer. We are a very diverse team that represents an array of cultures and ways of understanding the world in line with our organizational values of Equity, Solidarity, Respect, and Interculturalism. We welcome a team that brings diversity of nations, geography, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, language, religion, spirituality, age, experiences, viewpoint, and cosmovision.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to apply, please send an email to  

Review of Employing Linguistics on Linguist List!

Book announced at

AUTHOR: Anna Marie Trester
TITLE: Employing Linguistics
SUBTITLE: Thinking and Talking About Careers for Linguists
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
YEAR: 2022

REVIEWER: Jenni Maria Räikkönen, Tampere University


If you are scanning through job advertisements for a linguist in the hope that you might find something interesting for you, you might be discouraged by what you find. If one’s dream does not involve staying in academia after graduating with an MA or a PhD in linguistics, the alternative is usually to find a job either as a teacher or as a translator. However, as we can learn from the book “Employing Linguistics: Thinking and Talking about Careers for Linguists” by Anna Marie Trester (who is also the author of “Bringing Linguistics to Work”, 2017), there actually are more opportunities for us. We just need to expand our horizons to find them.

The book is built around career stories of people that are either trained as linguists or work like linguists. There are almost 40 stories from people working in different sectors (plus a few stories from the author herself), and the stories focus on what these people are doing now and how they employ their linguistic ways of thinking in their day-to-day work. At the end of each chapter, there is a “catalyst” for the reader, in which the author encourages the readers to think about their own career stories from different angles.

In the introduction to the book, the author talks about the metaphor that she used as the base for the book: charting the stars. Through this metaphor, she urges the readers to start thinking about their own career paths as stars that eventually form a constellation. At times we can only see one star here and another there, and there are even times when we can see no stars at all. But the stars are there, and little by little, by connecting the bright spots, we can start seeing the complete picture – the constellation.

The author says that the book is for anyone who is interested in a linguistic approach to a career, and she especially targets the book for students who want to know what their future prospects might be and professors who want to help their students (or themselves) in finding their place in the world. The author adds that the book might also be useful for those who wonder what linguistic thinking has to offer for work in different sectors.

In Chapter 1, “Reckoning your own Intentions”, the author shares stories from three linguists in their career-defining moments. In this chapter, the author wants to emphasize that once we have been trained in seeing things through linguistic lenses, we work like linguists, even if we are not working as linguists. The stories come from Charlotte Linde, whose career-defining moment was saying “yes” when she was offered a job at NASA, where she would focus on communication at the cockpit; Samantha Beaver, who had to use her linguistic skills when she had to think about how to present her business idea to attract clients, and how she would introduce herself, a linguist, when only a handful of people know what linguists do; and finally, Anne Charity Hudley, who has been involved in projects focusing on fostering diversity in linguistic sciences and encouraging speaking up for racial justice.

In Chapter 2, “BRIGHTEN while you Work”, the author introduces the acronym BRIGHTEN that stands for Business, Research, Innovation, Government, Healthcare (Communication), Technology, Education and Nonprofit World. These are the major sectors in which the ten people whose stories are shared in this chapter – all of whom are the author’s former students – work. The stories focus on where they work, how they have use their linguistic training in their work, and how they and their employer have benefitted from their training.

Chapter 3, “How Linguists BRIGHTEN”, focuses on stories from four linguists working in the research sector, mostly as user researchers. However, the chapter begins with a look at a professional portfolio of a user researcher and then introduces the method the author calls “D.I.E”, short for Describe, Interpret and Evaluate. This method, according to the author, helps us better understand our own meaning-making processes, as we should first describe what we see, then make an interpretation of it and only after that evaluate the situation. The problem is that we often jump over the description phase and go straight to interpretation or even evaluation, in which case we will not properly understand why things or people work the way they do.

In Chapter 4, “Decide to BRIGHTEN Here and Now”, there are stories from people who are involved in social justice work, and they talk about how linguistics is a factor in their day-to-day work. The author urges the readers to think about what we could do as linguists (or working like linguists) that would matter to us and make a difference. She says that helping others is always a good place to start, and we should think about how linguistics could help us in making the world a better place.

Chapter 5, “BRIGHTEN around the World”, includes stories from linguists working in different sectors (second language testing, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, activism and advocacy). The connecting factor is that they have all worked outside the United States.

In Chapter 6, “Navigating your Career with WHY”, the stories focus on the question of WHY people do what they do the way they do. There are stories from six people (plus one from the author) working in different sectors, and they talk about why they have decided to work in that specific field and why they think knowledge of linguistics is useful in their workplace.

In the Conclusion, the author goes back to some of the stories and reflects on how the stories have affected the way she thinks about her own career. There is also one remaining story from Jeremy Rud, and that story further emphasizes the idea that language is an important factor everywhere, and that the linguistic skill set is useful in many sectors. At the end of the conclusion, the author brings up questions to which I, too, have wanted to hear answers: in a job interview, should I mention that I have a PhD or not? Should I say that I am a linguist? The author shares her advice: try calling yourself a linguist or try not doing so and “listen to the response”. We cannot escape the fact that some people do have misconceptions about what linguists do and are capable of, and they may also have their own views about people that have a PhD. It is a cold fact that we cannot change people’s attitudes and preconceptions all at once, but we can start, if we want to. Recognize that you have choices in this situation.


Anna Marie Tester has written the book that many linguists have been waiting for: the one that explains what we can do and what opportunities there are for people who are trained as linguists. We might at times be a bit skeptical about our own usefulness outside academia, but as the stories in this book show, linguists have acquired skills that are wanted and needed in many sectors and in many different types of workplaces. This gives hope for many linguists struggling to find their place in the world and helps the readers to get the mindset that there are plenty of opportunities. The tone of the book is positive, encouraging and optimistic, and for that reason, the book is a valuable resource.

The language, as is pointed out by the author herself in the Conclusion, is very informal. This gave the book a certain flow and made it very easy to read. Furthermore, the stories that the author has chosen, and the way she has written them, suck the reader in and made it difficult to stop reading.

Even though I understand that the book is not meant as a career coach, per se, but more as an inspiration, I expected there to be more discussion on how to land a job and more practical tips on how to convince employers of the varied skills that linguists have. Some stories touch upon that topic, but only very briefly. Also, the career paths described in the stories sound very smooth and easy (even though I am sure they have been anything but). For the readers that have struggled to find a job and have turned to this book for advice, I would have wanted there to be more tips on how to survive setbacks and even failures. As many of us know, job hunting is more than just finding one’s passion.

Furthermore, as the author herself points out, almost all the people whose stories are shared in the book work in the US. Even though, Chapter 5 exclusively focuses on people that have worked internationally, perhaps more stories from people working in other countries – or at least discussion on how other countries might differ from the US in this regard – would have been welcome.

For me, the best thing about the book was the inspiration that I got from the stories. I often found myself googling the job titles mentioned in the book, many of which were completely new to me or at least I had not realized that linguistic training could be useful in those contexts. Finding more information about them gave me many eureka moments: there actually are people that do this, and I could be one of them. So, again another job title to add to my list of opportunities to explore further when the time comes!

While reading the book, it became clear why the author had chosen “Employing linguistics” as the title instead of “Employing linguists”; the main point in the book is that even though we are not working as linguists, we can work like linguists, employing linguistic ways of thinking in our work. And this, as the stories of the book show, can have many benefits to the employer as well to society at large.

The book does what it is intended for: it helps the readers in finding their “bright spots”, i.e., to have a clearer picture of what they are interested in, and eventually form a constellation that guides them towards their dream job. The varied stories certainly have something for every reader, and after reading them, the readers probably start seeing more opportunities and more places in which they could make use of their knowledge of linguistics.


Trester, Anna Marie. 2017. Bringing Linguistics to Work: A Story Listening, Story Finding, and Story Telling Approach to Your Career. Lulu Publishing Services.


Jenni Räikkönen, MA, is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Finland. Her research interests include critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. Her research has mainly focused on analyzing political and media discourses. She writes a blog (in Finnish) targeted at other early-career researchers, sharing tips on how to survive in the academic world.

Associate Director – PHutures

About the job

Job Req ID: 94158

Associate Director PHutures

Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows. Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, the university has announced the creation of three new departments and several new initiatives and a mission that will ensure that every student and postdoctoral fellow will have the ability to pursue life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital.

We are seeking an Associate Director of PHutures who report to the Executive Director of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Design and will help develop a vision, strategy, and plan for enhancing the professional development, life design, alumni connections, employer engagement, and career and mentoring opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at Johns Hopkins University, with special attention to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

  • The Associate Director will work collaboratively to develop programs, courses, events, content, and resources that enhance access to career education, experiences, and opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, particularly at the Homewood schools.
  • The Associate Director will work independently on projects and set their own deadlines and priorities, but can expect to meet regularly with the Executive Director to assess and evaluate priorities and set goals.

This position focuses on serving the unique needs of the doctoral and postdoctoral population by creating a cultural shift away from the transactional aspects of career services to taking a transformational approach focused on strategic planning, scalability, and equitable access to resources. To be successful, the Associate Director will achieve strong engagement and outcomes in the following areas: life design programming and education, experiential learning, employer engagement, alumni connections, and data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Strategy & Leadership

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director on a multi-year strategy for the development of the PHutures office, including but not limited to leading the fellows program within the office and overseeing core career education initiatives & curriculums.

Career Education

  • Research, design, and implement existing and emerging curricular opportunities that develop core competencies, establish career readiness, introduce career pathways, and provide career experiences for enrolled doctoral students.
  • Utilize innovative pedagogical techniques in curriculum design, classroom learning, and learning technologies to facilitate teaching and learning experiences.
  • Teach career education sessions on a variety of topics (e.g., resume and LinkedIn profile development, interviewing, and business writing.

Career Advising

  • While the emphasis is on scalability and access to resources, offer group and individual consultations for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows on identifying career paths, for example, developing a job search strategy, and effectively completing the employment application process.

Program Development

  • Collaborate with PHutures colleagues to spearhead new and innovative programmatic initiatives that develop professionally relevant skill sets for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Program Management

  • Oversee existing programs and opportunities that support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, including the annual “Empower Your Pitch competition” while providing opportunities for recognition across the JHU community, especially the Career Impact Award.

Stakeholder Cultivation

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including students, faculty members, staff members in student-serving offices, alumni, and professionals with doctorates in support of mutually beneficial goals and initiatives on behalf of the student and postdoc community.
  • Key stakeholders include, but are not limited to, academic departments, academic advising, life design lab, Hopkins Connect, Hire Hopkins, Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO), alumni relations, and International services.

Research & Thought Leadership

  • Research and compose internally- and externally-facing reports and essays that advance the conversation on doctoral and postdoctoral career development and support.

Data Analysis & Assessment

  • Develop and implement assessment plans for initiatives; identify relevant metrics and gather and analyze data accordingly.
  • Iterate on programming according to data-driven outcomes.

Web Development & Design

  • In collaboration with student staff members, oversee the development of a new and expanded PHutures web presence; streamline information and graphics into relevant web pages, write web copy, and identify and integrate appropriate web widgets.

Finance & Administration

  • Oversee and administer financial procedures for office, including budget development and analysis, corporate card management and reconciliation, and coordinating with relevant units to make purchase orders, disburse honoraria, and pay speaker fees.


  • Help promote PHutures events and resources to internal and external stakeholders through regular copywriting and ensuring high quality graphic design of advertising visuals; engage in social media, digital outlets, academic and professional journals, and professional associations to establish an exciting brand and tell the story.

Career Development Projects

  • Market and moderate regular professional development events on an ad-hoc/as-needed basis.


  • Design and implement other projects and tasks relevant to office needs and that support stakeholders on an as-needed basis.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements. Our educators work within multiple offices and spaces on campus.
  • Rather than assigning office or desk spaces to our teams, we have modernized our approach and assigned laptops and cell phones and expect that our teams can work from anywhere for the purpose of scaling our impact across the institution.
  • In this role, candidates can expect to work in a hybrid environment. For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent skills in relationship development and engaging audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets such as Podcasts, YouTube, and LinkedIn & Twitter.
  • The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading programs and interventions with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once in a highly decentralized institution.
  • Our new vision is focused on scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model. For this transformation to work, traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions.
  • Educators who thrive as counselors, advisors, and coaches and do not enjoy the intense focus on scalability and metrics may not be the best fit for this organization.
  • The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brands, scale impact, and influence public opinion.
  • The ideal candidate is equity-driven and understands that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts are not boxes to check but rather interwoven into the fabric of our work within the institution.
  • The ideal candidate loves to experiment and is not afraid of big ideas or failure.
  • Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.
  • Candidates who are not comfortable managing different priorities and at the same time may not be a good fit for this organization
  • The ideal candidate for this position will hold a terminal degree and have experience working with terminal-degree students and postdoctoral fellows.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory)

  • Master’s Degree required.
  • Three (3) years recent direct experience within a higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.
  • Five (5) years preferred.
  • Additional experience may substitute for education.
  • The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, knowledge of highly selective college or university settings and has familiarity with operations of the world of work and university networks.
  • Strong multicultural competency; experience and working knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
  • Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD preferred.
  • Experience in higher education from a research driven institution, including experience in building professional development and experiential learning programs that reach large audiences.
  • Experience managing multiple priorities at once and comfortable working with quick deadlines & priorities.
  • Experience in collaborating with various stakeholders to drive Diversity and Inclusion results.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • By way of experience evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
  • By way of experience, evidence of ability to engage, teach, and energize various constituent groups.
  • Ability to translate doctoral and postdoctoral experiences to employment as evidenced by prior experience in either a government, non-profit, education, or private sector setting.
  • Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, and marshaling professional networks with faculty, senior administrators, employers and alumni.
  • Experience in developing and implementing effective assessment methods and articulating strategic priorities.
  • Ability to demonstrate capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive campus and community culture. Manage change in a highly decentralized institution.
  • Be empathetic and exhibit kindness as a core value while creating and establishing connections with and for students and postdocs, including in interaction with campus partners.
  • Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats. Analyze information and situations and make independent judgments and decisions.
  • Proven leadership skills as demonstrated by active role in higher education, student organizations, committees or volunteer experience.
  • Sees value in effectively and creatively utilizing social media and digital applications such as Podcasts, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn & TikTok to increase engagement and create a visible brand.
  • Set priorities in a complex environment and work effectively under pressure while representing the institution’s perspective to external entities.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and manage a learning program based with intentionality and measurements for success.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, facilitate and lead workshops, meetings, and training experiences.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to utilize data visualization tools effectively.
  • Knowledge of Power BI, Tableau, R, and Python is a bonus.

Classified Title: Sr. IL & LD Officer

Working Title: Associate Director of PHutures

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: Homewood Campus

Department name: Integrative Learning and Life Design

Personnel area: University Student Services

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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job: NLP and/or Machine Learning expert – Mango languages

Mango Languages is an industry leader in providing engaging language-learning experiences to millions of users around the globe. Available on mobile, tablet, and web-based platforms, our software uses real-world conversations (in 74 languages and counting!) and cultural insights to share world languages with public library patrons, students, corporate employees, government officials, and learners of all ages.

Are you an experienced Machine Learning and/or NLP Engineer looking for an exciting new opportunity? Mango is looking for an expert in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and AI/Deep Learning to assist in the development of our language learning technology. 

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about applying their expertise to solve interesting problems and drive new improvements to our language learning products. Your work will directly shape the future of our products, and the future of language learning for our users all over the globe!

You will be part of a core team of product managers, engineers, and linguists working within a fast-growing organization on a mission to create the most effective, engaging and robust language learning software in the world.

If you are a programming expert with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and a love of language, we want to hear from you!

Job Responsibilities

  • Training a neural machine translation model
  • Developing a bilingual dictionary
  • Automating in-house processes
  • Using AI to create content faster while maintaining the integrity and pedagogical standards of the product
  • Creating and training text-to-speech and speech-to-text models
  • Multilingual textual analysis; including morphological analysis, syntactic analysis, lemmatization
  • Developing automatic speech recognition
  • Finding and making use of the right parallel corpora to train translation engines
  • Playing a mentor/educator role to help others on technical and theoretical aspects and best practices to bring Deep Learning and NLP to the organization
  • Other duties and new projects as assigned, including a willingness to participate in cross-functional projects.

Job Requirements

  • Degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, or a combination of a related field and equivalent practical experience
  • 5+ Years Experience in software engineering and coding with Python
  • Advanced Experience in Natural Language Processing (NLP) 
  • Experience collaborating with fellow engineers, product owners, and other stakeholders to apply NLP approaches in a way that makes a positive impact to our users
  • Familiarity with experimental design, research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Familiarity with spaCy, Transformer Neural Networks, Tensorflow and/or Keras and/or PyTorch, Huggingface, BERT, FastAI, OpenAI/GPT-3 
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills in a technical context
  • Strong problem solving, conceptual thinking, and communication skills
  • Experience developing content and curriculum for language learning software
  • Fluency in more than one language

Mango was founded to empower deeper human connections through language. We believe that language is an adventure; a journey to be embarked on by those of a bold and curious spirit, and a passion to connect more deeply with their global friends. Our award-winning language-learning system is powered by proven methodologies and world-class learning content. Available on mobile, tablet, and web-based platforms, our software is designed to establish retention and rapidly build conversation skills through smart, adaptive technology.

Mango Languages is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected category. All employment decisions are made solely on the merit and capability of an individual applicant.