A linguist’s superpowers

As part of the Employing Linguistics August Webinar Series,

join us for a conversation about superpowers – the things that you just do without thinking, without being asked. Often you yourself don’t even recognize them because they have become such an ingrained part of how you work. You typically only recognize your superpowers through feedback from others, which is why the career linguist community is about creating the time, space, and trust for these to be shared.

When it comes to communicating with potential employers and collaborators, knowing your superpowers will be essential because they inform how you frame and solve problems, the questions you pose, and the solutions that you see. In short, they shape how you work.

This week, we will be joined by a group of past Campers who will share their own superpowers and reflections on the concept.

Friday, Aug 21st 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT

Registration Link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CfqcUG2zQ7iIjOy17CCa0w

job: Instruction and Social Service – La Guardia Comm Coll (remote)


LaGuardia TechHire is a workforce development technology training initiative that is funded by a 4.5 year $3.9 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, housed within LaGuardia Community College’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education, Workforce Development Department. Through the TechHire program, we offer training in web development, IT/Networking and data analytics, all at no cost to participants. As we move into completing our grant’s final months (grant end date is Dec. 31, 2020), we are seeking a full-time, temporary Lead Instructor – Web Development to provide educational support and instruction for our students as they learn full-stack web development with the goal of obtaining employment in this field. 

The Lead Instructor will work closely with our partners General Assembly and Software Guild to ensure students have a smooth transition between the different training components of the TechHire program, as well as with TechHire staff to ensure that participants are supported and that program data is being collected in an effective manner. We are looking for someone who is an active member of the tech community and can help connect our students to exciting events and networking opportunities. Our #1 goal is to get students into jobs, so the ideal candidate will have a good sense of what employers are looking for from a technical perspective, and can design and lead workshops that complement students’ skills and help them become interview- and job-ready. 

This position requires someone with energy, creativity, patience and compassion, dedicated not just to supporting TechHire students’ learning so they can connect with successful careers, but is ultimately committed to improving diversity in this field, as our students come from nontraditional backgrounds which are typically underrepresented in the tech industry.

Other Duties

  • Develop curriculum and deliver instruction to students in the TechHire program; plan and teach technical sections of return week following the completion of partner training; lead helper sessions (study hall, refresher, etc.).
  • Design and lead regular workshops to support students employment readiness from a technical perspective (e.g. whiteboarding, coding challenges, working with data structures and algorithms; designing with content management systems; Agile/SCRUM).
  • Provide tutoring sessions and materials for students who need extra support.
  • Find and share opportunities for students to connect with the larger tech community, including meetups, hackathons, conferences, workshops and other tech sector events.
  • Help to monitor and report on student progress and outcome.
  • Update students on pertinent program news relevant to schedule, protocol, staff availability, etc.
  • Complete regular check-ins (group/individual) with students to support progress toward completion and employment.
  • Work closely with TechHire staff and training partners to collect and track students’ information and to monitor their progress throughout the program and once they’ve entered employment.
  • Participate in regular meetings with team members and partner training providers to discuss students’ academic progress and to identify areas of extra support needed.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Location: Remote.
  • Full-time preferred, part-time is also a possibility.
  • Salary: $4,100-$5,000 monthly, for approx. four months (equivalent to an annual salary of about $50-60K).
  • Start date: ASAP; End date: December 31, 2020 (grant end date).


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.
  • Our Software Guild students are learning Java, Spring, and SQL. Our General Assembly students are learning Javascript, Node, Express, MongoDB, Ruby on Rails and Python. You should be comfortable providing educational support and instruction in the languages, libraries and frameworks, as well as with data structures and algorithms, object-oriented programming, aspect-oriented programming, and some aspects of organizing the code and keeping it modular. You should also have familiarity with front end frameworks (e.g., React, Vue, Angular).
  • Experience in teaching or leading teams in the tech field with a high level of understanding of programming principles.
  • Experience working with young adult learners (aged 17-29) is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to convey programming concepts to students who come to the program with varied educational backgrounds.
  • Strong desire to work with a diverse population of young adults to enable them to move into careers in the NYC tech community.

job: Creative Reaction Lab – Learning Engagement Coordinator


Creative Reaction Lab is searching for a Learning Engagement Coordinator that would thrive in a team-centered, co-creation culture for racial and health equity that centers Black and Latinx youth. The Learning Engagement Coordinator will lead coordination of Creative Reaction Lab’s institutional programming through sales and customer engagement, facilitating workshops, and managing the upcoming online learning platform.

Current Learning & Education programming includes:

  • Leaders for Community Action and Equity workshops
  • Redesigners in Action Webinar Series
  • Equity by Design Immersive Series

and in collaboration with the Programs department:

  • Seeds of Power Fellowship Program
  • Redesigning Education For Racial Equity & Social Healing (REFRESH)


Learning and Education (L&E) Programs

  • Co-design and facilitate community and client workshops, webinars, local and national public engagements, events, outreach efforts, etc.
  • Co-create, launch, and manage Redesigners for Justice online learning platform and curriculum.
  • Support training/coaching of REFRESH cohort and Seeds of Power Fellows.
  • Oversee L&E program logistics, such as securing venues and speakers, scheduling facilitators, food, attendance tracking, tech for virtual engagements, media capture, and A/V needs.
  • Keep Creative Reaction Lab’s executive team up-to-date on L&E progress.
  • Support day-to-day supervision and growth of L&E Associates (interns).
  • Ensure compliance with insurance, legal, health, and safety obligations.
  • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems before, during, and after L&E programs and services.

Sales and Communications

  • Coordinate sales and support development for clientele including initial calls, agenda development, email communication, etc.
  • Manage administration and operation of L&E programming, including scopes of work (SOW) and legal agreements, media releases, research data agreements and collection, and expense reporting.
  • Support the design, development, production, and sales of Equity-Centered Community Design tools, such as the Field Guide and Resource Guide.
  • Assist with recruitment, communication and management of community and corporate partnerships, with a particular focus on converting leads and developing pipeline opportunities for youth program alumni.
  • Maintain an up-to-date and effective client relationship management system.
  • Oversee sales reporting to determine revenue projection, inform budget, and set goals for client recruitment and conversion.


  • Support iterative evaluation strategy for L&E programs.
  • Develop and regularly assess KPIs and milestones of L&E-involved programs.
  • Coordinate data entry of all L&E program evaluations.
  • Support continuous improvement and quality monitoring of L&E programming.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and/or 1-2 years of related experience in training and facilitation.
  • At least one year of supervisory experience preferred (non-traditional settings acceptable).
  • Experience in online curriculum/training development and sales + client relationship management a plus.
  • Experience facilitating workshops, training, and/or programs for diverse audiences.
  • Strong oral, written, public speaking, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and planning skills.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from partners, Learning and Education team, and the general public.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently and within a team. 
  • Ability to give and receive direct feedback.
  • Ability and willingness to continuously and critically examine one’s relationship to power, privilege, oppression, history, and healing.
  • Experience using Google Suite products (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) and Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel.)
  • Experience with any of the following products and platforms a plus: Basecamp, Mighty Networks, Airtable, Copper (CRM), Adobe Creative Suite, SurveyMonkey, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Preferred Personal Qualities

  • Strong adaptability to changing directions, embraces growth mindset.
  • Ability to work positively and effectively as a part of a group and values power-shifting.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Commitment to promoting racial and health equity, youth development, and continuous improvement.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong enjoyment of a fast-paced and continuously evolving environment.
  • Willingness to support other team members to achieve organizational goals.
  • Experience with, and/or interest in, creative problem solving methodologies and principles including but not limited to Equity-Centered Community Design, Equity Design, Liberatory Design, Design Justice Network principles, Design Thinking, Human-Centered Design, and Inclusive Design. 

Additional Requirements

  • Must have flexible and reliable transportation.
  • Must be willing to travel out of state approximately 20-30% of the time.
  • Must be willing to work some weekend and evening hours.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. 

Creative Reaction Lab is committed to a policy of Equal Employment and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, physical or mental handicap or disability, medical condition, pregnancy, familial status, caregiver status, veteran’s status.

How to Apply

Send the following to Hilary Sedovic, Learning and Education Manager, at hsedovic@creativereactionlab.com (and include Learning Engagement Coordinator in the subject line):

  • Resume and/or LinkedIn profile
  • Cover Letter and/or Video* (max 3 minutes; does not need to be professionally produced – recording from your phone or laptop is sufficient) answering the questions “Why does equity matter to you?” and “What role(s) should adults play in the movement toward equity?”
  • 2-3 references who can speak to your skill set for this role
  • *If you choose to submit a video instead of cover letter, please send a writing sample


Applications will be reviewed immediately with the final deadline of September 4, 2020 if position not filled. 

job: Fall LSA Internship

Applications Due August 16

The LSA is seeking applications for the position of Student Intern as part of our Secretariat staff team for the Fall 2020 semester.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA’s broader agenda to advance the scientific study of language. This internship also provides exposure to the workings of a small non-profit organization based in the nation’s capital. 

Thank you to the many generous donors whose contributions have enabled us to restore the stipend for this internship! 

Read more and apply now

BRIGHTENing Your Career Outlook – Webinar 2 in the Employing Lx Series

BRIGHTEN stands for Business, Research, Innovation, Government, Healthcare Communications, Technology, Education, and Non-profits.

This acronym has been derived from the three dozen stories I have collected (so far) for Employing Linguistics. It’s designed to expand thinking about the worlds of work that need linguists and illuminate some broad themes: change, range and fluidity.

Special Guests:

Anthony Koth finished his PhD in 2019 examining the 2016 election through a semantic and cognitive linguistic lens. After a long job hunt he was able to trade academia and politics for tech and taxonomy; and now he helps people get jobs at Indeed by helping structure gobs of data with metadata tags to aid in search engine optimization. But, academia was not so quick to let him go as he had to finish a chapter on Trump’s overarching conceptual metaphor of COMPETITION for the forthcoming volume “Linguistic Inquiries into Donald Trump’s Language” (Schneider and Eitelmann eds.).

Alexandra Johnston is a sociolinguist with 10 years experience in corporate professional development training and nonprofit leadership. As the faculty director of the MA in Language & Communication at Georgetown University, she uses her experience and professional network in the nonprofit, corporate and higher education sectors to connect her students with viable and valuable career opportunities beyond academia.

Register for the webinar here:


Gaining Perspective on Career – Aug Webinar Series

Jen Polk, From PhD to Life

Join Jen in conversation with Anna Marie about how a metaphor for self-reflection like stars / charting constellations can help you gain perspective on your career. 

Jen will share insights from her new University Affairs article “Standout moments from your past can help define your future”

Participants will put these ideas into practice with an activity to connect these bright spots into constellations. In so doing, we will begin some of the very important work of figuring out what you really want from your career, a step which we all too often skip right over.

Friday, August 7th 2020 2pm pdt / 5pm edt

Register in advance for this webinar:

(registration will be capped at 100 attendees)

Employing Linguistics – Aug Webinar Series

With this series, we will explore the ideas Anna Marie has been developing for Employing Linguistics over the past few years. First and foremost, the book has been created to share stories, but different – and different kinds – of stories about how the skills and training of linguistics may be employed. Why? Because the stories that we hear shape our sense of who we are and what we can DO.

Importantly, we will hear about exploration and navigation, from people actively engaged in those processes. And we will do so by reflecting on some of the tools that Anna Marie has found to be useful for holding the space to be curious: a metaphor: charting the stars; the acronym BRIGHTEN (to engage abundance thinking about the worlds of work that need our skills & training), the “superpowers” we linguists bring, and finally, why a story listening approach is so very helpful.

Register to attend:

Friday, August 7th 2020

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Friday, August 28th 2020

Words and Actions podcast

   Artwork for Applying for a job (2): Language and impression management

Our conversation pairs quite nicely with my recent post about resumes as a conversation (note that in the UK, the term “CV” has a different – read: broader – linguistic scope, such that what they are talking about when they talk about “CV” is more aligned with what we would call a “resume” in the US).

With Words and Actions‘ fabulous co-hosts Erica Darics, Veronica Koller, and Bernard DeClerck, I discussed some of the themes I’m exploring in my forthcoming book (provisionally titled) Employing Linguistics including:

  • a new metaphor that I’m using these days to talk about getting your bearings with career navigation, that of finding your “constellation” of stars
  • The idea of “moving your MRE” – a continuation of the idea of “shifting your deictic center” from my last book project, Bringing Linguistics to Work.
  • an exploration of the superpowers we have as linguists.

I’ll be kicking off a webinar series Fridays in August exploring these ideas with friends and collaborators, including some of the people whose stories will feature in Employing Linguistics. Stay tuned for information here on Career Linguist.

…and here’s to what’s next!

job: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specialist – Jopwell


Jopwell is a career advancement platform helping Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals connect with meaningful job opportunities. Jopwell partners with companies of all sizes and across all industries. We work with the world’s leading employers, including, Facebook, Google, Amazon, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Peloton, Pinterest, WeWork, Spotify, the PGA of America, USTA, and many others. The Role & Responsibilities We’re a fast-growing start-up looking for our first DEI Strategist to build out Jopwell’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) advisory business. You will develop and operationalize our advisory model working with C-suite level stakeholders to drive effective DEI strategies at our partner companies. You know how to build DEI policies and programming and take ownership of the process from ideation to execution, from strategy to the smallest details. You are someone who knows how to balance data-driven decision making with a consistent creative vision. You know how to scale an initiative effectively and take ownership over data and success metrics to drive profitability and growth. As a critical team member of Jopwell, you will also inform company-wide and product strategy in relation to DEI methodologies. You have a deep connection to the mission of Jopwell and the goal of advancing opportunities for people of color. You are a builder, life-long learner, and thought leader in the space who can own the dialogue on DEI for Jopwell. As the first member of our diversity, equity, and inclusion advisory business, you will report directly to our Co-founder and CEO and will play a key role in the team and business unit’s development. This role may require extensive travel (expected 30% of the time) and remote onsite work. What You Bring Abilities • Must have a strong perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices with a keen focus on employee retention and engagement. • Must be able to operate in a fast-paced, highly-collaborative environment amongst ambiguity. • Ability to create and form structure from chaos. • Must be a self-starter able to self-motivate and work independently. • Capable of liaising with senior and executive teams, including building and delivering executive-level analysis, memos, and presentations. • Ability to create sustainable and scalable procedures and processes. • Ability to build consensus amongst a variety of stakeholders within a company. • Ability to develop tools to track and measure program results. • Must be an exceptional communicator both in writing and speaking. • Ability to lead meetings and events with confidence. • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently. • Ability to use your extensive knowledge of DEI best practices, research, and data to formulate advice and action plans. • Ability to apply of lessons, patterns, and solutions from previous experiences to new and differing challenges. Skills • Has at least 5+ years of experience working within a DEI team at a reputable brand, consulting firm with DEI practice, or an advanced degree with a focus on DEI. • Has broad experience in DEI strategy with a specific expertise in operationalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion internally. • Has successfully built out policy and programming to engage and retain diverse talent. • Has broad business acumen. • Has built DEI programs from ideation to execution. • Has functional knowledge of and expertise in DEI best practices. • Has strong project management, planning, and organizational skills. • Demonstrates keen attention to detail and accuracy. Learn more about Jopwell: Jopwell is currently a team of 50+ full-time employees based in NYC. We’ve secured $12M in venture funding since our inception in 2015, including investments from Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, Cue Ball Capital, Kapor Capital, Omidyar Network, and Magic Johnson Enterprises. We’ve also been featured extensively by both print and digital publications, including, amongst others Forbes, Inc Magazine, and NBC. Fast Company hailed us as one of the most innovative enterprise companies of 2017 and Entrepreneur included Jopwell on their list of the top 100 brilliant ideas of 2017. Forbes, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn, and Fast Company also distinguished our co-founders as “30 Under 30” award recipients. Jopwell is an equal opportunity employer. Jopwell will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on any basis including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws