CL Mighty Network Open House

CL Mighty Network Open House

Join us to learn all about the CL Mighty

Wednesday, July 31st at noon pdt / 3pm edt

on zoom here:


Experience the benefit of participation in a community of linguists who are all bringing linguistics to their work

Your professional network can be a tremendous source of support, inspiration, and knowledge. Networks help you quickly get plugged in with resources for problem-solving as you tackle unanticipated professional challenges and questions. They are also a powerful mechanism for creating and sharing opportunities.


job: Project Manager, Naming (Oakland, CA)

About Catchword

Founded in 1998, Catchword is the top-ranked naming firm in the world ( With offices in Oakland and New York, we have completed over 1000 projects, and our current clients include Amazon, Intel, GE Healthcare, NBCUniversal, PwC, Juniper, The Home Depot, Stanford Global Health, FoxNext, and many others. Company and product naming are core to what we do, but our capabilities also include naming architecture and strategy, trademark and linguistic screening, and domain-name evaluations and brokering.

About the Project Manager Position

Catchword is looking for a full-time, experienced, and highly motivated Project Manager to join the team in Oakland. In this role, you will manage naming projects, requiring effectiveness and comfort with clients, expertise in naming and branding, and strong presentation and organizational skills. You will also provide second-chair support on larger naming projects and strategy and architecture work—requiring participation in meetings, writing naming briefs, preparing Keynote presentations, and more. Above all, you will jump into the many different things that arise in a leading creative-services agency in a vibrant, fast-paced industry.


Job Responsibilities

  • Managing naming projects of all types
  • Leading client meetings and presentations
  • Coordinating projects internally–e.g., working with the creative team on name lists for client presentations, establishing project timelines, keeping clients and internal team abreast of progress to ensure a smooth process
  • Fielding new business inquiries, responding to RFPs, developing proposals
  • Writing naming briefs and working with clients to finalize
  • Assisting with naming strategies, architectures, and protocols
  • Preparing and presenting using Keynote, in person and via video
  • Conducting preliminary trademark, Google, and domain screens
  • Possibly assisting with creative name development
  • Possibly participating in social media outreach (blogging and tweeting) and contributing to website updates and content generation
  • Keeping up with industry trends in naming, branding, domains, and TM
  • Jumping in and contributing to the many things—not all part of the job description—that arise at a small but vibrant creative agency

Required Qualifications

  • B.A. degree
  • 4+ years of agency experience (naming or branding), including managing projects
  • High degree of comfort interacting with clients and presenting creative work
  • High degree of comfort working in a small office
  • Excellent communication and verbal skills
  • Creative naming experience is a big plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, G Suite, Keynote. Experience with Photoshop and/or Illustrator a plus
  • Willingness to learn trademark basics; ability to use USPTO database a plus
  • Knowledge of foreign languages or linguistics a plus
  • Ability to work independently, proactively, and collaboratively
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and occasionally complete projects under extreme time constraints
  • Limited travel may be required

research jobs: Media Manipulation Initiative (MMI)

Now Hiring: Six New Roles on D&S Media Manipulation Team

Data & Society is pleased to announce that we are now hiring for a cluster of roles to support our Media Manipulation research initiative, which examines how different groups use the participatory culture of the internet to turn the strengths of a free society into vulnerabilities:

  • The Researcher/Ethnographer will conduct a year-long ethnographic research project, located in a field site, that addresses media manipulation.
  • The Researcher, Global Media Manipulation Casebook will manage the “Global Media Manipulation Casebook”; a research platform that historicizes the tools, tactics, and techniques of groups who seek to game sociotechnical systems for profit, politics, or fun.
  • The Researcher, Civil Society Intelligence Unit will manage and facilitate rapid response to disinformation campaigns.
  • The Engagement Lead will spearhead outreach and engagement efforts for MMI, and will be a crucial part of Data & Society efforts to provide news organizations, civil society, platforms, and policymakers with insights into new forms of media manipulation.
  • The Data Engineer will act as a data steward for the team, collecting, organizing, and making useful data sets from various platforms that we use every day to conduct our research.
  • Finally, the Research Initiative Manager will be an administrative lead for the team, managing day-to-day operations, schedules, and budgets, and generally ensuring smooth sailing for the complex set of activities we are undertaking.

UPDATE: Data & Society is also still seeking a Director of Research, now scoped as a rotating, three-year roleApply here.

job posting- Curriculum Design Specialist @NoRedInk

Follow this link for more info and to apply:

NoRedInk helps millions of students learn to write, and our interest-based, adaptive learning platform has already spread to more than 50% of school districts in the US. The strong demand for our paid version among schools and districts has allowed us to grow the business quickly and efficiently, and our product philosophy emphasizes a keen focus on user experience and user needs.

Want to contribute to our mission? 

NoRedInk is hiring former English teachers and curriculum experts to join our curriculum team. As a Curriculum Specialist, you will craft engaging content and design interactive activities that help middle and high school students significantly improve the quality of their writing across all genres. While some of your work may be focused on our existing grammar activities, the vast majority of your time will be spent developing curriculum for our new writing assignments: Guided Drafts, Self Review, Peer Review, and others currently in development. If you’re looking to leverage your passion for language to help students and teachers worldwide, please read on.


  • Expand our writing and grammar curriculum, using your teaching and/or curriculum development expertise to break down complex skills and design interactive ELA activities
  • Create and edit high-quality, engaging content that models strong writing for our users
  • Collaborate with product managers, designers, and engineers to ensure our new and existing features delight and empower students and teachers
  • Research the K-12 education system, becoming an expert on state and national standards and classroom models

About You

  • You have at least 5 years of professional experience, 3 of which are in teaching, educational writing, or curriculum design. Ideally, you’ve taught middle or high school English and have previously created grammar or writing curriculum
  • Bonus points if you have developed online curriculum and/or other content at scale
  • You’re incredibly organized and tech-savvy, and you excel at creating systems to manage complex tasks
  • You have a passion and prowess for language; if you took the writing/grammar section of the SAT or ACT right now, you’d crush it
  • You’re a strong communicator and have the ability to tailor your message based on the needs and age of your audience
  • You approach problems creatively, always keeping students and teachers in mind
  • You’re hungry to make a difference in education, and bring passion, a strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial mindset to all your endeavors
  • You want to work at a startup as part of a dedicated and talented team that’s moving through uncharted territory
  • You’re based in the San Francisco Bay Area or willing to work remotely

What should you include in your application?

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter that addresses the following: What are some challenges in developing online curriculum to help middle and high school students become better writers? How might your background and skill set help NoRedInk address those challenges?

What are we up to?

NoRedInk helps millions of students in grades 5-12 become better writers. Our adaptive curriculum guides learners through a continuous process of skill-building, feedback, and revision and delivers actionable performance data to teachers and administrators. Used in over 50% of school districts, we’re on a mission to unlock every writer’s potential. Here are some articles about us in The Washington PostWall Street Journal, and Forbes.

Follow this link for more info and to apply:

internship: Earthjustice (San Francisco, CA)

Editorial Intern, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion San Francisco, California

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer. 

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

This position is responsible for providing assistance to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team through a range of tasks that support the VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the commission, planning, and production of print and multimedia content for Earthjustice.

This is a 2019 part-time internship that requires a minimum of 20 hours of work per week. Hours are flexible.  We will be offering a stipend based on the number of hours worked.

Below is a general timeline for the application deadlines and duration of the Editorial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion internship.  Applicants are accepted year-round.


Internship Duration: January through June

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018


Internship DurationJune through September

Application Deadline: May 24, 2019


Internship Duration: September through December

Application Deadline: August 23, 2019

Internship Duration: three months


  • Serve as a regular contributor to the DEI program’s print and electronic publications, such as blogs, e-newsletter and our intranet site.
  • Assists in providing updates to internal website content.
  • Assist the DEI team in raising the profile of Earthjustice’s diversity, equity and inclusion’s content through our intranet site.
  • Participate in brainstorms on the development of DEI workgroup objectives, initiatives and other storytelling projects.


  • We require applicants to be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. They should be passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and social justice issues and have exposure to previous DEI work, though professional work experience is not required.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion principles.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Applicants should have excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills, and be an independent, motivated worker.
  • Critical thinker, highly competent at understanding, distilling, and effectively communicating complex issues to a diverse audience.
  • Exceptional online research skills, especially in data collection, fact-checking and image searches.
  • Excellent command of vocabulary, spelling, grammar and writing skills, including demonstrated experience writing effective print and online collateral.
  • Meticulous attention to detail including excellent proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage multiple assignments to meet publication deadlines with minimal supervisory oversight.
  • Strong collaborator.
  • Proven willingness to seek appropriate direction and guidance from supervisors when needed.
  • Solid knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact effectively with all levels of management and staff.
  • Professional, positive and approachable attitude.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, and resume specifying which internship time frame they are interested in (Winter, Summer, or Fall).

This is not a telecommuting position.

If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to

Please, no hard copies, phone calls, or drop-ins.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence.  Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.  As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

job @ Amazon – Natural Language Engineer Intern


Amazon AI Data is searching for passionate, talented, and inventive interns who are currently pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree to help us develop language components for a variety of the AWS products. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of linguistics, natural language processing, and data analysis.

The AI Data Team at AWS is responsible for delivering high quality training data to ensure the best performance of the AWS machine learning systems. Our goal is to produce the highest quality training data in the industry and to delight our customers by improving human language understanding and natural language processing.


· Currently pursuing Master’s or PhD in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, or a relevant field.
· Experience in computational linguistics, natural language processing, data analysis.
· Native or near-native fluency in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Japanese, Korean or other languages.
· Proficient in Python, Perl, or another scripting language.
· Proficient in shell scripting, regular expressions.
· Available to work full-time for 3 – 6 months.


· Experience with statistical methods.
· Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs.
· Expertise in building ontologies, taxonomies, and semantic relation frameworks. is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

Events for DC-area folks who are interested in User Experience

The Washington DC chapter of UXPA is gearing up for a summer and fall filled with some great events of interest to those in and around the DC area. A few things upcoming include:

1. Workshop: Storytelling Research Results to Win Stakeholder Buy-In. Led by longtime UX researcher Stephanie Pratt, this workshop will give you a new set of tools for turning skeptical stakeholders into user-research converts. Session will be held in Arlington, VA, on May 29. Details here.
2. Conference: DCUX 2019 – Design for People, Places, and Things. Our signature event of the year, this conference will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in downtown DC. Friday will focus on workshops, with Saturday dedicated to talks and panel discussions. Planning is still in the early stages, so if you’re interested in speaking, leading a workshop, volunteering, attending, or sponsoring, check out the conference website.
And there are more summer and fall workshops in the works as well — keep an eye on their Meetup page for details.

In career transition?

First off, to all of you who are graduating with your degree in linguistics:

You possess invaluable skills needed in every field. Your awareness of how language works will be essential to HOW you will do what you do in this world. Trust this training. As you continue to journey down your professional path, you will continue to learn more about how and where you are needed, stories from those who have journeyed before you can help!!

For those of you who have ling grads in your life who need to hear this message, Bringing Linguistics to Work is a book-length exploration of these ideas – now available as an audiobook!!

For those of you actively navigating/contemplating a transition now:

  • Career Camp – Fridays in June a 5-week series of activities to get folks finding, listening to, and telling the kinds of stories that will get them hired! Career Camp costs $250, and available at a 40% reduction for LSA members.  Interested in learning more? Attend an info session Fridays in May.

For those who have been navigating career for a while, and are looking to plug back in to a community of linguists for support and continuing professional development:

  • The CL Mighty Network– think about it as a virtual co-working space for (and with) linguists. We discuss whatever challenges we are facing related to bringing linguistics to work. It is free to try out for the first month, and only $15 a month after that (designed to be easily affordable for a career transitioning budget).

job: Language Engineer, Amazon AI (NYC)


Language Engineer, Amazon AI

Come and be part of the Amazon Artificial Intelligence (AI) team! Amazon Web Services is building speech and language solutions to serve the needs of customers around the world. We’re working hard, having fun, and making history — come join us!

The AWS Artificial Intelligence team is looking for a Language Engineer to join our science and data engineering team in the area of speech and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). We are seeking a candidate with strong analytical skills and language technology experience to help us measure, analyze and solve complex problems. In this role, you will support a range of data collection and annotation efforts, monitor accuracy, velocity and throughput, and be a key member in new feature development.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide day-to-day coordination of data collection and annotation efforts, including planning, scheduling, and reporting
  • Measure and analyze accuracy, quality and throughput of annotated data
  • Contribute to the design of new data collection methods and new annotation schemas to cover new areas and languages
  • Write grammars and build FSTs
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers on data collection and feature design efforts
  • Handle competing requests from a range of data customers

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s or higher degree in Linguistics or a related field
  • 4+ years of experience in computational linguistics, language data processing, psycholinguistics, semantics, or syntax
  • Experience with language annotation and other forms of data markup
  • Experience working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
  • Fluency in a major European language, such as Spanish
  • Experience with database queries (SQL) and data analysis scripting languages (R, Python, etc.), and using Unix shell scripts in the command line

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a Linguistics or related area
  • Experience with statistical methods and strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary
  • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

Networking HH for Career Linguists in the East Bay (Oakland, CA)

In partnership with the Linguistic Society of America Special Interest Group for Linguists Beyond Academia, you are invited to:

A professional get-together for career linguists
Tuesday, May 7th 6pm

Lost & Found Beer Garden

2040 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 763-2040

In a spirit of generosity, curiosity, and with the understanding that our networks are our greatest professional assets, come on out to mix and mingle with other Bay Area Career Linguists.


Whether you’re currently using your linguistics training in an applied or professional setting, or want to learn more about doing just that, this group is for those who want to connect and build our professional community!

People will be on hand to talk about jobs!

We will be joined by a recruiter from CSpace – an organization that has hired linguists – and one of the linguists they have hired. Ask him about his experience in bringing linguistics to the work of consumer insights.

An employee from NoRedInk, who are currently hiring a curriculm designer will be there to talk about what its like to bring her teaching experience to the work of online education!

Feel free to share this announcement with any linguist friends, very much looking forward to meeting up 🙂