This position provides administrative and project support for all translations activities of the Office of the Publisher’s Agent, Mary Baker Eddy’s Writings (OPA). Primarily, this entails supporting the Translations Manager, coordinating translations-related projects, and contributing to strategic research and establishing appropriate scope for the department’s translation activity.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Coordinate certain phases of translation projects with oversight from the Translations Manager; provide ongoing support for all translations projects. (90%)
- Support all translations project processes
- Help to guide and ensure smooth transitions from working manuscript to commissioned projects; participate in discussions about prioritizing possible translations
- Support Translations Manager in communication and allocation of work with Digital Projects Manager, Non-English Bible Review Coordinator, and contracted Proofreading Trafficker as needed. (In the absence of a Proofreading Trafficker, conduct this work under the guidance of the Translations Manager.)
Process Coordination / Support
- Project set up: including interviews between candidates and Translations Manager, creation of project set-up materials; assist with preparations for project launch meetings
- Translation phases: including tracking project schedule and progress
- Review phases: including creating schedules and tracking progress, communicating with independent reviewers
- Coordinate legal paperwork (with support from the Office of the General Counsel, OGC)
- Logistics: contractor set up process, payments and filing (with support from the Treasurer’s Office)
- Production phases: including front matter creation and cover design
- Roll out phases: including supporting marketing release plan for new titles
- Project finalization process: particularly with regard to departmental records, project binders, final translator payments, etc.
Research and writing
- Research translation and language style issues (includes historical research)
- Update/create translation resources/guidelines as needed
- Brief OPA and other departments on translation activities
- Draft/send letters to translators and other vendors
- Assist with research inquiries to other departments, such as OGC and OLS
- Research historic files to answer specific questions, present findings, recommend process updates as appropriate
- Contribute to and coordinate ad conceptualization, transcreation, vetting, and placement processes
- Exposure to ongoing strategy discussions (including making recommendations and implementing changes as appropriate); conduct related research and data analysis
- Communicate with translators and members around the world
- Present relevant information to OPA, the Integrated International Planning Team, other cross-departmental groups including the Translations Group and occasionally to members of the Christian Science Board of Directors.
3. General OPA needs (10%)
- Contribute to and assist with department initiatives
- Take on special projects as needed
STAFF MANAGEMENT AND JOB CONTACTS
Supervision: Translations Manager
The incumbent will work with OPA staff and also primarily with other departments who also produce translations. This position has regular contact with all internal and external departments, as well as contact with The Christian Science Board of Directors.
Work closely with Journal, Sentinel, Herald Publishing, Design Team, the Office of Language Services, Bible Lesson Products, Herald editors, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Customer Contact Center, christianscience.com, Technology Services Group, Office of the General Counsel, Treasurer’s Office, Contracts & Procurement, and other in-house staff.
College degree in communications, linguistics, international relations or related equivalent. Experience in a professional field including international relations or communication preferred. Marketing and advertising experience a plus; language skills and/or fluency also a plus.
Spiritual discernment, humility, meekness. Incumbent should have strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task. Proven written and oral communication skills required. Solid presentation skills preferred. Demonstrated competence managing multiple projects in a first-rate fashion; must be good at setting priorities and initiating and fostering strong working relationships. Ability to maintain confidences.
Demonstrated problem-solver who takes initiative naturally and has superb follow-through, information-gathering, and project management skills; intelligent, conscientious, and hardworking self-starter. Confident team player and strong collaborator who also works well independently whenever needed; expected to maintain a poised demeanor even in pressured or ambiguous situations. Must be delighted at opportunity to deeply study Mary Baker Eddy’s writings in conjunction with this work, as well as research the history of their publication and their relationship to the church organization. Publishing knowledge preferred; understanding of basic book design a plus.
The incumbent should be upbeat, thoughtful, creative, willing, gracious, discerning, highly principled, organized, proactive, kind, receptive, solution-oriented, and take direction well.
Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) skills are required. Must be comfortable learning new technology programs as appropriate (such as Wrike, Trello, or others).
An individual in this position should be comfortable in a highly prayerful, fast-paced, and flexible atmosphere. This position will work in the Publishing House in Boston, MA. Occasional travel is required (both domestically and internationally).
Engagement with Christian Science
Mother Church membership is required. Primary Class instruction is preferred.
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