OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), a new multi-platform quarterly journal, has immediate need for an Editorial Assistant: Interviewer with near-native fluency in English

Are you an emerging artist, poet, or writer? Are you a teacher, journalist, or literary academic? Are you a student or graduate student pursuing a degree in classics, modern languages, communication, fine arts, literature, education, creative writing, or the humanities? Would you like to personally meet and interact with some of the world’s most exciting studio artists, poets, and writers of short fiction who are working today? 

If you can answer yes to any of the questions above, you may find this resume-building position as Editorial Assistant: Interviewer  or Contributing Editor: Interviews (DOQ) with OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), to be a very interesting opportunity.

The qualified candidate will be able to commit to up to 10 hours of assigned work per month (4-5 interviews); will be able to demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak English with at least near-native fluency; will be able to document current enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning in a degree-granting program in fine arts, language and literature, journalism and communication, or education; and will be able to furnish compelling references attesting to, among other things, the applicant’s integrity, reliability, tactfulness, self-discipline, and unblemished work (or academic) record. 

The ideal candidate will have command of two or more languages, a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional skill set, a verifiable work history, and a publication history. 

Essential Skills: 

· Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively. 

· Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. 

· Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others. 

· Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. 

· Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents. 

· Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 

· Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 

· Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. 

· Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 

· Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

· Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

· Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


· Reports to Managing Editor.

· Duties prior to interviews

o Makes contact, as assigned by Executive Assistant: Interviews, with interview subjects via email or other means as follows:

§ 5 days prior to interview to confirm date and time 

§ 48 hours prior to scheduled interview to select and organize on-air discussion of questions and responses

§ 15 minutes prior to interview to establish BeLive link and to test system connectivity

· Duties during interviews

o Guides discussion of topics as agreed between interviewer and subject in pre-interview consultations

o Manages interview time for optimum of 45 minutes (with a minimum of 30 minutes, a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes)

· Duties after interviews

o Within 24 hours of the conclusion of the interview, offers message of thanks and congratulation to interview subject via email with links to online interview video

· Duties of Systems Analysis - In consultation with the Managing Editor, determines how and to what extent the interview met the needs of both O:JA&L and the needs of the interview subject and to what extent the conditions, operations, and the interview environment were under the control of the interviewer.

· Duties of Systems Evaluation – In consultation with the Managing Editor, identifies measures/indicators/actions which would improve the interview environment and/or improve interviewer control over the conditions and operations of the interview process to meet the goals of O:JA&L.


Intrinsic benefits include the singular experience of first-hand interactions with fine minds and first-rate artistic talents from across the world, the professionally valuable experience of working as part of a team of dedicated artists and writers to produce a journal with value to readers and contributors, and the personally valuable opportunity to develop or strengthen specific interpersonal skills and to improve professional expertise as an interviewer.

After 90 days of faithful performance (a minimum of 30 interviews) in the position, extrinsic benefits include letters of recommendation from the Executive Editor, the Managing Editor, and the Executive Assistant attesting to the Interviewer’s qualifications and dependability supported by detailed performance evaluations in all skill areas.

Contact O:JA&L:

Respond with letter of interest and resume to the initial screener through Submittable.