Wells College seeks applicants for the full-time (10 – 12 month) position of Director for the Book Arts Center. As Director, the successful candidate will possess a clear vision for a college Book Arts Center and will oversee all aspects of our vibrant and historic Book Arts Center.
Duties include but are not limited to:
• Maintaining the Book Arts Center building and studio spaces
• Managing the production and marketing of Wells College Press, including its annual chapbook contest
• Running the annual Book Arts Summer Institute program
• Contributing to the development and marketing of various programs, lecture series, special collections, and residencies
• Managing budgets for the academic program, Wells College Press, and the Summer Institute
• Collaborating with campus and local communities as well as regional book arts organizations
• Seeking out and maintaining sources of outside funding
• Working with the assistant director and academic coordinator to maintain and grow a robust academic Book Arts program
• Maintaining website and social media accounts
Depending on experience, the successful candidate may make additional contributions to the Visual Arts Program through involvement with the String Room Gallery or involvement with the Visual Communication, Art History, Creative Writing, and Museum Studies majors and minors.
The salary range for the position is $50,000-$54,000 depending on qualifications and contract length.
Applicants for the position should have a minimum of a master’s degree or commensurate experience; excellent skills in binding, letterpress printing, papermaking, and/or printmaking; good interpersonal skills; successful teaching experience in both workshops and semester-long courses; a record of meeting deadlines; and a commitment to mentorship and collaboration.
Review of applications will begin on February 7, 2020. Interested candidates should apply online at https://www.wells.edu/employment and provide the following:
• Cover letter
• List of three references with contact information
• Sample of 5-10 works by the applicant
• Diversity statement
The Book Arts Center, established in 1993, is the oldest of three Centers for Excellence at Wells College. Rooted in the work of internationally renowned artist Victor Hammer, who founded the Wells College Press in 1941, the BAC continues his tradition of excellent craftsmanship and a focus on student engagement. The iron hand press he used is still in use today, complemented by nine Vandercook proofing presses and three platen presses that students and BAC staff use to create printed materials. The Center also boasts the Robert J. Doherty Typographic Laboratory, with over 400 cases of metal type and ornaments and 70 cases of wood type; the Jane Webster Pearce Class of 1932 Bindery, with professional-grade equipment and finishing tools for the study and practice of hand bookbinding; a scriptorium for calligraphy instruction; and a papermill for hand-papermaking with a Hollander beater and various equipment. The Book Arts Center is also home to a special collection library and archival materials and publications related to the study of Book Arts and book history.