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.
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.
Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Wells, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, helps students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to build their confidence and create their own unique path in life. With dozens of majors and minors available in the sciences, arts, humanities and pre-professional programs, Wells provides a purposeful curriculum and an immersive educational experience that is steeped in tradition. Students can also take advantage of 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams, 18 study-abroad programs; over 40 student-led organizations and clubs; and cross-registration agreements with Cornell University, Ithaca College and Cayuga Community College. More at wells.edu. In this search, Wells College wishes to reinforce its commitment to increase faculty and staff diversity, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society.
About Wells College
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.