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Book Arts Studio Manager - University of Utah

Location: USA - UT - Salt Lake City

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks an engaged professional for the position of Book Arts Studio Manager & Instructor. This tenure-track, twelve-month faculty position teaches academic courses and community workshops, provides organizational support, supervises staff, interns, and volunteers, and oversees Book Arts Program (BAP) and Red Butte Press (RBP) projects. This position manages the ongoing maintenance of the letterpress studio and acts as safety officer, liaising with campus Environmental Health & Safety. As part of a creative team, the position acts as Lead Printer and oversees marketing & promotion for Red Butte Press editions & ephemera.

The Studio Manager and Instructor contributes to curriculum development while teaching (or co-teaching) semester-length and short courses in book arts and/or art foundations. The position provides strategic leadership and management of day-to-day activities, including supervision of studio staff, curating and installing exhibitions, guiding collaborative efforts, and otherwise supporting the dynamic needs of the program.

We seek qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization. We invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of users, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We are therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources and providing a collection that authentically reflects the perspectives of diverse communities.

Relocation to the Salt Lake City, Utah area is required and will be financially supported by house hunting and moving allowances. To learn about the position or to share a nomination, please reach out to Melanie Hawks, Assistant Dean for DEI and Director of Library Human Resources, at [email protected]. Additional information about the application process can be found at


· Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts or a related field, or equivalency plus two years’ experience required;

· Evidence of potential to meet the professional requirements of a tenure-track position through research, librarianship, and service;

· Appointment at the Assistant Librarian level will require demonstrated potential for scholarly engagement and evidence of a clear research focus.


This position requires familiarity with the techniques and trends of contemporary Book Arts practice, including managing and maintaining the equipment preserved in the letterpress studio. The successful candidate will demonstrate effective teaching, creative and/or scholarly research, and an ability to develop creative solutions in a collaborative setting. The position requires a commitment to fostering a vital educational environment and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population. As a member of the Marriott Library faculty, the Studio Manager is expected to produce academic and creative work as part of a research program while participating in Library governance and professional service.

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the core functions of this role as well as the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your CV and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Two years of teaching book arts courses in a university setting;

· Demonstrated intermediate to advanced knowledge of and skills in letterpress printing; intermediate skills in bookbinding;

· One year of letterpress maintenance and studio safety experience;

· Previous supervisory experience;

· Demonstrated active book arts practice with breadth of experience across related disciplines of writing, design, photography, papermaking, paper decorating, and/or printmaking and related technologies;

· Demonstrated capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities;

· Demonstrated analytical, organizational, communication, project- and time-management skills, and the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously.

Compensation: $60,000-65,000, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, medical and dental coverage, and generous paid sick and vacation time.

Application instructions:

Candidate Documents required: In addition to a CV, cover letter, and list of five (5) references, applicants are required to submit a .pdf of twenty images of creative work. This image .pdf should be uploaded as “Research Document 1.”

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All applications received by January 24, 2023 will receive full consideration.


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