Director of Programs & Education

Rare Book School (RBS) seeks a full-time Director of Programs & Education, whose chief responsibility will be to oversee the planning and execution of RBS courses in Charlottesville and at our satellite locations. She or he will be a member of the senior staff and will report directly to the Executive Director. Duties include planning the calendar of courses, supervising the Programs staff and members of the seasonal session staff, co-executing (with the Collections staff) the administration of courses, participating in the granting of scholarships, working with RBS faculty to develop and improve their courses, planning and developing future courses, liaising with senior staff at our partner institutions, and managing the Programs budget.

This position requires an outgoing, service-oriented person who is highly committed to the educational aims of the school. The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, superior written and oral communication skills, provide evidence of organizational acumen and exceptional attention to detail, and must exhibit initiative, optimism, and the ability to listen well. The candidate must be collegial, and able to work as part of a team while supervising the Programs staff and working closely with the RBS senior staff. The Director of Programs & Education must be able to work longer hours, including weekends, during class sessions, which can be demanding. The position also requires a willingness to superintend both staff and courses in a period of transition when RBS moves out of its present quarters in Alderman Library during a major building renovation.

Other desirable qualifications include: the ability to travel to satellite locations as needed, close familiarity with one or more of the constituencies from which our students and faculty principally come (e.g. book history & bibliography, special collections librarianship, book arts, antiquarian bookselling, archives, digital humanities, and higher education), and an advanced degree. Previous experience in successfully managing projects and people is also preferred.

Starting salary ranges from $55,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, annual leave, sick leave, an RBS course each year, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contributions. Professional development funds may also be available. The School seeks a candidate able to start sooner, rather than later, but the start date is somewhat negotiable.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1) A cover letter discussing your qualifications and your interest in the position and the School
2) A curriculum vitae, including the phone numbers and email addresses of at least three references

Please send electronic copies of materials to rbs_hr@virginia.edu.

Application deadline: Applications should be tendered before 15 September, if at all possible; thereafter, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful applicant is found.

Rare Book School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. For more about the School and its educational programs, see rarebookschool.org

Collections Assistant

Rare Book School is seeking a conscientious, detail- and service-oriented UVA undergraduate or graduate student for the part-time position of Collections Assistant. This is a three-month contract for 15 hours a week with the possibility of renewal. The starting wage is $12.00 an hour.

Under the supervision of the Associate Curator, the Collections Assistant will contribute to the organization and preservation of Rare Book School’s collection of 100,000 items, including books, manuscripts, ephemera, printing surfaces and other book historical artifacts. The Collections Assistant’s duties include:

  • Labeling, stamping, and flagging newly cataloged books and items
  • Creating archival-quality enclosures such as Mylar folders, custom boxes, and dust-jacket covers for books and related materials
  • Shelving and shelf-checking
  • Organizing and moving collections
  • Dusting and cleaning collections storage areas
  • Updating existing catalogue records and creating new basic catalogue records
  • Organizing and redistributing type and related printing supplies
  • Assisting with RBS events and programs, including open houses and courses

Required qualifications:

  • A strong, demonstrated interest in book history, book arts, librarianship, archives, bibliography, languages, and/or history

Desired qualifications:

  • Studio arts experience (printmaking, letterpress printing, &c.)
  • Previous experience working in a library setting

Please note that the RBS workspace is a standard special collections library environment with possible exposure to mold and dust.

Please send an up-to-date CV, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of two references to Ruth-Ellen St. Onge, Associate Curator of Collections, at ruthellen.stonge@virginia.edu.

Deadline for applications: 24 September 2018

Interviews will take the week of 1 October 2018

Expected start date: 15 October 2018

Rare Book School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. For more about the School and its educational programs, see rarebookschool.org