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Want to get more involved with Center for Book Arts? From time to time we have job openings which we will post here.

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Audience at 2018 Workspace AIR Studio Talk (2019)

Founded in 1974, Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of the book as an art object. CBA is the leading organization for the Book Arts in the U.S., presenting exhibitions, classes, and public programs on the subject while supporting artists through residencies, publishing, and collecting. Center for Book Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people from all backgrounds and experience levels.

Work experience in an arts nonprofit and an interest in the art of the book are all encouraged but not required. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Due to the number of submissions only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

How to Apply

No phone calls please. Applicants should submit a single PDF containing a cover letter and resume via email attachment to: jobs@centerforbookarts.org with “Programs” or “Librarian” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed when submitted


Grant Funded, Part Time (25hrs per week)
Hourly: $25 per hour
Reports to: Executive Director

As a leading book arts institution, CBA developed its collections to further extend its educational commitment to the exploration and pedagogy of aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object and to encourage new dialogues about historic and contemporary book arts practices among. Today the collections hold 3000 works of book art and 2000 reference books that are used by artists, curators, academics, historians, arts administrators, librarians, collectors, educators, and students.

The Librarian oversees the ongoing documentation and management of CBA’s permanent collections, including the Reference Library, Fine Arts Collections, and Archives. This is a one-year temporary part-time grant-funded position. At the end of the grant period next September, we may be able to get an extension or find a permanent income stream to fund the position. This position is currently vacant and the successful applicant should be able to start within two weeks.


  • General Collections Management:
    Help to create and institute internal circulation procedures for the Reference Library; Oversee the maintenance of the online catalog; Conduct other collections-related research and administration as needed; Assist with the arrangement of traveling exhibitions; Oversee loans of items from the Permanent Collection to other institutions; Work to improve awareness of CBA’s collections through instagram and outreach
  • Cataloguing:
    Document and catalogue works (primarily reference materials and fine art works including artist books, art objects, limited editions) in CBA’s collections;
    Supervise cataloguing interns, collections photography, and rehousing volunteers, including recruiting and training.
  • Research Requests and Public Service:
    Respond to collections related inquiries from the public and from the Center’s artist community;
    Work with the Programs Manager and Exhibitions Interns to organize the Permanent Collections Spotlight and zines.
  • Research Fellowship:
    Manage the selection of and oversee two research fellows per year.


The ideal candidate has a passion for the book arts. In addition, they are highly organized, self-motivated, and have excellent written and verbal skills.

  • Must have 3-5 years’ experience working within a library or museum collection.
  • MLS or arts/museum collection management degree or certificate.
  • Experience in cataloguing and/or special collections management strongly preferred.
  • Experience in the physical handling or housing of rare books or works on paper and has the ability to carry, move, and pack heavier artworks if necessary.
  • High comfort level with computers and other technology: proficient with Microsoft Excel, Photoshop and scanners.
  • Experience with Collective Access or other database system required.
  • Comfortable multitasking in an open office and lively studio/gallery environment.
  • Proactive and self-motivated and an interest in bookbinding, letterpress printing, history of the book, and other book arts a plus.

Programs Manager

Permanent Full-Time
Salary: 60k + Benefits
Reports to: Executive Director

Center for Book Arts seeks a Programs Manager to join a team of 3 full-time and 5 part-time employees. The Programs Manager is responsible for CBA’s Programs including Exhibitions, Studios, Education, and Public Programs. This position reports to the Executive Director and manages all program staff. They will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Development, and Marketing Manager ensure the overall goals of the organization are being met. We are currently working remotely 3/5 days, but have a plan to return to in-person work by the end of the year as health and safety limitations allow.

Responsibilities include:

With Executive Director & Director of Development
• Develop a sustainable plan for the successful implementation of CBA’s core programs;
• Set short and long-term goals for program deliverables;
• Develop and follow budgets for CBA programs;
• Collaborate to identify areas of potential program growth;
• Manage the selection processes for open call programs including exhibitions, residencies, and chapbooks.

With Marketing Manager
• Ensure thorough documentation of all CBA programs;
• Ensure programs are being marketed effectively;
• At times, act as a public representative of CBA and its programs;
• Work with designers and volunteers to produce exhibition catalogues and other program related materials.

With Program Staff
• Ensure accurate records of program attendance and participant demographics a collected for grant reporting purposes;
• Manage an annual schedule of 8-10 exhibitions by coordinating with artists and curators for installation, related programs, and the timely delivery of related materials;
• Ensure, with the support of the Education Coordinator and Instructors, the smooth operation of the Education Program;
• With the support of the Studio Coordinator and Studio Stewards, oversee the maintenance of studio equipment, facilities, supplies, and rentals while ensuring safety rules and regulations are followed.


The ideal candidate is self motivated, efficient, and has excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. The ability to perform written tasks quickly with accuracy is preferred. 

  • 3-5 years experience as Program Manager or similar position at a nonprofit organization;
  • Proven track record for delivering consistent, high quality programming;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • Experience with program and budget development and monitoring;
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to collaborate with other staff;
  • Strong work ethic and ability to meet deadlines and juggle many priorities;
  • Highly organized and detail oriented;
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively as needed;
  • Self-motivated, team player with strong project management, critical thinking and time management skills.
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