Announcing: Staff Leadership Collective and Search for Director of Archives and Library Programs

We have big news to share! After nearly 25 years in operation, the IPRC is evolving its Leadership Model to adopt a Staff Leadership Collective. With this historic shift, we are elated to announce both the promotion of our Studio Manager Jakelen Diaz to Director of Studio Operations and the search for a Director of Archives & Library Programs to join the current leadership team.

While this evolution feels like an organic next step, it also comes after a year of diligently working alongside our Board of Directors, Toni Tabora-Roberts, and community members to align our vision with a plan. With the departure of former Executive Director Alley Pezanoski-Browne, we knew we were interested in exploring Shared Leadership, and over the course of this past year’s Interim Co-Directorship under Emmeline Eao and Harper Quinn, we learned that the IPRC is a more vibrant organization when all staff members are able to substantially contribute to multiple levels of the organization, including operations, fundraising, and strategic planning, as well as their unique programmatic functions. Leading with our strengths of collaboration and creativity, and grounded in values of equity, access, and empowerment, the model that arose as the best option is one that is non-hierarchical, and collective.

In assessing organizational needs, we identified the Library as a site for revitalization. The IPRC’s Zine Library is one of the IPRC’s most incredible and historic resources. If you’ve had the opportunity to visit, you know how breathtaking our collection is (with over 15,000 zines!), and we are committed to making this resource more accessible to members, and to visitors who come from all over the world. The Director of Archives & Library Programs will be responsible for the stewardship of the library, ​making the library one that is inclusive and relevant to our diverse community, and expanding the scope of what’s considered archival.

This process would not be possible without the huge support of our board & Toni, community members, volunteers, donors & funders. Our enormous thanks to Oregon Cultural Trust for supporting this effort to revitalize the library with a 2023 Cultural Development Grant Award. And for their ongoing support of our work, we’d like to thank RACC, OAC, Meyer, Miller, OCF, and Seeding Justice.

Position Overview

The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland, Oregon seeks a fourth Co-Leader to take on the role of Director of Archives & Library Programs in October 2022. This position reports to the Board of Directors, and joins three other Co-Directors, as well as a dedicated roster of volunteers and teaching artists.

This is a full-time exempt position at 32 hours/week and $21/hr to start, with the opportunity to grow with the organization and participate in the creation of the FY 2023 Budget. Benefits include PTO, flexible work hours, and health & dental insurance. IPRC staff have full access to the studio facilities as well as workshops and learning opportunities.

Read the full job description here

Hiring Timeline:

  • Applications Due by: September 28th, 2022
  • Interviews: October 2022
  • Onboarding and Start Date: late October, early November, depending on availability