Open Position: Book Design Instructor

Position Available:

The IPRC is currently seeking applications for a Book Design Instructor for the Poetry & Prose tracks of the Certificate Program. Qualified applicants will have a BFA in Graphic Design or equivalent, with a strong emphasis on InDesign. Strong candidates will also have teaching experience, and a working knowledge of book design & production. Familiarity with printmaking mediums (including letterpress printing, screenprinting and risograph printing) is a plus. 

Job responsibilities include:

  • Developing 6 seminars (3 hours each) of graphic design curriculum with a focus on book design, both interior and cover design, including:
    • Introduction to principles of graphic design
    • Introduction to typography
    • Hands-on tutorial-based lessons in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
    • Page layout for poetry & prose
    • Instruction in preparing files for print + production
    • Prepping InDesign files for digital or riso printing
    • Prepping Photoshop or Illustrator files for screenprinting or riso printing, including color separation + halftone printing
  • One on one conferences with students to give feedback on mock-up design for final project
  • Participating in Certificate Program community events including student readings and graduation
  • Working closely with the Certificate Program Director to assess student outcomes

About the program:

The Certificate Program is a year-long study in creative writing and publishing. Students choose one of four tracks and work with a cohort of 6-8 students, meeting once a week for three hours in the evenings, from 6-9pm. The program combines creative writing workshops with instruction in printmaking (including letterpress, risograph, screen-printing), bookbinding, bookarts and graphic design.

In the first term, students receive creative writing instruction, and will generate and workshop writing towards a chapbook-length final project. They will also gain experience in letterpress printing with the aim of producing a letterpress printed broadside of original work.

In the second term, students will work more closely with a book design instructor, learning graphic design with the aim of laying out and producing their own chapbook. In addition to graphic design, students in the second term will also be introduced to bookarts & screenprinting. For graduation, students will design, print, and bind a small print run of their finished work.  

To apply, please provide:

  1. A statement of interest
  2. Design portfolio
  3. CV or résumé
  4. 2-3 teaching references

Applications can be sent by attachment to with subject heading: Certificate Program Book Design, or dropped off at the IPRC (318 SE Main St. Ste. 155 Portland, OR 97214) no later than 5pm Friday, December 28th*.

$775 per course / Seeking instructor for two workshops
Per course: Equivalent of 18 teaching hours; 9 prep hours; 4 hours student conferences

Non-Discrimination Policy:
The IPRC will not discriminate against any individual with respect to employment or provision of services based upon that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, disability, gender identity, source of income, or familial status.

*Please note the IPRC will be closed from Saturday 12/22/18 until Tuesday 1/8/19

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