Open Position: Certificate Program Poetry Instructor

The IPRC is currently seeking applications for a Poetry Instructor in the Certificate Program. Qualified applicants will have experience teaching poetry creative writing workshops in an educational or community-based setting; facilitating critical dialogue around inclusion and equity in a workshop setting; and developing curriculum with a mind towards inclusivity when selecting texts and visiting writers. Successful candidates will also be knowledgeable about and able to share resources related to the contemporary landscape of publishing. An MFA or graduate degree in creative writing is preferred, but not required with equivalent or similar experience teaching in an educational or community setting.


Job responsibilities include:

  • Developing two semesters of curriculum with assigned readings, discussions on craft, revision and guest lectures from local writers
  • Facilitating and leading weekly creative workshops
  • Giving feedback on all stages of student writing
  • Participating in Certificate Program community events including
    • Info Session early to mid August
    • Meet & Greet / Student Orientation at the beginning of the year
    • Two student readings / semester showcasing works in progress
    • Spring Certificate Program Retreat
    • Certificate Program 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 will generate and workshop a chapbook-length piece of writing and gain experience in letterpress and risograph printing. In the second term, students will work more closely with a book design instructor, learning graphic design and bookbinding as well as 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. A sample lesson plan or creative writing assignment
  3. CV or résumé
  4. 2-3 teaching references

Applications can be sent by attachment to with subject heading: Certificate Program Poetry Instructor, or dropped off at the IPRC (318 SE Main St. Ste. 155 Portland, OR 97214) no later than 5pm Tuesday, July 17th.


$2,500 first term (mid September through mid December)*
$1,250 second term (mid January through May)**
*Equivalent of 42 teaching hours and 58 prep hours
**Equivalent of 21 teaching hours and 29 prep hours

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.


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