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OrganizationRare Book School
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineSeptember 15, 2018
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$55–60,000
Phone(434) 243-7213


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

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