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Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Online Shop & Artist Sales Coordinator

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Part Time
Category: Community development and engagement
Deadline: July 18, 2021

City: Minneapolis, MN
Salary: $16 – $17 per hour
Website: http://www.mnbookarts.org/employment/
Is this a remote / work from home position?: This is a hybrid position (partially remote, partially site-based)

Job description

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

The mission of Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is to ignite artistic practice, inspire learning, and foster diverse creative communities through the book arts. The book arts encompass letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking, marbling, and related arts.

Located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, MCBA is the largest center of its kind, providing over 12,000 square feet of studios, classrooms, and professional gallery space to the public. Part of MCBA’s service to the community includes operating a retail store specializing in cards, journals, handmade artist’s books, prints, zines, art supplies, and creative gifts that highlight the book arts and book artists. MCBA’s retail store features artwork by over 200 consignment artists who work in book, paper, and print. In 2020, we launched an online shop in response to the pandemic and our temporary closure (https://www.shopmnbookarts.org/).

POSITION SUMMARY

We are looking for a self-directed, organized individual (and arts lover!) who can successfully build and maintain platforms to bring greater visibility to artists and promote the sale of their work.

Key tasks include:

1) Manage the online shop website of our brick and mortar store;

2) Strengthen relationships with our artist consignment community, with an emphasis on seeking out, centering, and amplifying BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists;

3) Identify, cultivate and steward relationships with local, regional and national collectors and special collections;

4) Provide support for MCBA programs and events that promote the sale and acquisition of artist work;

5) Interface with customers and the public as part of MCBA’s retail and visitor services team, which will include a weekly shift in our retail store.

Though some remote work is possible, this position will work primarily in our building, which has COVID-19 safety measures in place to support staff well-being. The ideal candidate will have availability on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

For a complete position description, and to view all open positions at MCBA, visit http://www.mnbookarts.org/employment/

Qualifications or requirements

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

— Passion for the arts and supporting artists’ livelihoods
— Interest and knowledge of the book arts, including but not limited to artists’ books, zines, prints, broadsides, handmade paper, and associated tools and supplies
— Commitment to working collaboratively with coworkers
— Patient, friendly, responsive customer service skills and ability to interface with a diversity of constituents and stakeholders
— Experience working independently and taking initiative
— Ability to tailor verbal and written communication for a variety of formal and informal audiences
— Commitment to a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist

Ideal technical skills
— Experience with web-based retail and inventory management
— Experience with Point of Sale systems
— Knowledge of Squarespace or other website sales platforms
— Photography and photo editing skills
— Financial management experience and ability to consistently demonstrate credibility and integrity
— Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to antiracism and equity work. Our staff participate in regular DEI + antiracism internal working group sessions and we share a collective dedication to continued personal, professional, and community growth in this area. Like most arts spaces, there is a history of inequity and racism in the book arts and we are doing the work to dismantle these systems in our own space and in the broader book arts field. If you are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color considering this opportunity, you will be joining a staff team that centers your well-being, engages in harm reduction, takes responsibility when mistakes are made, and acknowledges impact over intent.

How to apply

Please email a resume and 1-pg cover letter to jobs@mnbookarts.org with “Online Shop & Artist Sales Coordinator” in the subject line by Sunday, July 18, 2021; 11:59pm CT. Our ideal start time is early September 2021.

We prioritize a culture of equity, inclusion, and care for self and community. We encourage participants with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.