Jan 9, 2018

Job Announcement: Associate Publisher

We’re seeking someone with publishing experience to help us develop our ambitious and innovative publications program.

We’re hiring!

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Associate Publisher is responsible for helping to develop a publications program that draws from Letterform Archive’s collection and supports its goals. This role will support all aspects of the Archive’s book publishing program, taking on increasing responsibility for each element of the program over time.

The Associate Publisher will keep informed of relevant community engagement opportunities and will serve as an ambassador for the Archive at publishing- related conferences, events, and professional organizations.

About Us

Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community. We offer hands-on access to a curated collection of over 40,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning 2,000 years of history.

So far, we have welcomed over 5,000 visitors from 30 countries, including students, practitioners, and letterform admirers from every creative background to the Archive. Some come with specific research ideas in mind, while others are simply looking for inspiration. Invariably, thanks to the breadth and accessibility of the collection, they stumble on something unexpected. Serendipity is key to the Archive experience.

In addition to hosting visits and public events, the Archive serves a global community through social media, state-of-the-art photography, and publications. We offer courses and workshops in type design, calligraphy, and typography, some in conjunction with The Cooper Union. We also curate exhibitions of our holdings and organize lectures by visiting artists and designers.

Principal Responsibilities


Support Publisher in acquiring, developing, editing, and art directing book projects, including by building and maintaining strong relationships with current and prospective authors and partners. Develop and maintain, in consultation with Publisher, a strategic plan and budget for our book publishing imprint. Periodically report on progress toward strategic and financial goals.

Maintain ongoing partnership with any production/distribution partners, including contracts, production specifications, collaboration on marketing, etc.

Manage operations for each book, including contracts, timeline, web presence, budget and disbursements, etc.; source, hire, and manage staff and/or freelance assistants for each project as needed.

Design and implement book crowdfunding campaigns, including strategy and timeline, contact development, publicity and marketing, daily monitoring during launches, and backer relationship management.

Implement and improve systems and infrastructure (processes, software, etc.) necessary for success and efficiency in publishing program.

Collaborative Responsibilities


Working in collaboration with ED and Associate Curator, develop marketing strategies and initiatives to further the visibility of Letterform Archive, particularly through publications.

Work closely with the Curator, Associate Curator, and Librarian, on exhibitions, and presentations related to promoting publications.

Creative Direction

Work closely with Curator and Associate Curator, along with project-specific designers, to develop and maintain the Archive’s brand identity as it relates to print publications.

Help to develop and maintain a house style guide, particularly as these guidelines apply to print publications.

Contribute content for Archive blog, newsletter, etc.


Host introductory and research visits for individuals and groups: present on materials and publicize Archive programs, publications, and services.

Be prepared to share the ways guests can have an impact on the sustainability of the Archive through time, money, or evangelism.

Physical Requirements

The Associate Publisher will frequently be required to sit and perform desk-based computer tasks and file or sort paperwork.

She/he may less frequently be required to lift or move items weighing up to 25 pounds; push and maneuver a fully-loaded book truck weighing up to 60 pounds; and stand, climb, balance, stretch, twist, kneel, stoop, bend, or crouch.

The Archive will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion for or expertise in an area of specialization appropriate to our collections (e.g., graphic design, book arts, book history, etc.)
  • Publishing production experience
  • Experience with Kickstarter or other community sales models
  • 2+ years of experience in a similar role
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Tech-savvy; proficient with G Suite and macOS; experience using a CRM and accounting software like QuickBooks
  • Bachelor’s degree

Ideal Characteristics

  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Team player and willing collaborator
  • Friendly, welcoming, and customer service oriented
  • Flexibility and comfort in a rapidly changing environment
  • Willing to tackle a variety of projects, including new challenges

We value candidates whose skills and experience have prepared them to understand and uphold our core values of collaboration, humility, hospitality, design sensitivity, and community.

Letterform Archive is an equal opportunity workplace, community, and place of learning. The Archive does not discriminate in employment or in offering educational services and programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic- related), family and medical care leave, pregnancy disability leave, veteran status, disability, or on other bases prohibited by law.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.

Letterform Archive pays 100% of full-time employee medical insurance premiums. All full-time employees receive 15 days of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays annually, and accumulate sick-leave days according to San Francisco regulations.

Full-time employees are also able to take Archive classes and workshops free of charge, and receive an annual subvention toward their professional development.

You will also be surrounded by beautiful, meaningful objects, and a diverse, interesting community of those who love letters. Your seven colleagues are all passionate about the organization and eager to share their enthusiasm.

How to Apply

Please apply by submitting a résumé or CV and cover letter explaining your interest in this position at by February 28, 2018. First review of applications will begin on February 1.