Letterpress Print Shop Manager

Job Description

The Lighthouse Works, a nonprofit arts organization on Fishers Island, New York, seeks a Print Shop manager for summer 2014. This is a 30 hour/week, temporary paid position.

About The Lighthouse Works

The Lighthouse Works is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to encouraging the development of artists through a fellowship program and to the enrichment of the year round cultural vitality of Fishers Island, New York. The Lighthouse Works offers fellowships in visual arts, literature and music to fifteen talented artists annually. In addition, the organization operates a letterpress print shop, Mayonnaise Press, which produces stationery and other printed matter for sale to benefit the nonprofit; the shop employs interns and offers printing classes to the public.


Production and Design
Managing all print output in the shop, including setting type, laying out projects, printing or supervising interns’ print runs, designing digital projects (for photopolymer plates). Maintaining an inventory of printed matter and supplies.

Training and supervising several print shop interns (high school, college, or graduate students), ensuring print quality and consistency, keeping interns on task, fostering an educational and supportive work environment.

Sales, Marketing, Outreach
Managing all sales through etsy, walk-ins, local shops, and custom orders; co-managing the shop’s website and social media; assisting the Executive Director in developing new revenue streams; greeting visitors and explaining the nonprofit’s activities and mission.

Planning, marketing and teaching letterpress print workshops to local children and adults.

- Experience (and expertise) in letterpress printing techniques, including the ability to set type, design and lock up forms, design digitally, and print effectively on tabletop platen and floor-model proof presses.
- Management and sales experience a plus.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
- Strong computer skills, particularly Photoshop/Illustrator and social media.
- Flexibility, maturity, the ability to manage employees and work calmly under deadlines.
- Knowledge of, and interest in, the arts, community revitalization, and The Lighthouse Works’ mission.

This is a temporary, part-time position: 30 hours a week from June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014. Salary is competitive and includes free housing on Fishers Island for the three-month term.

How to Apply
Send a resume and cover letter, along with images or links to samples of your print work, to:
Kelly Ramsey, Executive Director of The Lighthouse Works at [email protected].

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
Start Date: June 1, 2014

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