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Apply to Be the Next Executive Director of Hand Papermaking

May 14, 2024

Hand Papermaking, Inc | Open Position for Executive Director

Hand Papermaking, Inc. is dedicated to advancing traditional and contemporary ideas in the art of making paper by hand. Through its print and online publications, the nonprofit organization preserves, informs, and inspires, as it celebrates the transformative act of handpapermaking.


Position Description - Executive Director

Status: Full time, flexible schedule
Location: Remote, office space provided by Executive Director
Staff: Works with four part-time staff, who also provide their own respective office spaces


Compensation and benefits:

● $45,000–$58,000 commensurate with experience

● Retirement benefit contribution


Currently accepting applications

Interested applicants should send a résumé detailing relevant experience, a cover letter describing interest in the position, and contact information for three professional references to


Position Summary

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for providing overall leadership to the organization, daily operational oversight, and coordination of its core programs: a semiannual magazine, quarterly newsletter, biennial portfolio, and online publishing platforms. The Executive Director works in tandem with the Editor and the Board of Directors in the identification and realization of the values, vision, and mission of the organization.



Fundraising and Development—Oversees fundraising and development projects including the annual auction, biennial juried artist portfolio program, annual campaign, grant writing, donor relations. 

Marketing, Sales, and Outreach—Oversees promotion and sales of publications. Represents Hand Papermaking at trade fairs and conferences. Designs and implements marketing campaigns and bulk mailings.

Overall Operations and Management—Manages staff and volunteers. Coordinates with editors and designers in the production of a semi-annual magazine and quarterly newsletter. Manages sales, customer accounts, the website and conducts other outreach efforts.

Board Governance/Relations—Fosters a strong Board of Directors, collaborating with its members and committees to govern the organization. Harnesses energy and leverages the skills and networks of the board in carrying out its mission.

Financial Management and Budgeting—Oversees the organization’s financial health including preparation of annual budget and taxes, quarterly financial reports; and ensures adequate funding is available to permit the organization to fulfill its mission. Directs external financial advisors.



Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred; minimum 3 years of experience in nonprofit arts management (or equivalent) required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the hand papermaking field preferred. Excellent marketing and outreach skills and proven fundraising capabilities. Must have excellent communication, organizational skills and the ability to work independently. Strong knowledge of publishing is preferred. Must have a high degree of competency in a variety of desktop platforms for communications, design, and accounting.