Mellon Fellowship Program Assistant
Rare Book School (RBS) seeks a fellowship program assistant. He or she will provide administrative support for the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, a highly selective fellowship program for doctoral candidates, postdocs, and assistant professors that seeks to revitalize the study of bibliography (i.e., the historical analysis and systematic description of books) by reintegrating it into the humanities. The program assistant will work closely with the Mellon Fellowship Program Director, and other RBS staff members, to:
- communicate with RBS-Mellon Fellows as well as other RBS faculty, students, and guests;
- process applications for the program;
- communicate with program applicants, application reviewers, and selection committee members;
- plan meetings/events and make travel arrangements for the fellowship;
- manage RBS's private social media site;
- review and track financial and other paperwork for the program; and
- carry out other program-related duties as required.
Our organization offers a close-knit, highly collaborative, mission-centered work environment with an abundance of both engaging, bookish people and fascinating bookish objects, located on central Grounds at the University of Virginia.
We seek a considerate, organized individual who has a strong work ethic. We encourage those to apply who can demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills (both oral and written), consistent attention to detail, and the ability to learn quickly through both instruction and observation. Other desirable qualifications include:
- demonstrable interest in the humanities, social sciences, or antiquarian books;
- a degree in the humanities or social sciences;
- experience in event planning, catering, and/or arranging group travel;
- technical competence in Mac OS X;
- familiarity with Windows 7;
- experience with general office desktop applications (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel, iWork Pages, Adobe Acrobat Pro, FileMaker Pro), cloud-based web applications (e.g., DropBox, Adobe EchoSign, Interfolio, LimeSurvey, phpList), and social media/blogging platforms (WordPress/BuddyPress in particular).
This is a 30h/week, one-year position with strong likelihood of renewal. Extension of duties to create a 40h/week position may be possible. Occasional weekend or evening work will be required. Starting wage is competitive and depends on relevant experience. Please submit a cover letter, résumé (including GPA, if applicable), and list of three references via email to Donna Sy at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 November 2014.