The Concordia Fine Arts Reading Room (FARR) is hiring!

The Concordia Fine Arts Reading Room (FARR) is hiring for the 2018/2019 academic year. We are seeking applications for two (2) General Staff Members. The hourly rate for the position is $13.50/hour. The average weekly hours are elaborated below. The ideal candidates will not be graduating in spring of 2019, and would be interested in renewing their contract at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year.

Applications are due April 13th, 2018, by 11:59 pm.

About the FARR:

The Fine Arts Reading Room is a student-run arts library and resource centre located on the 2nd floor of Concordia’s EV building. We are funded through a fee-levy paid by undergraduate Fine Arts students and exist to provide services and resources to our membership. We focus on small press, artists’ books, and independent publications, as well as texts not available in Concordia’s main libraries. We also organize regular programming throughout the year, including publication grants, residencies, workshops, and more.

For our hiring policy, please consult: https://tinyurl.com/ya2wao8y

Working at the FARR:

The FARR is run by five staff members who comprise the FARR Staff Collective. Members of the Staff Collective are jointly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the FARR. In addition to staffing the library during open hours, all staff members are expected to attend regular staff meetings, work closely with colleagues, and take on individual projects and tasks such as library maintenance, outreach, and special programming. Decisions are made by consensus and the FARR strives to be a non-hierarchical work environment.

General Staff Position

Job Responsibilities:

  • Staffing the library 8-10 hours per week
    • This involves: Assisting patrons in finding books and navigating resources, facilitating printing and computing, checking in and out books for patrons, helping patrons with research, administering course-reserves, supervising the space.
  • Participating in bi-weekly collective staff meetings
  • Participating in jury processes relevant to regular programming
  • Assisting with planned events
  • Coordinate a limited number of projects and library maintenance tasks
    • For example: cataloguing, shelving books, organizing special collections, publication grants, residencies, workshops, panels, new initiatives, outreach, policy writing, and liaising with other student groups .


  • Registered as an undergraduate Fine Arts student at Concordia University, Enrolment in an undergraduate course for the 2018/2019 academic year
  • Interest in art, independent publications, library and archival practices
  • Interest and willingness in assisting library patrons
  • Experience or interest in collective organizing and decision-making – Interest and ability in taking on self-motivated tasks and projects
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of our membership


  • Spoken and written English and French
  • Familiarity with FARR collections, resources and programming
  • Familiarity or involvement with other Fine Arts groups and organizations at Concordia or within broader arts communities
  • Familiarity with arts related resources both in and outside of Concordia
  • Experience in event planning, graphic design, research, libraries
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and art history (visual arts and performing arts)
  • Knowledge of independent, alternative and small press publishing
  • Ideas for new projects and initiatives at the FARR

Employment Equity:

The Fine Arts Reading Room recognizes diverse life experiences outside of formal, paid employment that could qualify applicants for this position. We encourage applicants to highlight volunteer work, autonomous organizing, and other life experiences that could bring unique skills and perspectives to our organization. The FARR is committed to employment equity, which exists in order to deconstruct systematic barriers to employment including but not limited to race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability. If you would like to be considered for employment equity please include the line “This is an employment equity application” in your cover letter.

Accessibility Information:

Our doorway is 35″ wide and the narrowest point in the space is 45″ wide. The Fine Arts Reading Room is located on the second floor of the EV building, accessible via elevator. If you have specific concerns or needs, please let us know, and we can send you further information. As a consensus-based collective, we are committed to accommodating the access needs of our staff.

To Apply :

Send a single .pdf document with a C.V. and Cover Letter by April 13th, 2018, @ 11:59 pm. to farrconcordia.hiring@gmail.com

  • Include your name in the subject line
  • Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview no later than April 30th, 2018.
  • Interviews will take place throughout the first week of May.
  • The option of a phone or Skype interview will be available for those who are out of town.
  • Interviews will be conducted in English, but candidates are welcomed to respond in French.