The Focus on Book Arts Conference takes place during July of even numbered years. Virtual conferences occur in July of odd numbered years. The planning for the next conference begins as soon as one finishes. Volunteers are needed during the conference and throughout the year of planning for the next conference. With the exception of being on site during the conference in even-numbered years, you do not need to be in the Portland area to help. Many of our board and committee members are scattered around the United States.

Volunteer opportunities fall into a few different categories. You can learn more about the different types of volunteer opportunities. 

We currently have positions open at the board level and expect to have lots of committee jobs as conference planning gets underway. Watch this space for volunteer opportunities throughout the two year planning cycle for jobs that may be of interest to you.

Board positions

  • Registration is a key role for the FOBA conference that manages all aspects of conference attendance. The registrar handles all the elements of signing up for the conference including workshops, housing, and meals. This person will communicate with attendees regarding their registration status, prepares the packets for attendees and check-in staff, monitor and report to the board on the status of registration (including workshop signups and monies from registration), handle refunds, and summarize and support analysis of conference registration. This requires a fair amount of spreadsheet work, configuration and setup of the registration software being used for the conference.
  • Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for finding and managing the volunteers to work during the conference to help set it up, staff the information area, help with events and activities, and take down after the conference. Additionally, this person will be responsible for the Fellowship program, keeping track of people interested in volunteering, and contacting potential volunteers.
  • Outreach is a new team leader role that will ensure FOBA remains a fiscally stable organization. We envision this role might encompass many methods and ways of fundraising, including: finding sponsors for FOBA events and activities, defining and organizing fundraising events and activities, requesting grants, soliciting donations, and managing FOBA products.

If you are interested in one of the board positions, please contact the conference coordinator at

Committee positions

Teams are currently being formed in the following areas:

  • Events and Activities, we are looking for people to plan the different events and activities that happen during the conference. This may include finding and arranging for speakers, defining other evening events, organizing the Artists’ Fair and more.

If you are interested in being on one of these teams, please contact the volunteer coordinator at