A very dedicated group of people helps with planning, organizing and managing the conference. If you’re interested in volunteering with FOBA, you can help from wherever you live.

We are very proud that we’ve been able to put on the Focus on Book Arts Conference every two years with an all-volunteer staff.

Every bit of your help makes a difference.

With the exception of at-conference volunteer needs, you do not need to be in the Portland, Oregon area to help. Many of our board and committee members are scattered around the United States.


Focus on Book Arts Conference planning and organizing continues during our off-conference years. Each FOBA board member has specific responsibilities related to the biennial conference. As we begin the planning for the 2024 conference, we have openings for some positions on the board. We’re seeking board members who will be responsible for specific aspects of the conference.

Many of these board members rely on teams to help with the organizing of the conference. For instance, the Events Planner has volunteer(s) for each of the different events (i.e., trade show, faculty exhibit, speakers, etc.) and activities (i.e., raffle, challenge book, etc.). If you’re not yet ready to commit to joining the board, you may want to consider helping with a specific part of the conference and volunteering to join a team.

FOBA Open Positions

As we begin our planning for a 2024 FOBA Conference, we have a couple of open board positions to fill. If you are interested in finding out more about positions on the board, please contact Jean at conferenceinfo@focusonbookarts.org. The open positions include Conference Director for the next conference, a person who will be responsible for the Graphics that appear online as well as in print, and someone to maintain the Website Content.  

  • Conference Director
    • Responsible for leading the conference team as it plans, organizes, and prepares for the next in-person conference and coordinates off-year events.
    • This person will work closely with the president, treasurer, and other board members to ensure that we have a robust and engaging conference. 
  • Graphics
    • Responsible for ensuring that FOBA branding is maintained throughout all materials and online presences; creating layouts for all printed materials, online layouts, and components; and for preparing all printed and online materials associated with the conference (catalog, handbook, nametags, etc.).
    • This person works with the rest of the team to incorporate content created by other board members.