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Book Club - Booktender -- Part Time (posted 09/23/2019)

At Book Club, our booktenders will function in a hybrid position of bookseller and barista (morning shift) or bookseller and bartender (afternoon and evening shift). This position is ideal for individuals who thrive in a fast-paced customer service environment, love books, and enjoy talking to people.

Essential duties: 

·         Greet and establish rapport with customers, delivering exceptional service that ensures both sales and high levels of customer satisfaction

·         Maintain a working knowledge of our inventory and events in order to provide thoughtful recommendations and a personalized experience to customers

·         Drive customer loyalty by encouraging loyalty program registration

·         Communicate product needs to managers to ensure the store is stocked appropriately with in-demand titles and customer requests

·         Recover the floor during each shift by gathering and restocking items, straightening bookcases, maintaining tables in the bar and throughout the store, maintaining restroom cleanliness, and performing other store and bar housekeeping tasks

·         Assist as needed with in-store events

·         Prepare coffee and espresso drinks to order in accordance with Book Club standards and health code. Barista training can be provided. 

·         Serve beer, wine, and soft drinks to order in accordance with Book Club standards and health code. Bartender training can be provided.

·         Any and all other duties assigned by the supervisor  

Qualifications and skills:

·         Passion for books and the desire to create an East Village community space

·         Strong communication and people skills

·         Ability to multi-task and adapt as the needs of a new bookstore store develop

·         Availability for early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays to align with store needs

The following is not required, but extra consideration will be given to individuals with any of the following:

·         Previous bookselling experience, or an understanding of the book industry, especially independent bookstores

·         Experience with book inventory software

·         Previous hospitality experience, including bartending, restaurant service, or barista

·         NYC Food Protection Certification

·         Alcohol Training Awareness Certificate 

All applicants should understand that being a bookseller requires some manual labor: shelving books, lifting boxes, crouching and reaching, and standing for the entire shift. 

We offer a competitive hourly rate plus tips. Benefits for part-time employees are TBD. Booksellers will also have access to free advance copies of books and audiobooks.

To apply, please submit a resume and brief introduction to info@bookclubbar.com. Please include a “shelf talker:” a short paragraph highlighting one of your favorite books. Our hiring process will begin mid to late September for a mid-October opening. Please note that our store opening date is still flexible.

Greenlight Bookstore Store Manager – Prospect Lefferts Gardens location (posted 09/20/2019)

Overview: The Store Manager acts as host of the store, making sure that both customers and employees have a consistent and positive experience.  The Store Manager conveys and embodies Greenlight’s ethos of providing a welcoming space for all members of our community and offering access to books and programming that are curated for our customers. This is accomplished through thoughtful and consistent training and direction of bookstore staff, and ongoing collaboration and communication with fellow members of the managerial team.

The Store Manager is present on the sales floor as much as possible for customer service, staff supervision, and troubleshooting, and also spends administrative time in the office or away from the store for projects and meetings.  The Store Manager works with the Receiving and Buying departments to direct the flow of books into the store for shelving, merchandising, and display, and out of the store for sales and returns.  The Store Manager maintains the physical plant, keeping the store supplies fully stocked and the store clean and presentable. The Store Manager maintains the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Basecamp team and facilitates/delegates floor projects assigned from other departments, including ensuring that events scheduled in the store run smoothly. The Store Manager works with the HR Manager and General Manager to handle employee issues with diplomacy and documentation. The PLG Store Manager meets regularly with the Fort Greene Store Manager and other department managers.  The Store Manager collaborates with Greenlight’s management team to create and maintain consistent policies and procedures, and to coordinate hiring, training, scheduling, reviews, and communication with store staff.

The Store Manager will be involved in community relations and will act as a ‘face of the store’ in the neighborhood. This includes but is not limited to working and liaising with neighborhood organizations, schools, and surrounding businesses.

In addition to store manager responsibilities, the PLG Store Manager oversees Greenlight’s store supplies for all locations. They keep inventory spreadsheets up to date, order all supplies, and conduct a regular cost analysis to ensure that funds are being wisely and efficiently used.

Summary of responsibilities:

-       Direct shift leaders and booksellers in merchandising and additional sales floor tasks

-       Communicate store specific updates, information and instructions and assign staff projects via Basecamp and in person

-       Work with Receiving and Buying departments to direct inventory flow

-       Help facilitate coordination of events in store and occasionally offsite

-       Handle employee issues and discuss problems with management

-       Coordinate with counterparts at other locations and participate in manager meetings

-       Liaise with management team to coordinate hiring, training, scheduling, reviews, and communication with store staff, including staff meetings

-       Coordinate maintenance of physical plant

-       Liaise with community organizations, including schools and business neighbors

-       Manage company-wide supply checklists, and order and maintain supplies for all of Greenlight with periodic cost analysis

Prerequisites:  Experience as a bookseller, preferably in a managerial role. Ability to work well in a team. Proficiency with project management software and Microsoft Office suite.

Direct Supervisor: General Manager, Owners

Schedule: Five days / 40 hours per week on specified days, including store shifts and administrative time

Compensation: This is a salaried position with bonus potential.  Salaried employee benefits include employee discount, partially subsidized health insurance, ten days paid vacation, and other intangibles including professional development and cultural institution memberships.
 
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is looking for a leader to join us in our work as an Associate Executive Director - a driven visionary with excellent organizing, managerial, execution and communication skills who can multi-task and to strategically broaden and deepen the organization’s work in the community. The candidate will have an excellent understanding and analysis of issues of race, gender, and class – an ability to think and lead in an intersectional manner. Email resume.
 
Penn Book Center seek to hire a full-time general manager (posted 09/12/2019)
Penn Book Center seeks to hire a full-time general manager to lead a small group of full and part-time booksellers. Candidates should be experienced managers with great familiarity with bookstore operations, including retail reporting and ordering. Good staff and customer-relations skills are a must. 

The following attributes are required:
• Experience organizing and overseeing staff duties in a bookstore is required
• Knowledge and experience with ordering, receiving, and returns
• Expertise with budget preparation, retail reporting
• Display management, merchandising and book placement skill
• Comfortable with high levels of delegation and follow-up
• Knowledge of sideline buying and placement
• Comfortable using sells numbers to drive decision-making
Salary is based on qualifications and experience. Insurance will be provided upon the completion of job training. Penn Book Center is an equal opportunity employer
  
About Penn Book Center
Penn Book Center is an independent bookstore on the University of Pennsylvania campus that has been serving readers, writers, students, and faculty for over 57 years. The store houses a wide selection of the latest trade books with additional strengths in poetry, cultural criticism, philosophy, and young adult and children’s literature. PBC hosts regular in-store readings and does offsite sales at inveterate and new institutions in the greater Philadelphia area.     
Candidates should email their resumes to Matthew Duques, one of the new owners, duquesme@gmail.com
 
General Manager (posted 07/24/2019)
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036
Position: Full-Time
Kramerbooks is a vibrant, iconic independent bookstore in the heart of Dupont Circle. For more than 40 years, Kramers has provided locals and visitors to DC with a carefully curated selection of books and sidelines. We’re looking for an experienced General Manager to lead the bookstore team and support our future growth plans.
In particular, we’re looking for the following attributes:
•  2-3 years of experience as General Manager of a bookstore is required
• A broad knowledge of books, with deeper knowledge in at least 1-2 genres
• Advanced knowledge and experience with inventory management including receiving and returns, and experience training others in inventory management
• High levels of proactivity and problem-solving
• Display management, merchandising and book placement experience
• Skilled at training, motivating and developing team members
• Comfortable with high levels of delegation and follow-up
• Knowledge of sideline buying and placement
• Comfortable using data to drive decision-making
• Experience and/or familiarity with book buying would be great, but not essential.
 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: 
• Strong knowledge of IBID
• Ability to develop and maintain loss prevention 
• Skilled in budget preparation and fiscal management
Distinguishing Characteristics:
• Position requires: a) independent oversight of all day-to-day bookstore operations, to include customer service, in-store merchandising and stock management, and cash management; b) coordination of purchasing, receiving, inventory management, shipping, and returns for the store; c) preparation and coordination of store budgets, invoicing, and accounts payable; d) participation the development of operating policies and procedures for the store; e) full day-to-day supervision of four or more lower level staff engaged in bookstore activities.
In return we offer:
• The opportunity to be part of some very exciting plans for the bookstore
• Significant opportunities for growth and advancement
• Competitive salary
• A generous and expanding benefits package including paid time off, paid holidays, 401k, generous contributions towards medical, dental and vision insurance, 100% employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance
Kramerbooks is an equal opportunity employer. Email your resume to rahely@kramers.com.
 
Kramerbooks is a vibrant, iconic independent bookstore in the heart of Dupont Circle. For more than 40 years, Kramers has provided locals and visitors to DC with a carefully curated selection of books and sidelines. 

 

Industry Postings

 

Bookazine (posted 07/18/2019)

Sales Support Representative

Full Time
Bookazine, a full-service book wholesaler located in Bayonne is seeking a Sales Support Representative with the responsibilities of: 
  • Responding promptly to customer inquiries, facilitating orders and returns and fulfilling customer needs to ensure satisfaction.
  • Exhibiting a positive, empathetic and professional attitude toward customers at all times
  • Process customer orders and provide tracking/shipping information
  • Support business development and client referral goals by actively cross-selling and referring customers
  • Analyzing sales data and creating sales support materials
  • Coordinating and communicating with colleagues as necessary
  • Providing overall administrative and sales support to sales team
  • Keeping strong records of customer interactions, transactions, comments and complaints
  • Creating sales support materials as necessary
  • Following the Company’s communication procedures, guidelines and policies
  • Using web-based and internal computer systems to maintain important daily/weekly/monthly sales tasks
Required skills include
  • Minimum of three (3) years of successful experience in customer service.
  • Strong proficiency in general internet & computer skills including Word, Excel and database software
  • Field and send business correspondence
  • Ability to work well under pressure and proactively solve problems
  • Must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
What we offer
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Benefits including medical, dental, vision
  • 401K
  • Casual Dress Code
To apply, please include resume with cover letter and salary requirements to alevy@bookazine.com. Bookazine,75 Hook Road, Bayonne, NJ 07002