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Bookstore Postings

Old Town Books, Alexandria, VA Children’s Book Buyer. (posted 10/31/19)
This part-time position requires availability on evenings, weekends, and during the busy holiday season. We pay competitive hourly rates and are open to the possibility of growing this role into a full-time position for the right individual. All employees on the Old Town Books team are also booksellers, so retail experience in a bookstore and/or connection to other publishing adjacent field is appreciated.
 
Primary Responsibilities of the Children's Book Buyer: Review catalogs and develop buying strategy in partnership with store ownership. Buy and receive books for children of all ages. Process re-orders and manage inventory and back stock of all children's items.
Buy and receive non-book children’s merchandise. Research new products, open accounts, pay vendors, and maintain an organized filing system for all non-book children’s items.
Build relationships with schools to grow our school sales and nurture existing relationships. Process large school orders and coordinate the delivery of books to classrooms. Communicate the benefits of buying local to school stakeholders, and promote our “points for your classroom” program.
Administer the school “self-sell” book fair program.
Use Edelweiss event grids to pitch publishers children's book author events at our store and for neighboring schools and organizations. Work with the Community Coordinator to program a regular series of children's book author visits.
Administer the Buy2Give program, where schools can host in-store shopping nights and get a portion of their purchases matched in the form of books for their classrooms. Plan in-store and “pop-up” childrens programming such as storytime at the park, middle grade book club, and establish a “Teen Advisory Board” for a more informed, community-connected book selection. Contact Ally Kirkpatrick

 

Books Are Magic, General Manager (posted 10/23/2019)

Books Are Magic is a vibrant, thriving independent bookstore in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. We have a robust events calendar, books for children and adults, a neon sign, a poetry gumball machine, and lots more. After two years of consistent growth, we are hiring a General Manager, who will work with our children’s manager and our growing staff, support the owners on a daily basis, and help us move into the next phase of our evolution as both a destination and a local bookstore in Brooklyn. 

The General Manager’s job will be to ensure that both the customers and the employees have good experiences within our walls, and to assist the owners in the running of the store on both a micro and macro level. The bookstore’s volume has increased enormously in the last two years, and we need another full-time set of eyes and hands helping to maintain thoughtful and collaborative support between the owners and the staff, and to make sure that everything is getting done! We are looking for a manager who is ready to jump in with both feet. 

The General Manager will work both on the bookstore floor and in the office, working on staff supervision and problem solving, helping to direct the floor staff on a daily basis, to assist with customer service, to delegate tasks, to keep the store supplies in stock, and to work with the owners to handle supporting staff and addressing any issues that may arise. The General Manager will also assist the owners in hiring and training new employees, manage the schedule, and generally make sure all systems are running smoothly! 

General Manager’s Responsibilities:

·         Direct booksellers in sales floor tasks

·         Communicate store specific updates, information and instructions and assign staff projects via email, Slack, and in person

·         Support the events team in the coordination of events in store and occasionally offsite

·         Handle employee issues and discuss problems with the owners, must be comfortable with addressing problems and having follow-ups

·         Help coordinate hiring and training of new staff

·         Have regular check-ins with all staff members

·         Keep the store stocked with all supplies

·         Manage the staff schedule

Prerequisites:  Previous bookselling experience, especially in a managerial role, is our dearest wish; though, if you think that you have experience that is much the same, please don’t hesitate to apply. Prior experience on our POS, Bookmanager, would be icing on the cake. 

Direct Supervisor: Owners

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

Compensation: We will pay a competitive salary, with a healthy annual bonus.  Benefits include partially subsidized health insurance, 80 hr PTO to start, an employee discount, and lots of other, less quantifiable perks - all the free books one could want, of course, but also travel to bookselling conferences, and many rich opportunities for professional development. 

Please send resume and a letter to jobs@booksaremagic.net.

 

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.

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

 

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (posted 11/56/2019)

Executive Director

Position: Full-Time

 The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a regional not-for-profit trade association, seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as its next Executive Director.  The right candidate will be passionate about books and bookstores, have a solid familiarity with the region and the book industry, and have the strategic and administrative acumen needed to help the organization thrive in the future.

SIBA is a not-for-profit trade association of independent booksellers and others who are an integral part of the booksellers’ success – authors, publishers, vendors and publicists. SIBA’s membership includes 158 core members who are independent, “brick and mortar” bookstores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The organization is governed by a five-member Board of Directors with each Director serving a three-year term.  SIBA is deeply committed to upholding the principles of the Carver Policy Governance Model which makes a clear distinction between the policy-making role of the Board and the implementation role of the Executive Director. The staff, which is currently composed of two full-time positions and one contractual employee, operates virtually with each staff member working remotely. The annual operating budget is approximately $500,000. Wanda Jewell, the incumbent, is retiring after a thirty-year tenure as Executive Director.

Current programs are designed to provide skills, informational resources, and tools to enhance booksellers’ success and visibility. They include the annual Discovery Show and SIBA in the Springtime – high energy networking and educational events which draw hundreds of booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. Special awards, social media, and marketing tools are designed to increase sales and public awareness of indie bookstores. Also, SIBA’s Peer Review Trust acts as an archive of best practices for bookstores and offers peer review assessments for stores who feel they would benefit from some outside assistance. Priorities for SIBA’s next Executive Director are to continue strong governance practices, enhance strategic capabilities, promote organizational sustainability, build advocacy and partnerships, strengthen communication, improve programmatic and operational focus, seek opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion, and pursue ways technology can enhance SIBA’s overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Additional details about the position and qualifications sought are available https://sibaweb.com/701-executive-director-position-profile.Organizational information can be found on SIBA’s website – www.sibaweb.com.

Inquiries about the position and the search process should be addressed to: EDjob@sibaweb.com.

SIBA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

 

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