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    Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab is looking to hire a General Manager to oversee all aspects of our retail operations and lab programming. This is a chance to work in close partnership with the owners and as part of a tight-knit team to grow Stories into a sustainable business that will enrich the lives of children throughout Brooklyn and beyond! We are looking for a manager who is an excellent collaborator, inspiring leader, master organizer, and is passionate about children’s literature and education.
     
    In addition to operational responsibilities, a portion of the role will be tailored to the chosen candidate’s unique talents, experience, and interests, as well as the evolving needs of the business. Prior experience in a management position in an organization that involves work with children and/or children’s literature or arts programming is required.
     
    Specific Responsibilities
    Independent oversight of all day-to-day bookstore and lab operations, including customer service, merchandising, stock and supply management, daily scheduling, cash management and facility upkeep/cleaning.
    Coordination of purchasing, receiving, inventory management, shipping and returns.
    Management of on-site and off-site event booking and logistics, including scheduling, staffing, and stocking.
    Preparation and coordination, with owners, of store budgets, invoicing, and accounts payable.
    Development and continuous improvement of operating policies, systems and procedures.
    Recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, and full day-to-day supervision of staff.
    Additional responsibilities based on experience, talents, and interests, as well as the evolving needs of the business. 
     
    Qualifications
    4+ years of management experience in an organization that involves work with children.
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service abilities.
    Strong organizational abilities and attention to detail.
    Ability to work well with others to get the job done and tolerate stress when faced with pressure, uncertainty, or last-minute changes.
    Able to communicate with owners, staff, customers, and the community at large in a positive and helpful manner while simultaneously building credibility and rapport.
    Passion for and knowledge of children’s literature.
    High level of proficiency with computer systems, including word processing, spreadsheets, calendaring and e-mail; Google’s G Suite is preferred.
    Scheduling flexibility, including ability to work weekends and evenings.
    Ability to bend, reach, lift boxes of 30-40 lbs and go up and down stairs throughout the day.
     
    This is a full-time position with salary, bonus and benefits commensurate with experience and performance. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a resume and statement of interest to hello@storiesbk.com.
     
    About Stories
    Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab is a children’s bookstore located in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We opened in May, 2016 and were founded by wife-and-husband team Maggie Pouncey and Matt Miller. We stock a beautiful collection of children’s books for ages zero through young adult, with a section for grown-ups, too. And we teach a rich catalogue of children’s classes in our adjacent lab space. We believe growing up in a world of books can make all the difference, and that storytelling is a vital art, one that in our digitally-saturated age, deserves and demands preservation.
     

     

    Kramerbooks & Afterwords is now looking for a hard-working, resourceful, team-oriented, hands-on book buyer who will also act as an ambassador for the brand. If you have the passion, we have the position. 

    About Us:

    Kramerbooks & Afterwords opened its doors as the first bookstore/cafe in Washington DC in 1976. Over the years, through expansions and neighborhood changes, much of our business has remained constant, notably our commitment to providing our patrons with access to the best books and to the most delicious food and drink. In addition to a lively atmosphere and a full-service bar, Kramerbooks & Afterwords stages hundreds of book-related events each year, both in the store and elsewhere. From tourists to neighbors, college students to politicians, there is something for everyone at Kramerbooks & Afterwords!

    Position: Lead Book Buyer

    Reports to: Bookstore Manager with dotted line to COO and CFO

    Location: DuPont Circle, Washington, DC

    Core Competencies: Align with Kramers Values. Planning and Organization, Leadership, Decision Making, Book Buying, Problem Solving, Adaptability, Communications, Relationship Building, Revenue Generation, Results-Oriented

    Key Evaluation Criteria: Competence, Judgement, Energy, Attitude, Focus, Relationships, Trust

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Oversight and management of all front list and back list book acquisition in keeping with Kramerbooks point of view and brand.
    • Schedule, conduct, manage/oversee and curate all bookstore inventory processes.
    • Track, analyze and report on sales and inventory turns and trends – by category and by vendor - to leadership and make strategic recommendations based upon analysis.
    • Training and development of junior team members.
    • Involvement, along with bookstore manager, with the receiving and merchandizing of books and sidelines.
    • Development and growth of B2B accounts and sales.
    • Evaluate, develop strategy and track all Co-op opportunities along with marketing lead.
    • Be aware of, and take strategic advantage of, all promotional opportunities and discounts offered by vendors.
    • Working with CFO/finance lead, maximize cash flow and use of vendor credit terms by properly scheduling the placement of orders.
    • Regularly track, analyze and share industry trends with booksellers and leadership.
    • Oversee, track and document the return of book merchandize for proper credit.
    • Ensure timely and accurate sales reporting to affiliate associations (NY Times weekly, Bookscan, ABA, etc.).
    • Sales reporting and analysis and overall book mapping for the retail operation.
    • Coordinating and managing inventory needs for advertising & events, on-premises and off-premises.
    • Delivers results in line with Kramer’s standards and goals.
    • Maintain and uphold neat and orderly store records, provide reports and make presentations to Leadership as requested.
    • Buyer will retain some store level responsibilities so as to be able to stay in touch with the retail environment (booksellers, patrons, merchandizing, etc.).
    • Buyer plays a primary role in the development and nurturing of relationships with publishers, wholesalers, other vendors and their representatives as well as industry leaders and publicists.
    • Input in miscellaneous bookstore collateral including postcards, bookmarks, newsletters and the like.
    • Buyer will have access to, and will be expected to leverage the advice and expertise of Kramers advisors.

    Requirements:

    • Ability to handle the above responsibilities and document current/past proficiency in same
    • Have a passion for books as well as a head for business
    • Exceptional communications skills (verbal/written) with the ability to effectively interact with both internal and external guests
    • Minimum 5 years of work experience in bookstore buying and management
    • Intermediate level competence in IBIDie, and Microsoft Office suite
    • Great professional references
    • Must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time

    Kramers is an equal opportunity employer and offers benefits to full-time employees including, medical and PTO. All final candidates will be asked to successfully complete a background and credit check including driving record, education, employment and criminal records.

    Respond with cover letter and resume to Jamie Galler via email: jamieg@kramers.com.

     

    Bookstores For Sale


    Linda's Story Time, a children's book and gift store in Monroe, Connecticut, has been in business for 17 years and owner Linda Devlin is ready to retire! The store caters to ages birth to 18 and also has a small adult section. You can find us on Facebook and on our website. Interested parties can call Linda at (203) 459-1579.
     
     

    Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks, Alaska, is looking for a new owner.  In business since 1985 with a loyal customer base. New and used books, bulk sales, café, and gift items. For more information please contact Bryan and Christy Wiskeman at 907-474-9575 (Tuesday through Saturday) or via email: bryanw@gullivers-books.com and christy@gullivers-books.com. 

     

    All ABA bookstore members in good standing are entitled to four free two-week Classified Ad insertions in Bookselling This Week each year. BTW Classifieds are the perfect place for booksellers to place help wanted ads, advertise fixtures or stores for sale, and more.

    Booksellers interested in placing a Classified Ad should contact ABA’s Liz Button via e-mail or at (800) 637-0037, ext. 7520. The deadline for Classified Ad copy is 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday for an ad in the following day’s edition of BTW.

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