Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab Seeks General Manager

    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.
     

     

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