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Job Openings


For over 100 years ABA has helped independent bookstores grow and succeed. Independent bookstores promote reading, books, authors, and community. They contribute to their neighborhoods economically and culturally, support literacy, and provide access to ideas, education, and entertainment. As a national not-for-profit trade organization ABA provides indie bookstores with education; business products and services; an e-commerce platform; marketing support; and advocacy. The ABA’s Chief Communications Officer is responsible for ABA’s internal and external communication. This is a new position (previously ABA Senior Strategy Officer) that reports directly to ABA’s CEO and is part of ABA’s executive team that also includes ABA’s COO and CFO.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and directing ABA’s internal and external communication
  • Overseeing ABA’s member website design and content
  • Supervising ABA’s advocacy and communications team 
  • Creating and managing ABA’s communication strategy
  • Serving, along with ABA’s CEO, as an ABA spokesperson
  • Writing press releases, maintaining media contact database, liaisoning with the media, and scheduling CEO interviews
  • Ensuring ABA’s communication is equitable and inclusive
  • Developing and strengthening ABA's relationships with elected officials and other associations
  • Amplifying ABA’s commitment to antiracism, representation, equity, and access
  • Counseling ABA’s executive team regarding communications objectives, programs, and tactics
  • Measuring the effectiveness of ABA’s communications strategies
  • Attending ABA Board of Director meetings, along with the entire executive team, to represent ABA staff
  • Keeping ABA informed about industry news and other news relevant to our work and our industry

Requirements include:

  • Passion for independent bookstores and/or books
  • Commitment to representation and inclusivity
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) experience
  • Proven success developing and executing communication strategy for a company or organization (5+ years of experience)
  • Proven ability to research, analyze, and consolidate complex content into cohesive, clear, straightforward messaging
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methodologies of communications, public/media relations, and speech writing
  • Experience in messaging advocacy goals and issues to elected officials and policymakers
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, business, or related field; or comparable experience or self-education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management and self-direction
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and handle tight deadlines and changing needs
  • Knowledge of governance relations, policy, and/or lobbying
  • Cover letter that speaks to why you want this job; your experience with representation, equity, and inclusion; and your interest in independent bookstores

Location:

This position is located at ABA’s home office in White Plains, New York. (This position is slated as an in-person position. Remote candidates may still apply but will only be considered if this requirement changes in the course of our search.)

Compensation:

$100K+ depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid sick days, holidays, vacation, and personal days.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter that speaks to why you want this job; your previous professional and/or personal experience supporting representation, equity, antiracism, and access in the workplace and/or your community; and your interest in independent bookstores; as well as your resume to Allison Hill at jobs@bookweb.org with the subject line: Chief Communications Officer. Applications will be accepted until the role is filled, with a projected start date in late-October (but will be dependent upon the candidate’s needs). Please review ABA’s full values statement before applying.

Equal Opportunity:

ABA believes diversity and diverse perspectives make our organization stronger, and we’re committed to creating a supportive environment for all employees and an association that’s representative of all of our members and the customers they serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age; ethnicity; color; race; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; physical, mental, or sensory disability; national, social, or ethnic origin; neurodiversity; pregnancy; family or parental status; and/or genetic information (including family medical history).

Important Note:

If you are passionate about ABA’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

 


 

Bookstores For Sale


For Sale: The Toadstool Bookshops (3 locations)

The Toadstool Bookshops include three family-owned stores with a successful 49 year history of bookselling to the Monadnock region in southwestern New Hampshire.

Each feature extensive inventories, including new and used books tailored to the region with a strong local following. Interested parties should contact Willard Williams by phone (603-924-3543) or email: books@ptoad.com.


 

New bookstore opened in November 2018 by retired couple who now are being drawn back to family. Operating above break-even point with a small profit, building reputation with locals and the many tourists who ski and visit one of the country's premier year-round mountain resorts. Lifestyle is great; combine your love of books with the ability to take a Powder Day when the fresh snow calls.

Over our first 16 months, we've refined our inventory to offer the best selection of books and sidelines (ski and snowboard growth charts, liberal-leaning mugs, etc.) to position our store for future growth. 900 SF with good visibility on Main Street; $55,000 in inventory (at cost); $14,000 fixtures; all included in asking price of $75,000. Please contact rsims2012@gmail.com if interested for more information.


 

 

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

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