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A unique opportunity to lead a small, dynamic team of booksellers in collaboration with an innovative university press at the forefront of art, tech, science, and culture. The MIT Press Bookstore functions as a full service bookstore to the MIT community and Cambridge residents, businesses, and tourists. The store offers a broad selection of trade / scholarly / children's titles, and also serves as a showroom for the publications of the MIT Press. Some relocation funds may be available for the right applicant.

The Store Manager functions as the senior member of the bookstore, providing exemplary customer service, sales and merchandising, and overseeing buying, accounting, and operations of a fast-paced retail environment.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Staff Supervision and Store Leadership – Hiring, scheduling, supervision, and training of staff.
  • Customer Service & Sales– Maintenance of the sales floor; providing direct sales assistance to customers.
  • Marketing & Merchandising – Guiding the store’s marketing, social media efforts & instore merchandising.
  • Events Strategy & Support – Supervise events staff in coordinating an active events schedule.
  • Book Purchasing – Inventory curation and control; ordering, returning, shipping, and receiving of inventory.
  • Accounting – Cash / invoice / receivable / expenditure / vendor account reconciliation; tracking & budgeting.
  • Operations – Maintenance of POS system, IT software updates, and operational functioning of the store.
  • Facility Maintenance – Acting facility manager, liaising with MIT Press to supervise any issues / enhancements.

Requirements: 

  • Three to five years of bookstore or related retail management experience;
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and ease with telephone, email, and in-person communication;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Must be able to juggle multiple priorities despite frequent interruptions, and work independently.
  • Must be able to handle confidential financial information, interpret store policies using discretion and judgment,
  • Must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs. Frequent weekend and evening work required.

Desirable:

  • An active or growing interest in nonfiction publishing.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, InDesign, MailChimp, and Eventbrite preferred.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture--and benefits--that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future--then take a look at this opportunity.

To submit your application, click here.

About The MIT Press:

The MIT Press is a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. MIT Press books and journals are known for their intellectual daring, scholarly standards, and distinctive design.

The MIT Press Bookstore is a proud and active member of both the ABA and NEIBA. The Press regularly exhibits at Book Expo, ABA Winter Institute, and fall regional trade shows.


 

Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh’s award-winning independent bookstore, seeks a full time Inventory & Bookkeeping Clerk.

There are 3 main components to this job: Receiving inventory, Accounting, and time on the sales floor as a bookseller to become familiar with the point of sale. Proficiency in Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Docs is desirable. Quickbooks experience would also be a bonus, but is not required.The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented person with a strong work ethic who likes books, paperwork, and people (though not necessarily in that order).

An inventory/receiving clerk is responsible for:

  • receiving books, gift items, and supplies
  • processing returns to publishers for overstock items
  • processing shipments to customers, clients, and publishers
  • verifying the accuracy and condition of each shipment received
  • processing online orders for customers

Bookkeeping responsibilities include:

  • requesting credit from vendors for short-shipped and damaged merchandise
  • matching invoices to purchase orders
  • reconciling statements
  • performing data entry
  • assist in maintaining accounting records and filing documents
  • assisting bookkeeper with the processing of accounts payable and accounts receivable

The clerk will also need to learn how to work on the floor as a bookseller:

  • helping customers at the register and on the floor
  • providing backup for floor staff
  • answering the phone

Physical strength and agility are required to bend, stoop, stand, lift, carry, and move heavy boxes of books and merchandise.

Clerk must have:

  • ability to maintain accurate records
  • ability to do repetitive, detail-oriented work
  • ability to work with frequent interruptions
  • ability to work effectively with staff
  • ability to keep work area clean, orderly and secure

Position requires the ability to work some evenings and weekends.

The ideal candidate will also have retail experience (bookstore-specific experience a big plus), and a love of books and reading.

Please send a resumé and cover letter to jobs@quailridgebooks.com, along with answers to following questions: 

  • Why do you want to work in a bookstore?
  • Please describe what you think it means to give great customer service.
  • List the last 3 books you have read.
  • Write a sample staff pick (2 or 3 sentences describing why you like a specific book).
  • What do you like to do in your spare time, aside from reading? 


     

Workman Publishing is seeking a well-organized problem-solver to serve as Assistant Manager, Trade Sales & Retail Marketing on the trade sales team. This unique position will align imprint marketing efforts with sales goals in the independent bookstore channel, and this role offers the opportunity to work with books in a wide variety of genres (fiction, narrative nonfiction, health, children’s, YA, gardening, and more). The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, with a demonstrated ability to work well under deadlines. Experience in marketing at an independent bookstore will be prioritized, but not strictly required.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate publisher promotions and exhibit strategies at American Booksellers Association conferences, including Winter Institute, Children’s Institute, and Fall Regional Shows
  • Coordinate imprint selections for holiday catalog titles and work with regional associations to secure ad space
  • Coordinate efforts from imprint marketing departments to implement successful marketing plans for brick-and-mortar retailers, including preorder campaigns, contests, giveaways, and in-store merchandising for key titles
  • Serve as the point person for all things Edelweiss, including working with publishers to ensure all essential assets are online by deadline and managing the event grid process
  • Bring a creative eye to cross-imprint backlist and seasonal promotions for independent bookstores
  • Some travel is required

Please apply if you meet the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 3–5 years of experience in a bookselling, marketing, or sales role
  • College degree or work equivalent
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and follow-up skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure and proactively solve problems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with Mailchimp or similar platform is a plus, but not required
  • Familiarity with Edelweiss
  • Preference given to experience as an indie bookseller, particularly in a marketing role
  • Salary commensurate with experience

To apply, email jobs@workman.com, and please include your résumé and cover letter with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our benefits program. We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response.


 

ABA, a national not-for-profit trade organization, seeks a visionary and entrepreneurial leader to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The right candidate will have the ability to appreciate and passionately uphold the association’s mission and assertion that bookstores are vital to our communities. At the core of ABA’s mission is providing its independent bookstore members with the tools and resources they need to be successful. Deeply and historically committed to its members and its mission, the ABA and the next CEO will be positioned to enhance the organization’s impact on local communities through a thriving national platform.

On Wednesday, May 8, the American Booksellers Association posted detailed information about the association’s search for its new chief executive officer. The document was created by ABA’s CEO search committee in consultation with the outside search firm of Isaacson, Miller.

View the full CEO position profile here.


 

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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.

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