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Bookshop Santa Cruz is seeking a talented email marketing and social media coordinator to create compelling, innovative, relevant, and impactful promotions that further Bookshop’s mission of connecting customers to the written word.

Responsibilities would include producing and analyzing Bookshop Santa Cruz’s email marketing and social media channels as well as being a key member of the marketing team to launch, coordinate and produce Bookshop Santa Cruz’s promotions. Work in the heart of the Santa Cruz community by sharing a passion for books and independent bookstores with our engaged and supportive customer base. This position will be supervised by Bookshop’s Marketing Director.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Creating email marketing campaigns end-to-end, managing email databases, and creating newsletters.
  • Reviewing analytics and creating reports on key metrics using POS data and Google analytics.
  • Executing a results-driven social media strategy for promotions and campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and Twitter.
  • Developing and curating engaging content for social media platforms.
  • Representing the Bookshop Santa Cruz brand across marketing platforms.
  • Collaborating with marketing team members to create a robust and innovative marketing calendar that reflects the Santa Cruz community.
  • Monitoring the digital marketing space and social media channels for industry trends.
  • Interacting with users and responding to social media messages, inquiries, and comments.
  • Partnering with the Marketing Director to accomplish all Bookshop Santa Cruz promotions (digital and otherwise).
  • Brainstorming new and creative growth strategies for digital marketing.
  • Other duties as needed including assisting on the Bookshop sales floor.

Skills We Expect:

  • 1-2 years experience with B2C email marketing and social media marketing or content development (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok)
  • Experience with the Constant Contact platform
  • Proficiency with video and photo editing tools, digital media formats, and HTML
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of SEO/SEM and Google Analytics
  • Excellent written communication and copywriting skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • An ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including experience building and maintaining relationships with a diverse network of individuals and organizations
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as a team
  • Love and knowledge of books a must
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn

Job Details
Up to 40 hours/week
Starting at $19/hour + dental and vision benefits after 60 days, PTO, generous employee discounts + book borrowing

This position is located at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
This position is represented by the Communication Workers of America Union.

Bookshop Santa Cruz embraces diversity and equal opportunity in our workplace. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

To apply, send a current resume, cover letter outlining your interest and experience, and writing sample to bookshopscjobs@gmail.com. The writing sample should be a subject line and introductory paragraph (1-2 sentences) for a Bookshop Santa Cruz email announcing 2022’s Most Anticipated Books of the Year.


 

Director of Events

Politics and Prose is seeking a Director of Events to oversee the company's many and varied author talks. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position that reports to P&P's Chief Operating Officer and works closely with the marketing and programs departments. The position is pivotal in planning, organizing, and managing events held either in-person or online.

Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Supervising an events staff of several people;
  • Ensuring that over the course of a year, P&P's events reflect a broad range of authors;
  • Connecting with publishing representatives to be aware of upcoming books and available authors;
  • Figuring out which authors to schedule and when and also determining which of P&P's various venues would be best-suited for a particular author event;
  • Working with the marketing department to promote events.

 Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of event-planning experience, preferably with authors. Also desirable are excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. Familiarity with the publishing industry and working knowledge of Zoom, Eventbrite, Square and Edelweiss are huge pluses.

Complete and submit the online application at www.politics-prose.com and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

Floor Manager

Explore Booksellers, a local treasure and nationally-known independent bookstore, has been serving the Aspen, Colorado community for nearly 50 years. We curate a large collection of books ranging widely in subject matter and a beautiful selection of cards, journals, gifts and games. Known as a community gathering place for locals and visitors alike with a “salon-like vibrancy”, Explore also offers a thoughtful and inspiring line-up of speakers and events that welcome and challenge visitors to discover and explore new ideas.

We are seeking a Floor Manager to manage our bookstore team of 3-7 booksellers and assist the General Manager in supervising and managing store operations.  This position is part of the Explore Booksellers' leadership team and is a key component to making Explore Booksellers a central part of the community.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and preparing bookseller work schedules
  • Hiring, training, and managing year-round and seasonal team members
  • Leading by example in providing excellent customer service, ensuring complete customer satisfaction by addressing requests and resolving problems
  • Oversees bookseller sales, including deposits, accounts receivable, and sales reporting
  • Working with General Manager to develop and implement the in-store marketing strategy including displays, product placement, and signage
  • Receiving and tracking new merchandise, including verifying and databasing orders, and shelving incoming products 
  • Opening and closing of the store 
  • Securing staffing and providing logistical support for on and off-site bookstore events

The expectation is the Floor Manager will spend 24 hours per week working the sales floor, and 16 hours “off floor” hours for scheduling and other managerial tasks. Full availability is required for the summer festival season and the December holiday season. 

You’re a great fit for this position if you:

  • Are great at building and managing a team
  • Have excellent customer service skills
  • Are an avid reader and love exploring new ideas
  • Are good at problem solving and innovating, and have an eagerness to learn
  • Have strong attention to detail and are computer and technology savvy

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include previous experience as a team leader or manager and 1-3 years of experience in a retail environment.  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred, but not required. Ideal candidates will have more robust staff management experience, strong community relations skills, and 3+ years of retail management experience.

Location: Aspen, Colorado

Compensation and Benefits:  $15 - $20 per hour commensurate with experience. Benefits may include health insurance and paid time off. We also offer a generous employee discount

How to apply: To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Jenny Douglass at jenny@explorebooksellers.com

Explore Booksellers is an equal opportunity employer.

 


 

General Manager

Explore Booksellers, a local treasure and nationally-known independent bookstore, has been serving the Aspen, Colorado community for nearly 50 years. We curate a large collection of books ranging widely in subject matter and a beautiful selection of cards, journals, gifts and games. Known as a community gathering place for locals and visitors alike with a “salon-like vibrancy”, Explore also offers a thoughtful and inspiring line-up of speakers and events that welcome and challenge visitors to discover and explore new ideas.

We are seeking a new General Manager who loves books, the Aspen community and connecting people to great ideas. The General Manager is responsible for building and overseeing the team of people who work in the store, as well as overseeing the business operations and steering the bookstore towards success.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, training, and managing the booksellers and other staff
  • Overseeing day-to-day operations, including overseeing inventory management and all budget and financial aspects of the store
  • Marketing, including email newsletter, website, social media, and new innovations
  • Building community between the bookstore and businesses and groups in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond, including helping to organize events

You're a great fit for this position if you:

  • Are great at building and managing a team
  • Have excellent customer service skills
  • Are an avid reader and love exploring new ideas
  • Are independent and entrepreneurial, but also comfortable with oversight
  • Are good at problem solving and innovating, and have an eagerness to learn
  • Have strong attention to detail and are computer and technology savvy

 

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include previous experience as a team leader or manager of 3+ employees/direct reports, have excellent independent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred, but not required. Ideal candidates will have robust staff management experience, a track record of driving business goals and vision including managing a budget and business plan, and 3+ years of retail or small business experience.

Location: Aspen, Colorado

Compensation and Benefits: The compensation range for this position is $32,000-$50,000 and depends on relevant experience, education, and location. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents and paid time off. Housing assistance also is available.

How to apply: To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Jenny Douglass at jenny@explorebooksellers.com.

Explore Booksellers is an equal opportunity employer.


 

Bookstores For Sale


The search is on for the person or persons to take over the reins of Saturn Booksellers and build on a 29-year history as Gaylord’s hometown bookstore with a national reputation.

The quick facts:

  • Established in 1993 in Gaylord, MI
  • It’s the only general, independent bookstore in a six-county radius. N. MI is a tourist mecca, so the store is both a year-round business serving locals and a destination for tourists, many of whom become year-round customers online.
  • Maintains a website serving customers across the continental U.S. and Hawai’i
  • It stocks about 90% new books, 10% toys, games and gift items.
  • Has hosted hundreds of major authors on their national tours, and enjoys a reputation among the publishing world for creative and fun events.
  • It’s the recipient of many awards, including

    • MI Retailer of the Year  
    • Valpak & American Express Shop Small National Grand Prize Winner
    • the local Chamber’s Golden Pineapple for Best Customer Service
    • Best Customer Service, Best Store Staff, Best Bookstore, Best Place to Work, Best Workplace Culture, Best Boss, Best Overall Company to Work For, and Best Hangout several times over in regional Reader Awards
  • It has an existing lease through the end April of 2022 on a 2755 sq. ft. space, with 3 one-year extensions perfect for a new owner to establish themselves before having to decide if they want to remain in the same space, move the shop, purchase a building, etc. More sq. footage is currently available adjacent to our space.
  • Has a knowledgeable and fun staff of booksellers, many of whom would be pleased to discuss staying in place with a new owner.

The owner is local and available to help with the transition. Financials with NDA available upon request. Discussions and offers will be entertained until March 1, 2022.

About Jill Miner:

I purchased the store from its founders in 1998 and moved it from a strip mall into a building I purchased in the heart of downtown Gaylord.  In 2015 I sold that building and moved ‘38 steps’ to the east into the space we now occupy.

During my time as owner, I’ve been privileged to be associated with GLiBA in many capacities, from Education Director to President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, holiday catalog salesperson and more. I’ve also served on committees for the ABA in different capacities over the years. I have probably met many of you at trade shows and author dinners and the like. I’d be honored to talk to you if you are considering a bookstore purchase in the immediate future, or might want to add our store as another location for your existing shop.

Jill Miner
Saturn Booksellers,
127 W. Main St.
Gaylord, MI  49735
989-732-8899 (store)
989-614-1202 (personal cell) 
bookseller9@gmail.com (personal email)


 

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, housed in its own beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, is closing in February of 2022, but could be for sale to the right buyer/s.

About the store:

Founded 40 years ago, and owned for 33 years by Bill Zirinsky and Ruth Schekter, it is recognized as one of the 4 or 5 finest body/mind/spirit bookstores in the nation. Upon the announcement of its closing, the online MLive, affiliated with the city’s main newspaper, The Ann Arbor News, headlined its article, “Iconic Downtown Bookstore to Close Early Next Year.” There has been a regional outpouring of love and heartfelt appreciation (on Facebook) for the contribution that Crazy Wisdom has made to the community, over the decades.

The bookstore just had its most profitable year, ever. The bookstore has had about 14,000 titles in 150+ sections, plus jewelry, crafts, art, instruments, statuary, aromatherapy, incense, crystals, textiles, and bath/body products. The tea room, situated up a mahogany staircase and under a lovely tin ceiling, has typically hosted (pre-pandemic) live music every weekend, a bi-monthly poetry series, a monthly storytelling series, book signings and book talks, Salon evenings, and fairy teas for children. There is also a meeting room on the second floor, which has typically been rented out 250 times per year, for drum circles, herbal classes, meditation groups, book discussion groups, energy healing talks, relationship workshops, and related topics. Typically, the store also has 7 or 8 intuitive readers doing Tarot/intuitive/psychic readings on the second floor during the course of each week.

The bookstore/tea room is also associated with the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal, print and online, and the online Crazy Wisdom Biweekly. The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal is a 112 page, full-color magazine devoted to conscious living topics in the region, includes thirty articles, essays, profiles and interviews, and a calendar of local events, and has over eighty advertisers per issue. The publications are not for sale, and will continue under the current ownership, but could (potentially) continue to publicize bookstore/tea room events. The Crazy Wisdom “brand” in the area is well-known, well-liked and trusted. The store’s mission of serving people in the region who are searching in their lives — in terms of spiritual and psychological growth, integrative medicine and holistic health, sustainability, and conscious living — is valued and respected.

This would be an amazing and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right owner/s — to own, nurture and build one of the most outstanding body/mind/spirit businesses in the United States. This business gave meaning and purpose to the lives of the couple who have owned it for the last 33 years, and to the staff members who worked there, and it could do the same for you! They invite and encourage others with a vision and with capital to invest to step into the role of providing a safe haven for seekers and countercultural imaginings in the Ann Arbor region.

Contact information:

They welcome any serious inquiries into buying the bookstore, and renting the space, or related ideas. Please email Bill Zirinsky and Ruth Schekter at: billz@crazywisdom.net


 

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