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Powell's City of Books, the legendary independent bookseller and international tourist destination, is seeking a Store Manager for our iconic flagship location at 10th and West Burnside in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The Store Manager will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of daily operations as well as providing the leadership, vision, and innovation that will further Powell’s as a world-class leader in retail.

They will inspire a culture of exceptional customer service and will ensure our customer-first mission is present in all aspects of operations. This is a working management position that will develop and champion the talented team of leaders within the store to respond quickly to changing needs and step up to new challenges.

As a downtown landmark and institution, Powell’s is Portland. We are a ‘City of Books’ within the city of Portland and serve as both an anchor and a beacon. The Store Manager will maintain a deep understanding of the downtown area retail landscape and leverage our brand to build relationships within our community and beyond.

We’re seeking a leader who will courageously take risks, anticipate trends, and identify new avenues for growth. Our business is dynamic and focused on continuous improvement within an always changing retail environment.

The Store Manager will drive the profitability of operations, with an emphasis on large-scale inventory management and logistics, cost control, profit and loss, and brand stewardship.

Powell’s City of Books by the numbers:

  • 68,000 square feet of retail space
  • 1 city block
  • 1 million titles
  • 4500 sections
  • 220 employees

This position will require:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Business, related field, or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of large-scale retail store management
  • Demonstrated customer service experience in a complex, fast-paced environment
  • A growth mindset and demonstrated experience increasing and maintaining strong sales
  • Financial management, marketing, and business analytics skills
  • Experience hiring and developing strong leaders
  • A willingness to take calculated risks; project and change management experience

Click here to view the full job description and apply for this position through our careers website. When applying, please include a cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience.

The salary for this position ranges from $35-40 per hour, depending on experience, and includes an extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, education, childcare, 401k, holiday bonus, a generous merchandise discount and other perks.

The closing date for the position is Friday, January 10.

Powell's Books is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a culture and environment of inclusion, empowerment and respect – a place where everyone can show up fully as themselves and do their best work every day.


 

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a regional not-for-profit trade association, seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as its next Executive Director.  The right candidate will be passionate about books and bookstores, have a solid familiarity with the region and the book industry, and have the strategic and administrative acumen needed to help the organization thrive in the future.

SIBA is a not-for-profit trade association of independent booksellers and others who are an integral part of the booksellers’ success – authors, publishers, vendors and publicists. SIBA’s membership includes 158 core members who are independent, “brick and mortar” bookstores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The organization is governed by a five-member Board of Directors with each Director serving a three-year term.  SIBA is deeply committed to upholding the principles of the Carver Policy Governance Model which makes a clear distinction between the policy-making role of the Board and the implementation role of the Executive Director. The staff, which is currently composed of two full-time positions and one contractual employee, operates virtually with each staff member working remotely. The annual operating budget is approximately $500,000. Wanda Jewell, the incumbent, is retiring after a thirty-year tenure as Executive Director.

Current programs are designed to provide skills, informational resources, and tools to enhance booksellers’ success and visibility. They include the annual Discovery Show and SIBA in the Springtime – high energy networking and educational events which draw hundreds of booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. Special awards, social media, and marketing tools are designed to increase sales and public awareness of indie bookstores. Also, SIBA’s Peer Review Trust acts as an archive of best practices for bookstores and offers peer review assessments for stores who feel they would benefit from some outside assistance. Priorities for SIBA’s next Executive Director are to continue strong governance practices, enhance strategic capabilities, promote organizational sustainability, build advocacy and partnerships, strengthen communication, improve programmatic and operational focus, seek opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion, and pursue ways technology can enhance SIBA’s overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Additional details about the position and qualifications sought are available https://sibaweb.com/701-executive-director-position-profile. Organizational information can be found on SIBA’s website – www.sibaweb.com

Inquiries about the position and the search process should be addressed to: EDjob@sibaweb.com.

SIBA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.


 

A.C. Vroman, Inc. (“Vroman’s”) a 125-year-old retail company with two independent bookstore brands—Vroman’s
Bookstore and Book Soup—is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to oversee the company.
 
The company currently consists of three brick and mortar locations in Pasadena and West Hollywood, California; four
licensing deals at Los Angeles International Airport; two e-commerce sites; and a wine bar (“The 1894,” opening
November 2019). The company also runs a robust event series hosting over 1,000 events annually—author signings,
workshops, children’s programming, etc. At heart the stores are “indie bookstores,” staffed by passionate and
knowledgeable booksellers and stocked with 85,000 book titles, but the stores also offer a significant gift selection,
including jewelry, candles, purses, scarves, toys, games, stuffed animals, fine writing instruments, greeting cards, home
décor, and more—33% of the company’s sales are generated from the sale of non-book items.
 
Vroman’s currently has 210 employees including a senior management team of six who report directly to the CEO. The
company’s core values include community, customer service, inclusivity, and social responsibility. We believe strongly in
retail that is relational not just transactional. Any candidate for this position must share these values and readers are
preferred.
 
The CEO reports directly to the Chairman of the Board and is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic
plan to advance the company’s mission and goals; overseeing company operations; creating and identifying
opportunities in the form of partnerships, acquisitions, and new initiatives; creating and managing the company’s
financial budget to ensure profitability; representing the company to the press, industry, and government; creating
company policy; and other duties that serve the business’ need.
 
Job requirements include:
 A demonstrated success in a senior-level management role
 Excellent communication skills—both written and verbal
 A collaborative style and high emotional intelligence
 Strong management, organizational, and prioritization abilities
 Personal integrity and a strong work ethic
 Thoughtful decisiveness
 
Ideal candidates have:
 A background in the book industry
 Significant retail experience
 A growth mindset
 An interest in technology and curiosity about the world
 A willingness to take calculated risks
 A creative approach to business
 
If you’re excited by this opportunity, please send cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and the name of a favorite or
recent book or article you’ve read to: Allison Hill at ahill@vromansbookstore.com. Please write “CEO” in the subject line
and nothing else.
 
Vroman’s is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, ancestry, marital status, genetic information, medical condition, citizenship, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. More importantly, we value diversity. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives and that the inclusion of diverse voices expands our thinking and enriches everyone’s experience. We are committed to inclusivity and to the support and celebration of diversity.

 

 

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