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Iconic Manhattan retail institution Strand Bookstore is seeking a qualified candidate for a sales floor-based management role at our new location in the Upper West Side. Candidates should be comfortable in a fast paced, customer-focused, multi-level bookstore environment.

Our Columbus location opened mid-July and we're excited to have a new member join our expanding team. You would be responsible for managing our staff of booksellers and performing all floor functions- shelving books, assisting customers, ringing up sales and managing booksellers.

What we hope you'll bring to our team:

· A customer service perspective that will drive our team to create welcoming and memorable experiences that enhance bookstore loyalty.

· A can-do attitude that understands no job is too small.

· An eye for merchandising. You’ll be assisting daily with cleaning and restocking to ensure the sales floor is organized and enticing.

· Sound judgement and a decisive attitude that allow you to manage any customer or employee concerns in a calm, timely and respectful manner.

· A lover of books who is aware of upcoming titles and can make recommendations with ease.

· Eagerness to maintain the health and safety of our customers and booksellers per COVID guidelines.

Successful candidates will possess:

· Minimum of 2 years of management experience in a bookstore including opening/closing procedures and cash handling

· Proven success in managing and motivating staff

· Superior communication and interpersonal skills

· Strong skills in retail technology and unflinching attention to detail

· Flexibility and adaptability; ability to maintain positive, constructive attitude in all circumstances

· Prior bookstore experience REQUIRED.

· Experience using BASIL software is a massive plus!

Hours: Weekends required. Currently the store is not opened late but we hope to expand hours in the near future so evening shifts would be required as well.

Benefits:

· Medical, dental, vision insurance

· 401(k)

· Paid time off

· A dangerous store discount

We are looking to fill this position asap. To apply please send your resume and cover letter to constance@strandbooks.com.

Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or genetic information.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.00 - $20.00 per hour


 

We are looking for a COO (Chief Operating Officer) to oversee and grow all aspects of our iconic world-renowned bookstore. This includes developing and maintaining an overall strategic vision for the company that inspires a culture of exceptional customer service and continuous improvement. You will be the company’s second-in-command and responsible for the efficiency of the business.  We need a passionate book-lover who has an active knowledge of the independent book selling industry. Someone who understands the retail world and can anticipate trends and identify solutions that support Strand as a historical destination bookstore.

Our COO will maintain a profitable operation that helps our company grow and thrive using the epitome of good business sense: someone who sustains strong sales with a focus on profitability, cost controls and brand stewardship. You should be a thoughtful leader and a confident decision-maker who can develop, challenge and champion leaders. You should be capable of implementing the store’s mission and goals, and enabling the store management team and staff to successfully overcome challenges as they arise.

The COO will work closely with the Owner/CEO to draft the store’s operating budget, goals and objectives, and plan significant business decisions prior to implementation. We want an inventive person who will build on the success of our independent bookstores through progressive thinking.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide visible leadership to management and employees while generating a store atmosphere focused on great hospitality where the expectations of the customers are exceeded.
  • Embody a professional demeanor and a high level of character, honesty and integrity in conducting the business affairs of the store; inspire all team members to do the same.
  • Respond to customer and employee concerns, both written and verbal, with the ability to creatively solve problems and develop robust solutions. Personally contacts customers as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for achieving financial objectives of the business. Manage and report store sales and profitability. Monitor trends and analyze data to identify necessary changes.
  • Oversee daily operations of the company and the work of our executive team (Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR, IT, Inventory, etc.).
  • Stay alert to competitive practices that could have an impact on business.

What we’d like to see:

  • People oriented: A leader who enjoys working with others and is a positive force among their team.
  • The ability to lead, motivate, train and develop people to unleash the talent within each employee.
  • BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field is a plus.
  • Five years supervisory experience in a bookstore or relevant retail environment.
  • Proficient planning and analytical skills (i.e. understanding the calculations on the P&L, coverage ratio, budget & expense report, etc.) to achieve positive financial results.
  • Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and some holidays.
  • Excited to work an energetic 50 hour workweek.
  • Proficient computer skills. 
  • Strong influencing and collaboration skills. Emotional intelligence and a focus on team building.
  • A tactful person who can maintain confidentiality.
  • Must love books!

With us, you’ll enjoy:

  • Competitive salary and annual bonus opportunity
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off

Work Remotely:

  • No

Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or genetic information.

Please send your resume and cover letter to constance@strandbooks.com


 

For Sale


Two empty bookshelvesCustom bookshelves, display tables, slatwall and table risers for sale. Bluebird Books and Cafe closed in April. All remaining fixtures must go.

Bookshelves were custom made in 2012. Shelves are adjustable with the bottoms shelf angled for book display. Some shelves have beadboard backing or are open to expose wall behind while some have slatwall behind the shelves for versatile displays. There are 3 slatwall endcaps. Materials for custom shelves are solid wood painted in blues, yellows and neutral creams or reclaimed barnwood and  metal. The wall shelves are detailed with reclaimed and repurposed vintage details, such as an antique headboard, metal fence rails with finials, tree saw blade, farmhouse windows, porch posts, fence finials and an antique opera house balcony railing.

Display tables include 2 solid oak library tables with adjustable face out displays for the lower shelves. There are 4 solid oak face out risers for the table tops. Remaining displays includes a mixture of vintage and repurposed items, and includes a large solid wood academic lab table.

Items are priced individually or available as a lot. Located in Hutchinson, Kansas. All items must go! Contact seller for details. Melanie Green, 620-728-9505, mg@bluebirdbookstore.com.


 

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