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Job Openings


We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and experienced bookseller, who likes to help people, is good at handselling, and works well with others. Curiosity, intelligence, book knowledge, and liking other human beings, a must. Full time and management opportunity available, and must be able to work weekends and some nights. 

Please bring resume to DIESEL, A Bookstore at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12843 El Camino Real, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92130.


 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and experienced bookseller, who likes to help people, is good at handselling, and works well with others. Curiosity, intelligence, book knowledge, and liking other human beings, a must. Full time and management opportunity available, and must be able to work weekends and some nights.

Please bring resume to DIESEL, A Bookstore at the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402.


 

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.

 


 

For over 100 years, ABA has helped independent bookstores start up, grow, and succeed. As a national not-for-profit trade organization, ABA provides indie bookstores with education; business products and services; an ecommerce platform; marketing support; and advocacy. ABA’s DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access) Member Relations Manager will be responsible for outreach to and support of historically and systemically marginalized and excluded members, as well as ABA member bookstores in the western U.S. This is a new position on the membership team and the position reports directly to the Senior Membership Manager. Please note: This is a remote position in the Pacific or Mountain time zone. 

The ideal candidate is an energetic, outgoing people person who loves books and bookstores, and has a significant background in the bookselling industry. You will be the primary contact person for bookstores and booksellers from across the western United States, and will work with other membership department team members to ensure member engagement, satisfaction, and access to resources, education, and information. This position will require occasional domestic travel in the future, and some nights and weekends for conferences.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Support the application of a DEIA lens to ensure that all ABA programs work to break down barriers, create equitable access, and address the needs of  historically and systemically marginalized and excluded members, including those from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Two-Spirit, and Disability communities. This support includes:

    • Assistance in the development of ABA programs and services to enhance member benefits and satisfaction
    • Administration and outreach for ABA’s BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Two-Spirit, and Disability meetups
    • General outreach to members and non-members to hear their needs and offer support
    • Suggestions for conference and educational programming ideas informed by member feedback
    • Event scholarship review and award process to support representation
    • Fostering strong relationships with bookstores and booksellers
    • Membership data collection and maintenance

Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing a portfolio of bookstore accounts as the primary liaison with ABA, helping to onboard new members, and supporting the renewal process
  • Providing technical assistance and helping members access resources and activities
  • Responding to bookstores’ inquiries about new and evergreen programs and services
  • Creating data reports through Civi-CRM, including quarterly reports on new member stores
  • Traveling to trade shows, forums, and conferences to represent the membership department and provide information about ABA to booksellers (currently not applicable, but may be in the future)
  • Demonstrating a commitment to inclusion, equity, and access through continuous learning and development, and modeling inclusive behaviors

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Passion for independent bookstores and/or books
  • Commitment to and experience supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiatives and policies
  • Highly organized and able to independently and effectively manage short- and long-term projects; strong project management and self-direction
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and handle tight deadlines and changing needs
  • Demonstrated experience providing excellent customer service, ideally in the bookselling industry, in a calm, empathetic manner
  • Concise and clear communication skills via email, phone, and person-to-person
  • Proficient computer skills with an emphasis on Google Docs and Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Bachelor’s or associates degree, or equivalent (comparable nontraditional self-education, i.e. lifelong learner, certificates and/or classes, or work, volunteer, or internship experience equivalent)

Nice-to-haves (or, please still apply if you do not have):

  • CRM or other database experience
  • Independent bookstore experience

Location: Remote, but candidate should reside in the Pacific or Mountain time zone.

Compensation $45,000-$47,000 (commensurate with experience). Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as 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 diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the workplace and/or your community; and your interest in independent bookstores; as well as your resume to Daniel O’Brien at jobs@bookweb.org with the subject line: DEIA Member Relations Manager. Applications will be accepted until the role is filled, with a projected start date in early to mid-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 an inclusive 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).

Research indicates that historically excluded and marginalized groups only apply for a job if they are a 100% match for a job’s requirements. 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.


 

 

For over 100 years, ABA has helped independent bookstores grow and succeed. As a national not-for-profit trade organization ABA provides indie bookstores with education; business products and services; an ecommerce platform; marketing support; and advocacy. ABA’s Copy Editor will be responsible for copyediting; proofreading; and diversity, equity, and inclusion review of all ABA content. This is a new position.

The ideal candidate is an experienced copy editor with an understanding of inclusive language; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experience; and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 

Responsibilities include:

Copyediting and proofreading (and some writing) all ABA content, including, but not limited to, Indie Next List, Kids’ Next List, and Indies Introduce bookseller quotes; event copy; Bookselling this Week, a twice-weekly member e-newsletter, and its articles; ABA’s website, BookWeb.org; signage for events; closed captioning; press releases; surveys; miscellaneous communication to members and publishers; and more

Requirements include:

  • Passion for independent bookstores and/or books
  • Commitment to representation and inclusivity
  • Copyediting experience
  • 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
  • An understanding of inclusive language
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experience
  • Cover letter that speaks to why you want this job; your experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues; and your interest in independent bookstores.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter that speaks to why you want this job; your previous professional and/or personal experience supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the workplace and/or your community; and your interest in independent bookstores; as well as your resume to Dan Cullen at jobs@bookweb.org with the subject line: ABA Copy Editor. Applications will be accepted until the role is filled, with a projected start date in September or early 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 an inclusive 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).

Research indicates that historically excluded and marginalized groups only apply for a job if they are a 100% match for a job's requirements. 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.

Location:

ABA is located in White Plains, New York. This position is planned as an in-person position (with an optional two days a week remote), but we’re open to discussing the possibility of remote work.

Compensation:

$40K+ depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as paid sick days, holidays, vacation, and personal days.


 

For Sale


Item: Herman Miller Engage Leg, Desk End Double GNLFEN.60G1 Conference Table

Free conference table for pickup in Chicago
Free conference table for pick up at after-words bookstore.

Built by leading technical furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, this table shows wear commensurate with use. Conference table featuring a double 60" top for a total of 10ft length and 5ft depth when assembled. Set on a sturdy aluminum base (or possibly steel) with a fixed height of 27ft 1/4" floor to table top; graphite color.

Very large and heavy. Each section has a pop-up outlet option designed to provide seamless access to power, whether through the tabletop or below, with a convenient undermount, allowing people to charge their devices whenever and wherever necessary (these were never used and remain untested). Some minor assembly required.

Date of Manufacture: 04/09/15. Label on the underside reads: Herman Miller Zeeland, Michigan, USA 04/09.15 GNLFEN.60g1 FO#481488.

For pickup only. We have a dock in rear of building. We are not available to help with removal.

For further information, please contact:

after-words bookstore
23 E Illinois Street
Chicago, IL  60611
312-464-1110
bdvorkin@aol.com


 

Bookstores For Sale


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.


 

 
The owner of a 30-year-old, award-winning specialty retail store in a thriving Midwest suburban downtown area is seeking to sell the business to someone interested in continuing it. Contact indiebookstoreforsale@gmail.com for more details.

 

 

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

PRESS CONTACT: Dan Cullen (dan@bookweb.org)

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