The MIT Press Bookstore Seeks Manager (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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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.


 

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