St. John's College Seeks Bookstore Manager

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Title: Bookstore Manager Reports To: Dean Office: Dean FLSA Status: Exempt

Background: The mission of St. John’s College Bookstore is to support the College Program, primarily by offering for sale the necessary books and associated materials. Its customers include students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. It also serves the College in many other ways: For example, it provides a cultural focus for the community, plays a role in promoting the College and its purpose to the wider world, and contributes revenue.

The Bookstore has annual revenues of approximately $240,000, with a physical inventory of around 15,000 volumes. Point-of-sale functions, inventory control, ordering and receiving of books, return of surplus stock, and accounting support are provided by the Booklog software system. Further store services include handling special orders and mail orders, providing books for extra-mural classes, organising special book events, and selling stationery and College-branded merchandise.

St. John’s College Bookstore is unlike any other college bookstore in that it does not sell textbooks or prescribed editions. In practice it operates instead as an independent trade bookstore with a broad stocking policy based on varying demand. It carries not only Program reading (around 25 percent of inventory) but also a wide range of other books and items (around 75 percent) in both academic and non-academic genres. As such, its trade affiliation is with the American Booksellers Association, not with any college store organization.

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Role: Responsible for ensuring that the College Bookstore provides an effective service to the College community, satisfying its book-related needs completely and efficiently.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.

  • Assess academic and store needs for all resale and store supply inventory. Research products and negotiate pricing, quality and delivery. Set pricing for resale and authorize payment to vendors.
  • Keep current with publishing developments in pertinent subject areas, and attending book- industry conferences and meetings; as appropriate.
  • Consult as necessary with the Dean, Associate Dean for the Graduate Institute and other faculty on curriculum materials to be carried by the bookstore.
  • Responsible for inventory control by ensuring relevant Program texts are available to students in a timely fashion and in suitable quantities, and, as far as reasonable, have available the non- Program reading interests of the community as a whole.
  • Manage and oversee all accounting functions including review of daily cash receipts, entry of cost of items into point of sale system and preparation of payables by following proper accounting procedures.
  • Preparation and administration of an annual budget to ensure the fiscal security of the Bookstore. Maximizing efficiency of expenditure, ensuring that cash-flow is held within sound parameters, and following prudent financial practices so that as far as possible the store covers its overhead.
  • Ensure that book and non-book item stocking process is closely monitored and shelves/display areas are kept clean and presentable.
  • Provide retail floor support and maintain excellent customer service.
  • Responsible for routine store security.
  • Liaison with other college offices, particularly the Business Office and Print Shop.
  • Recruit, train and supervision of a staff of 9-10 Student Aides.
  • Run and manage "pop-up shops" at college events.
  • Manage titles owned by the St. John’s Press and investigate opportunities for print-on- demand of such titles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two to five years’ professional experience as a manager or assistant manager in a bookstore or related industry, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Working knowledge of POS/Inventory Control systems and bookstore software programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good organizationsal skills and ability to work well with customers
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with students, faculty, staff, vendors, and the community.
  • Must be able to work independently.

Desired Qualifications:

  • St. John's College degree and/or familiarity with the St. John's College Program.
  • Previous experience with Booklog.

  Environmental Conditions: This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds and push and control wheeled carts of up to 100 pounds, carry, shelve, bend and stretch in the performance of bookstore operations.

Compensation: Grade 14, $65,040.00 annually, excellent benefits.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to

St. John’s College is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We invite applications from candidates with unique backgrounds and strive to create and maintain an environment that is inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.


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