Vroman’s Bookstore and Book Soup Seek CEO

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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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