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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) • Asheville, NC • seeking Executive Director
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The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a regional not-for-profit trade association, seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as its next Executive Director.  The right candidate will be passionate about books and bookstores, have a solid familiarity with the region and the book industry, and have the strategic and administrative acumen needed to help the organization thrive in the future.

SIBA is a not-for-profit trade association of independent booksellers and others who are an integral part of the booksellers’ success – authors, publishers, vendors and publicists. SIBA’s membership includes 158 core members who are independent, “brick and mortar” bookstores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The organization is governed by a five-member Board of Directors with each Director serving a three-year term.  SIBA is deeply committed to upholding the principles of the Carver Policy Governance Model which makes a clear distinction between the policy-making role of the Board and the implementation role of the Executive Director. The staff, which is currently composed of two full-time positions and one contractual employee, operates virtually with each staff member working remotely. The annual operating budget is approximately $500,000. Wanda Jewell, the incumbent, is retiring after a thirty-year tenure as Executive Director.

Current programs are designed to provide skills, informational resources, and tools to enhance booksellers’ success and visibility. They include the annual Discovery Show and SIBA in the Springtime – high energy networking and educational events which draw hundreds of booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. Special awards, social media, and marketing tools are designed to increase sales and public awareness of indie bookstores. Also, SIBA’s Peer Review Trust acts as an archive of best practices for bookstores and offers peer review assessments for stores who feel they would benefit from some outside assistance. Priorities for SIBA’s next Executive Director are to continue strong governance practices, enhance strategic capabilities, promote organizational sustainability, build advocacy and partnerships, strengthen communication, improve programmatic and operational focus, seek opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion, and pursue ways technology can enhance SIBA’s overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Additional details about the position and qualifications sought are available online. Organizational information can be found on SIBA’s website – www.sibaweb.com. Inquiries about the position and the search process should be addressed to: EDjob@sibaweb.com.

SIBA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

posted 11/06/19


House of Books • Kent, CT • seeking General Manager
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House of Books is a landmark bookstore in Kent, Connecticut, 2 hours north of New York City in the Litchfield Hills. Kent is a vibrant small New England town, home to three prep schools and with a long history as home to writers and artists plus being a tourist destination located near the Appalachian Trail. With approximately 2,000 sq. ft. of retail space plus a large new multi-use gallery and a new adjacent café, House of Books is expanding its role as a local hub and focal point for cultural activity in the area.
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The General Manager is responsible for nearly all aspects of store operations including managing a small staff, buying, inventory management, marketing, and event planning. They must be committed not only to the business, but to the local community as well. As the face of the store to the community, the General Manager will have regular daily contact with many Kent residents and local businesses. They will have the exciting opportunity to shape the future of this beloved bookstore. Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
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posted 10/28/19


An Unlikely Story • Plainville, MA • seeking Part-Time Seasonal Help
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We’re looking for upbeat, enthusiastic people for seasonal part-time positions in our café and bookstore. You must love talking to customers and pay attention to the details.   Please send a completed application (found here) and resume to Emily Crowe at emily@anunlikelystory.com.
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posted 10/10/19


Odyssey Bookshop • South Hadley, MA • seeking Bookkeeper
Are you a book lover and a bookkeeper? The Odyssey Bookshop is searching for an experienced full charge bookkeeper to join our book loving team. If you have always wanted to work in a bookstore and you meet the requirements listed below, please either submit your resume & cover letter in person to Joan or Kinsey at the bookstore or email it to us.
Responsibilities & requirements: A/P, A/R, month- and year-end closings, bank reconciliations, cash flow, preparation of reports. Must be highly organized and detail oriented; able to discern priorities and act on them; possess fine verbal, oral, and written communication skills. Experience with QuickBooks and Excel is required. This is an hourly position (approx. 18-22 hours/week) with some benefits. Hours can be somewhat flexible.
Odyssey Bookshop is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.

posted 6/25/19


Norwich Bookstore • Norwich, VT • seeking Owner

Penny McConnel and Liza Bernard, founders and co-owners of The Norwich Bookstore, have viewed their business as an unfolding story over the past 25 years. As they put the store on the market, what better way to plan the next chapter than to envision a happy ending set in the near future? 

…It’s August 1st, 2024, and the Norwich Bookstore is celebrating 30 years with happy readers of all ages. The new owners have embraced all the positive aspects of the past and are adding their personal touches to the space and the services offered. Penny and Liza are pleased and excited to have found an energetic and creative new team…

Located in the central Vermont village of Norwich, the bookstore opened in 1994 with the goal of serving the reading and writing community of the Upper Valley, a “micropolitan” region that straddles Vermont and New Hampshire, and includes Dartmouth College. We have achieved that goal and then some, earning industry and regional accolades along the way! The bookstore is busier than ever with a full calendar of author events and a dedicated – and growing – customer base.

Are you interested in becoming part of this exciting narrative? Do you know anyone looking for a beloved community bookstore to shepherd into the future? Please contact Liza Bernard at liza@norwichbookstore.com.

posted 6/11/19


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