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Help Wanted

Events ManagerPorter Square Books, Cambridge MA
We are looking for a full-time events manager, starting early 2019, for Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Salary is competitive, and benefits include health insurance.

About PSB
At Porter Square Books, our mission is to foster intellectual curiosity and exploration, offer a forum for the exchange of ideas, provide advice and guidance to our customers, and serve as a gathering place and a refuge for all within our extended community who find their way through our doors. We are in our fifteenth year of business, serving Cambridge/Somerville and all their surrounding communities, and have developed a robust presence in the online world as well. We are the fourth largest bookstore in New England, measured by sales.

Author events are a critical aspect of our personality and our reputation. While we often host authors of national stature, we have also become a premier venue for local authors, many of whom launch their books at PSB. We value a mix of better- and lesser-known authors, a wide gamut of topics and genres, in-store and off-site events, and audiences ranging in size from a dozen to hundreds.

The people
Our 28 employees include buyers and booksellers, as well as individuals responsible for marketing, sidelines, bookfairs, receiving, and inventory. Many of us have been with the store since it opened – we range in age from 20s to 60s, some very local (across the street) and others from the distant suburbs, and expertise in just about every genre and category within our inventory (although we no longer have a knitting maven). Our management group – of which the Events Manager would be a part – works cooperatively to plan and execute business strategy, respond to challenges and opportunities, and innovate new approaches to marketing, sales, and management. You will have the opportunity to participate in the ongoing shaping of our vision, our philosophy and our role in the community.

Your impact  and opportunities

As Events Manager, your influence and input will affect much of what we do, and will have a significant impact on the store’s profile and visibility. You will have a very full plate – your responsibilities will include:

• Booking author events for the bookstore, including:
Submitting grid requests and proposals
Going through catalogues for other event possibilities not in the grids and reaching out to authors/publicists
Answering emails from publicists and authors; deciding which events to say yes to, and (where appropriate) saying no in a nice way
Conveying and managing expectations for authors (and their publicists)

• Coordinating events, including working with authors and publicists, as well as staff hosts (when other than yourself) on all details of the event:
Ordering books
Attending and hosting ~2 events per week
Arranging hosting for events you will not attend
Reporting internally on the event the next day
Coordinating logistics of out-of-store events, including securing venues

• Promoting and marketing events:
Press releases
Media contacts
Social media
“Cheerleading” for events

• Contributing to the store’s social media
• Maintaining event listings on the website and the internal master calendar
• Creating the event brochure (paper version)
• Attending BEA and NEIBA trade shows, and reaching out to publicists and authors at those events
• Spending one shift per week on the floor as a bookseller
• Being involved in other, non-author events (reader prom, all-night readathon, etc.)
• Collaborating and coordinating with your colleagues on all of the above

You bring
• At least [three] years’ experience in the book world (at a bookstore and/or publisher)
• A broad awareness of current publishing, including comfort and knowledge in different genres
• Excellent communications skills, both writing and speaking
• Outstanding organizational abilities, an orientation to detail (there are lots of moving parts here), and a commitment to following through
• Enthusiasm and hustle
• An outgoing personality, desire to network, and willingness (when appropriate) to be a bit of a pain

Bonuses
• Experience in planning events
• Contacts in the publishing world
• Understanding of and familiarity with our community

We look forward to hearing from you – please send a resume to dina@portersquarebooks.com.

posted 11/27/18


Wellesley Books seeks a full-time Assistant Manager to play a key role in the overall operation of our vibrant, much-beloved bookstore in the heart of Wellesley’s town center. Qualifications include strong leadership, organizational, and technical skills, plus a love for connecting books with their future readers. This position requires flexibility to work a varying schedule that includes nights and weekends. Please submit your resume to Peter Sherman at peter@wellesleybooks.com.

posted 11/13/18


An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA, is looking for a full time bookseller. This position includes benefits.
Job Summary: Bookseller assists customers in a friendly and helpful way and creates a positive customer experience. He or she should remain upbeat and positive when in the store. Booksellers are responsible for accurately taking customer orders and processing sales, as well as restocking and shelving books. The schedule will be Sunday-Thursday with a regular closing shift on Mondays. Sometimes the work of receiving and shelving books can be physically demanding requiring long hours standing and frequently bending and twisting. Booksellers must be able to adapt to many situations including cleaning up spills, emptying trash, dusting and straightening.

Position Responsibilities:
•Assists customers in a friendly and helpful way and creates a positive customer experience
•Be informed about new titles and maintain displays to promote the store’s favorite titles and new releases
•Places customer special orders, researches and trouble-shoots special orders as needed
•Assists with inventory management tasks and annual physical inventory
•Assists the Marketing and Events manager during events to setup, breakdown or manage line flow.
•All other related bookselling or bookstore tasks as requested by the managers.

Qualifications:
•Proficient on a computer; familiar with software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
•Previous experience as a bookseller is strongly preferred.
•Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task.
•Must have effective problem solving/decision making abilities.
•Able to lift up to 30lbs, frequently bend and twist from the waist, and stand for long periods of time.
• Must have excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

NOTE: This position description is intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. It is not intended to be inclusive of all duties and responsibilities and is subject to change.

Please send cover letter and resume to Emily@AnUnlikelyStory.com and Leo@AnUnlikelyStory.com.

posted 10/17/18


Come join HugoBookstores band of booksellers on the North Shore – Spirit of ’76 Bookstore is looking for a new manager to take over the reigns and add new life and pizazz to a great Indie that has been going strong since 1965. Must have transportation and the desire and enthusiasm to work on your own and manage a small staff of 3 with an emphasis on customer service and SALES! Please email John Hugo: john@hugobooksinc.com

posted 8/20/18


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