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Help Wanted

The New England Independent Booksellers Association is seeking a creative and organized Marketing Coordinator.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the role requires a proactive self-starter who is able to multitask and manage multiple projects on deadline.  Duties include: working with publishers on NEIBA’s store-facing marketing programs; managing the organization’s social media feeds and website; working collaboratively with the Executive Director on the day-to-day administration of the organization and the planning and execution of member-facing events (including NEIBA’s signature Fall Conference).

Based in metro Boston (with the option to work remotely), this full-time position’s specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • NEIBA Fall Conference logistics, including award and scholarship submissions
  • Administration of NEIBA’s online advertising programs
  • Executing plans for educational programs and other NEIBA events
  • Handling store-facing communication for key NEIBA initiatives such as the Holiday Catalog

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 3 years of experience in a bookselling or publishing environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities
  • Technological proficiency, knowledge of basic HTML a plus

Please email cover letter, resume, and references to the NEIBA Executive Director, Beth Ineson—beth@neba.org.

posted 3/15/19

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MIT Press Bookstore: Events and Outreach Assistant
Position: Full-Time

Join the unique MIT Press/MIT Press Bookstore team–coordinate the MIT Press Bookstore’s community outreach and marketing efforts, including planning, promoting, and executing the authors@mit lecture series. (Note that the designation “assistant” is an official MIT title, but the person in this position really owns the bookstore’s events and outreach, under the supervision of the bookstore manager, and in collaboration with press colleagues.)
Responsibilities include: overseeing fourteen authors@mit events per term and growing attendance, working with bookstore management and other Press departments to identify candidates for the series, and communicating with authors and other community groups to develop the schedule; maintaining a sales presence at additional events; identifying/developing opportunities to co-sponsor events; producing event marketing materials, executing promotional plans, handling logistics, coordinating RSVPs and ticket/book sales, and completing post-event reporting; working with the bookstore management to develop and implement a promotional marketing plan; and with a development associate on an outreach strategy to elevate the profile and build awareness of the bookstore; assisting with the promotion of the bookstore’s Espresso Book Machine program; and performing a variety of other duties, e.g., newsletter production, social media and website maintenance, etc.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; three years’ related experience; excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills; experience collaborating with a team; attention to detail; initiative; comfort with public speaking; experience with event production, A/V systems, and social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); and familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, Eventbrite, InDesign, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Must be able to juggle multiple projects, remain flexible despite shifting priorities, work independently, build/leverage relationships, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs. Retail or bookselling experience preferred. Secondary education and a background in a literary/scholarly/arts/nonprofit setting beneficial. An interest in scholarly or nonfiction publishing and familiarity with MIT and MIT Press publications helpful.

Must be available for evening and weekend work.

Visit the MIT Press site for job description and the link to MIT’s online portal (Job #17206-5)

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.

posted 3/19/19

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Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT, is seeking booksellers – both adult and kids. The ideal applicants will have a love for books and an ability to share their enthusiasm with our customers. Qualifications include joy, book knowledge, experience in retail, familiarity with computers, flexibility and reliability. Come join the Northshire family! Please submit an application online at www.northshire.com

posted 3/14/19

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Independent Booksellers Consortium Executive Director

The Independent Booksellers Consortium is a small, membership organization formed of independent booksellers from across the country.

As the sole paid staff member, the Executive Director is responsible for all administrative facets of the corporation’s day-to-day functioning as well as ongoing service to its members. The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board on a weekly basis and is responsible to the Board of Directors made up of bookstore members. The position is 30 hours per week.

Responsibilities and Duties Include:
Organize, plan and execute logistics for two member meetings and additional smaller meetings throughout the year to share best practices and further industry learning.
Manage all financial, legal and administrative aspects of the Corporation.
Facilitate communication among members.
Manage and facilitate all committee work to ensure progress towards organizational goals.
Regularly report to a board of directors and respond to the goals/needs of the board.
As directed, on occasion, communicate IBC interests to industry partners.
Develop and maintain member programs and vendor relationships.
Other duties as needs of members and the industry change.

Qualifications Include:
Ability to work independently from a home-based office including managing your own payroll.
Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and project management skills.
Strong communication skills including working with a diverse set of individuals.
Proficient in basic budgeting: creating a budget in excel, generating budget vs. actual reports, and managing to a budget with the Board Treasurer. Proficiency in basic Quickbooks (or like programs) preferred.
Knowledge of bookselling, retailing and publishing industries preferred.
Experience planning meetings required.
Ability to travel at least three times a year for multiple days.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to ibcdirectorsearch@gmail.com. Please use IBC Job in the subject line.

Salary $35K-40K, other benefits to be discussed at the time of interviews.

posted 3/13/19


To place an ad email nan@neba.org.

NEIBA members are free to post classifieds for help wanted, positions sought and for re-selling goods and services such as used fixtures, inventory, surplus supplies and other items that bookstores may wish to purchase from other stores.

Postings are free to members. Only postings that might potentially benefit members such as “bookstore wanted” or “help wanted” or “positions wanted” will be permitted.

Non-members may place an appropriate classified for $25, payable by check or credit card in advance. Email Nan Sorensen at nan@neba.org.

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