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Employment Opportunities

East City Bookshop is hiring for multiple positions, detailed below.


Administrative Assistant  

This position is approximately 20-25 hours per week. The Administrative Assistant will assist with scheduling, office organization, record-keeping, and bill payment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling employee floor shifts monthly

  • Managing large flow of accounts payable-related paperwork from publishers and distributors

  • Following up with publishers and manufacturers on shipments and returns

  • Organizing, invoicing and follow-up for corporate/school customers

  • Quickbooks data entry, as needed

  • Reconciling daily inventory discrepancies

Qualifications and characteristics: Love of organizing and systematizing information.  Experience with QuickBooks Online or familiarity with basic accounting. Experience using databases. Experience in office management. Love of books and reading. Must be a team player.

Some tasks can be done off-site as appropriate. Schedule is flexible. This position does not require floor shifts.

Hourly wage commensurate with experience. Employees receive staff discount on books and and other items purchased for personal use and access to advance review copies of forthcoming books.

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Part-Time Bookseller (2 Open Positions)

Part-time booksellers work three to five shifts/week, totaling 20 to 30 hours/week. Some evening, weekend and holiday availability required, particularly between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- a crucial time during the retail year.

Booksellers will support everything related to front-line selling and the customer experience, which includes both retail book and gift sales. A bookseller’s typical day might include:

  • Hand-selling to customers

  • Point of sale transactions

  • Shipping books and other items

  • Receiving books into inventory

  • Merchandising products

  • Supporting administrative tasks

  • Keeping the store clean and tidy

  • Helping with events, both in-store and off-site

  • Writing blurbs and brief reviews for shelf-talkers and staff favorites displays

  • Carrying boxes up to 40 pounds up and down stairs

Important characteristics: Ability to enjoy people, even when they’re not at their most enjoyable. Love of literature, books, and words, of course! Tendency to be cheerfully unflappable, especially when several items demand your attention at the same time. Highly refined listening skills and the desire to make someone’s day a little better through books and happy thoughts. Team players needed.

Hourly wage:  $13.25 (DC minimum wage as of July 1, 2018). Booksellers receive staff discount on books and and other items purchased for personal use, and access to advance review copies of forthcoming books.

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East City Bookshop Marketing and Events Manager

This position is approximately 30 hours per week, with the possibility of growing to a full-time position. Must be available for some evening and weekend events.  

The Marketing and Events Manager’s main goal is to increase East City Bookshop’s positive presence in the community through a variety of events and media outreach. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with publishers and publicists to schedule author events and to position the store as a leading local venue for authors

  • Creating and submitting publisher proposals for author events through publisher grids and contacts with Publisher Representatives

  • Developing non-author event ideas (such as story time, book clubs, parties, and timely programs on popular topics) to bring people into the store

  • Engaging other community businesses and organizations in marketing efforts when appropriate

  • Identifying off-site venues for large-scale events

  • Building relationships within the community

  • Seeking cost-effective ways to support charitable efforts

  • Working with buyers to order merchandise for upcoming promotions and events

  • Working one floor shift/week as a bookseller

The following responsibilities are in coordination with/supervision of Marketing Coordinator:

  • Overseeing development and implementation of comprehensive marketing plan

  • Reviewing monthly press releases and submitting events and story suggestions to the media in a timely manner

  • Nurturing relationships with the media, including following up on story ideas

  • Reviewing event information prepared by Marketing Coordinator for calendar listings

  • Addressing questions and issues raised by the media as appropriate

  • Overseeing social media (day-to-day responsibility of Marketing Coordinator) to promote the store, events, merchandise, and the value of shopping local and in independent stores.

  • Supply fresh and up-to-date information for store website (website is maintained by Marketing Coordinator)

Qualifications and characteristics: Love of books and reading. Friendly and outgoing demeanor. Ability to build positive relationships with staff and necessary outside contacts. Exceptional written communication skills and a proficiency with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Proficiency with email marketing and event management programs. Experience working effectively within a budget. Ability to speak comfortably in front of an audience and when making presentations to potential clients. Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to establish and meet deadlines.

Wage commensurate with experience. Employees receive staff discount on books and other items purchased for personal use and access to advance review copies of forthcoming books.

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Part-Time Online Sales Coordinator/Bookseller

This position includes two floor shifts per week, approximately 10-12 hours, and, depending on time of year, 8-15 hours/week is spent managing online sales through the East City Bookshop website. The position totals 20-25 hours per week.

Extra time is required between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- a crucial time during the retail year.

See Bookseller job description for floor duties.  The Online Sales Coordinator will also be responsible for:

  • Fulfilling online orders according to established procedures

  • Serving as customer point-of-contact for all questions or issues related to online sales

  • Assuring timely ordering and shipment of online orders

  • Assuring timely fulfillment of monthly subscription boxes

  • Ringing online sales through store POS regularly

  • Reconciling monthly online sales with inventory

  • Work with other staff to complete online sales tasks

Important Characteristics:  Love of books and reading. Extremely detail oriented. Able to form a rapport with a variety of personalities. Ability to work closely with other booksellers during fulfillment process. Schedule flexibility-must be available weekday mornings to place special orders. High comfort level with backend website operations, databases, and a variety of computer-related and online tasks. Ability to come to shop quickly and easily, as many tasks must be done on-site.

Starting hourly wage:  $13.75. Employees receive staff discount on books and and other items purchased for personal use and access to advance review copies of forthcoming books.

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