Assistant Manager Position Open
The primary responsibility of this position will be supervising the day-to-day operations of Eureka Books. If something involves a walk-in customer, the Assistant Manager is probably responsible for it. That includes supervising employees, assisting with the selection and purchase of new books and sidelines, merchandising, and helping with buying used books and Internet sales. This is in addition to the sorts of work we all do: customer service, cashier duties, and general bookstore maintenance, such as shelving and organizing.
Applicants should have bookstore or retail management experience. We are especially hoping to find someone familiar with the buying and selling of new books, but people with experience running a retail store, particularly an independent shop with no corporate overlords or fat procedure manual, are encouraged to apply.
To apply (and this is the first test for the position), drop off or mail in a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should provide a summary of your experience and qualifications for the job. We’re in the book business and that means paper. Electronically submitted resumes will get about as much attention as e-books, which is to say the delete key is just one index finger away. While we like paper, we rely on a lot of software programs, so be sure to tell us about your computer experience.
Please don’t spend too much time telling us how much you love books or how you’ve always longed to work in a bookstore. We’ll assume that’s the case, otherwise you’d be applying to work at BevMo. If you are also applying to work at BevMo, good luck, but we’re not looking for someone who simply wants any old retail job.
This is not a cush job, but it is an interesting one (we think). We work hard, all day. You will not have any time to read on the job (a common misconception about bookstores), though we expect you to be the sort of person who reads a lot in your off hours. If we ask you for an interview, be prepared to field a lot of specific questions about this, which thus far no one has faked their way through.
You will also not have time to be bored. You will be challenged constantly and faced with surprisingly complex problems that need to be solved on the fly. On the same day, you may interact with a homeless person, an avid reader looking for advice choosing a title for a book club, a teenager trying to decide what to read after the Divergent series, the curator of a prestigious library, and the odd billionaire.
You will be expected to work at least one weekend day as well as some evenings during tourist season and between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our regular shift is very civilized: 9:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. We work hard to keep everyone’s schedule the same from week to week, but some flexibility in scheduling is required.
The salary for this job is $13.50 to $15.50 per hour, depending on experience. Benefits include health care, 10 days of paid vacation, three days of paid sick leave, a couple of paid holidays, and an iPhone or an iPhone allowance (we do a lot of communicating through iMessage). Two to four hours of overtime is typical each week for the assistant manager, and will be paid at time-and-half. We can also help with relocation expenses.
Like most bookstores, we trend liberal but we are a store and by definition, capitalist, so we actually make some effort to cater to Republicans and Libertarians. (Yes, we have the new Bill O’Reilly book.) We are more likely to talk about the Giants than the Democrats. Openness to a diversity of opinions is required.
The application period starts now and ends when we hire someone. Procrastination is not a qualification for this job.
Eureka Books • 426 2nd Street, Eureka, CA 95501 • 707-444-9593