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Tattered Cover Book Store — Colfax RETAIL MANAGER

The retail manager is expected to engender creativity and enthusiasm among floor staff and nurture better communication between all departments, so that our effort toward promotion of books is united and well-informed.



  • This is a leadership position that includes developing the “TC approach” to a variety of situations. Effective communication skills and practices are essential.
  • Retail managers will support the in-store customer experience by developing bookselling skill in self and staff, supporting and maintaining inventory merchandising efforts, and providing category/title performance feedback to the buyers. Retail managers will work with managers, buyers, personnel, maintenance, and other departments as necessary to develop or improve procedures and practices that support sales, customer service, and staff performance.
  • Retail managers direct bookseller work on the floor. This responsibility includes opening and closing duties; ensuring coverage on the retail floor, the reserve desk and cash registers; assigning staff to projects that support product/category maintenance and merchandising; completing stock transfers and pick process of publisher returns.
  • A member of the retail manager team may be responsible for staff scheduling. Retail managers shall keep up with book industry news and issues and provide buyers with insight into category and title performance.



  • Leadership interest and ability,
  • Ability to take on responsibility. Ability to model and develop bookselling skill in others when working with a diversity of people as well as a variety of books. Ability to master store systems and procedures. Ability to be sensitive and helpful when dealing with personnel issues. This would include doing reviews with the floor staff; therefore, one must be comfortable with issues of confidentiality,
  • A real interest in the floor as well as customer service; must be willing to handle what are sometimes difficult customer complaints and situations.
  • Ability to provide training and support for floor staff.
  • Willingness to share the responsibility of staff scheduling.



Full and part-time applicants will be considered. The schedule will require at least one weekend day and one evening shift; an exact schedule will be determined in consultation with the store manager. The retail manager is a key component of retail floor coverage and will work the majority of his or her time on the floor, except for meetings and other projects when appropriate.


APPLICATION DEADLINE : Friday, May 24, 2019. Please send cover letter and resume to Kathy Coble, Personnel Manager:


posted 5/14/19

Job Opening: Director of Marketing & Publicity for BookPeople


BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas, is searching for a Director of Marketing and Publicity. BookPeople hosts over 400 events a year, including in-store and off site author events, book clubs, storytimes and community events. The marketing director is responsible for securing and coordinating author events, as well as fine-tuning and expanding BookPeople’s marketing reach in every area, on multiple platforms.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Working with the publicity departments of every major US publisher to confirm, coordinate, promote and execute 5-10 author events per week ranging in attendance from 25-2,000+ people.
  • Cooperating with the store’s event coordinators to plan all in-store and off-site event logistics, including staffing, scheduling, customer and staff communications, and every aspect of facilitating efficient and pleasant large-scale events and book signings.
  • Developing and implementing marketing strategies for all BookPeople author events, including overseeing the creation of event copy; print newslettter and calendar; advertising; e-newsletters; social media outreach; media outreach; and event-specific promotional campaigns.
  • Working with publisher sales representatives and the store’s buyers to develop strategies to promote key titles, keep up with forthcoming releases, and communicate about trends in the bookselling world. This includes representing BookPeople at BEA, ABA’s Winter Institute and within our regional trade association.
  • Ensuring that all details of the store’s events are communicated in a timely and efficient manner to the frontline booksellers and other store staff.
  • Communicating BookPeople’s core message of community involvement and literacy and developing programs to enhance community involvement across a variety of channels.
  • Working closely with authors on pre-order campaigns, creative launch parties, and special marketing and programming to connect them with readers both here in Austin and online.
  • Coordinating with other departments within the store to plan logistics and staffing for BookPeople’s involvement in SXSW, TTBF, TBF, and other festivals and conferences.
  • Overseeing BookPeople’s robust social media channels to engage with authors, readers and publishers; promote events and programming; and strengthen BookPeople’s brand on a daily basis.
  • Overseeing all aspects of BookPeople’s website, including event listings, updating content, and troubleshooting.
  • Supervising the marketing and events staff in the store.



  • Must love books. Candidates with experience in the book and publishing industry will be considered first. Knowledge of book industry trends, publishing and a familiarity with books across multiple genres required.
  • Experience coordinating and marketing large- and small-scale events. Author event experience preferred.
  • Marketing experience required. Book marketing experience strongly preferred.
  • Fluency on all social media platforms, with an emphasis on facebook, twitter, instagram, and WordPress.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage a high volume of time-sensitive communications and tasks under pressure. Ability to work with grace and precision in high pressure situations.
  • A minimum of two years management experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communications a must.
  • Willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required by our events schedule.
  • Experience with the Indiecommerce and/or Drupal content management system and/or other e-commerce platform a big plus.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Jordan:


Posted 3/25/19


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