Third Place Books

Manager of Events & Marketing

17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA, United States, 98155

Position: Full-Time
Starts: 03/20/2017

Third Place Books is a large independent bookstore located in Lake Forest Park, Washington with two additional locations in the Ravenna and Seward Park neighborhoods of Seattle. We are seeking a Manager of Events & Marketing. Our Manager of Events & Marketing plans, manages, and promotes roughly 150 events/year featuring both local and high profile authors. Third Place Books is seeking a motivated, organized, and personable individual to maintain and grow our successful events program.


  • Schedule all author events for main store in Lake Forest Park.
  • Monitor & Support author event scheduling for Ravenna Third Place & Third Place Seward Park
  • Monitor and support the Offsite Events Department.
  • Supervise event hosting team, maintaining hosting standards and constantly looking for ways to improve author and attendee experience.
  • Host 2-3 events a week in-store.
  • Actively foster positive relationships with authors and event attendees.
  • Pitching New York publishing houses to secure nationally touring authors.
  • Manage all details and be team leader for large and/or ticketed events in-store.
  • Regularly evaluate event logistics and processes working with in-store event coordinator to make improvements.
  • Create and manage all in-store non-author events at Lake Forest Park, including but not limited to children’s story times, Independent Bookstore Day, and Small Business Saturday.
  • Procure and manage event titles to support successful sales at all events and manage efficient timely returns.
  • Maintain an organized program with standardized procedures, event evaluation processes and strive to improve event production.
  • Build relationships with publicists, sales reps and other publishing representatives to raise the profile of Third Place Books events.
  • Coordinate public relations with major media outlets including writing press releases.
  • Create and maintain partnership opportunities with local community organization and high profile local authors for coordinating events.
  • Maintain constant correspondence with author and publicists to plan events event logistics


  • Create and manage all external Company communications strategies, coach management on communications tactics for engagement with staff and customers on organizational changes.
  • Conceptualize and manage print, online and social media communications designed to promote the Company brand and events calendar, and establish and maintain a communications calendar.
  • Manage and create the event marketing initiatives in store, in print, radio, and on all social media channels.
  • Manage social media staff at all three Third Place locations to maintain consistent content, and ensure a unique feel for all three stores.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for incoming media calls and develop news releases and media responses.
  • Create all email communications for the Lake Forest Park location and seek to grow the contact list through creative promotions. Monitor email communications & schedule for both Ravenna Third Place and Third Place Seward Park.
  • Direct and coordinate marketing activities and policies to brand initiatives and sales promotions.
  • Preserve brand integrity by monitoring the consistency and quality of marketing content at all three Third Place locations.
  • Create art and graphics for effective merchandising, advertising and web promotions.
  • Work with staff graphic designer to create in-store signage, monthly events print calendar, and maintain company web pages.


  • 4-6 year of event planning & marketing with book industry experience preferred.
  • The ability to enthusiastically represent the Third Place voice and brand at store and industry events.
  • Creative problem solver with a strong belief that there is always a solution.
  • Well-organized and capable of juggling multiple projects at one time.
  • Personable & confident, public speaking required.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written), copy writing skills a must.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Time management skills and ability to prioritize a large volume of tasks.
  • Pursues change and innovation and challenges established norms where appropriate to ensure growth & improvement of the events program.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a proven ability to build relationships within and outside of an organization.
  • A love of books and knowledge of a wide variety of books a must.
  • Computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, InDesign. Photoshop and Illustrator a plus. Able to provide samples of design work.

40 hours/week with varying hours & days based on events schedule.


Bachelors’s Degree Required

Salary DOE

Medical, Dental and Vision


Bus Passes

Generous Store Discount

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Event Management: 4 years

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