Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab


General Manager

458 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11217

Position: Full-Time
Starts: 04/01/2017

Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab is looking to hire a General Manager to oversee all aspects of our retail operations and lab programming. This is a chance to work in close partnership with the owners and as part of a tight-knit team to grow Stories into a sustainable business that will enrich the lives of children throughout Brooklyn and beyond! We are looking for a General Manager who is an excellent collaborator, inspiring leader, master organizer, and is passionate about children’s literature and education.

In addition to operational responsibilities, a portion of the role will be tailored to the individual's unique talents, experience, and interests, as well as the evolving needs of the business. Prior experience in a management position in an organization that involves work with children and/or children’s literature or arts programming is required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Independent oversight of all day-to-day bookstore and lab operations, including customer service, merchandising, stock and supply management, daily scheduling, cash management and facility upkeep/cleaning.

  • Coordination of purchasing, receiving, inventory management, shipping and returns.

  • Management of on-site and off-site event booking and logistics, including scheduling, staffing, and stocking.

  • Preparation and coordination, with owners, of store budgets, invoicing, and accounts payable.

  • Development and continuous improvement of operating policies, systems and procedures.

  • Recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, and full day-to-day supervision of staff.

  • Additional responsibilities based on experience, talents, and interests, as well as the evolving needs of the business. 


Qualifications

  • 4+ years of management experience in an organization that involves work with children.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service abilities.

  • Strong organizational abilities and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work well with others to get the job done and tolerate stress when faced with pressure, uncertainty, or last-minute changes.

  • Able to communicate with owners, staff, customers, and the community at large in a positive and helpful manner while simultaneously building credibility and rapport.

  • Passion for and knowledge of children’s literature.

  • High level of proficiency with computer systems, including word processing, spreadsheets, calendaring and e-mail; Google’s G Suite is preferred.

  • Scheduling flexibility, including ability to work weekends and evenings.

  • Ability to bend, reach, lift boxes of 30-40 lbs and go up and down stairs throughout the day.

This is a full-time position with salary and benefits commensurate with experience. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a resume and statement of interest to hello@storiesbk.com.

About Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab:

Stories is a children’s bookshop and storytelling lab located in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We opened in May, 2016 and were founded by wife-and-husband team Maggie Pouncey and Matt Miller. We stock a beautiful collection of children’s books for ages zero through young adult, with a section for grown-ups too. And we teach a rich catalogue of children’s classes in our adjacent lab space. We believe growing up in a world of books can make all the difference, and that storytelling is a vital art, one that in our digitally-saturated age, deserves and demands preservation.

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