Busboys and Poets Books


Book Buyer

2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, United States, 20009

Position: Full-Time

Busboys and Poets Books is seeking an enthusiastic and organized individual to oversee frontlist buying for our vibrant and community oriented bookstores.

The Buyer will be responsible for publisher frontlist orders for 5 locations. They will work in conjunction with the Sidelines Buyer and Event Buyer as needed, and provide support and feedback. They will also be responsible for maintaining small curated selection of the best of what Busboys Books has to offer at locations without staffed bookstores.

Will be expected to hold seasonal meetings with store supervisors for feedback on frontlist and new sideline acquisitions, in conjunction with the Sidelines Buyer. Oversees restocking and returns done by location Supervisors, and manages training of Supervisors on any updates or changes in ordering procedures. Monitors inventory valuation and buying budgets in conjunction with the Bookstore Strategist.

Experience with IBID/ie and Edelweiss preferred. 

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About Busboys and Poets Books:

Busboys and Poets Books, the bookstore arm of Busboys and Poets, is a space in which literature, politics, society and social justice are engaged with in a productive and exciting atmosphere.

We have a deep commitment to showcasing books and authors - on a local and national level - who have contributed to great social struggles, especially that of the black struggles for civil rights. This extends also to issues of women’s and LGBTQ liberation, and more generally to the experiences of all the dispossessed and marginalized in this country. Around the year you will find us featuring titles, authors and events as our own contribution to their struggles for awareness and justice, as a special part of our mission as a bookstore. We also feature diverse selections of children’s and young adult books, helping to integrate us into the community at all levels.

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