Books and Books at the Studios

Assistant Manager

533 Eaton Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040

Position: Full-Time

Are you ready to join a small team – two full-time (including this position) employees and a small part-time team, plus a dedicated crew of volunteers – in running a charming independent, non-profit, full-service bookstore? We’re an important part of the cultural life of Key West, a diminutive island with an extraordinary literary tradition, and pride ourselves on service to our customers, who include visitors from all over the world. 

The Assistant Manager works under the direct supervision of the General Manager, supervising the bookselling team, managing special projects and performing the day-to-day tasks that keep the store functioning at its highest potential. This is a full-time, exempt position with two weeks annual paid vacation. Base salary of $50,000, adjustable upward for a person with outstanding credentials.

You will be scheduled for 40 hours of work on a regular weekly basis, including one weekend day. But the schedule is subject to change in relation to in-store and off-site events, including evening author appearances.


  • Performing all aspects of the running of the bookstore including but not limited to providing customer service, ringing out purchases, processing online and special orders, shelving books, and maintaining a clean and attractive store environment. 
  • Supervising the bookselling team.
  • Supporting bookstore related events (such as a satellite store at the annual Key West Literary Seminar), author appearances, and school bookfairs. 
  • Processing receiving and returning books under a computer-based POS system.
  • Maintaining the physical plant.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous bookstore experience is preferred (or other relevant retail experience). 
  • Previous leadership or management experience is preferred. 
  • Ability to work well autonomously, as a supervisor, and as part of a team
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds or more
  • Organization, efficiency, and time management skills. 
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace and have the technical background to learn our point of sale system (IBIDie), online orders platform (IndieCommerce), and shipping services (

Application Process:
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume detailing relevant experience to Applications will not be received in person or over the phone. Review of applications will begin immediately. for additional information

Cost of Living Warning
Key West has a very high cost of living. Affordable housing can be particularly difficult to acquire. Though we have set a salary higher than most similar stores, be warned that it must be evaluated in this light.

About Books and Books at the Studios:

We’re part of The Studios of Key West, a non-profit arts organization with artist studio spaces, exhibition galleries, a performance space and a residential program for visiting artists. See

The Books & Books store functions as an arm of The Studios, but is also affiliated with the leading independent bookstore in Miami, giving us the knowledge and purchasing power of that larger bookseller. As such, we operate as a general interest bookstore, with a full range of titles, from best-sellers to classics, including a specialized section for Key West oriented literature and a substantial children’s section supervised by Judy Blume, who is one of the founders of the store. See

The store is also the home to the Key West Literary Pantheon, a display honoring more than forty-five nationally known writers who have lived and worked in our community.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and committed to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

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