Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Call for Professional Booksellers

5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL, United States, 60637

Position: Full-Time

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores seeks professional booksellers of varying skill sets and backgrounds to join in their efforts to support the first not-for-profit bookstore whose mission is bookselling. As two stores on the South Side of Chicago, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, established in 1961, carry the largest selection of scholarly books in the country, support a Pannell-Award-Winning Children's Department, and serve as a critically important cultural and bookselling institution both locally and afar. Our stores aim to reimagine what it means to be a bookseller in the 21st century and, in that pursuit, seek career booksellers at all levels—with skills such as management, customer service, handselling, buying, community relationships, events facilitation, social media content generation, and children’s bookselling—interested in contributing to both the work and mission of our unique stores. Engaged, curious, and spirited booksellers, committed to excellence, inquiry, and passionate about the work of bookselling are strongly encouraged to apply. Affinity for our mission is a plus. The Co-op is hiring for current career positions (salary range $37k-$60k), which will be tailored to the best candidates, and also holding informational interviews for future open positions, too. Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out regardless of their timeline and can submit a statement of interest, along with a resume, to Jeff Deutsch (jeff@semcoop.com), Director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Candidates are encouraged to express interest no later than August 19th. 

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Seminary Co-op Bookstore:

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc. comprises two independent bookstores. Founded in 1961 and located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the Seminary Co-op is renowned as an exemplary academic bookstore, attracting customers nationally and internationally. Its inventory reflects the literary and scholarly interests of its membership, many of them affiliated currently or previously with its neighbor, the University of Chicago. 

57th St. Books was established in 1983 and caters to the literary interests of the greater South Side community. With a world-class children’s department, a deep backlist selection, and an enthusiastic staff, 57th St. Books has established itself as a gem among independent bookstores.  

Both stores are unique and valued places of discovery, cultural institutions where browsing and conversation are nurtured. In 2019, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc. became the country’s first not-for-profit bookstores whose mission is bookselling.

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