Bookstore Events Assistant Supervisor
Job Details
Busboys and Poets - 14&V - Washington, DC
Full Time
$42,000.00 - $50,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%



Salary Range: $42k to $50k
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: High School
Travel Percentage: 25% 


SUMMARY: Direct management of the storefront and booksellers while ensuring the smooth and successful running of the store. The Supervisor will run their individual location bookstore while being overseen and supported by the Director of Operations. Supervisor will restock and handle inventory management on site for their location while being supported by Book Buyer with frontlists and sidelines acquisitions. In addition to supervisor responsibilities, this role works in tandem with the Director of Operations to research, plan, and execute in person, online, and hybrid events for Busboys and Poets Books as COVID-19 allows. This will include, but is not limited to, event hosting, event ordering and buying, as well as researching and following up on community engagement outreach. This role would be a hybrid in-store and work-from-home employment opportunity as scheduling/events/staffing demand. 



  • Weekly (min.) stock replenishment orders (via electronic ordering in Ibid)

  • Specific book and sidelines purchasing for events, with the assistance of the book buyer

  • Processes book returns for their location

  • Oversees book receiving for their location

  • Orders supplies for their individual location

  • Make weekly cash deposit, and change run to reset the float (aka change bank)

  • Oversees bookseller staff at their location through completion of task sheets for booksellers and holds booksellers accountable for task completion

  • Assists Director of Operations with training of new booksellers

  • Addresses minor staff issues and is the first point of contact for their booksellers

  • Brings larger staff issues to the Director of Operations and utilizes the Progressive Counselling Form when action needs to be taken

    • When utilizing the Progressive Counselling Forms a witness is REQUIRED

  • Coordinates and communicates with all booksellers at their location and acts as liaison between Director of Operations, Book Buyer, restaurant management, and the location booksellers

  • Works with the Director of Operations about all operational aspects of their location, including supplies needed, issues, and ideas for improvement

  • Attends seasonal meetings with Buyer regarding frontlist buying and sidelines acquisitions, and is in regular communication regarding replenishment and returns

  • Reviews bookseller schedule for their location and makes sure there are no gaps and events are staffed (post COVID-19)

  • Coordinates with the Director of Operations to ensure the proper running of the store in the event of their vacation or absence

  • Coordinates with the Director of Operations to research, plan, and execute relevant and exciting events for the greater DMV within the bookstore

    • This includes both in person, hybrid, and online event planning/execution and requires flexibility due to COVID-19

    • This includes community engagement outreach and support with relevant organizations in the DMV



  • Strong customer service and communication skills

  • Past retail, management, and/or bookstore experience required

  • Past experience in event planning and management is encouraged but not required

  • Familiarity with Edelweiss and event grids/procedures in publishing preferred, but not required

  • Strong public speaking skills with the ability to handle and coordinate event hosting

  • Compassionate and respectful management/conflict resolution skills

  • Enjoys working within a team but is self-motivated and able to work independently

  • Ability to establish and maintain an organized workspace

  • Bibliophile, or at least able to speak about literature and popular titles (both classic and contemporary)

  • High School diploma or equivalent - higher education beyond this is preferred but not required

  • Ability to stand and be mobile during an 8 hour shift

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

  • Ability to be mobile around the District and our MD/VA locations in a timely and efficient manner

  • Night and weekend availability is required for this position