EVENTS MANAGER / BOOKSELLER
White Whale seeks a capable and passionate individual to grow our visibility and impact on the community through a variety of events. This position is approximately 25 hours per week, which includes three or four shifts in-store, an average of two events per week, and self-directed work from home. It requires evening and weekend availability, and may include occasional travel for educational and networking opportunities.
Expanding outreach to school librarians to coordinate children’s author visits, book fairs, and story times.
Creating and submitting author event proposals for publicity grids.
Pitching to publishers, in person and in writing, to build White Whale’s profile as a leading spot for touring authors.
Approaching local venues for large-scale offsite events.
In collaboration with and under supervision of the Owner/Events Director, scheduling in-store and offsite author events.
Developing additional event ideas to generate foot traffic.
Listing events on our website and social media platforms, and drafting copy for e-newsletter and press releases.
Ensuring merchandise is ordered for upcoming events.
Introducing authors at events.
Hand-selling to customers.
Receiving and returning books.
Writing shelf-talkers and creating displays.
Cleaning and tidying the store.
Qualifications and characteristics:
Love of books and in-depth knowledge of current market.
Friendly and outgoing demeanor.
Experience coordinating events, especially in children’s markets.
Exceptional written communication skills.
Confident and articulate public speaking ability.
Proficiency with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and with email marketing programs.
Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to establish and meet deadlines and account for time spent.
Able to lift and move up to 40 pounds (boxes of books and tables).
We want someone who can be an integral part of our bookselling family—someone who is passionate about White Whale and has a stake in its success and who can grow with us.
*WW is an equal opportunity employer. We hope for a diverse pool of candidates. Please share widely!