Children's Bookseller (Part-Time)

 

Children’s books say: the world is huge. They say: hope counts for something. They say: bravery will matter, wit will matter, empathy will matter, love will matter.

Katharine Rundell

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Hi,

Thanks for taking the time to look at our job description for a part-time Children's Bookseller.

We're Max Minerva's, a family-owned independent bookshop in Henleaze, Bristol. We opened in 2018 and moved to a bigger store in 2023, primarily to give us a bigger children's section.

Children's books account for 35% of our sales and last year we organised 47 events with children's authors including Jon Klassen, Anna James and Reeves & McIntyre. So far this year we've brought A.F. Steadman, Louis Stowell, Robin Stevens and many more wonderful writers of children's books to Bristol.

Prior experience in a bookshop or library is preferable but the main thing we're looking for is a love of children's books. We need someone who understands what makes children's books great, and what makes some of them not so great; someone who understands why age recommendations are only recommendations and why trigger warnings are important; someone who understands that kids connect with books with a whole-hearted joy that most adults can only dream of.

Alongside the day-to-day of bookselling, we need you to look after our schools activity - organising author visits to the many schools in Bristol we work with.

If this sounds up your Diagon Alley then take a look at the details below and send us a CV and cover letter. We'll be interviewing in June and hiring in July.

We look forward to meeting you soon,

Sam and Jessica


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

In-store

  • Making customers young and old feel welcome 
  • Helping customers find what they're looking for, making recommendations as necessary 
  • Processing sales, returns, exchanges and orders
  • Processing deliveries
  • Merchandising the shelves and window displays to make the books, and the shop, look marvellous
  • Managing phone and email enquiries
  • Assist the store manager with stock returns
  • Assist with author events, book fairs and other events as necessary
  • Assist with social media content creation
  • Assist with choosing stock for the children's section

Schools activity

  • Liaising with publishers on author availability
  • Creation of emails to schools about author availability
  • Creation of pre-order pages on our website for author events
  • Liaising with schools to organise author events - technical requirements, timings, pre-orders
  • Taking authors to school events and managing signings at the events

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • You'll be comfortable speaking to people of all ages, from all walks of life
  • You'll be comfortable occasionally working in the shop on your own (don't worry, this won't be for the first couple of months)
  • You will require a full DBS check - we can help you apply for this when hired
  • Ideally you will have a clean UK driving licence and your own car, to transport authors and books to school events within Bristol
  • Comfortable learning different IT systems - book shops have more databases and technical gubbins than you may think

BENEFITS

  • 25 days annual leave pro rata
  • 40% discount on books
  • 20% discount on everything else
  • Company pension contributions (for eligible team members)
  • Access to early proofs
  • Opportunity to attend industry events
  • Job Type: Part-time, Permanent

HOURS & PAY

  • 2 days per week - Saturday plus one day Monday-Friday, 9:15 - 17:45
  • Extra days/hours as needed for school events or to cover holiday and sick day
  • Pay: £12 per hour, rising in line with Living Wage Foundation


TO APPLY

Email sam@maxminervas.co.uk with a current CV and covering letter including one paragraph reviews of your last few favourite books.

Application deadline: 5th June 2024

Position to commence July 2024