Book Club - Booktender -- Part Time
At Book Club, our booktenders will function in a hybrid position of bookseller and barista (morning shift) or bookseller and bartender (afternoon and evening shift). This position is ideal for individuals who thrive in a fast-paced customer service environment, love books, and enjoy talking to people.
Greet and establish rapport with customers, delivering exceptional service that ensures both sales and high levels of customer satisfaction
Maintain a working knowledge of our inventory and events in order to provide thoughtful recommendations and a personalized experience to customers
Drive customer loyalty by encouraging loyalty program registration
Communicate product needs to managers to ensure the store is stocked appropriately with in-demand titles and customer requests
Recover the floor during each shift by gathering and restocking items, straightening bookcases, maintaining tables in the bar and throughout the store, maintaining restroom cleanliness, and performing other store and bar housekeeping tasks
Assist as needed with in-store events
Prepare coffee and espresso drinks to order in accordance with Book Club standards and health code. Barista training can be provided.
Serve beer, wine, and soft drinks to order in accordance with Book Club standards and health code. Bartender training can be provided.
Any and all other duties assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications and skills:
Passion for books and the desire to create an East Village community space
Strong communication and people skills
Ability to multi-task and adapt as the needs of a new bookstore store develop
Availability for early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays to align with store needs
The following is not required, but extra consideration will be given to individuals with any of the following:
Previous bookselling experience, or an understanding of the book industry, especially independent bookstores
Experience with book inventory software
Previous hospitality experience, including bartending, restaurant service, or barista
NYC Food Protection Certification
Alcohol Training Awareness Certificate
All applicants should understand that being a bookseller requires some manual labor: shelving books, lifting boxes, crouching and reaching, and standing for the entire shift.
We offer a competitive hourly rate plus tips. Benefits for part-time employees are TBD. Booksellers will also have access to free advance copies of books and audiobooks.
To apply, please submit a resume and brief introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a “shelf talker:” a short paragraph highlighting one of your favorite books. Our hiring process will begin mid to late September for a mid-October opening. Please note that our store opening date is still flexible.