Director of Bookstore / Full-time
McHenry County College - Crystal Lake, IL

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  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in Business Administration, Retail Management, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Five years of general management experience in a college store environment or equivalent amount of training in a similar area of retailing
  • General knowledge of and experience with accepted business and retailing practices
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of bookstore and college patrons
  • Experience running point-of-sale system
  • Knowledge of publisher practices and related policies
  • Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Experience in marketing/public relations

Position Description: POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the general management of the College Bookstore and to operate a self-sustaining operation with a positive return on investment that contributes to the overall success of the college.


Strategic Objectives
  • Plan, organize, and supervise Bookstore operations to meet profitability objectives
  • Create a business plan that includes future forecasts of book sales on overall operating performance and the future business model of the Bookstore
  • Establish new policies and procedures to address Bookstore operations
Management Objectives
  • Prepare analysis of certain retail activities to benchmark performance, such as inventory turnover, profit margins, day’s sales outstanding, break even points, etc.
  • Coordinate and supervise the daily operation of the computer system that provides the following functions: financial management, inventory management (textbooks, general books, general merchandise), purchase order management, sales processing and point-of-sale transactions
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the policies and procedures of publishers, distributors and other sources of supply
  • Maintain knowledge of industry standards and innovations regarding books, merchandise, public relations, store operations and information systems
  • Responsible for selection, training and evaluation of Bookstore employees
  • Prepare the annual Bookstore budget
  • Serve as administrative liaison for the Bookstore with other College departments
Operational Objectives
  • Initiate all Bookstore activities, including ordering, merchandising, receiving and inventory
  • Direct, interpret and apply standards, policies and procedures for the Bookstore in day-to-day operations including purchasing, pricing, selling, stocking, textbook coordination, faculty relations, cash handling, record maintenance, staffing and inventory control
  • Coordinate and plan marketing efforts for the entire operation. Marketing efforts should include promotional, public relations, visual displays and research activities
  • Represent the Bookstore and the College at state, regional and national association meetings
  • Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
  • Support and participate in the College’s commitment to continuous improvement and the AQIP process of accreditation through appropriate participation in Action Team activities
  • Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor
  • Responsible and self-directed
  • Ability to deal effectively with staff and public
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work effectively with Microsoft Office products and various software within the bookstore and the College
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare reports
  • Ability to organize work around broad organizational goals and processes
  • Ability to perform work that encompasses advanced technical, scientific, legal, or mathematical concepts
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools, or controls, with no limit to mobility
  • Ability to safely lift 25-50 pounds on a regular basis and move materials weighing 10-20 pounds on a continuous basis
  • Ability to maintain dexterity and coordination while utilizing computer keyboard, mouse, calculator and other small office equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to get results within a team environment, to develop productive working relationships at all levels of the organization as well as ability to work independently
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Commitment and respect for diversity
  • Understanding of and commitment to the College mission and goals
  • Ability to perform all of the essential functions, responsibilities, skills, and specifications of the position

Minimum Salary Range:

Application Required Materials: Qualified applicants must submit all of the following: an MCC Employment Application form, current resume and copies of graduate level transcripts.

No fax or email applications are accepted.

Review Date/Deadline: Application Review begins March 8, 2013. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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