Page Links

Assistant Manager for Store Operations and Sideline Buying


Start Date: Sep 01, 2017
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Vacancy - Assistant Manager for Store Operations and Sideline Buying, Bank Street Bookstore

Under direct supervision of the bookstore Manager, this Assistant Manager is responsible for administrative support operations and most non-book merchandise buying for a high volume, well known, unique independent Children' bookstore in New York City. The Assistant Manager must understand current educational and parenting principles in order to select non-book merchandise of interest to a diverse population of children, parents, students, teachers and college staff. The Assistant Manager also works with the bookstore Manager and Assistant Manager to coordinate store workflow, frontlist book inventory control, returns, vendor relations and related reporting.


Specific Responsibilities include (proportionally):
  • Selecting, buying and merchandising most non-book product for the Bank Street Bookstore: 30% of time
  • Creates purchase orders for sidelines and frontlist books in iBID inventory system: 15% of time.
  • Assists with accounts payables to include but not limited to purchase orders and check requests: 15% of time.
  • Selling on the sales floor: 30% of time.
  • Supervision of bookstore sales staff and cashiers, collaborating with, or in absence of, bookstore Manager and other Assistant Manager: 10% of time.
  • Opening and closing the store, including use of alarm codes and access to store safe. Other related duties, such as vacation coverage for Manager and other Assistant Manager.
  • Design, create, and maintain windows (responsibility shared with interested staff). Along with Manager and Assistant Manager, create and post content for Bank Street Bookstore's social media feeds.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Analyze existing sales data to build and maintain toy/sidelines inventory. Knowledge of retail floor merchandising, restocking and stock control procedures. Purchasing of books and sidelines, inventory control, special orders, receiving and shipping, and return of overstocked or defective merchandise. Works with vendors to acquire and assure availability of non-book merchandise.
  • Must read children’s literature, both in store and on your own time, to prepare for handselling.
  • Assists with the bookstore budget.
  • The Buyer will work with the Manager to source and attend offsite events as well as arrange for in-store special events.
  • Represents the college at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new bookstore programs.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of IBID computer inventory program.
  • Ability to perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Must have at least three years retail store or school library experience which includes a minimum of one-year in buying or acquisitions, preferably with educational toys, children's books or school supplies.
  • Extensive knowledge of children's literature preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License preferred.
  • Strong technology skills.
  • Outstanding customer service, interpersonal and communication skills both orally and in writing along with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
This exempt full-time professional position includes holidays and weekend work.

Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs.  In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Apply now!

* denotes required fields

The following questions are optional. This information can only be viewed by the HR department and it is used for EEO compliance and staff diversity initiatives.