Employment

Current Openings:

Associate Buyer: Gifts, Cards and Calendars

Base compensation: $17 to $20 per hour plus benefits

4-5 Shifts per week (32-40 hours) Kepler's is hiring full-time/part-time Associate Buyer for Gifts, Greetings Cards and Calendars.

Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, broad selection of books, magazines, gifts, cards, and calendars; as well as for deep ties to the community including local schools and non-profit organizations. Kepler's is the first bookselling institution in the US to pioneer an innovative hybrid business model that includes a community-financed bookstore, a non-profit organization that produces a rich roster of literary events with leading intellectuals and writers, and GiftLit, a curated online book gifting service. Kepler's is a social enterprise with a mission to provide cultural enrichment for our community. Kepler's is located next door to the popular Cafe Borrone and is conveniently accessible by Caltrain and public bus system.

Major responsibilities of the Associate Buyer will include:

  • Buy great stock of gifts, cards and calendars that’s in alignment with our overall brand strategy of emphasizing a literary and intellectual lifestyle.
  • Collaborate with booksellers, buyers and event managers to create topical and thematic displays and promotions.
  • Manage inventory to agreed-to levels based on goals for turns and sales
  • Create and manage the buying budget based on forecasted sales, margin, and turns goals
  • Stay current with stocking, pricing, and merchandising strategies of competing sellers in our local community and use this information to help maintain differentiation for Kepler’s in these categories
  • Work on the retail bookstore floor as a bookseller to help customers find and purchase great books, share information about our programs and events, and contribute to daily store operations.

Kepler's is a small, creative, and innovative place to work. This role is a stepping stone to becoming a full buyer and part of the store management team.

This is an hourly position with base compensation in the range of $17-$20 per hour. Actual compensation offered will depend on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition, you will be eligible for PTO (paid time off), generous staff discounts on books and merchandise sold at Kepler's, and staff profit sharing.

Ideal candidates will have/be:
- Previous buying or merchandising experience
- Organizational skills and attention to detail
- Efficient and resourceful with their time
- Outgoing personality and strong communication skills
- Self-directed and proactive
- Ability to lift heavy boxes of books and merchandise
- Excited about working nights and weekends (Kepler's is open 9am-10pm)
- Previous experience working in a bookstore.

In addition, these qualifications are preferred but not required:

- Commitment to a long-term career in an independent bookstore and cultural institution

Please include in your application a current resume and a cover letter, which should include a statement of your vision for how you would play this role at Kepler’s. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview. 

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  • Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

Send your application to keplersjobs@gmail.com

 

Part-time booksellers for the holidays.

Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, broad selection of books, magazines, gifts, cards, and calendars; as well as for deep ties to the community including local schools and non-profit organizations. Kepler's is the first bookselling institution in the US to pioneer an innovative hybrid business model that includes a community-financed bookstore, a non-profit organization that produces a rich roster of literary events with leading intellectuals and writers, and GiftLit, a curated online book gifting service. Kepler's is a social enterprise with a mission to provide cultural enrichment for our community. Kepler's is located next door to the popular Café Borrone and is conveniently accessible by Caltrain and public bus system. 

As a bookseller, you will work on the retail store floor to help customers find and purchase great books, share information about our programs and events with customers, manage store sections, make buying recommendations, create interesting and topical displays, and handle a variety of back-office activities including receiving and returns. Kepler's is a creative and innovative place to work, and if you're committed to books and bookselling, we want to talk to you.< 

These are hourly positions with compensation of $15-$16 per hour. Actual compensation offer will depend on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition, you will be eligible for PTO (paid time off), staff discounts on books and merchandise sold at Kepler's, and profit sharing. Successful candidates will be considered for long-term roles on Kepler’s team. 

Ideal candidates will have/be:

  • A passion for talking with people about books, and a proclivity for reading across genres
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Efficient and resourceful with their time
  • Outgoing personality and strong communication skills
  • Self-directed and proactive
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes of books
  • Excited about working nights and weekends (Kepler's is open daily Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sunday's 9am to 8pm, 363 days a year)
  • Previous experience working in a bookstore or library
In addition, these qualifications are preferred but not required:
- Commitment to a long-term career in bookselling
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in Literature, Education or related field
- Experience working with IBID-IE inventory system for books
 

Please include in your application a current resume, cover letter and why would want to work in a book store. Also let us know about a book you have read and how you would sell it to a customer.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

Send applications to keplersjobs@gmail.com

 

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ABOUT KEPLER'S
Kepler's was founded in May 1955 by peace activist Roy Kepler. For 61 years, Kepler's has been the intellectual and cultural hub for the San Francisco peninsula. Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, its broad selection of books and magazines, and for its deep ties to the community.

Kepler's went through a planned transition in 2012 during which the business was re-started in a hybrid business model that includes a for-profit community-supported bookstore and a nonprofit events organization. Kepler's vision is to continuously innovate to create a model community bookstore for the future that can be a sustainable cultural institution. More information about Kepler's recent transition can be viewed at www.keplers2020.com

Kepler's management team continues to be guided by its founder's mission to open minds, deepen literacy, and promote critical thinking.