Employment

Current Openings:

School Events Coordinator

Peninsula Arts & Letters, in partnership with Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park has a rare opening for a school events coordinator. We're looking for someone with an unrivaled passion for children’s books who will work with the Youth Events Manager to coordinate our well established school events program. The school events coordinator is expected to function as part of a team, work closely with the youth events manager and work to expand and improve our already stellar program.

This is a part time position and offers the opportunity to help shape the future of an already successful program for a world-renowned bookstore.

Major job responsibilities will include:

  • Place events, manage scheduling of events, make presale flyers for the events
  • Manage relationships with librarians, teachers, and parent volunteers in local schools
  • Inventory management based on historic sales and staff interest
  • Host events, take books to events, sell books at events
  • Write a summary of each event and record sales from events.
  • Work closely with Youth Events Manager
  • Expand program reach
  • Maintain relationships with local authors.
  • Manage program expansion into the Ravenswood school district

Ideal candidates will have/ be:

  • Previous experience working with books, authors and schools.
  • Outgoing personality and strong social skills.
  • Agility in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Loads of initiative.
  • Strong reader who loves to share your knowledge and passion for children’s books.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Self-starting, and be able to work independently.
  • Enthusiasm for schools and literacy
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Articulate and communicative
  • Collaborative and comfortable working in a team oriented environment.
  • Able to lift heavy boxes of books
  • Own car

Applications must include a resume and a cover letter, which should address the following questions:

- Why do you think an authors in schools program is important?

- How can we improve our authors in schools program?

Submit resume and cover letter to jobs@keplers.com

Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

Events Manager

Peninsula Arts & Letters, in partnership with Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park has a rare opening for an Events Manager. Peninsula Arts & Letters produces over 200 literary events each year, featuring some of the top writers and thinkers in the country. In the past two years we have hosted Salman Rushdie, Richard Dawkins, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, John Green, Isabel Allende, among many, many others. As we expand our events programs, we're looking for someone with a passion for ideas, literature, and current events who wants to bring that passion to a team dedicated to producing the top literary events in the Bay Area.

The person in this position will produce events on social justice issues, among other subject areas. The person will work with a team of Event Managers and will report directly to the Director of Programming and Operations

 

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Research writers and speakers with an eye toward creating unique and interesting literary events.
  •  Develop and maintain relationships with potential speakers, authors, interviewers and panelists.
  • Design events that are engaging for the audience and that showcase the ideas and talents of the speakers.
  • Write event proposals for submission to publishers and authors.
  •  Manage relationships with publishers, publicists, and editors.
  • Write engaging and creative event copy to be used on the website, in ads and promotional materials.
  • Promote and advertise events through Facebook ads, Kepler’s and Peninsula Arts and Letters partners, and community outreach.
  • Manage event logistics, including hosting, overseeing set-up and break-down, on-stage introductions, and facilitating question and answer sessions.
  •  Report on event success, including sending reports to publicists and creating social media follow-up. 

 

Ideal candidates will have/ be:

  • Previous experience designing and managing events.
  • Previous experience with writers and speakers.
  • Strong interest in social justice issues
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Self-starting, and able to work independently.
  • Agility in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Strong reader who loves to share your knowledge and passion for books and ideas.
  • Outgoing personality and strong social skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Collaborative and comfortable working in a team oriented environment.

  

Applications must include a resume and a cover letter, which should address the following questions:

·       What makes for a successful literary event?

·       How does your experience prepare you for this position?


Submit resume and cover letter to jobs@keplers.com

Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

 

Full-time and part-time booksellers.

Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, broad selection of books and magazines, and 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, and a nonprofit organization that produces a rich roster of literary events with leading intellectuals and writers. 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.

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 small, creative, and innovative place to work, and if you're committed to books and bookselling, we want to talk to you.

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 9am-10pm, 363 days a year)

In addition, these qualifications are preferred but not required:
- Previous bookselling or retail experience
- 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 and a cover letter, which should include a sentence or two about a book that changed your life. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.
Send your application to jobs@keplers.com

ABOUT KEPLER'S
Kepler's was founded in May 1955 by peace activist Roy Kepler. For 58 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. More information about Kepler's can be viewed at www.keplers.com