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Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park has a rare opening for an Events Manager. Kepler’s events are produced by its non-profit partner Peninsula Arts & Letters (PAL). PAL produces over 200 literary events each year and has hosted some of the top writers and thinkers in the country, including Salman Rushdie, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Michio Kaku, Adam Johnson, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, John Green, among others. As we continue to expand our events programming, we’re looking for someone with a passion for ideas, literature, and current events who wants to bring that passion to a leading producer of literary and cultural events in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The person in this position will produce events on a large variety of topics and a wide selection of literature. The person will work with a team of Event Managers and will report directly to the Director of Programming and Operations. This is a full time position with varied schedules and candidates must be able to work evenings. Compensation range is from $31,990 to $46,093 per year depending on experience. The compensation includes a health care allowance for getting insurance through Covered California.
Major Job Responsibilities:
- Booking and Relationship Management:
- Research writers and speakers with an eye toward creating unique, interesting, and well attended literary events.
- Develop and maintain relationships with potential speakers, authors, interviewers and panelists.
- Write event proposals for submission to publishers and authors.
- Manage relationships with publishers, publicists, and editors.
- Event Design:
- Design events that are engaging for the audience and that showcase the ideas and talents of the speakers.
- Seek opportunities to produce events in partnership with community partners
- Design branded and unique literary events: eg Literary Trivia, Poetry Day, youth events etc.
- Event Marketing:
- Write engaging and creative event copy to be used on the website, in ads and promotional materials.
- Promote and advertise events through social and traditional media
- Research and implement marketing outreach to community
- Manage and write weekly/biweekly e-mail newsletters
- Coordinate in-store marketing efforts with Kepler’s Books
- Event Production and Hosting:
- Manage all event logistics, oversee set-up and break-down, manage AV setup, facilitate question and answer sessions
- Host event: on-stage introductions, facilitate author’s visit and book signing.
- Become a face of Peninsula Arts & Letters and get to know the Kepler’s community.
- Event After-life:
- Report on event success, including sending reports to publicists and creating social media follow up.
Ideal candidates will have/be:
- Experience designing and managing events, ideally in a cultural, arts, or literary organization
- Experience with writers, speakers and publishers.
- Ability to do long-range planning while maintaining a full event calendar
- Connections to the literary and cultural scene on the Peninsula, from San Jose to San Francisco.
- Familiarity and experience with social media
- Strong interest and curiosity in a wide variety of topics.
- Exceptional organizational skills.
- Strong writing skills.
- Ability to work efficiently and accurately on multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong relationship builder.
- Self-starting, and able to work independently.
- Agility in a fast-paced work environment.
- Strong reader who loves to share 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 cover letter, which should address the following questions:
- Tell us about an exceptional literary or cultural event you’ve attended and why you found it exceptional
- How does your experience prepare you for this position and in what aspects of the job do you think you would excel?
- Where do you see yourself having an opportunity to learn and grow in this position?
Submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com
Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.
About Keplers and Peninsula Arts & Letters
Kepler’s is known for its community efforts for bringing authors to kids in schools in partnership with local teachers and librarians. These programs won Kepler’s the prestigious 2008 Lucile Micheels Pannell award. The award recognizes a bookstore that excels in bringing books and young people together.
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. Kepler’s management team continues to be guided by its founder’s mission to open minds, deepen literacy, and promote critical thinking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.