Bookstore Manager


The Bookstore Manager reports to the VP of Financial & Campus Operations and is responsible for the general management of operations in the college store including, but not limited to, the following functions: selling, purchasing for resale, receiving/distribution, personnel management, information systems, financial management, and bookstore public relations, and service related activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the adoption and ordering of textbooks
  • Work with the faculty in the adoption of appropriate textbooks
  • Estimate textbook needs (new and used) to meet the needs of the bookstore but minimize overages and returns
  • Provide a master text list with change recommendations and timeline to Instructional Services
  • Prepare the textbook list each semester to be placed on the college web site by the beginning of registration
  • Work with high school counselors to be aware of adoptions/changes and assist in text ordering
  • Maintain a current textbook inventory by doing necessary returns and selling overstock and outdated textbooks to wholesalers
    Plan and promote the end of semester student buyback
  • Prepare an annual physical inventory of textbooks and supplies for the auditors to be completed by the end of June
  • Provide consumable list and other information to advisement prior to registration
  • Maintain bookstore website
  • Monitor and maintain bookstore budget
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the policies and procedures of publishers, distributors, and other vendors
  • Plan and supervise advertising, displaying, and selling of merchandise
  • Approve invoices for release of payment
  • Maintain and update the current data base for Inventory control and Point-of-Sale Systems
  • Train and supervise bookstore staff and student assistants assigned to the bookstore
  • Maintain open communication with all College departments
  • Maintain active professional liaisons on the state and national levels with other college stores
  • Achieve rapport with faculty, staff, and students
  • Handle and resolve customer complaints and problems
  • Represent the college in local and state organizations and meetings, and maintain contracts with outside agencies as appropriate

Supervisory Responsibilities

Bookstore assistant and student workers.

Education and/or Experience

Required: Bachelor’s degree in administration or related field.

Preferred: Previous experience managing an auxiliary service.

Math Skills

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure
  • Perform the four operations with like common and decimal fractions
  • Compute percentages

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.
  • Lifting items up to 20 pounds in weight.

Work Environment

Work is primarily in an office/school environment. Noise levels usually are moderate.


$44,900 – $55,700 based on experience and education.


Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled. If you are selected as a finalist,
you will be notified by telephone. No further information
concerning the progress of the search will be available until a
decision has been reached. At that time,
applicants will be informed of the decision by letter.

All applicants must submit all of the credentials
below to the Human Resource Office in order for your application to be
considered complete.

Submit above listed materials to:
Ms. Emily Forthman, Human Resources Director
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992