Manager, Bookstore

Southwestern College
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Manager, Bookstore

Southwestern College

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: Bookstore

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Under general direction, plans, organizes, and manages District bookstore operations, either directly or through a contracted service provider; trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of bookstore staff; and performs related work as required.

1. Directly or through a contracted service provider:
  • plans, organizes, and manages bookstore operations at all physical locations as well as online;
  • determines best sources based on pricing, availability, service, and other criteria;
  • establishes and implements pricing and returns policies and procedures; and develops in-store and campus advertising, promotions, and displays;
    2. Participates in the selection of new classified staff for assigned areas of responsibility; trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff; provides or coordinates staff training; coaches staff toward improved performance; recommends and implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns; makes employment decisions concerning temporary and student employees.
    3. Develops and administers annual bookstore budget; monitors and analyzes sales figures and projections, expenses, customer counts, operating statements, and related data to ensure profitability of bookstore operations.
    4. Performs related duties as assigned.

    Knowledge and Abilities:
    • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs.
    • Principles of in-store and online retailing, including pricing, planning, inventory control, display and promotion.
    • Basic business management principles.
    • Principles and practices of inventory management.
    • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review, and evaluation, and the training of staff in work methods and procedures.
    • Principles and practices of financial record keeping, including contracts, purchasing, and cash handling
    • Contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity as related to higher education.
    • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
    • Modern office practices, procedures, technology, and computer equipment and applications, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
    • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively interacting with students, staff, faculty, representatives of outside organizations, and members of the public, including individuals of diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, physical ability, and sexual orientation.

    • Provide professional leadership and direction for the assigned program areas.
    • Develop and monitor budgets and effectively utilize resources.
    • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
    • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local, and District laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
    • Read and interpret financial statements, including profit and loss.
    • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
    • Gather and analyze data, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
    • Maintain accurate databases, records, and files.
    • Effectively manage priorities in complex and diverse operational units.
    • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
    • Understand scope of authority in making independent decisions.
    • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

    Education and Experience:
    Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

    Equivalent to bachelor’s degree in business administration, retailing, or related field.
    • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible in-store retail experience with profit and loss responsibility, including sales, inventory control, and purchasing.
    • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience administering contracts for services, preferably for business process outsourcing and/or profit-making enterprises.
    Two (2) years of either type of experience should have been in a lead or supervisory capacity.

    Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

    Desirable Qualifications:

    Range 28, Step 1-5, $7,324.83-$8,903.17 per month. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents. This position is a classified exempt position in accordance with the Fair Labor Standard Act and California Education Code Section 88020. The employee holding this position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

    Start Date

    As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

    Screening Deadline
    All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

    Work Schedule:
    Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Approximately). Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the department. Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

    Additional Information:
    We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

    A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

    It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

    Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

    In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

    As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

    The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

    Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at">

    If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

    The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

    This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

    Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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