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Golden Fig Books Durham Store Manager

Golden Fig Books is seeking a smart, enthusiastic manager who loves books and wants to develop and grow alongside the store. Bookselling requires a wide range of skills and the ability to constantly adapt to unique situations. This is especially true at Golden Fig, where employees will be expected to manage the space alone at times. The Manager position will be full-time (35 or more hours per week) and will likely take three or four weeks of training, so Golden Fig plans to make a hire as soon as they find an exciting candidate. 

As a store manager, you would be the store’s leader in all aspects – inventory, operations, merchandising, customer service, etc. Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the store in daily operations
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with community and booksellers
  • Creating a positive work environment while directing the training of, and providing feedback to, fellow booksellers
  • Managing inventory of supplies, used/new books, sidelines and place orders with distributors
  • Proactively brainstorming new systems/outreach/events/marketing to expand store recognition and traffic and streamline processes
  • Taking responsibility when things go awry and making judgment calls when required
  • Ensuring store and booksellers remain true to the core values of Golden Fig


  • Previous experience in either bookselling or management required
  • Is punctual, organized, and has excellent attention to detail
  • Has great interpersonal and customer service skills as well as the ability to exercise sound judgment in high-stress, multitasking situations
  • Strong delegation, follow up, and management skills
  • Has flexible availability to work nights and/or weekends
  • Is confident in recommending books and is knowledgeable across multiple genres
  • Is adaptable with an ability to problem-solve and fill needs as they occur throughout the course of a workday
  • Is capable of bearing a physically demanding job (able to lift boxes of books up to 50 lbs, shelve books, move and adjust displays, climb a ladder, be on your feet for most of the day, etc.)
  • Loves reading, physical books, and independent bookstores

Pay starts at $22/hr after a training period of 2-4 weeks at $17/hr. If you’d like to be considered for the position, please email with the subject “Durham Manager Application” as soon as possible and include 1.) Your resume; 2.) A cover letter explaining why you want to work at Golden Fig and believe you would be a good fit for the position, and 3.) A written recommendation (100 words max) for a book that you love.

See full job description here.