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Course Materials Manager:

Incorporated in 1931, Montana State University Bookstore, Inc. (MSU Bookstore), is a student-faculty owned cooperative that serves Montana State University and the surrounding Gallatin Valley community.

As a student-faculty co-op, MSU Bookstore seeks to provide the lowest possible pricing on textbooks for our students. This is done through rebating the excess profits of previous years’ sales back to our student owners through aggressive textbook discounting.

Primary Responsibilities
The Course Materials Manager oversees and leads the course materials department and its staff. In this role, the Course Materials Manager maintains responsibility helping to develop the strategic direction for the department; including maintaining the department budget, sales forecasts, and developing the yearly goals and objectives. The incumbent will be dynamic; having strong interpersonal skills, a desire to learn, educate, and embrace the mission of a not-for-profit, independent, cooperative bookstore.

In addition to driving department strategy, the Course Materials Manager oversees the course materials adoption process, pricing, ordering/receiving, returns, buyback, compliance, and all other facets of the course materials process in MSU Bookstore. An enhanced focus on pricing models, the ability to aggressively lower course materials pricing through marketplace sourcing, rentals, buyback, and price negotiation, are essential to the specific business model of MSU Bookstore.

Position Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 or more years’ progressive experience in leading a course materials department with full time and student staff, preferably in a large-store environment
  • Commitment to the MSU Bookstore team and mission, and the ability to lead the course materials department staff to support the mission of MSU Bookstore
  • Ability to build partnerships both in store and on campus
  • Strong communication skills with an emphasis on the ability to communicate the mission of MSU Bookstore to students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues and opportunities facing institutions of higher education and the ability to communicate how MSU Bookstore can help faculty address those areas
  • Ability to work independently in a high-stress, fast-paced environment, meeting required deadlines
  • Demonstrated creativity and ability to rapidly adapt/anticipate changing market conditions
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated knowledge of textbook price comparison software, online adoption tools, competitive/multi-vendor buyback, and textbook reservations processes
  • Demonstrated knowledge of POS systems and textbook management software
  • Demonstrated ability to understand/execute marketplace sourcing of used textbooks
  • Understanding of textbook financial models, GAAP, profit and loss, and budgeting processes
  • Understanding of non-traditional course materials models including e-books, rental (in-house or with multi-partner), inclusive access, LMS integration, OER, and securing copyright for digitizing, with a willingness to embrace and develop alternative models as the opportunity arises
  • Knowledge of HEOA as it applies to the course materials requirements on campus
  • Ability to understand and create high-level sell-through, sales forecast, adoption timeline, and profitability reporting, and an understanding of rental accounting models
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Travel for 1-3 weeks per year for conferences and training

    Preferred Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Business or a related field
  • Familiarity with NetSuite or MBS POS systems and database platforms
  • Knowledge/experience using VERBA tools
  • Knowledge/experience using Redshelf
  • Willingness to put team above self in all situations
  • Experience working in a 501(c3) non-profit corporation or Co-op

    Salary Information
    Commensurate with Experience

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    Temporary Employees:

    MSU Bookstore, Inc. is currently accepting applications for temporary employees to work occasionally through the summer, the fall rush, mid-August through mid-September. The spring rush, December through mid-January, inventory in March and spring textbook buyback, late April through mid-May. Ideal for individuals interested in working occasionally or on an on call basis. 

    Cashiers, door greeters/security, clothing/merchandise clerks and textbook clerk positions are available. These positions require working 8 hour shifts, (including some Saturday shifts), lifting 10-50 lbs. continuously throughout the shift. Starting rate is $9.48/hour. 

    Stop by our customer service desk to pick up an application or download here. Drop off or mail to: MSU Bookstore, Inc., 125 Strand Union, Bozeman, MT 59717-3160. 

    MSU Bookstore, Inc. is a non-profit corporation independent from Montana State University.

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