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Full-Time Employees:

Montana State University Bookstore, Inc.
Course Materials Assistant 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 Assistant Manager assists the Course Materials Manager in leading the course materials department and its staff. In this role, the Course Materials Assistant Manager maintains responsibility helping to drive the day-to-day operational direction for the department; including the Bobcat Book Reserve (our course materials reservation program), course materials receiving, rental programs, and implementing the yearly goals and objectives developed by the Course Materials Manager. 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 Assistant Manager assists with the course materials adoption process, returns, buyback, compliance, and all other facets of the course materials process in MSU Bookstore. This position oversees the Course Materials department in the absence of the Course Materials Manager and serves as the primary contact for customer relations and case management.

Position requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 or more years’ progressive experience in 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 support the mission of MSU Bookstore and lead others in support of that mission
  • A commitment to implementing industry best-practices at 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 reservations processes, ordering, and receiving
  • Demonstrated knowledge of POS systems and textbook management software
  • 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 HEA 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
  • Willingness to put team above self in all situations

    Preferred requirements
  • Familiarity with NetSuite and database platforms
  • Knowledge/experience using VERBA tools
  • Knowledge/experience using Redshelf
  • Experience working in a 501(c3) non-profit corporation or Co-op
  • Experience with various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

    Salary information
    Commensurate with Experience

    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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