Jobs & Internships
Printed Matter / St. Marks Bookstore Manager
Printed Matter, Inc., the world's leading non-profit dedicated to the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists' books and related publications seeks a Bookstore Manager to manage the organization’s outpost location, Printed Matter / St Marks. The Bookstore Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of this 250 sqf bookstore located in the lobby of the new Swiss Institute (SI) in the East Village. Responsibilities include inventory management, sales and customer service, merchandising and upkeep of store appearance, marketing and PR, and the scheduling and production of events and other programming. The Bookstore Manager’s development of marketing and PR strategies (including social media), programming, and merchandising and sales initiatives will be in consultation with the Executive Director and other Printed Matter staff. The position reports to Printed Matter's Executive Director and is supported by a dedicated intern, a part-time sales associate, as well as by Printed Matter and Swiss Institute staff, as available.
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position. Bookstore Manager hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays. Ability to work occasional evening and weekend events is required. Please only apply if you are able to meet these schedule requirements. The store is open to the public Wednesdays & Thursdays 2 - 8 pm, Fridays & Saturday 12 - 8 pm, and Sundays 12 - 6 pm.
Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid holidays, paid time-off, and an employer-paid health plan.
- Retain full, up-to-date knowledge of all inventory at Printed Matter / St Marks
- Ensure the bookstore reflects the breadth and diversity of Printed Matter's full inventory, while maximizing sales potential
- Implement inventory transfers, both digitally and physically, from Chelsea location to St Marks and visa versa
- Order and process titles which reflect the themes of Swiss Institute programming in consultation with Swiss Institute staff
- Manage annual inventory count and discrepancy reconciliation with Printed Matter staff support
Merchandising, Customer Service & Sales
- Strategize and create rotating displays to maximize sales while representing the scope of artists’ books and publications that Printed Matter carries
- Produce signage and labels to best represent inventory and enhance customer experience and encourage sales
- Provide excellent customer service, cultivating repeat customers and increasing customer loyalty
- Cultivate a customer base for rare/out of print titles and fundraising editions
- Meet and increase Printed Matter membership sales goals
- Analyze sales patterns to inform merchandising strategies
- Achieve and increase sales goals developed in consultation with Executive Director and Distribution Manager
- Schedule book launches, signings, readings, and other public events (approximately one book launch per week, and two readings, workshops, or performances per month) Collaborate with SI in producing and scheduling events that relate to SI programming
PR & Marketing
- Strategically develop Printed Matter / St Marks’ social media presence to grow followers and increase sales
- Develop and execute PR campaigns in coordination with Printed Matter staff
- Strategize and implement creative promotions and other marketing techniques
Bookkeeping & Sales Reports
- Prepare weekly bank deposits
- Track and report petty cash, operating and programming expenses
- Build relationships with local non-profits, galleries, businesses, and community groups to increase awareness and foot traffic to Printed Matter / St Marks, with the possibility of developing collaborations and partnerships
- Participate in local events that are mission related as a representative of Printed Matter
- Act as point person for Printed Matter/SI relations, communications and collaborations with support from Executive Director
- Support Executive Director and Deputy Director / Director of Development in identifying and developing fundraising initiatives for Printed Matter / St Marks
P/T and Intern Management
- Manage the Printed Matter / St Marks Sales Associate (approx. 1.5-2 days per week) and dedicated intern (approx. 2-3 days a week)
- Passion for Printed Matter’s mission
- A proven engagement in contemporary artists' books and publications and an understanding of the contemporary art publishing world and its networks
- A minimum of 2-3 years professional experience—bookstore or retail experience highly preferred—with a demonstrable increase in responsibilities
- Experience producing or managing display, web and print design projects
- Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to multi-task, problem-solve, and work well under pressure to deliver results
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Ability to perform physical work (e.g. lifting boxes of approx. 20 pounds)
- Proficiency in design software (i.e. Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign)
- Strategic, creative and resourceful
- Hands-on, outgoing, personable and customer-service oriented
- Professional and diplomatic
- Passionate about mission driven work and public service
Printed Matter, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Application Instructions: To apply please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Printed Matter / St Marks Bookstore Manager and your last name. No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. We encourage interested applicants to apply early.
The Printed Matter internship program offers the opportunity to work in a small but vital arts organization. Interns will gain a familiarity with the field of artists' publications, as well as get strong hands-on experience in the context of a non-profit arts environment. Interns typically work with the organization 2-4 days a week, depending on availability, and we ask that you commit a minimum of two months. Internships are unpaid, however, a daily stipend will be provided to cover lunch and travel expenses. We are happy to write letters of support, or work with schools to arrange for academic credit.
Printed Matter currently offers two internships; General and Bibliographic. If you would like to apply for one of the internships described below, please email your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest to email@example.com.
Applications are now open for the Fall Semester!
Summer Internships take place roughly between May and August.
Fall Internships take place between roughly September and December.
Spring / Winter Internships take place roughly between January and April.
Please note: this timeline is flexible and we are able to accommodate schedules as needed.
General interns assist with the daily and ongoing operations of Printed Matter, including non-profit programming activities, in store events, and all aspects of maintaining a busy bookshop. This will include assistance with shelving books and organizing stock, processing review submissions, social media, exhibition preparation and installation, and other tasks. There are also opportunities for writing, administrative assistance, and other projects as they come up. While not all of it is glamorous, the experience offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic non-profit office, retail, and programming/exhibition space, while gaining exposure to a vibrant community of contemporary artists publishing.
General Internship - Overseas
Printed Matter is happy to take on international interns who have an interest in working with the organization. While we are pleased to assist with necessary documents as a host organization, unfortunately we cannot aid with travel or accommodation, and candidates must obtain their own visas.
Bibliographic interns assist in maintaining and developing Printed Matter’s online catalog and inventory system, one of the world’s most comprehensive, publicly accessible databases for those interested in contemporary artists’ publications. Available free to the public through our online Catalog, the site acts as both a record of for-sale material as well as an extensive research tool overviewing the history of publishing activity by artists since the early 1960s.
The core of the Bibliographic Internship is focused on composing accurate, attentively-written synopses of books available at Printed Matter, and candidates must possess exceptional writing abilities, attention to detail, and an understanding of contemporary art and publishing practice.
In support of their application, Bibliographic Interns are asked to please include three short (one to two paragraph) descriptions about a contemporary artists’ book, a publication by an artist, contemporary exhibition, or artwork.
Development interns work closely with the Development Manager and support all of Printed Matter's institutional and individual fundraising initiatives, including the organization's growing membership program. This internship offers an excellent opportunity to gain professional skills in fundraising while working for a high-profile, energetic arts organization. Interns will acquire hands-on experience in prospecting, grant writing, special events, and more, as well as a familiarity with the field of artists' publications.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in fundraising for the arts, as well as an interest in contemporary art and artists’ publications. Applicants should be highly organized and have excellent writing and communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required.
Fairs & Editions Interns will assist with a wide range of tasks having to do with the planning and production of Printed Matter’s annual NY Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair, as well as participate in the coordination of artist editions, and help prepare for Printed Matter’s participation in various international art fairs.
The Fairs & Editions intern should be multi-faceted; someone who pays attention to detail and has the ability to accomplish various ongoing tasks simultaneously, even when they involve spreadsheets.
Familiarity with the art world is a plus, as are Indesign/Photoshop/Illustrator-skills. The Fairs & Editions intern should be personable and outgoing, and must be excited about being a part of this growing area within Printed Matter’s operations. This Internship offers an opportunity for experience in event production and non-profit management.
Each year Printed Matter organizes the NY Art Book Fair in the Fall and the LA Art Book Fair in the Winter. We’re looking for passionate people knowledgeable about contemporary artists’ books to assist with preparation in the immediate lead-up to the fair, on-site installation, as well as help throughout the fair itself. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a very brief cover letter expressing your interest.