Assistant Director for Textbooks

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The mission at the Colorado State University Bookstore is to provide students with essential tools to successfully pursue and achieve their educational goals and objectives for the purpose of higher learning. The Bookstore will cultivate a culture that fosters the exchange of ideas, recognizes individual value, and is committed to the education of students, staff, campus, and faculty. We will empower a dedicated staff whose priority is to exceed each customer’s expectations.

Position Summary

This position directs the day-to-day operations of the Textbook Department of the Colorado State University Bookstore, with a budget in excess of $12,000,000, in a professional and efficient manner to include effective leadership and financial accountability of the areas of responsibility. Responsibilities include establishment of performance standards and leadership for providing services to meet the needs of the CSU community, strategic planning, financial management, support of campus initiatives, public relations, and service-related activities.

The Assistant Director is directly responsible for five career staff and six student staff members on a daily basis. The Assistant Director will have an abiding concern for, and awareness of, the diverse needs of the University community and be committed to the vision of the Lory Student Center and the CSU Bookstore.

Required Job Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in specific field (e.g. business, marketing, merchandising, management) or related field.


A (generic) Bachelor’s degree plus two years of specific professional experience directly related to the duties of the position.


Three years progressively responsible managerial experience in retail sales, preferably in a large, high-volume sales environment.


A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience of full time employees.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Extensive experience with principles, techniques, practices, and procedures of a large volume retail operation, including inventory management, budgeting, financial analysis, marketing, customer service, and new products/services development.

Demonstrated commitment to support institutional priorities related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Highly-developed communication (written and verbal), organization, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, with demonstrated success in each area.

Three years’ experience in a college store environment with direct experience with textbook ordering, selling, pricing, rental, and inclusive access processes.

Proficient use of computer and related technology.

Proven experience in leading within a team oriented environment.

Demonstrated experience in creating creative partnerships in a competitive retail environment.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Provide oversight and direction for one FTE direct and five second-level FTE staff. Responsible for selecting, hiring and training full-time staff and student staff in the Textbook Department. Oversees full-time staff annual evaluations. Position ensures that each staff member is aware of the changes in the textbook industry, as well as the training needed to succeed in this industry.

Percentage Of Time 30

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Strategic Planning Duty/Responsibility

Establish goals for the department that will meet the current and future course materials needs of CSU students, faculty, and the campus community. Collaborate with faculty and other campus staff to provide less expensive classroom materials. Develop working relations with publisher book reps so they understand the department’s goals.

Percentage Of Time 20

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Marketing Duty/Responsibility

Responsible for marketing two major end-of-semester buys to students across campus. Coordinate two Rush/kick-off breakfasts for department textbook coordinators, at which time we discuss what the Bookstore does for students, new trends in the textbook industry, and address all concerns and questions they may have. Market all of the different programs that we provide for students to new faculty by attending the New Faculty Orientation event in August. Collaborate with book reps and textbook staff to educate faculty on programs available through the Bookstore to help keep textbook prices down.

Percentage Of Time 20

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Customer Service Duty/Responsibility

Provide direct service to Bookstore and CSU customers, as well as the faculty and staff of CSU. Educate full-time and student staff in the Bookstore customer service philosophy so they can provide the customer service that meets CSU and the CSU community’s expectations.

Percentage Of Time 20

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Budgeting Duty/Responsibility

Responsible for annual budget preparation and for meeting budget expectations for the Textbook Department. Provides direction to full-time staff on inventory control and staffing needs for the department. Responsible for maintaining sales, margins, and expenses to meet deparmental budget.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by 6/18/2018, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter and resume addressing all required and preferred job qualifications and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.