Course Materials Manager – UNI Bookstore

  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Cedar Falls, IA, United States
  • Jan 12, 2018
Full time Business Development Information Technology Management Marketing Retail Sales Library

Job Description

For over 70 years, University Book and Supply has been serving the University of Northern Iowa and the community. This service will continue as the store transitions from a private store to the University owned UNI Bookstore. The University is searching for a leader to provide strategic vision and management to the textbook and course materials department.

Primary Responsibilities: Leads the purchasing and managing of course materials inventory and program initiatives; manages ordering and inventory; plans and coordinates large-scale sales events; develops and maintains business relationships with UNI faculty, staff, administration, and external contacts to enhance revenues; analyzes market trends and implements industry changes; develops strategic and business plans and sets goals accordingly; develops open-to-buy plan and sales goals for the course materials department; develops annual departmental budget, staffing plan, and training initiatives; manages priorities for projects, sets deadlines, and monitors progress; identifies and helps resolve point-of-sale (POS) and software system issues; directs and reconciles bi-annual physical inventory; resolves customer issues pertaining to course materials; and hires, directs, schedules and evaluates student, Merit, and P&S staff.

Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree plus at least five years of retail buying, purchasing, or related experience; supervisory experience and leadership skills; knowledge of financial and database reporting; excellent problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills; excellent organizational and multitasking skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills, and extensive computer skills in Microsoft Office required. Frequent evening and weekend work will be necessary, including serving as the Manager on Duty. Occasional overnight travel will also be necessary. Knowledge of the new, used, rental and digital course material market and industry specific textbook and general merchandise management software preferred.

Criminal and other relevant background checks required. UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law. The University offers an excellent benefits package including a vacation plan, employer sponsored retirement plans, health and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance.

UNI is located in picturesque Cedar Falls, Iowa, a riverfront town with many recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities. It was named a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The metropolitan community of Cedar Falls/Waterloo has a combined population of 165,000 and offers a pleasant residential setting with a strong and growing industrial base. Cedar Falls is a friendly, affordable community located about 300 miles from Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago.

Application materials received by Monday, February 19, 2018 will be given first consideration. For more information or to apply, visit

UNI is a tobacco free campus.


Inventory Planning and Management, Merchandise Planning and Buying, Purchasing, Shipping and Receiving-Warehousing, Supplier Management-Vendor Management, HR Systems Administration, University, Retail Customer Service


$58,000 to Commensurate