Jobs at The Strand

Career Opportunities

Join the Strand Book Store’s team as we serve Greenwich Village as a community bookstore with over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books housed within our four floors, a wide array of bookish gifts and goods, and fun literary events held almost every night of the week. We’re looking for exceptional book lovers with great customer-service skills, a desire to work with Strand’s visitors and guests, and and a preference for working amongst 18 miles of books.

Throughout the year, a variety of entry-level and professional career opportunities may become available. The Strand is committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as the 2.5 million books housed within our walls and the visitors who engage them.

Please note: the Strand receives many inquiries about employment. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to all of them. If your skills and qualifications match our needs, we will contact you for an interview.

Current Openings:
General Applications
Assistant Merchandise Buyer
Bookstore Manager
Strand Warehouse


General Applications

Strand Book Store is always accepting applications for employment. Prospective employees must be at least 18 years of age and able to work full-time. General applications for staff positions must be submitted in person cannot be sent electronically.

Applications are available in our store offices on the third floor of our main location (828 Broadway, corner of 12 Street). Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:15 AM to 5 PM.

Entry-level positions are available on a regular basis; previous book selling experience or a literary background is preferred.



Bookstore Manager

Iconic Manhattan retail institution Strand Bookstore is seeking qualified candidates for a sales floor based management role. Candidates should be comfortable in a fast paced, customer-focused, multi-level retail environment.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of management experience in a high volume retail environment
  • Proven success in managing and motivating staff
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong skills in retail technology and unflinching attention to detail
  • Flexibility and adaptability; ability to maintain positive, constructive attitude in all circumstances
  • Prior retail experience REQUIRED, bookstore experience preferred. Describe your bookstore experience in your cover email or letter.*
  • College degree (preferred)

Some evening and weekend shifts are required (Store hours are M-Sat 9:30am-10:30pm and Sunday 11:00am-10:30pm.) The Strand offers competitive benefits including paid time off, an employee discount, optional participation in medical, dental & vision coverage, life insurance, long term disability, and 401(k).

Salary expectations must be included with your response.

Please email your resumes and cover letters to careers@strandbooks.com. Include the job title “Bookstore manager” in the subject line.

*Only resumes submitted through this posting will be considered. We will not accept phone calls or resumes in regard to these roles at the store.*



Assistant Merchandise Buyer

Strand is looking for a new assistant to become a part of our extraordinary Buying team and gain coveted experience in buying, merchandising and product development. We're looking for someone who has a keen eye for style and trends to help curate our merchandise.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure invoices go to Accounts Payable in a timely manner. Work to resolve discrepancies on invoices
  • Maintain and develop vendor relationships by evaluating products and capabilities as a supplier
  • Analyze sales figures and sell-through rates to determine appropriate inventory position
  • Ability to logically and independently plan, organize and complete work in a timely manner
  • Collaborate with various departments on special projects, such as subscription boxes, gift guides, and offsite events/pop-ups
  • Coordinate with Design Department on production of new Strand-branded merchandise
  • Generate online listings for all new merchandise using website admin

Successful candidates:

  • Must have a strong knowledge of our merchandise and brand
  • Can be trusted to work with little guidance while maintaining a sense of urgency and concentration
  • Are well organized, self-motivated and capable of multitasking
  • Have a knowledge of current trends and styles
  • Previous experience in buying a plus

As a union shop, all employees are registered with the union. Employees pay weekly union dues at a rate of 2.5% of their gross weekly pay. The Strand offers competitive benefits including paid time off, an employee discount as well as optional participation in medical and dental coverage.

Please email your resumes and cover letters to careers@strandbooks.com. Applications in person will not be accepted for this position.



Bookstore Manager

Iconic Manhattan retail institution Strand Bookstore is seeking qualified candidates for a sales floor based management role. Candidates should be comfortable in a fast paced, customer-focused, multi-level retail environment.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of management experience in a high volume retail environment
  • Proven success in managing and motivating staff
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong skills in retail technology and unflinching attention to detail
  • Flexibility and adaptability; ability to maintain positive, constructive attitude in all circumstances
  • Prior retail experience REQUIRED, bookstore experience preferred. Describe your bookstore experience in your cover email or letter.*
  • College degree (preferred)

Some evening and weekend shifts are required (Store hours are M-Sat 9:30am-10:30pm and Sunday 11:00am-10:30pm.) The Strand offers competitive benefits including paid time off, an employee discount, optional participation in medical, dental & vision coverage, life insurance, long term disability, and 401(k).

Salary expectations must be included with your response.

Please email your resumes and cover letters to careers@strandbooks.com. Include the job title “Bookstore manager” in the subject line.

*Only resumes submitted through this posting will be considered. We will not accept phone calls or resumes in regard to these roles at the store.*



Strand Warehouse - Seasonal

Location: 34 34th Street, Brooklyn (Sunset Park)
Hours: 6:30am – 3:30pm 5 days per week, including one or two weekend days. Please check your commute to the warehouse location. Lateness will NOT be tolerated and hours are early so please ensure you can get to the address without issue before you apply.

Candidates must be:

  • Able to lift and carry 25-40 lb boxes
  • Detail oriented and able to consistently work with speed and accuracy
  • Able to keep the stock (both books and merchandise) well organized while picking items for transport

Daily tasks include:

  • Picking and transferring stock for daily replenishment to the store
  • Unloading and sorting UPS shipments in a timely manner
  • Accurately receiving, tagging and sorting items into warehouse stock
  • Loading and unloading daily replenishment on/off the truck

A valid (clean) driver’s license is a plus.

Please email your resumes and cover letters to careers@strandbooks.com. Include the job title “Warehouse Associate” in the subject line.

*Only resumes submitted through this posting will be considered. We will not accept phone calls or resumes in regard to these roles at the store.*