|Position Announcement: Executive Director|
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a regional non-for-profit trade association, seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The right candidate will be passionate about books and bookstores, have a solid familiarity with the region and the book industry, and have the strategic and administrative acumen needed to help the organization thrive in the future. SIBA is a trade association of independent booksellers and others who are an integral part of the booksellers’ success – authors, publishers, vendors, and publicists.
Independent bookstores have experienced a resurgence in the last ten years, nationally and in the South, by tapping into a deeply held loyalty felt by many for local retailers, the strong sense of community bookstores provide, and for the warm and specialized help offered. Notwithstanding the encouraging trends, indie bookstores must continue to be resourceful, creative, vigilant, and strategic in order to remain competitive in an extremely volatile business environment. SIBA has been an invaluable resource to independent bookstores as they navigate this demanding landscape.
The next Executive Director will inherit a resilient and capable staff, a healthy budget, and a membership filled with high-energy and dedicated booksellers. This is an exciting opportunity to join the organization at such a pivotal time and to make a real difference in the future of independent bookstores.
THE SOUTHERN INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS ALLIANCE (SIBA)
SIBA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of its member booksellers and helping them to become healthy, profitable, and sustainable enterprises.
(Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director) and a contractual employee who is responsible for the website and the design and production of all communication and outreach initiatives. From time to time, external contractors and volunteers are engaged to help with specific tasks and assist during peak workloads. The staff operates virtually with each staff member working remotely. Regular communication, a strong work ethic, and dedication to SIBA’s mission has created an effective and efficient staff operation.
The incumbent, Wanda Jewell, is retiring after a thirty-year tenure as SIBA’s Executive Director.
ROLE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The objectives of the SIBA Executive Director are set forth in the ends policies, which have been adopted by the Board of Directors. The ends policies provide a broad, yet explicit, framework within which the Executive Director operates. Current mega-ends policies are:
Current programs are designed to provide skills, informational resources, and tools to enhance booksellers’ success and visibility. They include the annual Discovery Show and SIBA in the Springtime - high-energy networking and educational events which draw hundreds of booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. Special awards, social media, and marketing tools are designed to increase sales and public awareness of indie bookstores. Also, SIBA’s Peer Review Trust acts as an archive of best practices for bookstores and offers peer review assessments for stores who feel they would benefit from some outside assistance.
The work of the Executive Director is multi-faceted: it involves a myriad of responsibilities including management, sales, event planning, administration, governance, programming, relationship-building, trouble-shooting, problem solving, and idea generation. It is a job that requires multitasking with a focus on both the present and the future. Stakeholders include members, staff, Board members, authors, vendors, publicists, national and regional peer organizations. While exceptional efforts are needed during the time of the annual Discovery Show, the job is demanding and fast-paced throughout the year.
Current responsibilities include:
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SIBA has earned a reputation of being smart, entrepreneurial, and willing to take risks without being risky. It is a well-run organization. However, the extremely competitive and dynamic environment in which SIBA members operate requires that the organization be able to respond effectively and quickly to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Top priorities for the next Executive Director are:
While no one candidate is likely to have all of the following qualifications, the strongest candidates are likely to possess the experiences and qualities listed below:
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Evaluation of prospective candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit applications on or before 11:59 pm Eastern December 16, 2019. Each application should include:
Applications should be addressed to SIBA Search Committee and sent via email to: EDjob@sibaweb.comSIBA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.