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Café Manager (Full-Time, In-Person)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.

As part of The Center, we run a cafe/bar nestled between our bookstore and our event space. During the day the cafe serves as a lively community space where writers work, kids read books, and friends catch up. In the evening we serve drinks and snacks to patrons attending our events and classes, as well as to our neighbors at large.

After shutting down for the pandemic, The Center for Fiction will fully reopen to the public in September of this year. Included in reopening will be our small cafe and bar program specializing in ethically sourced coffee, local baked goods, and craft cocktails, with an emphasis on vendors who are local, of color, queer, and women.

Job Description:

We are currently hiring a cafe manager, who will work with The Center to define and create cafe culture, maintain a safe work environment, as well as implement service style and systems in a creative and literary spirit.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain a positive and safe work environment for all employees as well as customers of the cafe and The Center
  • Drive to create a vibrant and inspired cafe culture
  • Have enthusiasm for product curation with a focus on vendors who are local, of color, queer, and women, as well as product knowledge, and the ability to teach staff and communicate with the public in an engaging manner
  • Have a love of customer service, that centers around the idea that service is taking care of the people around you
  • Staff hiring, scheduling, training, and evaluations
  • Maintain precise standards for coffee drinks with a focus on quality, handcrafting, and sourcing transparency
  • Create and maintain simple, seasonal, and easy to execute cafe menu with a focus on local products
  • Maintain healthy business margins and create ideas in the realm of marketing, keep inventory, and weekly/monthly P&L reports
  • Manage staff in a way that promotes engagement, creativity, ownership of roles, and potential growth
  • Be an ambassador for all of the programs happening at The Center for Fiction at all times. Coordinate with CFF staff when necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Must have at least three years of lead barista or cafe management experience
  • Food handler’s license
  • Have full time availability and be career-oriented
  • Working knowledge of 3rd wave coffee, natural wine, and seasonal fare
  • Must love food, wine, and fiction
  • Work schedule Tuesday-Saturday

Location: In-person work beginning September 2021. New York City-based position. Full-time, with benefits. This position is non-exempt and overtime will be tracked and paid accordingly.

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000. Hours are tracked and overtime is paid accordingly.

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@centerforfiction.org with “2021 Cafe Manager” as the subject. Please, no calls.

Rolling deadline: applications will be reviewed as received.

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Facilities Assistant (Part-Time, In-Person)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.

We are seeking a Facilities Assistant, who will be responsible for the maintenance and care of all building spaces used by the organization.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Maintain physical space, ensuring a safe, clean, and functional environment, including cleaning of restrooms, offices, and hallways; removal of trash and recycling
  • Maintain inventory of facility supplies, restocking of necessary office supplies where needed
  • Perform upkeep of facility landscaping
  • Identify any facilities/equipment that may need to be repaired and works with the Managing Director to address issues
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment
  • Friendly and professional manner

Education and Experience: High school diploma or GED equivalent required

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout facilities
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times
  • Must be able to bend, lift, stretch, climb, and crawl to maintain equipment and buildings
  • Must be able to perform work in a variety of weather conditions

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday / 25 hours per week / 5 hours per day / $20 per hour; evenings preferred. In-person at The Center for Fiction.

Reports to: Managing Director

To Apply:

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to jobs@centerforfiction.org with “2021 Facilities Assistant” as the subject. Please, no calls.

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Library Intern (Unpaid)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community. Our library collection has been in existence since our founding and continues to be a thriving part of our nonprofit. We are a membership library with a collection of literary fiction, mystery and suspense novels, and nonfiction titles about fiction. Our library interns gain experience in many facets of library work and a glimpse into a nonprofit organization with a special collection. Current MLS students encouraged to apply, but enrollment is not a requirement.

Reports directly to the Head Librarian and assists in the maintenance of the library’s collection. Tasks will include:

  • Catalog materials (both original and copy)
  • Perform circulation tasks including check out, check in, run library and patron reports, process holds
  • Assist in weeding of onsite collection, including evaluation of materials and research of authors
  • Communicate with Center for Fiction members regarding library matters
  • Perform reference and reader’s advisory (when Center reopens its member floor and library stacks)
  • Represent the Library at Book Buzz events throughout the year
  • Assist Head Librarian in reading group maintenance including minimal work on Zoom and Google sheets

SKILLS: Attention to detail, knowledge of and/or curiosity about special library collections, excellent verbal and written communication, able to juggle priorities, able to work independently on assigned tasks and work collaboratively with others, proficiency in Google apps, basic Zoom experience.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship but can be used for credit in an MLS degree program. Interns receive complimentary membership to the Center and discounts on writing workshops, reading groups and events.

PLEASE NOTE: this is an onsite position.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to allison@centerforfiction.org