Course Materials Buyer

Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Puget Sound

Course Materials Buyer

Job ID: 3334

Location: Bookstore Operations

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Position Description:

Manages all functions of bookstore course materials department. Collects course material information from faculty, enters data into textbook management system, creates and sends orders to used book wholesalers, internet vendors and publishers. Manages inventory and processes book returns.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Procurement and provision in a timely manner of all course materials to support the academic mission

  • Develop and update course material strategies to adapt to market changes

  • Establish, develop and maintain relationships with faculty and campus service areas that impact course materials

  • Work with campus departments to evaluate and implement new technologies and delivery systems for course materials

  • Oversee effective entry, management and analysis of inventory control data in a dedicated point-of-sale system

  • Manage physical and fiscal inventories for Course Material department

  • Oversee pricing and monitor budget for course materials

Supervisory Responsibilities NA

Budget Responsibilities Responsible for reconciliation of all P-Card purchases

Minimum Requirements (candidates must possess these requirements in order to be hired into this position) Associates Degree or 3 years progressively responsible Course Material buying experience.

Retail experience in a buying or management position. Customer service and team focus. Experience with a variety of computer systems including point-of-sale and inventory control processes. Ability to interact well with faculty, staff, administration, students, vendors and other customers. Verbal and written communication skills to interact clearly, courteously and effectively with individuals of varying backgrounds. Skill to organize work effectively to achieve timely progress on multiple simultaneous tasks, meet deadlines and maintain a high level of productivity. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Able and willing to work occasional weekends, travel to meetings, etc. Assist in operations of the store with assigned tasks as requested.

Candidates must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds on numerous occasions

  • Verbal and written communication skills to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse community

  • Computer skills

Diversity Statement:

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

This position is FLSA status from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

This position is eligible for benefits. Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than March 17th, 2017 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

When prompted to upload required documents, please upload resume. All additional documents can be uploaded within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Resume

  • Letter of Interest

  • List of three (3) professional references

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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