We're looking for you.

More specifically, we're looking for excellent, well-rounded booksellers to join the Deep Vellum team. We're a tight-knit team of readers, artists, musicians, and cultural advocates who put in the blood, sweat, and tears to nurture a community of  accessible books & culture here in Dallas.

At Deep Vellum Books, our booksellers are the people who sell books, coffee, and other merchandise to customers, both on the retail floor and online. As a bookseller, you are the outward heartbeat of the organization; we rely on your expertise and advice for the myriad of requests and expressed needs made by our customers day in and day out and we expect a strong performance-oriented, upbeat, and enthusiastic person to excel in the role.


  • Welcome customers as they enter the store & specifically ask if they need help
  • Answer customer questions as accurately as possible
  • Provide customers with additional information & insight about specific books, authors, translators, illustrators, publishers, et cetera
  • Provide customers with suggestions based on their interests
  • Keep a list of any specific book, author, translator, illustrator, or publisher asked about or desired by a customer, especially those not in stock.
  • Sell books, merchandise, and cafe items to the customer
  • Take payments for items sold via the point-of-sale system
  • Ensure customer is aware of any and all promotions currently running in the store
  • Make customer notes about particular wants, needs, or information via point-of-sale system
  • Fulfill web-based orders by responding in a prompt manner; send out books via the mail system within twenty-four hours of receiving the order (if items are in stock)
  • Maintain a deep, extensive knowledge of current inventory
  • Review sales performance metrics to ensure goals are met
  • Maintain the outward appearance of the store by completing daily and weekly cleaning tasks


  • Passion for serving customers to create, cultivate, and deepen relationships
  • Requisite love for books, writing, art, music, and culture
  • Innate ability to multi-task and triage priorities
  • Top-notch communication skills
  • Computer-savvy and digital native
  • Inherent desire to learn, read, and do what is best for you, our customer, AND the bookstore


  • Proven sales experience, ideally in lifestyle retail
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Education, experience, or training involving topics in language, literature, or culture

If this is you, we want to talk. Send us an email [careers at deepvellum dot com] with your resume & answers to the following questions:

  1. What are you currently reading (and why?) 
  2. What do you recommend for us to carry that may not already be on the shelf (and why?)
  3. Your favorite book (and why) from: 
    1. the 21st Century
    2. African, Asian, or Latin American Literature
    3. a Woman of Color