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Everything we do at BSS is in support of girls’ learning. We empower our students to become confident and compassionate women, tomorrow’s transformational leaders. This happens because our faculty and staff are the very best at what they do, and are inspired to contribute in meaningful ways to our Culture of Powerful Learning.

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At BSS you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an unparalleled setting, with access to innovative tools, support and resources. If you enjoy a diverse and dynamic workplace, and share our commitment to high standards, we invite you to explore a career with BSS.

We thank all candidates in advance and will contact only those selected for an interview.

We believe that diversity in our school fosters an inclusive and creative environment, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

The Bishop Strachan School is committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodations, please contact Elisabeth Gsoels, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources and Finance at 416-483-4325, ext. 1163 or by email at EGsoels@bss.on.ca.


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The Bishop Strachan School (“BSS”) is an undisputed leader in girls’ education. It is within this dynamic, creative and nurturing setting that girls acquire the academic tools, the life skills and the personal confidence to become tomorrow’s leaders. BSS is a leading-edge, year-round, day and boarding school for girls, located in mid-town Toronto, with a student population of 900 JK to Grade 12 students. BSS prepares its students to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s world by focusing on the whole girl – her development in academics, athletics and the arts, as well as her social, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. At BSS, girls are given the space, the encouragement and the tools to pursue all of their dreams. To support our mission of providing our students with the best educational experience, we strive for excellence in every facet of the organization – including providing a stimulating, creative and lively work environment that attracts the best staff and faculty. We are seeking exceptional candidates to fill the position of:

The BSS Burgundy Boutique Shop Manager

Part Time – Three days per week

Commences March 27, 2017

Reports To: Controller

Liaises with: Finance Department

                      Purchasing Agent

                      Communications Department

                      Community Relations

                      Parent Volunteer Association Chair and Volunteers

                      Director of Athletics

Summary of Position:

The BSS Burgundy Boutique Shop Manager (Shop Manager) is responsible for the oversight of the Burgundy Boutique, including the day-to-day operations, inventory control, merchandising, sales, volunteer co-ordination and training as well as the reconciliation of all financial transactions. In addition, the Shop Manager determines new inventory items related to apparel and custom products for the shop including, but not limited to, uniforms, clothing, gift items and other sundry items and liaises with the BSS Purchasing Agent who will source and place these orders. The Shop Manager also works closely with Communications to ensure BSS standards are adhered to. The Shop Manager serves the BSS community by ensuring the highest standards of customer service and represents the school in all dealings in a professional and courteous manner.

Specific Accountabilities Include:

  • Develops a business plan for the operation of the new shop
  • Manages the budget, determines sales margins, ensure optimal inventory levels and merchandises the stock
  • Greets and serves customers offering exceptional customer service
  • Administers the retail point of sale (POS) system
  • Oversees all cash handling procedures, ensures compliance and follows-up on discrepancies
  • Co-ordinates, schedules, trains and leads volunteers
  • Determines process to schedule and outfit new families (average 150 per year) in the spring, which may include non-traditional hours
  • Through Purchasing Agent, sources, builds and maintains supplier relationships
  • Displays merchandise in the Shop, promotes items throughout the school and occasionally opens the Shop during evening events
  • Works with the Communications Team to develop the communications plan
  • When sourcing new inventory items, works with the appropriate stakeholders (Athletic Director and Communications Team) to ensure standards are met
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Skills, Experience and Attributes Include:

  • Minimum 3-4 years’ experience in a retail environment in a managerial role
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills in order to liaise with, develop and maintain effective working relationships with suppliers and all members of the BSS community
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Experience negotiating contracts and dealing with suppliers
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Proven expertise using an automated point of sale purchasing system
  • Strong technical skills using both Microsoft Office and database software
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal
  • Proficiency with numbers and the ability to accurately work with detail as it relates to pricing, inventory and bank entries
  • Ability to take initiative and exercise good judgment
  • Sense of humour, flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to create a warm and welcoming environment with a strong focus on customer service
  • Commitment to the vision of the school and the Basic Expectations of a BSS Staff member

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to careers@bss.on.ca indicating The BSS Burgundy Boutique Shop Manager in the subject line.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

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