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Course Material Purchaser, Dalhousie University Bookstore, C6

Accounting / Finance, Education


Halifax City, Nova Scotia

Course Material Purchaser
Dalhousie University Bookstore

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Reporting to the Course Material Manager, this position coordinates the procurement of course materials for the university worth approximately $4 million annually.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of purchasing course materials and returns including implementing and advising Faculty of deadlines, researching costs and options for content.
  • Use discretion to order and purchase appropriate quantities of course materials, reference materials, Dalhousie authored publications, trade books, Dal Reads books, study aids, dictionaries, and other materials of interest to the clientele of Dalhousie.  
  • Liaise with publishers, and ensure timely and cost effective delivery of traditional and non-traditional course materials (ex: clickers).
  • Represent the Bookstore with professors, students, publishers, wholesalers, and the general public.

Qualifications: completion of a business undergraduate degree or recognized post-secondary business course plus 3-5 years’ experience purchasing university level course materials (or equivalent combination of training and experience in a university environment). Good knowledge of retail business operations. Experience with a computerized ordering and inventory control system is a requirement. Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast paced, deadline driven environment. Excellent oral and written communication and excellent customer service skills required. Microsoft office skills and demonstrated effectiveness in problem solving and dealing with difficult situation is highly desired. Higher-education publishing experience is an asset.

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by 10 p.m. on September 27, 2017 to competition N77-17083.

Salary Range:  $23.57 - $28.74 per hour (32.5 hours per week, $$39,827 - $48,570 annually). (C-6)  This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.

Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU local 77 are given first consideration and will be notified regarding the status of their application. All other applicants will be considered when there is no qualified internal candidate and will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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