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Based in the Bohemian Cowboy capital of the world, Austin, TX, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. We’re focused on solving the specific challenges parents face when finding the best books for their children. We work with top educators and librarians and pour thousands of hours into obsessively researching the best children’s books from around the world. Every month is a brand new production. A new theme, with new original artwork, new extras, and a brand new set of books. Everything is returnable, we stand by our selections. Our mission is simple: to make parents and children love reading time, every day, by building a vibrant product & community that sparks life into life, builds intellectual curiosity, and encourages audacious imagination.

Our team is made up of world-class product people, perfectionistic designers, philosophical hackers, and straight-up hustlers on a mission to build revolutionary excitement in literature. We’re teeny tiny. We have more investors than employees, so if you’re a team player, an expert with a beginner’s mind, a Rainmaker, or have a hint of alchemy up your sleeve, give us a shout. We’d love to meet you.

Current Job Openings

Technology

✎ Edit job opening "Full-Stack Engineer"

The Job...

You will be the #2 engineer behind a very fast-growing brand, working with our lead developer.  Our growing codebase has been carefully built with attention to readability and scalability (we think you'll be pleased with it).  We value well-designed code and getting things done right, but most importantly, getting them done.  We take both technical debt and deadlines seriously.

You’ll need to be able to insert yourself anywhere needed: frontend, backend, everything in between. You won’t have to deal with a lot of bureaucracy and approvals to get product decisions made. You’ll be sharing an office space with the CEO.

We are investing in new digital experiences all the time, and expanding our offerings within the world of literature. You will be laying the technical foundation for long-term success of the company, while rapidly launching new features and iterations.

As a full-stack dev, you’ll...

Work directly with our CTO, CEO, and Creative Director on implementing new features, consumer facing updates, as well as backend tools for our supply chain and inventory.  

Build solutions for appropriate scalability. You're ok building something "hacky" if it fits the need, but can also identify real issues and create well designed, elegant solutions to hard problems.

Explore how technology can enable our company mission.

Who You Are...

At this point, on the "specialist" vs "generalist" front, you tend to lean a bit generalist.  You have the flexibility to move around the stack, from frontend templating and stylesheets to backend/sysadmin/databases.

An ideal candidate would be familiar with the following technologies in our stack: Linux systems administration, Ansible, Python, Django, PostgreSQL, React, jsx, ES6, Webpack, scss, Boostrap, jquery, css, html. Mobile app experience is a plus; you might be leading the development of one.

Okay, so maybe you aren’t familiar with everything above, but you’re a fast learner with enough experience to pick up new technologies quickly. You are comfortable communicating with everyone. You can handle not only technical conversations with our lead developer, but can turn right around and answer a legal question, jam on a new feature with our CEO, launch a last minute update for the marketing team, or sit down with a warehouse worker and talk about ways to make their life a little easier. You are up for a challenge. You derive joy from hard, but meaningful work. You enjoy getting into the flow. You are humble, with a good sense of humor and lot of camaraderie.

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Creative

✎ Edit job opening "UI/UX/Graphic Designer"

Reports to: CEO

Location: Austin, TX

To Apply: Include link to your portfolio!

About Literati

Based in South Austin, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. We’re focused on solving the specific challenges parents face when finding the best books for their children. We work with top educators and librarians and pour thousands of hours into obsessively researching the world’s best books. Every month is a brand new production. A new theme, with new original artwork, new extras, and a brand new set of books. Everything is returnable as we stand by our selections. Our mission is simple: to make parents and children cherish reading together by building a vibrant product and community that sparks imagination, builds intellectual curiosity, and encourages audacious thinking.

Our team is made up of world-class product people, pixel-perfect designers, philosophical hackers, and straight-up hustlers on a mission to build revolutionary excitement in literature. We’re teeny tiny. We have more investors than employees, so if you’re a team player, an expert with a beginner’s mind, a Rainmaker, or have a hint of alchemy up your sleeve, give us a shout. We’d love to meet you.

Essential

We are looking for a talented, down-to-earth designer experienced in both UX/UI and graphic design for web and mobile. This is a startup: You’ll enjoy donning many hats and work closely with our Creative Director. You thrive on informed iteration in order to design experiences that work at scale. You have an impeccable design sense, and a keen eye for detail and craft. Collaboration is in your DNA, but you aren’t afraid to prioritize, make decisions and communicate. You’ll come in and make an immediate impact to our small (but mighty) design team, and play a large role in representing our brand visually as a whole.  

What You'll Do...

  • Design, design, design. You'll work closely with the Creative team to drive the brand through innovative content that will take Literati to the next stage.
  • Work collaboratively with the Creative team and cross-departmentally including Product, Marketing, and Customer Experience.
  • Be a chameleon, jumping from digital to print and back without skipping a beat.
  • Work on ads, social moments, emails, packaging, content creation, direct mail, photoshoots, and everything else.
  • Always advocate for the consumer's needs, and be able to tell our brand story through creative execution.
  • Work collaboratively with the Creative team, Engineering, Product, Marketing, and Customer Experience on user experience needs throughout different phases of the project (planning, pre-work, elaboration and post-work).
  • Translate concepts into user journeys, wireframes, mockups and prototypes that lead to intuitive and delightful user experiences for web and mobile experiences.
  • Quickly implement and fine-tune new and existing workflows that will create and optimize the user experience.
  • Design and envision future experiences iteratively in a dynamic environment by being mindful of how the experience needs to evolve over time.
  • Leverage user feedback as well as UI/UX best practices to drive and influence design decisions.
  • Identify UI/UX problems and devise elegant solutions with creativity (e.g. usability, findability).
  • Support your design work using all available insights including quantitative data and site metrics, customer feedback, and usability findings.
  • Provide innovative, customer centric, information and interaction design recommendations that contribute to an enhanced user experience.
  • Always advocate for the consumer's needs, and be able to tell our brand story through creative execution.

Who You Are...

  • Humble. Very Humble. Ego? Not your amigo.
  • UI/UX + Graphic Designer. You have an eye for living and breathe the brand's aesthetic, color, typography, icons, and use (or non-use) of space. You understand and accept that a brand's identity is king. Building elegant solutions for a beautiful customer experience is in your genes.
  • Analytical. You can process consumer research and aggregated data on existing content to make better informed decisions on every project thereafter.
  • A Creator. You have increasing knowledge and skills in photography, retouching, editing videos, creating animations, etc.
  • Tool Agnostic. Sure you have preferences in order to be efficient, but you care more about what you're making than what you're using to make it.
  • Communicator. You understand the importance of being able to both brainstorm with the wider team as well as articulate your individual design decisions. You’re all about efficiency and are able to work in a fast-paced environment and rely on strong communication skills to keep on task & flag project inconsistencies. You are always accountable for your own tasks but not afraid to ask for help when needed. You are proud of your work but humble in your role. You can take criticism and put it towards to bettering your work while giving constructive feedback that empowers your team.
  • Experienced. You're still learning—as we all are—but you have a solid base of knowledge in working with product marketing in the e-commerce world, have a firm grasp of UX design principles, and have stepped foot on a photoshoot or two. You're a whiz with shortcuts in Adobe and can knock out different iterations of content for testing purposes, but that doesn't mean you let typos or pixel misalignment slide by.
  • Impeccable. Pixel perfection. Sharp, clean design. You get the point.
  • A Problem Solver. You use business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment to solve problems.  Your solutions take creative perspectives while successfully communicating to our consumer through visuals. The work you create is timeless, easy to digest yet full of smart messaging.
  • Current. You keep your finger on the pulse of design. You're constantly seeking ways to create useful, usable, and delightful new experiences as well as innovate our existing presence.
  • Up For A Challenge. You believe that just because something is difficult doesn't mean it should go unexplored. In fact, that might be validation that it’s worth trying, right?
  • Bookish. You live for the infinite ways in which books are a mirror for our humanity.

What You Need...

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree (preference to Master’s Degree) in Human Computer Interaction, Design, Fine Arts or equivalent 
  • 4+ years of graphic design experience
  • 2+ years of experience in UI/UX design is preferred
  • A kick-ass portfolio
  • Demonstrated success delivering branded design and clean aesthetic in a fast-moving environment
  • Ability to support digital product design
  • Ability to produce retargeting digital ads
  • Experience working on campaigns from start to finish
  • Experience on photoshoots
  • Strong knowledge of digital photography and retouching
  • Refined skills in print to produce marketing collateral, packaging, etc.
  • Strong skills in building brand equity, typography, layout, color, etc.
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Expertise in standard UI/UX software such as Sketch, OmniGraffle, Axure, InVision, UXPin, Balsamiq, Adobe, Framer, and the like is a must
  • Intermediate CSS skills
  • Extensive experience in using UI/UX design best practices to design solutions, and a deep understanding of responsive design
  • A solid grasp of user-centered design (UCD), planning and conducting user research, user testing, A/B testing, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, usability and accessibility concerns
  • Preferred: Previous eCommerce design experience

Why Literati?

Since launching at the Texas Book Festival in November 2016, Literati has become the premier book club for children. We want to get people offline, discovering incredible books alongside their kids, turning reading into a ritual, and being in the moment. Welcome to Literati.

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✎ Edit job opening "Staff Writer"

About the Role

You have the soul of a writer. It’s just in your bones, and you’ve been looking for an outlet. You take pride in making anything sing, whether it’s a witty message to a team slack channel, or a deep personal email to a friend who is suffering.

You’ll start by learning the voice and the brand identity of Literati, and from there you will immediately take over messaging to the most important people in the company -- our customers. Chat and email support is where our writing program starts. It encourages rapid thinking and quick turnaround time, and allows our writers to learn the product, the brand, the identity and the voice. The stakes are lower, the satisfaction is higher, and it gets your head in the game. It also builds empathy, which is central to everything we do. 

If you can master messaging to a single customer, we believe you can master messaging to multiple customers, prospective customers, or the world at large. Our staff writers go on to write anything and everything that needs to be written, including book descriptions, book reviews, useful posts for our customers, marketing emails, witty help content, PR pitches, advertising copy, social media posts, long form content, partnership deals, branding documents, job descriptions, comment boards, and even original content for children’s books. 

The opportunity is what you make of it. The position starts as a contract at $15/hour for green writers, looking for an opportunity to prove themselves and grow. This is a training period designed to get people onboard and up and running.  Skilled writers will start an hourly rate commensurate with experience. Those who thrive will have the opportunity to go full-time with benefits and stock options. Our end goal is to have an in-house team of passionate and skilled full-time writers. Seriously, there is no limit to how much we value great writing. It’s everything.

Additionally...

  • Communicate with current and potential customers about everything from our curation process to shipping
  • Help people understand what Literati is all about, whether that’s current customers, prospective customers, or the world at large. 
  • Listen to the Literati community and relay what you hear through succinct, actionable feedback for the team.
  • Be a team player.
  • Pick up the odd jobs that come with a small team building something big -- pack boxes, snap Instagram shots, play office DJ, etc.

Who You Are

  • Resilient. You approach setback like a cockroach. 
  • Tech-savvy. You can quickly navigate your way around a mac (or PC), gmail suite of products and beyond.
  • Fast-learner. You might not have used ZenDesk before, but learning a new piece of software ain’t no thing. 
  • Humble. You can give criticism with a loving tone and take criticism with a growth mindset.
  • Team Player. You put the needs of the team ahead of your own, share knowledge and mentor others, and love being part of a creative brainstorm mind meld. 
  • Lifelong learner.  You fall asleep with a book on your chest, and wake up to TED radio hour.
  • A believer. You’re aligned with our mission to inspire a lifelong love of literature. 
  • High-energy. You wake up every day eager to learn and tackle new problems.
  • Ambitious. You want your next move to be a career-defining moment you can be proud of.

What You Need

  • Education: AS/BS in any field (equivalent experience also accepted)
  • Experience: You haven’t necessarily been published in The New Yorker, but you’ve written some things you’re proud of
  • An ass-kicking cover letter (come on, now…)

Why Literati?

Since launching at the Texas Book Festival in November 2016, Literati has grown to be a force for good within children’s literature. We’ve launched 20+ different original theme box experiences, curated and featured over 400+ top children’s books, commissioned original artwork by dozens of famous illustrators. We want to get people offline, discovering incredible books alongside their kids, turning reading into a ritual, and being in the moment. Welcome to Literati.

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Operations

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Reports to: CEO

Location: Austin, TX

About Literati

Based in South Austin, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. We’re focused on solving the specific challenges parents face when finding the best books for their children. We work with top educators and librarians and pour thousands of hours into obsessively researching the best children’s books from around the world. Every month is a brand new production. A new theme, with new original artwork, new extras, and a brand new set of books. Everything is returnable, we stand by our selections. Our mission is simple: to make parents and children love reading time, every day, by building a vibrant product and community that sparks imagination, builds intellectual curiosity, and encourages audacious thinking.

Our team is made up of world-class product people, pixel-perfect designers, philosophical hackers, and straight-up hustlers on a mission to build revolutionary excitement in literature. We’re teeny tiny. We have more investors than employees, so if you’re a team player, an expert with a beginner’s mind, a Rainmaker, or have a hint of alchemy up your sleeve, give us a shout. We’d love to meet you.

Essential

We’re seeking smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice people to join us in realizing Literati’s mission.  You’ll support the office in a multitude of ways..from document preparation to ordering office supplies to party planning.   

What You'll Do...

  • Work closely with Finance on data entry, preparing purchase orders, placing publishing orders, tracking inventory, etc.
  • Payroll - Manage workflow to ensure all payroll transactions are processed accurately and timely
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding on-boarding, payroll, and more
  • Schedule and assist with logistical planning for meetings, catering, and other events
  • Organizing business travel, itineraries, and accommodation as needed
  • Receive and prepare invoices and initiate purchase orders 
  • Create and modify documents using Microsoft Office, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Shipping / Receiving- Prepare and ship FedEx and UPS Packages
  • Order and Set up food deliveries
  • Handle incoming/outgoing mail (certified, overnight, postal machine, etc.), order and maintain office and kitchen supplies, run errands, and complete other tasks in support of the corporate office.
  • Basic Office Upkeep

Who You Are...

  • A Problem Solver. You’re scrappy and do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Detail Oriented.  Whether you’re updating a spreadsheet or preparing a Purchase Order, no detail is too small!
  • A Communicator. You have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Independent. You can take a task and run with it, and manage constantly shifting priorities.
  • Up For A Challenge. There may be obstacles, but you’re determined to get the job done right.
  • Bookish.  You live for the infinite ways in which books are a mirror for our humanity.

What You Need...

  • Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience 
  • Experience: 2+ years of administrative assistance or office support experience or equivalent preferred
  • Strong computer and Internet skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office/Office 365 (Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Prior experience with highly confidential matters and an ability to maintain confidentiality related to all matters
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic "start-up" environment

Why Literati?

Since launching at the Texas Book Festival in November 2016, Literati has grown to be a force for good within children’s literature. We’ve launched 20+ different original theme box experiences, curated and featured over 400+ top children’s books, commissioned original artwork by dozens of famous illustrators. We want to get people offline, discovering incredible books alongside their kids, turning reading into a ritual, and being in the moment. Welcome to Literati.

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✎ Edit job opening "Warehouse Associate"

Literati is a new kind of bookseller. We run a subscription box service focused on solving the specific challenges parents face when finding the best books for their children. We work with top educators and librarians and pour thousands of hours into obsessively researching the best children’s books from around the world. Every month is a brand new production. A new theme, with new original artwork, new extras, and a brand new set of books. The books are returnable, and our warehouse is a dynamic and creative center with new shipments coming in an out, new beautiful artwork and print jobs going on, and color and light everywhere. The warehouse is the heart of the company.

Literati is made up of world-class product people, perfectionistic designers, philosophical hackers, and straight-up hustlers on a mission to build revolutionary excitement in literature. We're looking for full-time "salt of the earth" types to join our warehouse team in Del Valle.

This is a great opportunity to get in at the ground floor of a fast-growing startup. Compensation is hourly, but our top warehouse members receive salary, benefits and stock options.

The Job

You will personally be responsible for delivering the most important aspect of the business -- the product. This means packing boxes to perfection, dealing with incoming shipments from publishers, processing returns from our customers, as well as being able to handle print jobs and inventory management. Computer skills are a must. Social skills are a must.

We deal with pallets and boxes of books, so we need someone who is capable of lifting 50 pounds comfortably. Also, our fulfillment process involves standing for long periods of time to pack the boxes. Additionally, we are constantly printing -- everything including shipping labels, invoices, artwork in full bleed color, envelopes. Having experience with printers and/or solid computer skills is a huge plus.

We consider everyone on our team part of the team, and that means having a positive can-do attitude. We're less concerned about previous warehouse experience and more concerned with attitude, integrity, curiosity, and being a team player.

Requirements

  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs 
  • Positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Basic computer skills strongly preferred

Nice to have

  • Fork lift certification

Compensation and Benefits

This role will start at $12/hour. If you are invited to join the core team, additional benefits, hourly rate increase, healthcare and stock options are on the table. We are looking to build a long term team of the best people.

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Marketing

✎ Edit job opening "Marketing Manager"

Literati is seeking a Product Marketing Manager.  You’ll be our go-to Marketing expert, driving the development and execution of Literati’s marketing efforts.. everything from campaign development to tactical planning. You consider yourself a Growth Hacker and have multi-channel experience.   You love the strategy piece, but still dig writing copy.

The position requires a deep understanding of online and offline marketing - social media management, copywriting, content creation, paid marketing strategy, email campaigns, and more.  You’re analytical - you have experience crafting campaigns and then measuring and optimizing them for maximum return.  You have experience developing compelling social media content (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Quora).   Solid experience with Google Ads.

Essential Functions:

  • Campaign conception, planning, scheduling, coordination, execution and measurement
  • Create,manage, and analyze marketing campaigns and make spend recommendations
  • Develop email marketing strategies that drive, consumer engagement/retention and support brand marketing goals
  • Utilizing the following channels: influencer marketing, affiliate programs, podcast marketing
  • Assists in the management and creation of PPC campaigns including Social Media Advertising and Google Ads

Requirements:

  • BS/BA, preferably in marketing, advertising, or equivalent 
  • 7+ years of digital marketing experience with a track record of driving customer acquisition and revenue growth
  • 3+ years as a people manager
  • Branding/Marketing experiences, preferably DTC (Direct to Consumer) including content development and consumer-acquisition strategy
  • Influencer Marketing experience 
  • Experience with Google Adwords (now Google Ads)
  • Holistic perspective on digital marketing with a strong understanding of how different media channels work together in a campaign
  • Ability to analyze raw data and formulate actionable insights
  • The ability to manage multiple campaigns closely and accurately
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong quantitative skills  

Strongly preferred:

  • 2-3 years in a startup or entrepreneurial context 
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