Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

Supervisor- Cafe (Part-time)

Cafe Sales Associate
Position Type
Regular PT


Barnes & Noble College is a retail partner for nearly 800 colleges and universities nationwide.  We offer a retail environment like no other – uniquely focused on delivering essential educational content, tools, and merchandise within a dynamic retail environment on campuses of higher education.  Our teams interact directly with our customers including students, faculty, administration, alumni, and the general public to provide outstanding customer service to sell or rent books, general merchandise, and an array of products and services for an academic community all while being part of a company that is consistently rated as a great place to work - and where employees love what they do.


Barnes & Noble College is seeking a resourceful, driven, adaptable, and customer-focused team member to work varying or set schedules on a weekly basis year round as a part-time Supervisor in our Cafe. In the Cafe you will provide assistance to the management team, have oversight for team members within the cafe or store in the absence of upper management, greet customers, and increase customer loyalty while preparing drinks and food in a fast-paced academic environment.


A Cafe Supervisor should support the management team, be a resource for all departments, a model for customer service, a driver for sales, and a skillful problem solver.  As a Café Supervisor you will spend the majority of your time on the sales floor coaching and modeling Wow customer service.  You will help train and oversee the daily work activity of team members in the Café.  You must be knowledgeable about cafe and store operations; provide outstanding customer service; help enforce loss prevention and safe food handling procedures; and ensure that the Café is maintained.



  • Spend the majority of your time in the cafe delivering, coaching, and modeling exceptional customer service.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all café operations and assist in the preparation and serving of a variety of hot and cold food and drinks following prescribed recipes and techniques.
  • Assist with assigning work and providing focused direction to café team members to ensure the set up and restocking of displays, wrap, label, date, and rotate food items for sale is executed daily.
  • Help resolve customer issues and complaints and escalating to manager, when necessary.
  • Operate equipment, troubleshoot breakdowns, maintain supplies and perform preventive maintenance.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment by following cleaning, sanitation, and operational standards.  Food handling or safety certification may be required in some locations.
  • Replenish customer service stations, order/receive supplies or products, and take out trash.
  • Assist with processing sales transactions. 
  • Part-time positions require availability to work on a weekly basis year round.  Schedules may be set or vary to meet the needs of the store an hours will be less than 30 per week.


Physical Demands:

  • Frequent movement within the store to access various departments, areas, and/or products.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for extended periods.
  • Frequent lifting.
  • Occasional reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and climbing ladders.

COVID-19 Considerations:


Our stores comply with all applicable federal, state and local requirements and/or recommendations regarding social distancing and sanitizing. In accordance with individual campus requirements, positions may require confirmation of vaccination. The use of face masks throughout the day and while on campus may also be expected or required.


  • 2+ years’ experience in a retail setting preferred.
  • Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be considered for employment. 
  • High school diploma/GED preferred.
  • Outstanding customer service skills to match customers to products that meet their needs.
  • Basic reading, writing and accounting skills required.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills needed.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

EEO Statement

Barnes & Noble College is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity in the workplace.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


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