Position Summary:

The Shipping and Receiving Department is responsible for all inventory that comes in and out of the store.  Receivers are expected to process all shipments that arrive on a daily basis withattention to accuracy and quality, as well as to process old merchandise out of inventory and return it back to suppliers.  Other duties can include shipping customer orders, organizing overstock, and other small tasks that may arise throughout the day.  An ideal shipper/receiver approaches every problem with a good attitude, has a sense of humor in difficult situations, is task-oriented and enjoys a mix of physical and mental work.

This is a full-time position.  Receivers work 9-5, Monday to Friday.  Positions starts immediately.


  • Unloading daily deliveries from UPS and FedEx into the store
  • Scanning all merchandise into inventory and reconciling their work with publisher invoices
  • Distributing merchandise to the appropriate departments
  • Wrapping and boxing all customer shipping
  • Pulling books off the shelves on the sales floor and accurately removing them from inventory
  • Generating shipping labels for return shipments and occasional customer shipping


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to lift 50lbs and to stand for extended periods of time
  • Creative problem solving and flexibility in stressful situations
  • Ability to work well in a team setting and collaborate in a profession manner across departments
  • Comfort with single-variable algebra or a willingness to re-learn it

How to Apply:

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

Opus Manager

General Job Description: The Opus Manager has the dual responsibilities of the technical operation of the Espresso printing machine and the promotion and business management of the Opus Self-Publishing program.  The Opus Manager is the public face of the self-publishing program and is responsible for providing excellent customer service to all current and potential clients as well as looking for ways to grow the program, through marketing and outreach.  In addition to this the Opus Manager must also have a technical facility with the machine and the programs used to design and format manuscripts.

Essential Functions:

1.      Operate the Opus book printing machine to fulfill special orders for google books and print-on-demand titles and orders from self-published authors, coordinating maintenance and repairs as needed

2.      Represent the Opus program to the public, explain the machine and the self-publishing program to any interested customers, meet with clients and potential clients about self-publishing

3.      Administration of the Opus Self-Publishing program; including running sales reports on Opus titles and reprinting as needed, generating monthly and quarterly sales reports, calculating royalties owed to Opus authors, facilitating interaction and payment between Opus authors and freelance editors

4.      Formatting manuscripts to fit printing specifications and aesthetic preferences

5.      Assisting with day-to-day book floor operations as needed

Duties in order of priority:

20% customer service

35% printing

35% formatting and design

10% administrative work


1.      The ability to work independently on multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision

2.      Excellent customer service both in person and in writing

3.      Good attention to detail

4.      Creative problem solving and a willingness to seek out and learn new technical skills

5.      Patience

Supervisory Responsibility:  None

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Experience: None required.  Experience with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Office Suite preferred. 

Work Environment & Physical Demands
The Opus Manager works on the book floor and is responsible for multi-tasking and supporting the booksellers in providing customer service when needed, and can expect to be interrupted by phone calls and curious customers throughout the day.  The Opus Manager is responsible for organizing and moving all Espresso Book Machine supplies including reams of paper and boxes of books. 

Physical Demands: The ability to lift 50 lbs.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work: The Opus Manager should work a consistent schedule of five 8-hour days, including one weekend day.  Given that the position is project and deadline-driven some overtime is expected when the workload demands it.

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

Politics & Prose is a bustling and complex workspace, where jobs tend to require considerable time to master. So regrettably, we cannot consider applications for seasonal employment.