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Subscriptions Processor

Politics and Prose has a very robust set of Book Subscription Programs that collectively serves close to one thousand customers each month with either a signed first edition or a hand-selected book.  While the selections come from various departments across the store the ringing up and shipping of the orders is handled by the Subscriptions Processor who is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the charges, maintenance of subscriber records and for making sure the books make it to their final destinations in a timely manner. 

  • Collect all prepared book selections and customer paperwork from program coordinators daily.
  • Accurately ring up each book selection both online and on the store’s point-of-sale system and prepare each selection to be shipped using our shipping software.
  • Report to program coordinators when each selection batch is processed.
  • Update all subscription customer records each month after selections are processed.
  • Report to the Floor Manager with a monthly assessment of all programs’ processing times.
  • Assist the Web Orders Department in processing subscription orders and general orders from time to time

Hours

The Subscriptions Processor is expected to work 40 hours a week but there is some scheduling flexibility about which days and at what times.

 

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

Busboys and Poets Bookseller

Position Summary:

Politics and Prose Bookstore operates bookstores inside the 14th and V, 5th and K, and Takoma Busboys and Poets restaurants. These are full-service bookstores, and we strive to offer the same customer service, book-savvy, and thoughtful and well-curated book selection at these smaller stores that we do at our larger store on Connecticut Ave. Staff at the Busboys stores need to be an excited participant of these communities, willing to engage with customers, understand the importance of their store’s inventory, and work well with the restaurant staff. These stores are vibrant and exciting spaces and we’re looking for staff to bring a full range of skills and experience to these open positions.

Bookseller positions are available both part-time and full-time. Booksellers work a mix of morning, evening and weekend shifts. Booksellers may have the opportunity to work at other Politics & Prose locations.

Daily tasks include:

  • Helping customers find books
  • Shelving books and maintaining and restocking displays
  • Operating cash register
  • Taking special orders and contacting customers when their orders have arrived
  • Maintaining the bookstore appearance and shop-ability
  • Receiving shipments
  • Answering the phone and emails in a friendly and efficient manner

Skills/Experience/Requirements:

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks
  • Must be able to work unsupervised for portions of their day
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to stand for 8 hours a day
  • Excellent customer service
  • Must have a passion for books and a strong reading habits

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

Children and Teens Event Coordinator

Seeking a full-time events coordinator, including weekend and evening shifts, for the Children and Teens Department.

Duties include:

  • Working with publishers and publicists to plan, coordinate, and book in-store and off-site author events.  
  • Managing in-store and off-site author events in collaboration with other booksellers, local libraries, schools, Busboys, and other venues.  This includes ordering, scheduling school visits and managing inventory.
  • Managing part-time events assistant.
  • Thinking creatively about events and explores partnerships with area schools, libraries and other institutions.
  • Collaborating with store event staff on off-site festivals. 
  • Working with designated C&T and programs staff to develop classes for children and young adults.
  • Working closely with the marketing team to promote C&T events.
  • Representing the bookstore at Children’s Book Guild meetings and other professional meetings, including the annual BEA, to learn about new titles and talk with publishers about upcoming author tours.
  • Reporting to the department manager.

Duties also include supporting floor staff when necessary.  All staff are expected to read a variety of children’s and teens’ backlist and frontlist titles to maintain knowledge of department inventory, regularly write book reviews for the website and department newsletters.

Skills/Experience/Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of children’s and teens’ literature
  • Detail-oriented and able to multi-task and prioritize
  • Good with people, including building new relationships
  • Must be able to handle stressful situations
  • Public speaking experience
  • Retail/customer service experience preferred
  • Knowledge of children’s publishing industry highly desired

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

Bookseller

Position Summary:

Politics & Prose bookstore is always busy with customers browsing, nightly author events, and regular classes and programs, and the booksellers are responsible for making sure it all runs smoothly while answering the phones, ringing up sales and shelving books. It’s a busy and lively work environment that offers a varied workday ranging from moving boxes of books to offering personal book recommendations to, always and above all, customer service.

Bookseller positions are available both part-time (24-32hrs/wk) and full-time (40hrs/wk). All booksellers work one morning, one evening and one weekend shift. Booksellers may have the opportunity to work at other Politics & Prose locations.

Daily tasks include:

  • Helping customers find books
  • Shelving books and maintaining and restocking displays
  • Operating cash registers
  • Taking special orders and contacting customers when their orders have arrived
  • Answering the phone and emails in a friendly and efficient manner

Skills/Experience/Requirements:

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Staying calm under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to stand for 8 hours a day
  • Excellent customer service

How to Apply:

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

Children and Teens Bookseller

Position Summary:

Seeking a part-time bookseller, including weekend and evening shifts, for the Children and Teens Department.

Duties include customer service in person, by email and over the phone, shelving, taking daily inventory, creating school orders, making table displays, and maintaining and organizing assigned sections. Staff are expected to read a variety of children’s and teens’ backlist and frontlist titles to maintain knowledge of department inventory, regularly write book reviews for the website and department newsletters, and host author events.

Other responsibilities may include editorial tasks, coordinating Children and Teens book-a-month program, Children and Teens signed first editions club, and book fairs/partnership Fridays. The bookseller also may be enlisted to order sidelines, design window displays, present book talks for teachers, librarians, and students..

Skills/Experience/Requirements:

  • Good with people
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to multi-task and prioritize tasks
  • Strong writing skills
  • Retail/customer service experience preferred
  • Public speaking experience a plus
  • Experience with children and/or teens a plus

How to Apply:

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

 

ONLINE APPLICATION