We Are Hiring

 

Human Resources Manager

Position Summary

Politics & Prose is a growing independent bookstore in the Washington DC area with four locations and a staff of around one hundred. The bookstore looking for a human resources manager to help with employee relations, employment law compliance, and recruitment. This is a fulltime position that is open immediately.

Skills and Requirements

  • Background in human resources or a related field or a combination of related experience, training and education
  • Experience in a retail environment
  • Experience with administering HR policies and procedures and employment benefit programs
  • Strong communication skills
  • A collaborative and collegial spirit
  • Ability to analyze data
  • Proficiency with various software programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

 

Sidelines Buyer

Position Summary

While primarily a bookstore, Politics & Prose prides itself on a thoughtful, whimsical and literary selection of cards, calendars, journals, other gifts and non-book items that represent the bookstore’s brand and appeal to its customers. The Sidelines Buyer is responsible for the selection, reordering and displaying of all paper goods and gift items in the store. This is a full time position that requires some scheduling flexibility as well as weekend work. Start date is as soon as possible.

Skills

  • Prior buying experience
  • A good knowledge of current paper and gift brands
  • The ability to work independently and multi-task with minimum oversight
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • A creative approach to displays
  • An enjoyment of collaboration and problem-solving
  • Ability to gauge the tastes of P&P customers

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and the answers to the following questions to PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

  1. What is the role of non-book items in a bookstore retail space?
  2. How would you describe your taste?  How would you describe P&P’s?
  3. Pitch us an idea for an integrated book and sidelines display.  What books and what sidelines would you include and why?

 

Shipper/Receiver

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Skills

  • 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

Submit the online application and e-mail a resume and a brief introduction to PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

 

Event Staff

Position Summary

We are currently hiring part-time staff to help support our author events that are held both in the Connecticut Avenue store and at various Busboys and Poets locations. The position will require roughly 16-20 hours a week. This is an entry level position, with shifts mostly in the evening and on weekends.  The position involves helping to set up and break down events, which requires moving book fixtures and folding chairs, as well as carrying boxes, greeting authors, and helping run the book signings. We are looking for someone who can be proactive and solve problems, and who can make authors feel welcome at P&P. There is room for this position to grow into something more full-time.

Skills

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Staying calm under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to stand several hours
  • Excellent customer service

How to Apply

Submit the online application and e-mail 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

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

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 full-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

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

 

 

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