We Are Hiring

Branch Bookseller

Politics and Prose Bookstore has an opening for a full-time (40 hours per week) Branch Bookseller. This is an hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Branch Director. Branch Booksellers are responsible for ensuring that bookstore operations run smoothly in a lively work environment that offers a varied workday ranging from moving boxes of books, offering personal book recommendations, and providing top-notch customer service. This position will float between the branch stores located at the Wharf in SW DC and Union Market in NE DC.   

Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting customers with book selections 
  • Operating cash registers and answering phones  
  • Carrying and unpacking boxes 
  • Shelving books
  • Assisting with events  
  • Receiving book orders
  • Designing and maintaining displays  
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the stores by dusting, cleaning windows, sweeping, and mopping 

Job requirements:

  • Knowledge and love of books
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • A cooperative spirit
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 40 pounds
  • Experience in retail strongly preferred
  • Bookstore experience preferred

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

Supported Events Bookseller

Politics and Prose Bookstore is seeking Supported Events Booksellers for their offsite events. This is a part-time (25 events or more per year, generally lasting 3-5 hours each) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Supported Events. This position involves working offsite on events that occur days, nights, and weekends.  

Supported Events Booksellers play an important role in conducting book sales at all offsite customer events where they also serve as ambassadors of the Politics and Prose brand in the greater Washington community. Such events include house parties, lecture series, think tank talks, book festivals, conferences, and the like. These events can range in size from 100 people at a house party to thousands of attendees at festivals and conferences.  

Duties will include but are not limited to:  

  • Setting up and organizing book displays at offsite event venues  
  • Conducting credit card and cash transactions at events using tablets and the Square system  
  • Resolving customer issues and handling any book-sale related problems at events with office personnel as back-up if necessary  
  • Performing post event sales and inventory reconciliations 

Job Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills  
  • Highly organized and detail oriented  
  • Creative problem solving skills  
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, think on one’s feet, and feel comfortable going to new places, often solo  
  • Team-oriented with a can-do, pitch-in attitude  
  • Working knowledge of Outlook, Google Docs, and Square is a plus  
  • Ability to lift and move multiple boxes of books weighing between 20-40 pounds
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work two to three events per month
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time  
  • Valid driver’s license required and willingness to drive the small company van

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

Weborders Bookseller

Politics and Prose is looking for a Weborders Bookseller. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position, based at the Connecticut Ave. location, that will report to the Ecommerce Manager. A Weborders Bookseller is responsible for processing orders placed through the Politics and Prose website.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Sort the orders queue, pull books to fulfill orders, place special orders, process and close orders
  • Prepare orders for shipping
  • Monitor the web orders email inbox and respond to inquiries and customer questions 
  • Assist customers by phone and/or email
  • Assist staff with questions related to online orders
  • Work with other departments on website and web order matters

Requirements:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to see “the big picture”
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable learning new technology and online systems
  • Able to handle high pressure situations
  • Able to adapt and adjust to changing situations and priorities
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Able to lift and carry at least 40 lbs.
  • Able to work weekends
  • Experience with Indie Commerce and Authorize.net preferred

How to Apply:

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

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