We Are Hiring

Head Barista

Politics and Prose has an opening for a full-time (40 hours per week) Head Barista. This position reports to the Coffeehouse Manager. The Head Barista is responsible for maintaining a high-quality standard for all beverages served (e.g., beer, wine, tea, coffee, bottled nonalcoholic beverages, original and seasonal coffee recipes). The Head Barista is also responsible for training all front of house employees on current procedures and serve as a backup to the Coffeehouse Manager.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Barista Certification through a specialty coffee roaster 
  • Hold a current DC ABC Manager’s license, or acquire one upon employment 
  • Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a barista in a specialty coffee shop setting (experience with Square a plus) 
  • DOH Food Handler’s license a plus 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Ring up coffeehouse purchases 
  • Curate and develop beer/wine/coffee selections seasonally 
  • Supervise and monitor barista training and performance 
  • Develop and implement current training materials or recipe guides 
  • Maintain a clean, friendly, and inviting space for the community 
  • Develop seasonal beverages or syrups 
  • Serve as a connection to the larger specialty coffee community by staying up to date with news or events 
  • Take weekly inventory for wine/beer/coffee/bottled beverages 
  • Work with the Coffeehouse Manager for food and beverage pairings 
  • Serve as backup for the Coffeehouse Manager 

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

Coordinator, Events

Politics and Prose Bookstore is looking for an Events Coordinator. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Events Director. This position is primarily working in-store with a remote option on occasion. It will be primarily based at the Connecticut Avenue store but will also float to the two branch locations at the Wharf and Union Market as events needs arise.   

The Events Coordinator serves as the foundation of in-store and virtual events execution and management so they must be able to work in each environment. They play a crucial role as the liaison between the events department and the operations staff, as well as interacting with the marketing and programs department regularly.    

Duties will include but are not limited to:   

Event management   

  • Manage and execute in-store and virtual events   
  • Fill in for events staff and host events as needed 
  • Run tech for event hosts on Zoom when necessary 
  • Assist with partnered events


  • Send confirmation emails   
  • Manage events inbox daily   
  • Update event numbers spreadsheet daily   
  • Manage online events collaborations
  • Update all outlets (calendars, Ibid cards, various spreadsheets and documents) as events are confirmed   
  • Ask for author assets for banners, monthly calendars, etc.   
  • Manage in-person author book signings  

Inventory tracking   

  • Keep track of Post-event Will Call and returns to our Connecticut Ave location.   
  • Make sure books have been ordered and have arrived by event date; work with events buyers  

Flexibility in all areas, particularly with schedule, is a must. Must also have good presentation skills (both written and verbal) as well as be detail oriented. Should be able to work well alone and in a group. Working knowledge of Outlook, Ibid IE, Word suite, Zoom, Eventbrite, and Square is ideal. All staff are expected to assist with in-store operations during the month of December.  

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

Staff, Events

Politics and Prose is seeking a part-time (approximately 16-24 hours per week) Event Staffer.  

Event staffers are responsible for facilitating the 500+ events hosted by Politics and Prose. These events are currently held in person and virtually via Zoom. In-person events are held at all P&P locations including Connecticut Avenue NW, The Wharf, and Union Market. Virtual events are approximately 2 hours long. For both virtual and in-person, staff work with the event managers to prepare for daily events; help authors manage talks; and often introduce speakers before events. Availability is needed for two or three weeknight shifts and at least one weekend shift. Weeknight shifts are from 5 pm to approximately 9 pm. Saturday shifts are from 12 pm to 8 pm. Sunday shifts are from 11 am to 7 pm.   

Note: Event staff are expected to stay until all event breakdown is completed.  

Duties will include but are not limited to:  

  • Willingness to learn other bookselling procedures to maximize performance at the store
  • Ability to work on your feet and lift 50+ lbs.--this is a very physical job, involving moving furniture and boxes of books  
  • Ability to be detail-oriented and thoroughly follow standard operating procedures, including managing inventory and sales for event books  
  • Cooperative spirit, strong customer service skills, and a positive attitude, especially in stressful situations  
  • Punctuality and dependability  
  • Preferred: Flexibility to manage events at all three locations, Familiarity with Zoom and Eventbrite 

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

Bookseller, Adult Full-Time

Politics and Prose is seeking Adult Full-Time (40 hours per week) Booksellers for the main store located on Connecticut Avenue NW DC. There are multiple vacancies open. This is a fast-paced job.  It is mentally and physically taxing. This is an hourly, non-exempt position.  

Booksellers are responsible for ensuring that bookstore operations run smoothly. It’s a lively work environment that offers a varied workday ranging from moving boxes of books to offering personal book recommendations to--always and above all--providing top-notch customer service. Every day, booksellers help customers find books, shelve books and maintain displays, operate cash registers, take special orders, and answer phones.    

Duties will include but are not limited to:   

  • Working at least one morning, one evening, and one weekend shift each week   
  • Staying calm under pressure, juggling many tasks, and retaining a lot of information  
  • Standing on their feet for eight hours at a time, lifting boxes of books (usually 25-30 lbs. each) and shelving individual books
  • Maintaining a polite and professional demeanor with customers
  • Processing customer orders that come in through P&P’s website  

Retail or bookselling experience is preferred.  

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

Director, Human Resources

Politics and Prose, a D.C. based business devoted to cultivating the community and strengthening the common good through books, programs, and a respectful exchange of ideas, is seeking a Human Resources professional. The HR Director will help further build exceptional teams and is committed to the values of independence, inclusion, and diversity.  

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that reports directly to the co-owners. This position is based at the Connecticut Avenue NW DC store with the expectation that the individual will float to all P&P locations as needed to address store needs. The HR Director will lead and direct all HR functions across the bookstore, including talent recruitment, benefits management, performance management, and training.  

Major Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Managing the talent acquisition process which includes working with the senior management team to determine hiring needs, recruitment, scheduling and participating in interviews, hiring, and onboarding of qualified candidates
  • Managing the performance evaluation process company-wide
  • Overseeing employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations
  • Assisting the COO with developing and implementing training and career development initiatives
  • Providing expertise and guidance in interpreting HR policies and procedures
  • Building an inclusive and collaborative culture across the organization that attracts, retains, and motivates diverse staff
  • Spearheading diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Serving as an independent channel for employee concerns
  • Maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations
  • Recommending best practices in the HR arena
  • Reviewing policies and practices to ensure compliance
  • Managing benefits selections in collaboration with Finance and Accounting
  • Performing special projects and other duties as assigned   


The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. A minimum of three years of experience in human resource management is required. Experience in retail and the bookseller industry is preferred.

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

Children and Teens Bookseller

Politics and Prose Bookstore on Connecticut Avenue NW is seeking Children and Teens Department full-time and/or part-time booksellers (24-40 hours per week). This is a fast-paced, customer service oriented position.

Booksellers are responsible for ensuring that department operations run smoothly. It’s an engaging work environment that offers a varied workday ranging from assisting customers of all ages to shelving and organizing book displays.

The job requires excellent customer service skills, interest in books for children and teens, and the ability to perform physically and mentally challenging tasks.  

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
  • Designing and maintaining displays   
  • Reading a variety of children and teens backlist and frontlist titles
  • Maintaining knowledge of department inventory
  • Writing book reviews for the website and department newsletters 
  • Hosting author events 

To do well in this position booksellers must have a genuine interest in children and teens books, the ability to multitask, an eye for detail, written and verbal communication skills, curiosity, a willingness to learn our systems, a cooperative spirit and goal-oriented attitude, and of course they must be punctual and dependable. Experience with children and/or teens a plus as well as experience with sidelines, merchandising, and receiving inventory.

Full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (minimum 24 hours per week) availability required. Weekend and evening availability required.

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


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