We Are Hiring

Floater Branch Bookseller (2 vacancies)

Politics and Prose Bookstore has two vacancies open for Branch Booksellers. One is for a full-time (40 hours per week) position and the other is a part-time (approximately 16 – 24 hours per week) position. Both positions would float between the branch stores located at the Wharf in SW DC, and Union Market in NE DC.  


The job requires excellent customer service skills, extensive knowledge of books, and the ability to perform physically and mentally taxing tasks. Experience in retail is strongly preferred.  Bookselling experience is even better. Booksellers have regular schedules that include working some nights and at least one weekend shift.


Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting customers with book selections 

  • Operating cash registers, answering phones  

  • Carrying and unpacking boxes 

  • Shelving books, assisting with events  

  • Receiving book orders 

  • Designing and maintaining displays   

To do well in this position aspiring booksellers must have an abiding love for books and ideas, the ability to multitask, an impeccable eye for detail, fantastic written and verbal communication skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn our systems, a cooperative spirit and goal-oriented attitude, and of course they must be punctual and dependable. 

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


Politics and Prose Bookstore is looking for a Receiver for its store on Connecticut Avenue NW. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt hourly position.  


The Shipping and Receiving Department is responsible for all inventory that comes in and out of the Connecticut Avenue store.  Shippers/Receivers are expected to process all daily shipments with attention to accuracy and quality, as well as to process old merchandise out of inventory and return it back to suppliers.   


Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Unloading daily deliveries from UPS and FedEx into the store,  

  • Scanning all merchandise into inventory, 

  • Reconciling paperwork  

  • Distributing merchandise to appropriate departments,  

  • Processing customer shipping,  

  • Processing returns to distributors 

  • Driving packages to the local post office 

  • Other special projects as assigned  


An ideal shipper/receiver has excellent attention to detail, the ability to lift 50lbs and to stand for extended periods of time, the ability to solve problems creatively, flexibility in stressful situations, and an interest in teamwork and collaboration.   


The ideal candidate 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. Applicants who can drive within the DC metropolitan area are strongly preferred.  

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

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


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