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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/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 jobs@politics-prose.com

Supported Events Associate

Politics and Prose Bookstore is seeking a Supported Events Associate. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports directly to the Supported Events Manager. This position is located onsite at the Connecticut Avenue store, has a regular schedule of Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM, and requires work on occasional events as needed which may mean a few week nights or weekends.  

The Supported Events Associate plays an important role in the execution of all offsite customer events. Such events include house parties, lecture series, book festivals, conferences, etc. and require intake, preparation, and post-event wrap-up.  

Duties will include but are not limited to:  

  • Correspond with customers regarding event details and logistics  

  • Prepare and ensure proper event details are communicated to event personnel  

  • Order event books through the inventory manager  

  • Ring up event sales in cash register system (IBID) and generate related Square reports  

  • Handle event book returns  

  • Work part-time in-store during the holiday season  

  • Excellent customer service skills  

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills  

  • Highly organized and detail oriented  

  • Creative problem solving skills  

  • Ability to manage multiple events simultaneously in a heavily deadline-driven environment  

  • Team-oriented and a can-do attitude  

  • Working knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, Google Docs, and Square is a plus  

  • Ability to lift and move boxes of books weighing typically between 20 & 30 lbs. each  

  • Valid driver’s license required

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and 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 directly to the Supported Events Manager. This position involves work offsite on events that occur days, nights, and weekends.  

The Supported Events Bookseller plays an important role in conducting the book sales at all offsite customer events where they also serve as an ambassador 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:  

  • Set up and organize book displays at offsite event venues  

  • Conduct credit card and cash transactions at events using tablets and the Square system  

  • Resolve customer issues and handle any book sale related problems at event with office personnel as back-up if necessary  

  • Perform post event sales and inventory reconciliations  

  • 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 typically between 20 & 30 lbs. each  

  • 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

Driver and Receiver

Politics and Prose is looking for a Driver and Receiver. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), hourly, and non-exempt position. It is based at the Connecticut Avenue store and will report to the Receiving Manager. 

 

The Driver is responsible for running stock, supplies, and money between the Connecticut Avenue store and the branch locations at The Wharf and Union Market, and for delivering and picking up stock for other bookstore departments.

  

Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Transferring requested items from the Connecticut Avenue’s inventory system to the intended branch store’s inventory system 
  • Making the supply run to both branch locations currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays 
  • Making runs for other departments including Supported Events, Self-Sells, B2B, Bulk Sales, Partnered Events and others as needed 
  • Coordinating and communicating with the appropriate managers to ensure inventory and supplies are delivered or retrieved on schedule 
  • Safely navigate to all destinations and complete deliveries in a timely and efficient manner 
  • Completing specials projects and other duties as assigned by the Receiving Manager 

An ideal driver approaches every problem with a good attitude, is self-starting, and works well independently. Flexibility is needed as the schedule for deliveries and pick-ups can vary.  A keen eye for accuracy is essential.  This position also requires a current driver’s license, a good driving record, the willingness to drive a store car, the ability to learn our inventory system, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.  Knowing how to get around DC is a plus.

 

Driving needs are currently part-time although they may be expanded as store needs require. When not completing Driver responsibilities, the remaining hours will be rounded out working in the Receiving department. The Driver will be trained as Receiver and will be expected to fulfill those duties as well.  

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

Baristas (multiple vacancies)

The Den, Politics and Prose’s coffeehouse at its main store on Connecticut Avenue NW, is looking for motivated individuals to join our team of baristas. There are multiple vacancies open with both full-time and part-time schedules available.  This is an hourly, non-exempt position. 

Baristas are responsible for crafting beverages, serving food, cleaning, handling cash, and providing stellar customer service.  Qualified candidates will have an eye for detail and a can-do attitude.  They will also be able to stand for eight hour shifts and lift 30 lbs. 

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Working both the coffeehouse and bookstore registers 

  • Implement opening and closing procedures for the front of house 

  • Preparing coffee and other beverages 

  • Maintaining expresso machine 

  • Maintaining a working knowledge of the espresso bar 

  • Dishwashing 

  • Restocking inventory as needed 

  • Maintaining the upkeep of the front of house 

Food and coffee service experienced preferred but not required. Food handler license and ABRA certification a big plus but not required.  

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

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

Back of House Chef

The Den, Politics and Prose’s coffeehouse at its main store on Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC, needs a full-time (38 - 40 hours per week) Back of House Chef for its small-scale industrial kitchen. Currently we’re looking for the week and weekend coverage. 

 We are looking for a kitchen professional with required 1 year of Back of house or industrial kitchen experience. Food Safe certification a plus. To do well the Chef must be self-motivated and someone who thrives as part of small dynamic teams.  

Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Working with fresh ingredients 

  • Working short order lines 

  • Cleaning and maintaining all kitchen equipment 

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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