We Are Hiring

Manager, Corporate Sales

Politics and Prose is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) Manager of Corporate Sales. This position plays an important role in serving as an ambassador of the Politics and Prose brand in the greater Washington community and beyond. This position is responsible for building meaningful relationships with authors, publishers, and a wide range of organizations (businesses, nonprofits, etc.) with the goal of coordinating events for these entities and facilitating bulk orders for them. This position is located at the main store on Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC and will report to the Director of Events.
Specifically, we seek someone who can:
  • Leverage business contacts and relationships to secure and manage prospects for corporate events that showcase authors, organizations, and Politics and Prose
  • Develop and maintain a strong pipeline and execute strategic sales opportunities to grow new business and expand market share
  • Regularly conduct business value and strategy discussions with the Politics and Prose leadership team
  • Develop innovative ideas, topics, and venues that capitalize on Politics and Prose's strengths and enhance its brand and eminence
  • Create and conduct successful presentations that showcase the value of bringing various entities together to motivate, educate, and inform designated audiences
Other attributes for this position include:
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented self-starter who is highly collaborative within and outside the organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of handling multiple large projects at once
  • Familiarity and ease with the publishing and corporate worlds

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

Bookseller, Seasonal, Full-time (two vacancies) and Part-time (two vacancies)

Politics and Prose is seeking two Seasonal Full-time and two Seasonal Part-time Booksellers for the main store located on Connecticut Avenue NW DC.  These positions would run from October 25, 2021, through January 15, 2022. This is a fast-paced job that will play an important role in responding to the bookstore’s ever-changing needs.  It is mentally and physically taxing. This is an hourly non-exempt position. 

Tasks include but are not limited to shelving books, moving boxes, operating cash registers, locating books for customers, offering book recommendations, taking and pulling books for special orders, answering phones, and preparing books for shipping while always providing top-notch customer service.  

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

Bookseller, Supported Events

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 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 

  • 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

Bookseller, Floater Branch (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 and answering phones  

  • Carrying and unpacking boxes 

  • Shelving books and 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


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