We Are Hiring

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 PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

Programs Coordinator

PROGRAMS COORDINATOR 

Politics and Prose needs a part-time (24 hours per week) Programs Coordinator. The Programs Coordinator assists the Deputy Director of Programs in scheduling and administering P&P's classes, book groups, and trips, as well as addressing customer questions and service requests. This position is located at the main store on Connecticut Avenue NW. The remaining 16 hours per week will be fulfilled working as a Bookseller also at the main store. 

 

Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Regularly communicating with instructors to assist in executing classes 

  • Monitoring all customer-facing email accounts for questions and requests 

  • Monitoring and maintaining class products and books on our website and in our POS system as well as placing special orders for book groups 

  • Learning how to process Programs-related sales via our website and assisting the weborders teams with these purchases 

  • Maintaining class and trip rosters  

  • Brainstorming new ideas for future classes, book groups, and trips 

Required for this position is competency in Excel, and Word. Strongly preferred is previous experience in planning, scheduling and executing events or programs. Other desirable attributes are good organizational skills and attention to detail, writing and editing skills, excellent communication abilities, and an ability to multi-task. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Programs and is located at the Connecticut Avenue store. 

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

Event Staffer

Politics and Prose needs a part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Event Staffer. 

 

Event staffers are responsible for facilitating the 500+ in-store events held at all Politics and Prose branches – Connecticut Ave, The Wharf, and Union Market. Working with the event managers, they prepare the bookstore space for daily events, help authors manage talks and signings, 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 5pm to approximately 9pm. Saturday shifts are from 12pm to 8pm. Sunday shifts are from 11am to 7pm. 

 

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

 

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+ pounds – this is a very physical job, involving moving furniture and boxes of books 

  • Detail-oriented and thorough with standard operating procedures, including managing inventory and sales for event books 

  • Cooperative spirit, strong customer service, and a positive attitude, especially in stressful situations 

  • Punctuality and dependability 

  • Preferred: flexibility to manage events at all three locations

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

Receiver

The Shipping and Receiving Department is responsible for all inventory that comes in and out of the 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 include 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, and other small tasks that may arise throughout the day.  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. 

  

This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  Receivers work 9-5, Monday to Friday.  Position starts immediately. 

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to PandPjobs@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 part-time (16 hours per week) Back of House Chef for its small-scale industrial kitchen. Currently we’re looking for weekend coverage only. 

 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 PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

Weborder Bookseller

Politics and Prose needs a full-time (40 hours per week) Weborder Bookseller at its main store on Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

A Weborder Bookseller processes orders made through the bookstore’s website. The job requires the ability to manage many tasks at one time, excellent customer service skills, and a self-starting and goal-oriented work ethic. Experience in retail is strongly preferred.  Bookselling experience is even better. Weborder Booksellers have regular schedules that include working day shifts, night shifts, and at least one weekend shift. This schedule can be flexible. 

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Processing payments online 

  • Collecting books for individual weborders 

  • Communicating primarily by email but also by phone with customers 

  • Assisting staff with any weborder inquiries 

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

Branch Bookseller

Politics and Prose needs a full-time (40 hours per week) Branch Bookseller at its branch at The Wharf in southwest Washington, D.C.  

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 PandPjobs@politics-prose.com

Part-Time Supported Events Bookseller

Part-time Supported Events Bookseller 

The Politics and Prose Supported Events department is busy throughout much of the year with hundreds of offsite event book sales at house parties, think tanks, clubs, embassies, conferences, literary festivals, and the like. These events can range in size from a few dozen people to many thousands and feature a wide variety of fascinating books and author talks. We rely on a team of part-time booksellers to staff these events. 

Availability: 

  • Supported Events Bookseller positions are part-time.  They staff events occurring days, nights, and weekends, and generally lasting 3-5 hours. Booksellers are responsible only for the events they sign up for.  The flexibility in assignments is ideal for someone who has work, school, volunteer, or family responsibilities.  

  • Supported Event booksellers are expected to work twenty-five events per year. 

Skills and Requirements: 

  • Booksellers must be able to stay calm under pressure, think on their feet, and feel comfortable going into new places, often alone.  Above all, Supported Events Booksellers must provide top notch customer service while serving as ambassadors of the Politics and Prose brand in the greater Washington community.  

  • This position is physically demanding.  Supported Events Booksellers must be able to repeatedly lift 20-30 pound boxes and must be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time.   

  • Supported Event Booksellers must be comfortable with handling cash.  They must be able to work with Politics and Prose’s point of sale system and also tablet-based technology like Square. Supported Event booksellers manage all onsite sales transactions and post-event reconciliations. 

  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and the willingness to drive a store car.   

  • Supported Events Booksellers play an important role at certain large events at Politics and Prose.  They will be called upon at times to provide bookselling support at other large-venue events that Politics and Prose hosts. 

 

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

Adult Full-Time Bookseller

Politics and Prose bookstore on Connecticut Avenue is always busy with customers browsing, nightly author events, and regular classes and programs.  The booksellers are responsible for making sure it all runs 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.   

  

Bookseller positions are full-time (40hrs/wk). All booksellers work at least one morning, one evening, and one weekend shift each week.  Booksellers must be able to stay calm under pressure, juggle many tasks, retain a lot of information, stand on their feet for 8 hours at a time, and lift boxes of books (usually 25-30lbs each), all while maintaining a polite and professional demeanor with customers.  This is a fast-paced job.  It is mentally and physically taxing. 

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to PandPjobs@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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