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Supported Events Associate

Position Summary:

The Supported Events Associate is responsible for coordinating offsite events supported by P&P. Duties include taking customer requests, organizing logistics, ordering books, and ringing up sales. This position reports to the Supported Events Manager.

 

Particular Duties

The Supported Events Associate must have the ability to manage multiple events simultaneously. Tasks include:

1. Corresponding with clients about event details and logistics;

2. Ringing up event sales in IBID and Square and generating related reports;

3. Preparing proper event management protocols and communicating them to event personnel;

4. Occasional ordering of event books through the inventory manager;

5. Handling event book returns;

6. Other related duties as assigned.

 

Job Requirements

The Supported Events Associate must be able to work well in a deadline driven and customer service-oriented environment. This position requires excellent customer service skills, a good eye for detail, impeccable verbal and written skills, thoroughness, great follow through, and a can-do attitude. The Supported Events Associate must have inventory management experience and a valid driver’s license.

While mostly an office-based job, the Supported Events Associate must be able to assist with organizing and moving boxes of books (usually between 20-35lbs a box), whether lifting them or using hand trucks, and ideally be able to comfortably drive the store vans as needed. This is a full-time (40 hrs/week) non-exempt position, with a regular schedule of Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. The Supported Events Associate is also expected to work events as needed, which requires an occasional week night or weekend. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

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

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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