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Branch Book Buyer

Politics and Prose is seeking a Branch Book Buyer.  This is a full-time (40 hours per week) exempt position that works collectively with the Director of Branch Operations and will report to the Chief Adult Book Buyer. The Branch Buyer is required to work at both The Wharf and Union Market locations.  They will work closely with the branch staff and get to know the broader community at each branch location in order to create a highly curated inventory that meets each store’s needs and increases sales accordingly. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Place frontlist orders for both The Wharf and Union Market locations, under direction of Chief Adult Book Buyer
  • Restock branches
  • Create and pull publisher returns for branch locations
  • Manage, troubleshoot, and clean up inventory; frontlist and backlist POs; and inventory cards
  • Cover branch floor shifts as required and as determined by Director of Branch Operations
  • In coordination with the Director of Branch Operations, take an active role in frontlisting and merchandising store displays
  • Coordinate with adult sidelines buyers on sidelines inventory and merchandising
  • Coordinate with C&T department on frontlist/backlist titles and sidelines merchandise

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Thorough knowledge of publishers and publisher ordering programs
  • Exceptional knowledge of authors
  • Wide knowledge of the reading interests of the clientele of Politics and Prose
  • Extensive experience with IBID and its ordering, receiving, returning, transferring, and inventory tracking functionalities
  • Familiarity and experience with Edelweiss
  • Possess the ability to work well with and train a diverse range of staff
  • Previous buying experience required

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

Branch Bookseller

Politics and Prose Bookstore has a openings for a full-time (40 hours per week) Branch Bookseller.  This position will float between the branch stores located at the Wharf in SW DC, and Union Market in NE DC.   

Job requirements:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Extensive knowledge of books
  • Ability to lift 25-40 pounds
  • Experience in retail strongly preferred
  • Bookstore experience preferred
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

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 below and email a resume and with 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 Director of Supported Events. 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 

Job Requirements:

  • 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 between 20-40 pounds
  • 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.

Barista

The Den, Politics and Prose’s coffeehouse at its Connecticut Avenue location, is looking for a motivated individual to join our team of baristas. This is a full-time (35 hours per week) hourly, non-exempt position. Baristas are responsible for crafting beverages, serving food, cleaning, handling cash, and providing stellar customer service.

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Implementing opening and closing procedures for the front of house 
  • Preparing coffee and other beverages 
  • Maintaining espresso machine 
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of the espresso bar 
  • Dishwashing 
  • Restocking inventory as needed 
  • Maintaining the upkeep of the front of house 

Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to stand for a 7-hour shift
  • Ability to lift at least 30 lbs.
  • An eye for detail and can-do attitude
  • An interest in teamwork and collaboration
  • ABRA certification OR the ability to obtain one upon employment

Food and coffee service experience preferred but not required. 

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

Shipper/Receiver

Politics and Prose Bookstore is looking for a Shipper/Receiver for its Connecticut Ave. location. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt hourly position that reports to the Receiving Manager.   

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

 Duties include but are not limited to:  

  • Unloading daily deliveries into the store   
  • Scanning merchandise into inventory 
  • Distributing merchandise to appropriate departments   
  • Processing returns to distributors  
  • Packing customer orders
  • Printing shipping labels as needed
  • Retrieve invoices from vendors as needed
  • Acting as point of contact for shipping questions from other departments and customers 

Job requirements: 

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time 
  • Ability to solve problems creatively 
  • Flexibility in stressful situations 
  • An interest in teamwork and collaboration 
  • Inventory management experience preferred
  • FedEx Manager Ship Manager software and/or Excel experience preferred
  • Ability to drive in the DC metro area

The ideal candidate approaches every problem with a good attitude, can work well in a fast-paced environment, is task-oriented, and enjoys a mix of physical and mental work.

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

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