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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, The Wharf

Politics and Prose Bookstore has a vacancy open for a full-time (40 hours per week) Branch Bookseller. This position will be based at the P&P bookstore located at the Wharf in SW 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 as well as bookselling experience although this isn't required. 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

ONLINE APPLICATION

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