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.
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Sidelines Associate at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Politics and Prose needs a full-time (40 hours-per-week) sidelines associate. This position will split time between all locations: three days at Connecticut Avenue and two days between the Union Market and the Wharf. Working one weekend day is also required. In addition, at least one year of experience in bookstore retail or a related area, with a background in merchandise displays a plus. This position reports to the Sidelines Buyer and the Branch Stores Director.
An ideal sidelines associate pays great attention to detail, cares for the organization and accuracy of inventory, and understands customer interests and needs.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
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:
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.
Part-Time Supported Events Booksellers at Politics and Prose Bookstore
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.
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