We Are Hiring

Head Barista

Politics and Prose has an opening for a full-time (40 hours per week) Head Barista. This position reports to the Coffeehouse Manager. The Head Barista is responsible for maintaining a high-quality standard for all beverages served (e.g., beer, wine, tea, coffee, bottled nonalcoholic beverages, original and seasonal coffee recipes). The Head Barista is also responsible for training all front of house employees on current procedures and serve as a backup to the Coffeehouse Manager.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Barista Certification through a specialty coffee roaster 
  • Hold a current DC ABC Manager’s license, or acquire one upon employment 
  • Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a barista in a specialty coffee shop setting (experience with Square a plus) 
  • DOH Food Handler’s license a plus 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Ring up coffeehouse purchases 
  • Curate and develop beer/wine/coffee selections seasonally 
  • Supervise and monitor barista training and performance 
  • Develop and implement current training materials or recipe guides 
  • Maintain a clean, friendly, and inviting space for the community 
  • Develop seasonal beverages or syrups 
  • Serve as a connection to the larger specialty coffee community by staying up to date with news or events 
  • Take weekly inventory for wine/beer/coffee/bottled beverages 
  • Work with the Coffeehouse Manager for food and beverage pairings 
  • Serve as backup for the Coffeehouse Manager 

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and 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


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