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Position:      Full-Time

Location: Warwick's, La Jolla, California 

Job Title:      Assistant Book Buyer

Reports to:  Head Book Buyer

Position Summary:

  • Assist Head Book Buyer and work with store management and publishing partners to achieve departmental sales, inventory goals, improve turn, profit and service
  • Assist Head Book Buyer with frontlist and backlist purchasing

    • Meet with sales representatives to purchase specific categories or publishers
    • Assist with daily restock orders, weekly & seasonal backlist orders, in-store author event orders, offsites & other special events requiring book sales
  • Track & manage purchase orders, returns & other related functions, including follow up with sales reps or vendors
  • Assist with coop — filing & following up on claims
  • Work with buyers, events director, marketing coordinator and booksellers on inventory & product related issues
  • Coordinate with buyers and sales representatives on merchandising, seasonal displays & other promotional opportunities
  • Help manage B2B orders
  • Assist with department scheduling
  • Become proficient with ibidie pos system and edelweiss
  • Work the floor as needed & be available to answer questions & phones, or staff events & offsites
  • Assist with special projects & additional responsibilities as required


  • Minimum of 2 years bookstore experience, preferably in a buying capacity
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task & prioritize
  • Self-starter who works well with others
  • General knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel 

This is a FT position with benefits — health insurance, vacation, sick leave.

Please email resume and cover letter to


Politics and Prose, a D.C. based business devoted to cultivating the community and strengthening the common good through books, programs, and a respectful exchange of ideas, is seeking a Human Resources professional. The HR Director will help further build exceptional teams and is committed to the values of independence, inclusion, and diversity.  

About the Position:

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that reports directly to the co-owners. This position is based at the Connecticut Avenue NW DC store with the expectation that the individual will float to all P&P locations as needed to address store needs. The HR Director will lead and direct all HR functions across the bookstore, including talent recruitment, benefits management, performance management, and training.  

Major Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Managing the talent acquisition process which includes working with the senior management team to determine hiring needs, recruitment, scheduling and participating in interviews, hiring, and onboarding of qualified candidates   
  • Managing the performance evaluation process company-wide  
  • Overseeing employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations    
  • Assisting the COO with developing and implementing training and career development initiatives  
  • Providing expertise and guidance in interpreting HR policies and procedures  
  • Building an inclusive and collaborative culture across the organization that attracts, retains, and motivates diverse staff 
  • Spearheading diversity and inclusion efforts   
  • Serving as an independent channel for employee concerns   
  • Maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations 
  • Recommending best practices in the HR arena 
  • Reviewing policies and practices to ensure compliance  
  • Managing benefits selections in collaboration with Finance and Accounting    
  • Performing special projects and other duties as assigned   


The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. A minimum of three years of experience in human resource management is required. Experience in retail and the bookseller industry is preferred.

To apply, please fill out the online application at and email a resume and a brief introduction to


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