Politics and Prose Seeks Human Resource Manager

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Title: Human Resources Manager
Reports to: Co-owners
Job Classification: Exempt  

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

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 store with the expectation that it will float to all P&P locations as needed to address store needs. The HR Manager will lead and direct all the HR functions across the bookstore including talent recruitment, benefits management, performance management, and training.   
Major Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Managing the talent acquisition process which will include working with 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 interpreting HR policies and procedures
  • Building an inclusive and collaborative culture across organization that brings, 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, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to ensure compliance
  • Manage benefits selections in collaboration with Finance & Accounting   
  • 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 bookseller industry is preferred. 

To Apply:

Submit an application here. Applicants can also email their resume to joba@politics-prose.com.


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