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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 

 

Qualifications: 

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. 

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

Marketing and Website Associate

Marketing Associate 

Politics and Prose is looking for a Marketing and Website Associate. It is a full-time (40 hours per week) position that reports to the Deputy Director of Marketing. The Marketing and Website Associate supports the marketing team in all projects. This position is temporarily operating remotely with the expectation that it will return to working in-store with the exact details to be determined at a later time. When in-store it will be based at the Connecticut Avenue location.  

Duties will include but are not limited to:  

  • Designing event banners  

  • Updating and troubleshooting website 

  • Designing weekly Instagram event graphics  

  • Uploading and maintaining event listings on the website, Facebook, and Scenethink  

  • Assisting with copywriting  

  • Assisting with special projects in marketing  

  • Supporting customer service efforts on social media  

  • Assisting to manage inventory on the website 

  

Experience with graphic design (Adobe Creative Cloud preferred), Google analytics, and content management systems, especially Drupal, a huge plus.  

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

Shipping Clerk

Politics and Prose Bookstore is looking for a Shipping Clerk for its store on Connecticut Avenue NW. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt hourly position. The schedule for this position is: Monday – Friday (9am-5pm). Schedule flexibility may be needed during the December shopping season.

The Shipping and Receiving Department is responsible for all inventory that comes in and out of the Connecticut Avenue store. The Shipping Clerk position will primarily be responsible for overseeing the shipping needs of the store, in collaboration with the rest of the department, but will also be trained to process incoming and outgoing inventory.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

· Day-to-day shipping, ensuring that orders are shipped in a timely manner

· Coordinating with the other departments for large order shipments, such as event orders, bulk orders, etc.

· Coordinating with other departments for additional shipping help when necessary

· Acting as point of contact for shipping questions from other departments and customers

· Ordering additional shipping supplies, as needed

· Scheduling pickups for Fedex, USPS, etc.

· Other special projects as assigned

An ideal Shipping Clerk has an excellent ability to communicate effectively, the ability to lift 50lbs and to stand for extended periods of time, the ability to solve problems creatively, flexibility in stressful situations, displays high levels of organizational skills, and possesses an interest in teamwork and collaboration.

The ideal candidate approaches every problem with a good attitude, has a sense of humor in difficult situations, is task-oriented and enjoys a mix of physical and mental work. Applicants who can drive within the D.C. metropolitan area are strongly preferred. The Shipping Clerk will also be trained in other receiving tasks and will be expected to fulfill those duties, as department needs require.

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

Driver and Receiver

Politics and Prose is looking for a Driver and Receiver. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), hourly, and non-exempt position. It is based at the Connecticut Avenue store and will report to the Receiving Manager. 

 

The Driver is responsible for running stock, supplies, and money between the Connecticut Avenue store and the branch locations at The Wharf and Union Market, and for delivering and picking up stock for other bookstore departments.

  

Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Transferring requested items from the Connecticut Avenue’s inventory system to the intended branch store’s inventory system 
  • Making the supply run to both branch locations currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays 
  • Making runs for other departments including Supported Events, Self-Sells, B2B, Bulk Sales, Partnered Events and others as needed 
  • Coordinating and communicating with the appropriate managers to ensure inventory and supplies are delivered or retrieved on schedule 
  • Safely navigate to all destinations and complete deliveries in a timely and efficient manner 
  • Completing specials projects and other duties as assigned by the Receiving Manager 

An ideal driver approaches every problem with a good attitude, is self-starting, and works well independently. Flexibility is needed as the schedule for deliveries and pick-ups can vary.  A keen eye for accuracy is essential.  This position also requires a current driver’s license, a good driving record, the willingness to drive a store car, the ability to learn our inventory system, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.  Knowing how to get around DC is a plus.

 

Driving needs are currently part-time although they may be expanded as store needs require. When not completing Driver responsibilities, the remaining hours will be rounded out working in the Receiving department. The Driver will be trained as Receiver and will be expected to fulfill those duties as well.  

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

Events Coordinator

Politics and Prose Bookstore is looking for an Events Coordinator. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Events Manager. This position is temporarily operating remotely with the expectation that it will return to working in-store with the exact details to be determined at a later time. It will be primarily based at the Connecticut Avenue store but will also float to the two branch locations at the Wharf and Union Market as events needs arise. 
 

The Events Coordinator serves as the foundation of in-store and virtual events execution and management so they must be able to work in each environment. They play a crucial role as the liaison between the events department and the operations staff, as well as interact with the marketing and programs department regularly.  
 

Duties will include but are not limited to: 
 

Event management  

· Manage and execute in-store and virtual events  

· Train and monitor new events staff and event hosts  

· Fill in for events staff and host events when needed  

· Run tech for event hosts on Zoom when necessary 
 

Administrative  

· Send confirmation emails  

· Manage hosts for events  

· Make schedule for part-time events staff  

· Manage events inbox daily  

· Update event numbers spreadsheet daily  

· Manage online event promotion  

· Update all outlets (calendars, Ibid cards, spreadsheets) as events are confirmed  

· Ask for author assets for banners, monthly calendars, etc.  

· Manage in-person author book signings 
 

Inventory tracking 

· Keep track of will call and return to ConnAve  

· Make sure books have been ordered and have arrived by event date; work with events buyer 
 

Flexibility in all areas, particularly with schedule, is a must. Must also have good presentation skills (both written and verbal) as well as be detail oriented. Should be able to work well alone and in a group. Working knowledge of Outlook, Word suite, Zoom, Eventbrite, and Square is ideal. All staff are expected to assist with in-store operations during the month of December.  

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

Baristas (multiple vacancies)

The Den, Politics and Prose’s coffeehouse at its main store on Connecticut Avenue NW, is looking for motivated individuals to join our team of baristas. There are multiple vacancies open with both full-time and part-time schedules available.  This is an hourly, non-exempt position. 

Baristas are responsible for crafting beverages, serving food, cleaning, handling cash, and providing stellar customer service.  Qualified candidates will have an eye for detail and a can-do attitude.  They will also be able to stand for eight hour shifts and lift 30 lbs. 

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Working both the coffeehouse and bookstore registers 

  • Implement opening and closing procedures for the front of house 

  • Preparing coffee and other beverages 

  • Maintaining expresso machine 

  • Maintaining a working knowledge of the espresso bar 

  • Dishwashing 

  • Restocking inventory as needed 

  • Maintaining the upkeep of the front of house 

Food and coffee service experienced preferred but not required. Food handler license and ABRA certification a big plus but not required.  

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politic-prose.com.

Floater Branch Bookseller (2 vacancies)

Politics and Prose Bookstore has two vacancies open for Branch Booksellers. One is for a full-time (40 hours per week) position and the other is a part-time (approximately 16 – 24 hours per week) position. Both positions would float between the branch stores located at the Wharf in SW DC, and Union Market in NE 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.  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: 

  • Assisting customers with book selections 

  • Operating cash registers, answering phones  

  • Carrying and unpacking boxes 

  • Shelving books, 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

Adult Full-Time Bookseller (multiple vacancies)

Politics and Prose needs Adult Full-Time (40 hours per week) Booksellers for the main store located on Connecticut Avenue NW. There are multiple vacancies open. This is a fast-paced job.  It is mentally and physically taxing. This is an hourly, non-exempt position. 

 

The booksellers are responsible for making sure bookstore operations run smoothly. It’s a lively work environment that offers a varied workday ranging from moving boxes of books to offering personal book recommendations to--always and above all--providing top-notch customer service.  Every day, booksellers help customers find books, shelve books and maintain displays, operate cash registers, take special orders, and answer phones.    

Duties will include but are not limited to:   

  • Working at least one morning, one evening, and one weekend shift each week   

  • Staying calm under pressure, juggling many tasks, and retaining a lot of information  

  • Standing on their feet for 8 hours at a time, lifting boxes of books (usually 25-30lbs each) and shelving individual books frequently 

  • Maintaining a polite and professional demeanor with customers  

  • Processing customer orders that come in through P&P’s website  

Retail or bookselling experience preferred.  

Complete and submit the online application and email a resume and a brief introduction to jobs@politics-prose.com

P&P is a bustling and complex workspace, where jobs tend to require considerable time to master. So regrettably, we cannot consider applications for seasonal employment.

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