We Are Hiring
Staff, Events (Virtual & In-person)
Politics and Prose is seeking a part-time (approximately 5-20 hours per week) Event Staffer.
Event staffers are responsible for facilitating the 500+ events hosted by Politics and Prose. These events are currently held virtually via Zoom however the return of in-person events is being planned for when circumstances allow. Virtual events are approximately 2 hours long. In-person events are held at all P&P locations including Connecticut Avenue NW, The Wharf, and Union Market. For both virtual and in-person, staff work with the event managers to prepare for daily events; help authors manage talks; and often introduce speakers before events. Availability is needed for two or three weeknight shifts and at least one weekend shift. Weeknight shifts are from 5 pm to approximately 9 pm. Saturday shifts are from 12 pm to 8 pm. Sunday shifts are from 11 am to 7 pm.
Note: Event staff are expected to stay until all event breakdown is completed.
Duties will include but are not limited to:
Willingness to learn other bookselling procedures to maximize performance at the store
Ability to work on your feet and lift 50+ lbs.--this is a very physical job, involving moving furniture and boxes of books
Ability to be detail-oriented and thoroughly follow standard operating procedures, including managing inventory and sales for event books
Cooperative spirit, strong customer service skills, and a positive attitude, especially in stressful situations
Punctuality and dependability
Preferred: Flexibility to manage events at all three locations, Familiarity with Zoom and Eventbrite
Politics and Prose is seeking a Director of Events to oversee the company's many and varied author talks. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position that reports to P&P's Chief Operating Officer and works closely with the marketing and programs departments. The position is pivotal in planning, organizing, and managing events held either in-person or online.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Supervising an events staff of several people;
- Ensuring that over the course of a year, P&P's events reflect a broad range of authors;
- Connecting with publishing representatives to be aware of upcoming books and available authors;
- Figuring out which authors to schedule and when and also determining which of P&P's various venues would be best-suited for a particular author event;
- Working with the marketing department to promote events.
The ideal candidate will have at least three years of event-planning experience, preferably with authors. Also desirable are excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. Familiarity with the publishing industry and working knowledge of Zoom, Eventbrite, Square and Edelweiss are huge pluses.
Director, Human Resources
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.
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.