Staff Openings

Human Resources Manager

States Newsroom, an innovative network of state-based news outlets focused on connecting people to the state policies that shape their daily lives, is seeking a Human Resources Manager to oversee hiring and onboarding processes and lead retention efforts for our growing organization.

Where you’ll be located:

Washington, DC

Who you’ll report to:

Operations Director

Minimum Salary:


States Newsroom‘s HR Manager will report to the Operations Director and work closely with the Equity, Inclusion, and Strategic Initiatives Director and HR/Operations Assistant to help design, implement, and maintain systems and processes around recruitment, onboarding, performance management, internal communications, expense reimbursement, and other personnel policies and procedures.

If you believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality reporting on the state-level policy decisions that most affect their lives and you’re excited to use your experience and skills in human resources to ensure that our award-winning journalists and support staff members across the country are well-supported to deliver that reporting to the masses, this is the job for you.


  • Serve as the primary point of contact for personnel performance matters, and work with supervisors to design, implement, and track staff performance reviews and improvement plan
  • Provide support and guidance to the HR/Operations team and other staff when complex, specialized, and/or sensitive questions and issues arise; may be required to administer and execute routine tasks in delicate circumstances such as providing reasonable accommodations, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and terminations
  • Lead the regular updating and maintenance of the Employee Handbook and staff resource portal
  • Review and approve payroll on a bimonthly basis
  • Oversee the annual performance management process, including the development of evaluation tools that provide meaningful feedback to employees
  • Draft and disseminate all-staff communications regarding HR policies, procedures, and reminders
  • Oversee the new hire onboarding process, including new hire orientation, to ensure the compliance and timely submission of new employees’ paperwork
  • Oversee employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations
  • Ensure the organization and maintenance of personnel records
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law
  • With Operations team, create and implement new processes for employee data collection and other HR initiatives
  • Assist employees with using States Newsroom systems, including Paychex Flex, Salsa (CRM), Expensify, Slack, Microsoft Office, the employee portal and other new systems and processes
  • Other tasks as needed on a regular or fill-in basis, including drafting offer letters, supporting recruitment efforts, and approving employee expense reimbursement and reconciliation requests


  • You have at least five years of Human Resources experience, ideally in a nonprofit setting
  • You hold SHRM certification or another professional credential in Human Resources (such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree)
  • You are a leader who is passionate about creating a supportive, inclusive workplace
  • You are a quick learner who is energized by training and connecting with employees from a wide range of backgrounds
  • You have strong communication and writing skills and are able to communicate clearly and patiently about complicated, sensitive subjects
  • You have proficiency with Google suite and ideally, familiarity with WordPress, Mailchimp, and Paychex Flex
  • You are able to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail
  • You are self-motivated with strong organizational skills
  • You believe in the importance of state government coverage, especially in how decisions and policies can affect historically marginalized communities, and you want to help journalists share those stories

Authorization to work in the United States. All States Newsroom employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of hire.


  • Premium-free platinum healthcare for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 2 weeks of personal leave per year
  • 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
  • 7 holidays and 4 floating holidays
  • $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
  • $75 monthly fitness benefit
  • 401K with up to 3% match
  • 12 weeks of parental leave
  • Full-service EAP

New laptop and any necessary equipment will be provided by States Newsroom.


States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but not at the expense of burning out its employees. We are supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat.

States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission.

The 120-plus people who make up States Newsroom include many from historically marginalized backgrounds, but our organization needs to improve in terms of racial diversity. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee and our Equity, Inclusion & Strategic Initiatives Director.

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected], attn: Breanne Porter, Operations Director.

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. Read our full DEIJ statement for more information.