Society for Human Resource Management

  • Senior Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2018-1168
    Research & Insights
  • Overview


    The Senior Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives helps achieve SHRM’s recognition as a thought leader in the Human Resources industry by leading large and complex research programs that support the organization’s key strategic initiatives.  These strategic initiatives include, but are not limited to certification exams, development of talent analytics tools for the HR profession and other projects.  The position works collaboratively and guides teams to develop and execute comprehensive research programs, evaluate  deliverables and understand the success metrics of the work. This position actively contributes to charting the research strategy and the core activities associated with future strategic initiatives.



    • Conducting strategic research to support the development of Human Resources professionals through a program of research for the development of career maps and trends among HR professionals and other industries.
    • Leveraging existing data sources around Human Resources careers and progression of several professions to design member-oriented data tools and solution for professional development and advancement.
    • Review, revise and maintatin the organization’s career resources page to provide relevant and useful tools to members.
    • Developing innovative content to support the organization’s strategic initiatives as needed.
    • Conducting quantitative and qualitative research on trends associated with the employment of Human Resource professionals and other professions.
    • Delivering interactive and engaging content based upon research, analytics, and data visualization techniques.
    • Serving as a research spokesperson on multi-year trends regarding professional development trends in Human Resource careers.
    • Leading the execution of research components for large and complex strategic initiatives including major HR programs and other future strategic initiatives.
    • Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
    • Contributing to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.




    • Strong foundation in applied research design, test construction and validation, methodology and statistics (using SPSS, SAS, and/or R).
    • Superior analytical skills, as demonstrated by a track record of problem solving activities.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and presentation skills.
    • A deep interest in developing insights and pragmatic research solutions for practitioners at the intersection of people and work.
    • Orientation toward continuous improvement, as demonstrated by a proven track record of innovations and contributions to improve the quality, quantity, and consistency of research and associated deliverables.
    • Willingness to work on a variety of tasks and projects.
    • Desire to learn and develop inventive methods that respond to customer/project needs.
    • A strong foundation in product development with an emphasis on learning and development for HR generalists preferred.




    • Master’s degree in economics, data science, Industrial Organizational Psychology or a related field; PhD in economics, data sciences, Industrial Organizational Psychology or a related field. 
    • SHRM-CP/SCP required within one year of employment.
    • 3 years of professional experience  in project management, data analysis, strategic planning, and development of evidence-based products.
    • Demonstrated experience in product development with an emphasis on developmental preferences data management.
    • Working knowledge of learning and data-resource technologies.



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift up to 20 pounds.


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    This job requires occasional travel 20% - 30%.

    The Society for Human Resource Management is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).


    ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: or TDD (703) 548-6990.


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