Society for Human Resource Management

  • Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2018-1206
    Research & Insights
  • Overview

    The Role:

    The Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives contributes to SHRM’s recognition as a thought leader in the Human Resources industry by conducting research to support the organization’s key strategic initiatives.  These Human Resources strategic initiatives include but are not limited to, executive engagement, research on careers in support of the certification program, the development of talent analytics tools for the profession, and other programs.  This role contributes to the execution of programs of research and core research activities for the progression of the HR profession and the workplace overall. 


    Your Day:

    • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on trends associated with the employment and development trends of Human Resources professionals to support their career growth and development.  
    • Design and execute programs of research supporting Human Resources professionals such as career maps, education, competencies or other similar programs. This includes but is not limited to developing and executing project plans, gathering, aggregating and analyzing data, as well as developing and delivering engaging and innovative content.
    • Maintain and support the development of the organization’s career resources page to provide relevant tools and resources for the members.
    • Support the execution of research components for large and complex strategic initiatives including major HR programs and other future strategic initiatives.



    Must Haves:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, data science, Industrial Organizational Psychology or related field; Master’s in economics, data science, Industrial Organizational Psychology or related field preferred.
    • 2 years of professional experience in project management, data analysis, strategic planning, and development of evidence-based products; 4 years experience preferred.
    • Working knowledge of learning and data-resource technologies.
    • 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 problem solving activities.
    • Excellent oral communication, writing, and presentation skills.
    • Willingness to work on variety types of tasks and projects.
    • Possess a desire to learn and develop inventive methods that respond to customer/project needs.


    Let us know if you also have:

    • A strong foundation in product development with an emphasis on learning and development for HR generalists.
    • 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.


    Physical Demands:

    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; talk and hear, use hands to type, file, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. Occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.  Light lifting is required. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force to constantly move objects.

    Work Environment:

    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.  Work is regularly performed in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.

    This job requires occasional travel 0-10%.


    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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