Society for Human Resource Management

  • Workplace Editor

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2018-1208
  • Overview

    The Role:

    We are looking for a thoughtful and thought-provoking reporter and editor who can write for a global audience of business professionals about workplace trends and the future of work. The aim is to go beyond quoting experts to interpreting what they say and providing insights into how the working world will evolve next year and beyond.

    You’ll assign, report, write, edit, display and promote content in a way that engages and inspires readers and, in turn, attracts them to our website, newsletters and magazine. We are looking for candidates who have experience in digital reporting and storytelling and a willingness to experiment with new ways of delivering information. Your duties also will include working closely with our team of designers, IT professionals and other editors to develop video, audio, infographics, interactive features and other media. You’ll get to know SHRM content, activities and programs and develop and maintain relationships with third-party content providers. You’ll travel as needed to report and write from SHRM and other conferences when relevant.


    Your Day:


    • Report and write 1,500- to 2,500-word feature articles at least twice monthly on workplace trends and the future of work.
    • Assign and edit freelancers’ articles.
    • Post articles to the website.
    • Use digital reporting and storytelling skills to share information in innovative ways.
    • Update landing pages on the website.
    • Oversee and contribute to SHRM e-newsletters as needed.
    • Update SHRM accounts on social media platforms.
    • Collaborate with designers and other editors.
    • Attend and report on SHRM and other HR related conferences.



    The ideal candidate will be relentlessly curious and analytical - someone who can both chase down stories and clearly explain their relevance to a global audience. This person will have experience writing quickly and smartly about workplace issues, and will have a keen interest in contributing to the national conversation about workplace issues through big-picture analysis, as well as through both thoughtful and thought-provoking reporting and writing. This position will be best served by a writer who has a knack for identifying the bigger pattern behind the day-to-day business news, and an intellectual curiosity about how HR is informing and interacting with the broader world.

    Must Haves:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English or a related field.
    • 4 years of experience reporting and writing regularly for a print and/or online publication; 7 years of experience reporting and writing regularly for a print and/or online publication preferred.

    • Experience developing engaging content, including growing knowledge of narrow field or industry, developing sources, finding and utilizing freelance writers, understanding an issue and being able to provide analysis and thought-provoking coverage of trends within it.

    • Excellent reporting and writing skills and the ability to express, in journalistic style, complex ideas to a general readership audience.

      Proficient with Microsoft Office Word.

      Knowledge of content management systems.

      Excellent editing skills, to help authors clearly and succinctly convey ideas and connect thoughts.

      Strong collaboration skills.


    Let us know if you also have:


    • Human Resources or Business degree or coursework.
    • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.
    • Experience with daily publication and business publication.
    • Experience managing multimedia editorial projects and developing new products, including working with cross-functional teams involving content providers, creative and technical services, and promotions.
    • Familiarity with HR and workplace news and trends.


    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.

    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.

    May require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk, lift, carry and move light to medium weight. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and learn technical information.

    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 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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