Society for Human Resource Management

  • Director, Special Initiatives

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2018-1227
  • Overview

    The Role: 


    The Special Initiatives Director is responsible for directing and architecting SHRM’s outreach program to Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) through its executive network, HR People + Strategy (HRPS).   This role leads the executive engagement program through the development, planning, execution, and management of projects and programs for CHROs and other business leaders. These projects will include but are not limited to research with internal and external partners and exclusive events for CHROs. This position will also be responsible for identifying and delivering new products, services and partnership opportunities to engage CHROs. In collaboration with various partners across HRPS, SHRM, and its affiliates, the director provides operational and strategic input for developing, recommending and implementing resources, experiences and solutions for HR leaders.


    Your Day:


    Establish and ensure that strategic objectives and goals for executive engagement are achieved within budget and specified timelines for the projects and programs.


    Lead the research agenda, from concepts and execution to results and dissemination, in collaboration with SHRM Research department, advisors, and other partners, as appropriate.


    Direct, develop, and facilitate effective delivery of programs and events designed exclusively for CHROs. Partner closely with other departments with operational responsibility for these programs to ensure a successful event.


    Develop and manage all associated budgets and contractual relationships.


    Create innovative ways to engage CHRO members.


    Prepare and deliver presentations and formal communications for business leaders.


    Maintain awareness and knowledge of global business trends that impact CHROs and their key stakeholders.


    Coach, mentor and develop a high performance team.


    Connect HR leaders to resources (e.g., knowledge experts, articles, research) to be a trusted resource for this executive group.


    Support the overall goals of executive engagement through other duties as assigned.


    Must Haves:


    7 years of progressively responsible experience in a professional position.

    Strong relationship building experience

    Writing articles, newsletters, on-line web content and using social media

    Project and financial management

    Human Resources/ workplace issues

    Program/event development

    Exceptional communication skills; written, verbal and presentation skills. 

    Self-starter with flexibility in managing ambiguity and uncertainty.

    Proficient in project management.

    Effective decision-making skills.

    Ability to multi-task and work independently and efficiently under deadlines.

    Excellent relationship building skills.  

    Superior interpersonal, diplomatic and personable customer service skills.

    Proficient in MS office and various social media tools.

    Proficient in contractor management and negotiating with outside stakeholders.

    Ability to demonstrate polished executive presence.

    Strong financial acumen.


    Preferred Skills:


    Experience working with executives.

    Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning, association, or data management software.

    Meeting facilitation skills.


    Physical Demands:

    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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