Society for Human Resource Management

  • Senior Specialist, Academic Initiatives

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2018-1237
  • Overview

    The Role:


    The Senior Specialist, Academic Initiatives is the lead for universities who adopt the organization’s Human Resource (HR) Curriculum Guidelines. This role is responsible for stewarding a portfolio of institutions while working with universities to align HR and HR related degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels with SHRM’s HR curriculum guidelines. The incumbent provides support to students, faculty, hiring professionals, and internal departments. Additionally, through alignment of HR degree programs, this position works to create opportunities for students to take the certification exam.


    Your Day:


    Cultivates and manages relationships with colleges and universities that align undergraduate and graduate degrees in HR and related HR fields with SHRM’s HR curriculum guidelines.


    Develops and manages a portfolio of prospective college and university partners.  Work in this area includes stewardship of college relationships and communication with stakeholders to provide guidance on the process of full SHRM curriculum alignment.


    Manages all activities related to curriculum alignment to include analyzing HR/HR related degree programs, course requirements and course descriptions, to ensure appropriate HR content is included.


    Manages content for SHRM’s Academic Initiatives online resources (i.e. HR Guidebook and Templates, HR Program Directory and Teaching Resources).


    Manages SHRM Certification’s Student Eligibility Program for students who attend HR degree programs at aligned universities.


    Lead the curriculum alignment renewal process and works with colleges and universities to meet renewal obligations in a timely manner.


    Works with the Exam Development and Research departments to revalidate the HR curriculum guidelines.


    Recommends changes/revisions to the curriculum guidelines, processes and collateral to facilitate and foster partner growth within partner and curriculum adopter communities.


    Works with SHRM business partners to expand college and university participation in SHRM Recertification and Education Partner programs.


    Other duties as assigned.


    Must Haves:

    • Bachelor’s degree in community engagement, human resources or related field.
    • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP required within one year of employment.
    • 5 years of professional experience working with a professional association or in a college/university outreach or engagement function.
    • Knowledge of the higher education industry.
    • Knowledge of curriculum development.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to network and build strong internal/external relationships.
    • Strong project management, time management and organizational skills.
    • Adept at working in a team environment.
    • Excellent decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    • Strong presentation skills with the ability to persuasively present to a wide range of audiences.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Strong customer service orientation.

    Let us know if you also have:

    • HR knowledge/experience and/or experience working with association-based certifications or within a credentialing/testing environment.
    • In depth knowledge of Human Resources field.

    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 per


    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.form the essential functions.


    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 moderate 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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