Society for Human Resource Management

  • Director, Corporate Communication

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2018-1241
  • Overview

    If you are a communications professional who shares SHRM’s bold purpose to make work better for everyone, everywhere then join our smart, curious, open, collaborative team that believes in being flexible and agile while striving for excellence and accountability.


    SHRM is seeking a Director of Corporate Communications to manage day-to-day communication projects across departments for the world’s largest membership organization focused on advocacy issues to make work better. Play a role in changing the environment of work and changing some of society’s greatest challenges that run through the workplace (pay inequality, sexual harassment, immigration, skills shortage, paid family leave, and more) by engaging influencers and audiences across global media, events and content platforms for both internal and external audiences. The ideal candidate will bring an understanding of reputation and issues management, executive visibility and stakeholder engagement through internal and external communication channels. Strong writing and communication and project management skills coupled with the ability to multi-task will be the keys to success in this position.


    Your Day:

    • Ensure that corporate communications are developed and executed at an exemplary level.
    • Effectively communicate SHRM's vision, mission, and strategic goals, and ensure consistency with SHRM's corporate messaging and brand.
    • Drive communications strategies that are aligned with SHRM's business goals.
    • Lead development of long-range communication plans, goals and objectives.
    • Oversee all executive and board communications and speeches.
    • Develop and manage messaging for SHRM, including strategic messaging plan for conferences and events.
    • Oversee internal and employee communications.
    • Manage day-to-day internal client projects and deliverables.
    • Live SHRM’s culture and represent SHRM in the marketplace.
    • Work cross-functionally to ensure a consistency in message across all departments and projects.
    • Produce metric reports on the impact of Corp Communications.
    • Understand how to internally communicate the story around Government Affairs and policy.
    • Other duties and projects as assigned.


    Must Haves:

    • Requires in excess of 10 years of progressively responsible professional level experience including an extensive communications background.
    • Requires previous work experience leading Communication's strategic planning and directly managing executive communications.
    • Excellent writing skills.

    • Knowledge of effective communication and employee commitment/engagement strategies with a diverse workforce.

    • Demonstrated leadership skills (inspiring, problem solving, communication across multiple organizations, executing) to champion a productive, motivating organizational culture.

    • Experience managing multiple complex projects involving multiple customers, interests and goals.

    • Strong blend of management skills and technical expertise demonstrated by superior planning.

    • 25% travel required.

    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.


    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 combination of office and conference settings 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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