Society for Human Resource Management

  • Sr Specialist, Policy Communications

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2019-1296
  • Overview

    The Communication Department is responsible for informing all of SHRM’s audiences on SHRM’s thought leadership, mission and activities in a positive, consistent and credible manner. The Communication Department is also responsible for publicly protecting and defending SHRM’s reputation and brand. Typically, this means working directly with news organizations and journalists responsible for producing the news and features in mass media. In other instances, it means utilizes social media to exchange information about SHRM directly with the press, key audiences and influencers. The Communication Department encompasses Brand, Media Relations, Social Media Engagement, Corporate Communications and works closely with Government Affairs. The collective team engages in a variety of work related to managing SHRM’s reputation and brand image among SHRM’s members as well as elevating the reputation to business leaders and policy makers on a broader, global scale.


    The Senior Specialist, Policy Communications is responsible for leading communications for SHRM's public policy positions and managing reputation. This includes shaping the messaging around advocacy issues, working with our media team, partnering with influencers and engaging other key stakeholder groups on key issues.


    The Sr. Specialist translates complex issues to a broad and diverse set of audiences across members, business elites, policy makers, media and more. This role works closely with the government affairs experts to understand and craft communications around SHRM’s positions of key issues at all the intersection of employers, employees and the economy.


    Your Day:

    • Execute the communications strategy for governmental affairs and policy-related issues in support of SHRM's corporate strategy and objectives.

    • Responsible for creating and executing proactive communications strategies that advance the company’s interests in public policy, regulatory, and legislative matters across the organization

    • Communicate and advocate for SHRM's position on policy issues, including; workplace development, workplace equity, employment-based immigration, employer-provided health care, and workflex and paid leave.

    • Prepare materials and messaging for SHRM’s partnership with external associations to advocate on behalf of the industry.

    • Play a key role planning and maximizing Hill Day, fly-ins, and virtual advocacy days.

    • Engage a vast network of more than 10,000 policy advocates across the country.

    • Manage and/or coordinate development of policy and position statements based upon input from cross-functional teams.

    • Manage crises involving SHRM's public policy positioning.

    • Support Government Affairs and SHRM executives based in Washington, D.C.

    • Work closely with the rest of the Brand and Communications team to flag potential political implications.

    • Other duties and projects as assigned.


    Must Haves:

    • Bachelor’s degree.

    • 5 years of relevant experience, or 3 years of Hill or Executive Branch Experience.

    • Familiarity with DC media and the language of lawmakers.

    • Experience in digital & social media platforms.

    • Experience with reputation management, policy and issue-based communications.

    • Impeccable attention to detail and analytic skills with a proven ability to multi-task and manage complexity.

    • Must have leadership ability with experience working in a cross-functional team that strives to create a bold purpose daily.

    • Self-starter attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to move quickly in a fast-paced environment.

    • Excellent written, verbal and virtual communication skills.

    • Ability to simplify complex issues.

    • Aptitude to envision communications in the written and visual materials.

    • Understand Hill communications and audiences.

    • Comprehension of government, federal and state governing bodies, procedures and processes.

    • Understand grassroots campaigns and communication styles.

    • Superior problem-solving and project management skills.

    • A sense of urgency in an unpredictable and rapidly changing environment.

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

    • Insatiable consumer of current events and ability to shape content in that changing narrative.

    • Persuasive communications skills.

    • Bold and curious sense of purpose.

    • Impeccable attention to detail and analytic skills with a proven ability to multi-task and manage complexity.

    • Able to appropriately and positively represent SHRM to external constituents.

    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.


    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 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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