Society for Human Resource Management

  • Engagement and Philanthropy Specialist

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2019-1379
    SHRM Foundation
  • Overview

    The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization whose mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation. It provides research-based solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.


    The Senior Specialist, Development’s primary focus is to manage activities related to SHRM Foundation’s annual campaign, contribute to the overall success of attaining SHRM Foundation’s revenue goals, leading development’s administrative functions and collaborating with SHRM Foundation team members to execute critical events and activities that engage donors and other development stakeholders. The Senior Specialist is assigned specific fundraising revenue goals, contribute in the development of a strategic course of action designed to execute the tactical elements of SHRM Foundation’s annual campaign, provide relationship management support and assistance to ensure timely responses to inquiries throughout the annual campaign, including liaise with internal and external partners. The Senior Specialist, Development ensures the optimization of processes, systems and infrastructure essential in order to successfully update and maintain various systems (Salesforce, etc.) to aid in tracking project deadlines, communications with SHRM Foundation staff and donors. The Senior Specialist also assists in prospect research and building a repository of potential donors for key programs and support activities associated with proposal development, grant management and reporting.


    Your Day:

    • Management of Annual Campaign: state chapters, councils and individual giving - manage solicitation, stewardship and communication strategies with donors and prospective donors through multiple channels, cultivate and steward donor relationships and manage solicitation process and fulfill commitments to scholarship sponsors.

    • Coordinate continuum for donor stewardship, prompting personal outreach and other special stewardship programs and recognition as determined by giving levels and donor interest. Lead the development of collateral materials and communication vehicles designed to engage prospective and existing donors.

    • Database, reporting and tracking: Lead database management system(s), working with internal and external sources as needed to deliver exceptional data for fundraising activities. Implement and manage protocol for individual donor gift entry process, establish and manage appropriate, sustainable and valued systems for communication purposes.

    • Research and pipeline development: Conduct prospect research and contribute to building a repository of potential funders for key programs and sponsorship opportunities. Track fundraising publications for important trends and new opportunities for fundraising success, including new and emerging technological advances.

    • Spearhead development administrative functions - serve as a liaison to finance, managing acknowledgement processes, tracking payments and invoices, and preparing contracts

    • Events: collaborate with SHRM Foundation program team to manage special events, working with internal departments to execute plans, determine strategic return on investment for events, execute solicitation and stewardship plan for event sponsors.

    • Other duties and projects as assigned.


    Must Haves:

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • 5 years of experience with non-profit fundraising, possessing skills related to donor solicitation, relationship and stewardship management and systems/database management
    • Personify a dynamic, professional personable style and serve as a spokesperson and organization representative before a range of stakeholder audiences for SHRM Foundation
    • Resourceful, solutions-focused ability to problem solve, with and manage multiple projects, have an eye for detail yet an appreciation and understanding of the bigger picture
    • Strong business acumen including superb written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
    • Enthusiastic team player that is highly organized, flexible and customer-service orientated who recognizes organizational needs and is willing to jump in and help
    • Demonstrate a hospitable spirit, with a commitment and a knack for strategic thinking and an understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively, openly, how to take calculated risks and position new ideas and ways of doing business that inspire and excite stakeholders
    • Self-motivated individual with a strong capacity for independent work and the ability to pivot in a short period of time


    Let us know if you also have:

    • Previous association or foundation management experience, communications/marketing and programmatic and event logistics management


    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 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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