Society for Human Resource Management

  • Manager, Foundation Programs

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Job ID 2019-1416
    SHRM Foundation
  • Overview

    The SHRM Foundation is a values-bases 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 Manager, Foundation Programs participates in the development, administration and evaluation of SHRM Foundation’s inclusion initiative programming, and collaborates with SHRM marketing and PR/communications and events team to serve as inclusion initiative content SME in relation to special events/conferences in which SHRM Foundation leads or is an active contributor, all in support of advancing the mission of the SHRM Foundation. The Manager, Foundation Programs is a critical member of the SHRM Foundation team accountable for the engagement and stewardship of HR professionals, the audiences for which we are building inclusive places to work, and the subject matter experts and partners developing and/or participating in our programmatic offerings. The Manager, Foundation Programs, in partnership with SHRM Foundation’s Development team and Executive Director, SHRM Foundation, participates in the conceptualization and development of program strategy, identifies desired outcomes, and collaborates to develop donor proposals. The Manager, Foundation Programs facilitates industry and academic research awards nationally administered by SHRM and SHRM Foundation while ensuring relevancy, quality and effectiveness. The Manager, Foundation Programs is accountable for ensuring engagement with appropriate SHRM business units where and when appropriate, ensuring strong, positive relationships are developed to the benefit of SHRM Foundation stakeholders. 


    Your Day:

    • Collaborates with the Manager, Scholarships and Student Programs, the Executive Director, SHRM Foundation, and the SHRM Foundation Development team to create annual and monthly operational plans that activate SHRM Foundation’s strategic plan.

    • Administers and manages SHRM Foundation inclusion initiative programs, develops and monitors levels of engagement and measures of effectiveness for SHRM Foundation inclusion initiative programs, proactively providing compelling outcome related content for public relations, communications and marketing purposes, and providing critical progress updates to internal and external stakeholders, making adjustments or updates to programs as needed.

    • Collaborates with SHRM research and SHRM product development and certification teams to develop and maintain inclusion initiative program products as appropriate. 

    • In partnership with other SHRM Foundation content subject matter experts, contributes to the conceptualization, strategic development, execution and evaluation of SHRM Foundation-related events/conferences – both stand alone or collaborative in nature with SHRM and/or external partners.

    • Ensures all promotional and event/conference related communications, public relations and marketing activities are coordinated with SHRM communications and marketing leadership to ensure messages are on point. 

    • Responsible for working with the entire SHRM Foundation team and SHRM departments as appropriate to create evaluation measures, summarize and publicize event/conference outcomes, both financially and experientially.  

    • Actively collaborates with the SHRM Foundation Development team to develop donor solicitation ideas, proposals, participates in donor meetings and track the fulfillment of donor commitments, related to the SHRM Foundation’s inclusion initiatives, all SHRM Foundation events/conferences and awards.

    • Manages vendor relationships directly impacting SHRM Foundation inclusion initiative programs, and SHRM Foundation events and awards where appropriate.

    • Personify a dynamic, professional, personable style and serve as a spokesperson and organizational representative before a range of stakeholder audiences for SHRM Foundation. 

    • Collaborates with the Executive Director, SHRM Foundation and other members of the SHRM Foundation team to create and monitor annual operational plans and budgets.  

    • Represents SHRM Foundation’s efforts linked to inclusion initiative work with public relations, communications and marketing activities.

    • Maintains open lines of communication and works collaboratively with SHRM Membership and Government Relations departments related to SHRM Foundation inclusion initiative programmatic work and events to ensure alignment, coordination of efforts and identify opportunities to leverage the work of SHRM Foundation.   

    • In partnership with the Executive Director, SHRM Foundation, ensures the relevancy of existing industry and academic research awards, manages the administration of existing national SHRM Foundation industry and academic research awards, serves a critical leadership role in the management and evaluation of a reimagined, reinvigorated future SHRM/SHRM Foundation award strategy.



    Must Haves:

    • Bachelor's degree.
    • 7 – 10  years of experience managing the development, implementation and promotion of either/both for-profit, non-profit programming, communications and public relations, and project management of high profile and high touch national and regional events/conferences programmatic planning.

    • Experience in volunteer, board member management experience.

    • Ability to manage multiple projects, have an eye for detail yet an appreciation and understanding of the bigger picture. 

    • Ability to manage and communicate effectively with external partners and vendors. 

    • Possess oral and written communication skills and demonstrate a hospitable spirit, with a commitment and a knack for strategic thinking and an understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively, openly, take calculated risks and position new ideas and ways of doing business that inspire and excite stakeholders. 

    • Demonstrated approach to creative program development and the ability to manage program and event effectiveness to ensure SHRM Foundation’s investments are of the highest and best use. 

    • Ability to think creatively and generate compelling ideas and identify opportunities to highlight the work of the SHRM Foundation, and highlight stakeholders, donors and those who benefit and grow professionally and personally as a result of SHRM Foundation’s efforts.

    • Highly proficient at working cross functionally and collaboratively across departments and with separate partners and stakeholders.

    Let us know if you also have:

    • Previous association or foundation management, marketing/communications and donor/stakeholder stewardship experience.

    • Continued professional development in program development and management of effectiveness.



    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. 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 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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