Society for Human Resource Management

Specialist, Research Analytics

Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
Job ID 2020-1467
KD Reserach- General


The Research Department’s mission is to be the go-to source for effective and innovative practices at the intersection of people and work that improve the employee experience and business performance. The department contributes to the overarching thought leadership mission to advance the Human Resource profession (and professional) by providing evidence-based insights, recommendations, and innovations at the intersection of people and work.


The Research Analytics Specialist is responsible for data analysis, validation, cleaning, and reporting for SHRM Research. The position is responsible for applying statistical and data mining tools to develop insight from survey research and human capital data sources, to include the development of static and interactive data visualizations and interactive applications. The specialist collaborates with other members of the Research team and internal and external partners to ensure that data are managed securely, data cleaning and analyses are conducted correctly and reproducibly, and results are reported accurately.


Your Day:

  • Carry out analysis projects from the initial concept through iteration and final delivery.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive documentation on analysis methodologies, outcomes, recommendations, data dictionary, data mappings, and flow diagrams.
  • With the guidance of Research leadership, create analytic plans, translating research questions into analytic approaches by engaging with internal and external stakeholders to understand each research question, and probing for hidden questions and goals.
  • With other members of the research team, develop standardized analytic deliverables and reusable code for common analytic and visualization tasks.
  • Transform analytic results to graphic visualizations and stories ranging from static graphs depicting traditional statistical analyses to web-enabled interactive graphics and applications.
  • Contribute to the development of the narrative, editorially-guided products including, but not limited to, reports, whitepapers, blog posts, web pages, and interactive products that engage diverse audiences with human capital research.
  • Serve as a resource to aid team members with less analytics experience in completing tasks and developing expertise.
  • Working with others, execute projects requiring the use of basic data science tools, including natural language processing of textual data and data mining.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Data Science, Business Analytics, Statistics, Mathematics, Quantitative Social Science, or similar quantitative program that includes data storytelling/data visualization.
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification required within one year of employment, if eligible.
  • 2 years of experience as a Data Analyst in applied research setting.
  • Experience with tailoring technical communications to a business audience.
  • Ability to check, clean, transform and merge data from multiple sources/data types, while maintaining reproducible methodology.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis using R or SPSS, to include frequencies, crosstabs, ANOVA, linear regression and the use of weighted data.
  • Proficiency in R and/or Python programming including data transformation, reproducible research/documentation, and data visualization (e.g. tidyverse, pandas, Rmd, Jupyter notebooks, ggplot, Matplotlib, RShiny, d3).
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple tasks and projects concurrently, and meet deadlines.
  • Detail oriented and able to adhere to strict quality requirements.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; a strong communicator of analytical concepts able to communicate clearly across all knowledge levels
  • Creative problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Works well independently or within teams.

Let us know if you also have:

  • Master’s degree in Data Science, Business Analytics, Statistics, Quantitative Social Science, or similar quantitative program that includes data storytelling/data visualization.
  • Demonstrated experience gathering and understanding data.
  • Experience developing visualizations such as narrative editorially-guided, interactive data explorations or dashboards.
  • Experience with Natural Language Processing, data mining and/or machine learning.
  • Communicates ideas clearly, inspires, informs, and captivates individuals.
  • Proficiency in Tableau, Qlikview, Power BI or other BI software.


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. 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 0-10%.


The Society for Human Resource Management is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).


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