Society for Human Resource Management

Senior Specialist, Engagement and Philanthropy

Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
Job ID 2020-1481
SHRM Foundation


The SHRM Foundation is the philanthropic, 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of SHRM.  The SHRM Foundation inspires and empowers HR professionals to unlock human potential and lead social change in the workplace and beyond.  Its purpose is to elevate and empower HR as a social force and its mission is to mobilize the power of HR and the generosity of donors to lead positive social change impacting work, workers and the workplace. The Engagement & Philanthropy department is responsible for generating revenue for SHRM Foundation programs and initiatives through fundraising and cultivating and stewarding meaningful partnerships.  A large component of the department involves fostering the critical relationship with SHRM Chapters and State Councils, who are significant supporters and partners of the SHRM Foundation. 


The Senior Specialist, Engagement and Philanthropy’s primary focus is to serve as a special liaison to SHRM Chapters and Councils.  The role will determine and implement best practices in assisting Chapters and Councils in their fundraising activities.  The Senior Specialist will contribute to the overall success of attaining SHRM Foundation’s revenue goals, leading Engagement and Philanthropy’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 will provide relationship management support and assistance to ensure timely responses to inquiries from Chapters and Councils and other internal and external partners.  The Senior Specialist will ensure the optimization of SHRM Foundation’s processes, systems and infrastructure in order to successfully update and maintain various systems (Netsuite, Giving Reports, Batch Reports, Salesforce (to be implemented), etc.) to aid in tracking project deadlines, communications with SHRM and SHRM Foundation staff, chapters and councils, partners and donors and develop a manual of these processes and systems for the Engagement and Philanthropy department.  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:

  • Manage relationship with Chapters and State Councils:  Coordinate solicitation, stewardship and communication strategies with donors and prospective donors through multiple channels, while cultivating and stewarding donor relationships and managing the solicitation process and fulfilling commitments to scholarship sponsors.  Work collaboratively with SHRM Field Services Directors and all other relevant departments within the SHRM Foundation and SHRM.
  • Coordinate the 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 and accounting and other relevant departments in 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 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:

  • Prefer continued professional development in program development and management of effectiveness.
  • Previous association or foundation management experience, communications/marketing and programmatic and event logistics management.

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. 


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 20-30%.


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


We do not sponsor applicants for work visas.


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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