SHRM Director, Economic Research in Alexandria, Virginia

Director, Economic Research

Tracking Code

208738-075

Job Description

SHRM WANTS TALENT WITH A BOLD PURPOSE. TALENT THAT BELIEVES IN EXCELLENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. TALENT THAT IS FLEXIBLE TO TRY NEW THINGS AND AGILE ENOUGH TO PIVOT WHEN THEY DON’T WORK OUT. WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE SMART AND CURIOUS, AND BELIEVE IN OPEN COLLABORATION TO GET TO THE BEST RESULT.

The Director of Economic Research leads the strategy, core research activities and the team focused on identifying the future strategic initiatives of the organization to further and optimize SHRM’s recognition as a thought leader in the workplace. The Director is responsible for the design, management and execution of the organization’s research, analysis and programs in the fields of economic policy, workplace policy and human capital. The Director serves as the leader for applied economic policy analysis and contributes to charting the total market research strategy that creates insights for organizations and HR professionals to better serve the workforce and society.

YOUR TYPICAL DAY WILL INCLUDE:

  • Executing large and complex research projects impacting organizations, societal and human capital policy, while maintaining the highest quality standards consistent with project budget and allotted timelines. This includes leading, executing and coordinating specialized and complex technical and analytical tasks, evaluation, survey research, economic research and analysis studies

  • Applying consultative methods to collect and summarize information needs. Actively follow trends, collect data across a wide variety of policy and societal issues, and review literature, policy and data analysis to identify and propose data-based insights and policy recommendations influencing corporate business strategy and direction, and best serving the members’ needs.

  • Managing the research team and review the team’s outputs to finalize project deliverables, interpret findings and produce deliverables in the voice of the organization. This includes presenting and generating clear, accurate, and concisely written reports and presentations with clear story lines, talking points and infographics.

  • Securing resources, build and maintain strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders enabling the Research Team to deliver high quality and insightful research products that further the organization’s influence in the workplace.

  • Monitoring project portfolio status and deliverables to ensure that resources are correctly allocated to high priority initiatives and projects that serve the members’ needs.

  • Establishing and maintaining a network of outside subject matter experts (SMEs) with whom to collaborate when needed and to effectively influence the fast-changing policy and economic environment

  • Supporting the Vice President of Research and other leaders in the presentation of findings and policy recommendations to businesses and policy-making audiences, and acts as a resource in areas of expertise with members, policy-makers, and the media.

  • Coaching, developing and mentoring direct reports.

Required Skills

THESE ARE THE SKILLS YOU WILL NEED IN YOUR TOOLBOX:

  • Strong interest and passion for human capital, labor and economics issues.

  • Strong foundation in applied research design, test construction and validation, methodology and statistics (using SPSS, SAS, R, Tableau, etc.).

  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills, presentation skills, and a deep interest in developing insights and pragmatic research solutions for practitioners at the intersection of people and work.

  • Proven experience in articulating complex research findings in simple business language and developing infographics that tell a story.

  • Demonstrated expertise in a variety of research methods (e.g. survey design, statistics, sampling theory, etc.) across various research areas such

  • Ability to establish and drive own research agenda.

  • Pragmatic approach to economic problem solving and working with data.

  • Collaborative attitude and interest in real world problem solving.

LET US KNOW IF YOU ALSO HAVE:

  • Ability to work with databases.

  • Experience building, leading and running a high performing team.

Required Experience

THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST BRING TO THE TABLE:

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business Analytics, Organizational Psychology, or similar quantitative program

  • 10 years of progressive professional experience conducting consumer and/or analytics-oriented discipline research (e.g. consumer marketing research, operations research, economics, statistics, social psychology, consumer psychology, etc.), including 5 years of experience with multiple data collection methodologies and expert level quantitative analytical analysis and comprehensive writing skills.

  • 2 years of experience using analytical software such as Statistical Analysis Systems (SAS), Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Tableau, etc.

LET US KNOW IF YOU ALSO HAVE:

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Business Analytics, Organizational Psychology, or similar quantitative program

  • Demonstrated experience taking data and understanding it, processing it, extracting value from it, visualizing it, and communicating it.

  • Consulting experience to understand business problems/opportunities and translating needs into analytic projects.

  • Experience managing complex and high profile analytical projects with tight timelines.

  • Experience developing different types of visualizations, including narrative editorially-guided visualizations, visualizations for interactive data exploration, dashboards, and visualizations supporting time series analysis methods.

  • Experience using data science methods related to data architecture, data mining, data and feature engineering, and predictive analytics.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.

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.

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: accessibility@shrm.org or TDD (703) 548-6990.

Job Location

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

Summary of Department

SHRM Research, part of the Knowledge Development and Certification division, provides gold standard, thought leadership in the field of human resources. Members of this team work collaboratively to generate member tools based in data and evidence of effective practice. The Research team serves to generate all forms of content for SHRM public affairs, media affairs, and advocacy efforts.