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SHRM Senior Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives in Alexandria, Virginia


SHRM’s 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 SHRM’s overarching thought leadership mission to advance the HR profession (and professional) by providing evidence-based insights, recommendations, and innovations at the intersection of people and work.

The Senior Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives helps achieve SHRM’s recognition as a thought leader in the Human Resources industry by leading large and complex research programs that support the organization’s key strategic initiatives. These strategic initiatives include, but are not limited to certification exams, development of talent analytics tools for the HR profession and other projects. The position works collaboratively and guides teams to develop and execute comprehensive research programs, evaluate deliverables and understand the success metrics of the work. This position actively contributes to charting the research strategy and the core activities associated with future strategic initiatives.


Your Day:

  • Conduct strategic research to support the development of Human Resources professionals through a program of research for the development of career maps and trends among HR professionals and other industries.

  • Leverage existing data sources around Human Resources careers and progression of several professions to design member-oriented data tools and solution for professional development and advancement.

  • Review, revise and maintain the organization’s career resources page to provide relevant and useful tools to members.

  • Develop innovative content to support the organization’s strategic initiatives as needed.

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research on trends associated with the employment of Human Resource professionals and other professions.

  • Deliver interactive and engaging content based upon research, analytics, and data visualization techniques.

  • Serve as a research spokesperson on multi-year trends regarding professional development trends in Human Resource careers.

  • Lead the execution of research components for large and complex strategic initiatives including major HR programs and other future strategic initiatives.

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • Master’s degree in economics, data science, Industrial Organizational Psychology or a related field.

  • SHRM-CP/SCP required within one year of employment.

  • 3 years of professional experience in project management, data analysis, strategic planning, and development of evidence-based products.

  • Demonstrated experience in product development with an emphasis on developmental preferences data management.

  • Working knowledge of learning and data-resource technologies.

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

  • Superior analytical skills, as demonstrated by a track record of problem-solving activities.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and presentation skills.

  • A deep interest in developing insights and pragmatic research solutions for practitioners at the intersection of people and work.

  • Orientation toward continuous improvement, as demonstrated by a proven track record of innovations and contributions to improve the quality, quantity, and consistency of research and associated deliverables.

  • Willingness to work on a variety of tasks and projects.

  • Desire to learn and develop inventive methods that respond to customer/project needs.

Let us know if you also ha ve:

  • PhD in economics, data sciences, Industrial Organizational Psychology or a related field.

  • 5 years of relevant experience.

  • A strong foundation in product development with an emphasis on learning and development for HR generalists.

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. Work is regularly performed in a combination of office and conference settings and routinely uses standard office equipment. This job requires occasional travel 0-10%.

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.

Category Knowledge Department Research- General