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SHRM Speechwriter, CEO Communications in Alexandria, Virginia

Speechwriter, CEO Communications

1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Req #515

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

At SHRM, we are committed to making work, workers and workplaces better through insights-driven policy solutions, learning and development, thought leadership and research. We are shaping the ways employers and employees thrive together. SHRM is empowering our more than 300,000+ members, including HR professionals, business executives, and people managers, to lead as strategic business partners and effective stewards of workplace culture, business productivity, and employee engagement.

Department Description

As SHRM’s strategic communication department, Corporate Communications provides high-level counsel and sound effective communication practices that further SHRM’s mission and its ability to achieve the goals outlined in its strategic operating plan. Corporate Communications serves as a business partner and advisor to successfully communicate messages that engage and inform employees, members, and other key stakeholders.


The Speechwriter for CEO Communications develops and implements executive and corporate communication strategies to advance SHRM's mission and strategic goals. The position supports SHRM’s President and CEO. The position reports to the Vice President of Communications.


  • Create, drive, and manage communications strategies for SHRM’s President and CEO that advance SHRM thought leadership and ensure timely, consistent messaging across multiple communication channels.

  • Develop a wide range of content in support of SHRM’s President and CEO including speechwriting and presentations, talking points, briefing memos, editorial columns, blog posts, and other deliverables as needed. This role may also provide writing support for other executives and SHRM projects when necessary.

  • Create decks to turn written word /stories into visual communication.

  • Continuously monitor SHRM business performance, national media, industry news and research, and other sources for trends, statistics, and ideas to develop a thought-leading point of view for the President and CEO.

  • Work closely with colleagues across the organization (e.g., Media Affairs, Marketing, Research, Editorial, Events, etc.) as well as contractors to develop and execute executive and corporate communications, and provide editorial guidance as needed.

  • Participate in all necessary meetings, status, brainstorming, and presentations to drive delivery of messaging.

  • Establish relationships with and maintain the trust and confidence of SHRM senior executives, Staff SHRM executives and events as needed.

  • Track and evaluate outcomes of CEO communications for continuous improvement.

Education & Work Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, or a related field required. Master's degree preferred.

  • Highly organized and energetic communications professional with 6-8 years of relevant experience


  • N/A

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Outstanding writing skills with a proven ability to write for different channels (email, Slack, blogs) and audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to simplify messaging and craft compelling narratives

  • Proven track record in executive communication.

  • High degree of professionalism and ability to interface with senior executives.

  • Flexible, adaptable, and collaborative personality.

Additional Notes

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily with reasonable accommodations.

  • Work is generally done sitting, talking, hearing, and typing. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.

Work environment

Work is regularly performed in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.

Ocassional travel may be required.

Our employment practices are in accordance with the laws that prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.

SHRM is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).

We do not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Other details

  • Job Family Communications

  • Job Function Performance Marketing & Comm

  • Pay Type Salary

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  • 1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA