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SHRM Policy Engagement Advisor in Alexandria, Virginia


The Role:

The Policy Analyst supports SHRM’s efforts in the legislative arena that relates to work, the worker, and the workplace by evaluating data, legislation, and programs, and educate regulators, legislators, and other government officials to craft the best regulatory framework to help improve the workplace.


Your Day:

  • Help establish SHRM’s public policy activities including determining advocacy priorities, positions, and strategies.

  • Identify key governmental/regulatory relationships at the federal, state and local levels.

  • Provide analytical and research support that aids in the development of policies.

  • Use quantitative and qualitative research, both internal and external, to support the design of policies for a wide-range of issues.

  • Gather, analyze, and utilize relevant data to communicate insight and impact for screening policy recommendations.

  • Develop engagement strategies with functional leaders and key stakeholders to develop deep expertise on the issues facing work, the worker, and the workplace globally.

  • Provide strategy, policy, and analytical support for strategic initiatives and future concepts.

  • Deliver assessments and recommendations for policy based on technical policy analysis.

  • Craft communication strategies to advance SHRM’s strategy to policy makers including federal and local government officials, academics and other relevant parties.

  • Prepare materials for use by lobbying and public policy team.

  • Track legislative and regulatory matters that may impact SHRM and help advise leaders in the organization with respect to potential implications.

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field.

  • 4 years experience with federal or state legislatures, federal or state executive or agency branch, government relations office, or advocacy work in a trade association, campaign, grassroots firm or other organization.

  • Superior written and oral communicator who can convey complex policy research in simple terms to management.

  • Ability to prepare persuasive, simple documents and presentations for use by lobbying staff.

  • Excellent analytical and research skills.

  • Ability to work independently and/or as a member of the team.

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

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel).

  • Solid customer service commitment: resourceful, diplomatic, team-oriented and sensitive to the needs of members and staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment, while successfully delivering to internal and external customers at all levels in a timely manner.

Let us know if you also have:

Experience working with human resource issues and laws.

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.

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 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 Government Affairs