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SHRM Researcher, Thought Leadership in Alexandria, Virginia

Researcher, Thought Leadership

1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Req #225

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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.

The Researcher, Thought Leadership will assist SHRM achieve its mission to be relevant to all things work, worker and workplace by contributing to SHRM’s recognition as a thought leader in the HR space through research. This position conducts research and offers insights to support SHRM's Research departments and other divisions in all things related to thought leadership.

This position will assist the Director of Thought Leadership Research in project managing the various research streams for the Thought Leadership function, including research, content creation, partnerships, activation, and leverage across SHRM. In addition, this position will assist in creating flagship research studies and projects related to the Future of Work and other thought leadership topics, building on internal and external expertise and data.

Your Day:

  • Assists others as needed with tasks related to research design and execution

  • Create and update project timelines, sharing updates with clients and partners as needed; keep track of internal deadlines to ensure team members stay on deadline (“managing up” as needed)

  • Assist research managers as needed with methodology design, research execution, survey fieldwork management, and data management and analysis.

  • Conduct desk research and produce literature reviews related to current or future programs

  • Assist with survey development and qualitative interviews (including reviewing transcripts)

  • Request proposals from survey partners

  • Test online survey links

  • Communicate final demographic targets with clients and survey partners

  • Assess weekly status updates and send to client

  • Work with survey partner to ensure respondents are interpreting questions correctly—and correct any issues during fieldwork

  • Communicate data needs (e.g., banner tabs, formats) to survey partner

  • Work with the project team to synthesize findings and highlight key storylines

  • Work with research staff to build data visualizations and identify statistically meaningful findings such as charts, graphs, dashboards and data visualizations in Excel, PowerPoint, and/or Tableau

  • Assists research staff with checking quotes, facts, and data in reports, ensuring the quality and integrity of the analysis and properly citing all sources

  • Support all research and validation activities around the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP examinations including research and validation studies and other activities.

  • Analyze test and related data using statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, R).

  • Manage large datasets of test and related data required to analyze results of practice analyses and other survey or qualitative research efforts; primarily responsible and accountable for preparing annual accreditation application data sets

  • Develop technical reports describing research activities (e.g., purpose, method, analyses, results, conclusions).

  • Serve as the point of contact for validation subject matter experts engaged in practice analyses and other certification-related research for SHRM certification examinations, e.g., the longitudinal HR Careers Study.

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology, data science or related field required

  • 3 years of work-related experience is required

  • Excellent analysis and statistical analyses skills using SPSS (or another major statistics program)

  • Understand business needs to help translate complex research questions into actionable insights.

  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to present to both academic and practitioner audiences

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills

  • Some knowledge of the HR field and a network of thought leaders in HR and management

  • Knowledge of and skills in R (programming language) or willingness to learn

  • Demonstrate proficiency in project management and leading research and development efforts for SHRM products and services.

  • Knowledge of and skills in Python (programming language) or willingness to learn

  • Candidates must have a proven commitment to SHRM's six Guiding Principles:

  • Bold Purpose

  • Excellence & Accountability

  • Flexibility & Agility

  • Smart & Curious

  • Collaborative Openness

  • Push Back to Move Forward

Let Us Know if You Have:

  • Master’s degree preferred in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Data Science, or related field

  • Experience in a high-stakes global testing program/environment or in an association/membership organization is

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 combination of office and conference settings and routinely uses standard office equipment.

  • Travel Required: Occasional 0-10%

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.

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  • 1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA