SHRM Senior Scholarship & Initiatives Specialist - SHRM Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia


The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization whose mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation. It provides research-based solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

The Role:

The Senior Specialist, Scholarships & Initiatives maintains a detailed understanding of all aspects of the SHRM Foundation’s Scholarships and Awards program and manages all aspects of the application, review, and selection process. The senior specialist interprets and applies scholarship and awards program policies and best practices with regard to applicant eligibility and distribution of scholarship and award funds. Additionally, the position helps implement and manage the logistics for existing and new initiatives and programming. This position is critical to executing a key part of the Foundation’s mission to educate and develop HR professionals and students to make change in their workplaces and in their communities.


Your typical day will include:

  • Spearheading, implementing, administering, and maintaining the applicant intake process to include selecting, inviting, scheduling judges, administering all scholarships and awards, and the process for distributing awarded funds. Maintaining the database of applicants, working with the legal team to ensure compliance with privacy and consent requirements, and providing reports on applicant activity and awards to SHRM Foundation and SHRM leadership as required.

  • Developing the business processes and business requirements for scholarship software and collaborating with technology, project managers, and external vendors to implement the systems to support the scholarship and awards program. Managing vendor relationships including.

  • Collaborating with the marketing team to market scholarships, awards and the Foundation programs and special initiatives. Also collaborating with public and private academic institutions, SHRM chapters and state councils, other associations, membership staff and others to ensure scholarships, awards, programs and initiatives are properly and adequately communicated and promoted.

  • Providing critical customer service focused communications, including responding to and assisting with applicants, school administrators, sponsors, and scholarship and award recipients.

  • Partnering with the finance department to ensure proper financial record keeping on scholarships and awards budgets. This includes maintaining oversight of documents, auditable records, and electronic data in accordance with established policy and procedure.

  • Staying abreast of current trends and regulations for scholarships and awards and provides recommendations on best practices, contributing to the development of new and enhanced strategies and operational procedures that continue to build the profile of the scholarship and awards program and support the vision and mission of the Foundation.

  • Supporting the development activities with scholarship donor stewardship and fiscally responsible administration of scholarship and awards funds.

  • Develop and maintaining processes to capture and report on key performance indicators for scholarship, awards, program and initiatives.

  • Representing the Foundation with internal and external researchers, speakers, and vendors to execute the Foundation programs, publications, events, etc. when required.



  • Strong customer service focus with excellent interpersonal skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of applicant and work records. Impeccable integrity and standards

  • Understanding of scholarship and awards program evaluation methods and performance metrics

  • Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook


  • Bachelors degree in education administration, non-profit management, business, social sciences or a related field.

  • 7 years of experience in a non-profit organization, including a minimum of 3 years administering scholarship and awards programs


  • Experience managing projects

  • Working knowledge of FERPA

  • Experience working with scholarship software


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 20 pounds.


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.

This job requires occasional travel 0-10%.

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.

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