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SHRM Senior Specialist, HR Event Programming in Alexandria, Virginia


The Events Department is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for conferences, meetings, and expositions in the U.S., as well as virtual events. The team handles site and speaker selection, event programming, meeting planning, vendor selection, exhibit and sponsorship sales, and logistics.

The Senior Specialist, HR Event Programming, is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s programming at existing and newly launched conferences. With a focus on content development, this position is responsible for sourcing speakers and topics, communication with speakers, speaker logistics, and working collaboratively across SHRM departments.

With its primary focus on SHRM's mission as the world's largest HR membership society, and through implementation of event programming best practices, insightful market research, competitive intelligence and analytics, the Global Development division directly supports the Society's strategic imperatives and business operating plan goals including, but not limited to: membership growth, financial margin objectives, global revenue growth, California strategy, certification, and senior-segment engagement, and conference & seminar registration.


Your Day:

  • Under the direction of the Director of Event Programming, the Sr. Specialist, HR Event Programming supports the management and execution of SHRM events focused on driving attendee satisfaction with the overall educational experience.

  • Serves as the lead in overseeing the programming for select SHRM specialty conferences and the Annual conference; works closely with Marketing, Communications, and Events Management on program strategy, alignment, and promotion; manages calls for presentations process and leads topic selection and speaker recruitment; oversees speaker communications and development of session titles and descriptions; assists with speaker and session logistics, including room placements, A/V needs, evaluations, etc.

  • Serves as a lead content contributor (for sessions, speakers, educational experience) for populating event information distribution tools, i.e., conference app, website, marketing collateral (both printed and virtual), session evaluations, etc. for select events (correlates to events serving as a lead on).

  • Identifies and researches opportunities for the organization to expand new and/or existing programming, including virtual offerings. Determines how virtual offerings best complement the in-person experience, grow revenue, and advance overall organizational goals.

  • Serves as a contributor to other select SHRM events; assist with speaker logistics, including data entry of session content and collecting presentations; onsite responsibilities include serving as point of contact and liaison in the Speaker Office, assure room checks, A/V checks, room counts, and session evaluations are conducted.

  • Collaborates with SHRM editorial, Knowledge Advisors, communications, and marketing research teams on programming strategy to ensure live content is forward-looking, meets attendee needs, and attracts new audiences. Looks for additional content opportunities to complement in-person sessions and programming.

  • Maintains professional knowledge of current human resources and general business trends and best practices to ensure events and programs are aligned with the needs of the profession.

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • High school diploma.

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

  • 5+ years of related experience.

  • Experience with project management.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Fully computer literate and strong technical aptitude – proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PPT), knowledge of mobile apps and standard audio/visuals components used in live events; capability to learn new database and digital platforms.

  • Expert attention to detail.

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.

  • Ability to multi-task and meet critical deadlines.

  • Ability to interact with all levels within an organization and display strong customer service skills, diplomacy, and tact.

  • Exemplary organizational skills and judgment in project management.

  • Basic math skills.

Let us know if you also ha ve:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, communications, marketing, instructional design or other related fields.

  • Experience in event programming, content development, educational programs, human resources, instructional design.

  • Experience with people management.

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. May require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk, lift, carry and move light to medium weight. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and learn technical information. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. Visual acuity requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 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 combination of office and conference settings 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 moderate travel 20-30%.

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.

Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria

Job ID 2019-1428

Category Events