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SHRM Specialist, Events Program in Alexandria, Virginia

Overview

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 Specialist, Event Programs is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s specialty conferences, symposiums and virtual conferences. With a focus on content development, this position is responsible for sourcing speakers and topics, communications with speakers, speaker logistics, and working collaboratively across SHRM departments.

Responsibilities

Your Day:

  • Serves as the lead in overseeing the programming for SHRM specialty conferences and symposiums (i.e Law & Legislative, Global HR & Immigration); 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; overseas speaker and session logistics, including room placements, A/V needs, evaluations, etc.

  • Serves as the lead for SHRM Live virtual event(s); 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; overseas speaker and session logistics.

  • Leads the organization’s overall virtual event strategy to support organizational goals. Identifies and researches opportunities for the organization to expand new and/or existing program and product offerings through virtual events. Determines how virtual offerings best compliment the in-person experience, grow revenue, and advance overall organizational goals.

  • Serves as co-lead for the Annual conference and 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.

  • Collaborate with SHRM editorial, communications, and marketing research teams on programming strategy to ensure live content is forward-looking, meets attendee needs, and attracts new audiences.

  • 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.

Qualifications

Must Haves:

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

  • 3 years of related experience

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Technical aptitude – proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PPT) 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

Let us know if you also have:

  • Experience in event programming, content development, educational program

Physical Requirements

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. 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 professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment. Work is regularly performed in a combination of office and conference setting 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: accessibility@shrm.org or TDD (703) 548-6990.

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