SHRM Senior Adviser, State Strategy and Engagement in Alexandria, Virginia


The Role:

The Sr. Advisor, State Government Relations is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with State Legislatures, public policy decision makers, SHRM members, and others to achieve SHRM's strategic public policy objectives on state HR public policy issues. The incumbent is responsible for SHRM’s activities on HR public policy issues as they affect the management of human capital. In close collaboration with SHRM’s affiliate, advocate SHRM membership's view on HR public policy issues before the legislature and educate SHRM members on state legislative developments. Equip & motivate SHRM members to take an active role in influencing the issues that concern them.


Your Day:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with State elected officials, SHRM members, and other public policy stakeholders in order to advance SHRM’s state public policy objectives.

  • Monitor, identify and analyze appropriate pending legislation to determine key issues and potential cost/benefit to membership interests.

  • Assist SHRM members in advocating on HR public policy issues before the state legislature and other elected state officials.

  • Prepare oral and written testimony on HR public policy issues before state legislative committees consistent with SHRM’s public policy objectives.

  • Serve, as appropriate, in leadership and other capacities in coalitions with other associations and organizations pursuing HR public policy issues.

  • Conduct presentations, training sessions or briefings on state HR public policy issues at national, state and chapter conferences/meetings, as well as to outside stakeholder groups on behalf of SHRM.

  • Analyze information, facilitate research, solicit input from SHRM panels and volunteers, and draft position papers on HR public policy issues for consideration by the SHRM Board.

  • Create educational materials and programs for use by SHRM volunteer leaders and member advocates to build and strengthen their advocacy activities, providing background material, advice and counsel to further our member advocacy efforts.

  • Assist with annual State Legislative and HR Conference.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • Bachelor's degree.

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

  • Knowledge of the legislative, regulatory, and judicial process

  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills, including experience in giving public presentations or speaking activities.

  • Creative approaches to problem solving.

  • Ability to simultaneously coordinate a variety of complex projects and work within activity program deadlines.

  • Ability and interest to travel for business.

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

  • Knowledge of Social Media tools.

  • 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:

  • Advanced degree.

  • Understanding of HR issues/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. Work is regularly performed in a combination of office and conference settings 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