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SHRM Vice President, Events in Alexandria, Virginia


The Events department is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for conferences, meetings, and expositions in the U.S. The team handles speaker selection, event programming, innovation, meeting planning, exhibit and sponsorship sales, and logistics. The team contributes to developing the strategy for virtual conferences and content capture as well as site selection and logistics support for seminars, and other meetings and events.

The Vice President, Events & Conferences works collaboratively with other SHRM senior management to drive our business strategy and activate SHRM’s mission through in-person and virtual events. The Vice President fosters innovation and creativity, building immersive and personalized experiences for all participants, while applying strong business and project management capabilities to meet quality, schedule and budget expectations. This position leads a culture of member/customer-centricity, accountability, agility and revenue growth.


Your Day:

  • Collaborates with other senior SHRM leaders to develop the strategy and creative approach for all SHRM events, particularly Annual Conference and specialty conferences, and ensures event planning and execution are aligned with the overall SHRM branding and messaging approaches.

  • Leads the planning, budgeting, and execution of the annual conference and exposition while focusing on revenue growth, general session production, branding, security and safety, vendor selection and relationships, volunteer support, and technology innovation.

  • Leads the planning, budgeting and execution of all SHRM specialty conferences and related events in the United States, ensuring that budget and operational goals are met.

  • Leads venue selection, contracting, vendor relations, and event logistics for all organizational meetings, drawing on strong collaboration with other senior leaders and stakeholders.

  • Provides leadership to the events team, serving as change facilitator and role model of SHRM culture and behavioral standards.

  • Drives growth and innovation in the sales of exhibits and sponsorships, in particular working to create broad inter-disciplinary partnerships between multiple SHRM activities and significant external partners.

  • In collaboration with the SHRM Communications team, creates compelling event content structures that reinforce event themes and the overall SHRM branding and messaging strategy.

  • Leads the effort to identify and evaluate new and emerging event-related technologies, assess their application to SHRM events, and plan/execute new technology application as appropriate.

  • Acts as representative for SHRM in the hospitality community maintaining high level of integrity and promotes the organization as a business partner.

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 15 years’ experience in progressively responsible positions leading event management within non-profit or commercial organizations

  • Proven track record of managing a large team, and complex events of 10,000+ participants

  • Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Exhibit/Sponsorship sales experience

  • Proven track record of meeting and exceeding event business financial and operational goals

  • Risk Management experience

  • Proven leadership skills

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate horizontally and vertically across the organization, inside and outside direct span of control

  • Superior project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to plan and execute logistics for complex projects and live events

  • Strong coaching and communication skills

  • Excellent decision-making, negotiation, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to understand and visualize bringing narrative flow to life through event details

  • Excellent customer service orientation

Let us know if you also have:

  • Video and event production, virtual event planning and delivery experience

  • Recognition as a brand ambassador in the meetings industry

  • Experience working with volunteers to plan and implement events

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 combination of office and conference settings and routinely uses standard office equipment. This job requires occasional 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.

Category Events