Lead Advisor & Federal Lobbyist

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Aug 17, 2021
Full time Lobbyist

Job Description

At SHRM, we are committed to making work, workers and workplaces better through insights-driven policy solutions, learning and development, thought leadership and research. We are shaping the ways employers and employees thrive together. SHRM is empowering our more than 300,000+ members, including HR professionals, business executives, and people managers, to lead as strategic business partners and effective stewards of workplace culture, business productivity, and employee engagement.The Federal Lobbyist position is critical to SHRM’s objective of maintaining eminence as a thought leader in the labor and employment policy space. The lobbyist will be tasked with developing and executing a lobbying strategy that encourages Members of Congress, the federal executive branch and other national policy makers to support SHRM’s legislative policies. This position is based in the Government Affairs division.
Your Day:

  • Develops and maintains effective bipartisan working relationships with Members of Congress, the federal executive branch, national policy makers, and their staff. 
  • Develops and executes advocacy strategy in conjunction with senior members of the SHRM Government Affairs team.
  • Researches and analyzes federal issues, legislation, rules and regulations to assist the policy team in formulating SHRM’s position
  • Works collaboratively with the SHRM Government Affairs team and assists in the development of testimony, legislation, position papers, and reports
  • Serves as a SHRM representative at conferences, conventions, meetings, and other events and presents SHRM positions in a clear, eloquent, and influential manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Must Haves:

  • 8 years of professional experience with 5 or more years of experience influencing federal policy in a federal government affairs or political action role. The ideal candidate will have multiple years as a registered lobbyist. 
  • Experience working on labor and workforce development issues
  • Expert-level knowledge of the federal policy-making process.
  • Superior written and oral communicator who can convey complex policy research in simple terms to influence policy.
  • Ability to prepare persuasive, simple documents, and presentations for use by lobbying staff and others working in concert with the government affairs team.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Ability to work independently and/or as a member of the team.
  • Willingness to work on variety of tasks and projects. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel).  
  • 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.
  • Candidates must have a proven commitment to SHRM's six Guiding Principles:
    • Bold Purpose
    • Excellence & Accountability 
    • Flexibility & Agility 
    • Smart & Curious 
    • Collaborative Openness
    • Push Back to Move Forward 

Let Us Know if You Have:

  • Experience lobbying Senate HELP, House Labor/Ed and Way and Means Committees
  • Strong relationships with national policymakers, including Members of Congress, White House officials, and their staff 


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)