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Benefits Specialist


Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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The Society for Human Resource Management is looking for a talented Benefits Specialist to join the Human Resources team based in Alexandria, VA. The Benefits Specialist will be responsible for directly supporting the design, implementation and development of the benefits strategy in alignment with SHRM's Total Rewards Programs and Strategy. The position will be responsible for the administration, operation and reporting of all benefits and wellness programs, while ensuring fairness and compliance. The position will also be tasked with improving employees understanding of SHRM’s rewards policies and practices, and enhancing employee engagement and retention. The position will assist with compensation administration as directed.

If you enjoy leading efforts, applying your expert knowledge and analytical skills, you will strive in this high visibility and high impact position. This is an outstanding opportunity for a Benefits professional to play a leading, integral role in ensuring the success of SHRM’s total rewards programs and building a world class work environment enabling SHRM's staff to contribute their very best to the organization.


  • Administration of all employee benefits and wellness programs; including employee onboarding and annual open enrollment

  • Researching benefits issues, policies and plans, and provide proactive customer service support to internal and external customers

  • Collaborating and maintaining accountability with outside vendors

  • Ensuring compensation and benefits systems are set up and administered accurately and efficiently, with continuous improvement mindset

  • Supporting the development, maintenance and evaluation of organizational communication vehicles, such as policy changes, training, announcements and newsletters

  • Assisting with the development of budgets and monitoring of spending against the departmental budget

  • Supporting the review of benefits plans through data and cost analysis, and project management support

  • Conducting compensation and benefits compliance reviews to maintain compliance with existing policies, plan documents, state and federal laws

  • Serving as a Subject Matter Expert for Benefits Systems, and playing a key role in HR systems implementation, maintenance and upgrade;

  • Leading the implementation and execution of the Wellness goals and programs for the organization

  • Working with the Manager to develop a Total Reward strategy that is aligned with SHRM's needs and goals, and market trends

  • Supporting compensation activities including preparing and updating job descriptions and job classifications

  • Assisting with annual analysis of compensation programs including the review of salary ranges, merit budgets and incentive programs

The position will play a key role in exemplifying the desired culture and philosophies of the organization; while working effectively as a team member within the HR staff to ensure timely and accurate compensation and benefits processes.



Advanced Excel and analytical skills.

High attention to details.

Ability to think critically – recognizes connections, translates goals into action, uses strong judgment to make choices in alignment with strategy and organization culture & values.

Ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive matters.

Ability to work with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Strong collaborative and teamwork skills.

Strong customer service orientation.

Excellent presentation skills.

Working knowledge of HRIS software.



Bachelor's Degree required, preferably in Human Resources or related field. 

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Human Resources including 3 years in Employee Benefits Programs administration.

Experience with data analysis using MS Excel, and vendor relationship management.

Knowledge of employment law and regulations.

Demonstrated ability to design and implement processes or best practices, and effectively work through change.

Experience in Compensation and Total Rewards programs preferred.

The SHRM-CP or SCP certification is required or must be obtained within one year of employment.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.


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.

To apply:

No relocation assistance provided.

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.

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