In addition to HR professionals serving as Advocacy Captains in each of the 435 congressional districts across the country, the SHRM Advocacy Team is actively seeking “HR Advocates” to support ongoing policy initiatives.
HR’s voice needs to be heard. As advocates for the HR community, SHRM members understand and can communicate how public policy issues may affect employees and employers. By working together (Advocacy Captains and HR Advocates), HR professionals can help advance effective workplace public policy and strive to move the profession forward.
What Does An HR Advocate Do?
The role of the HR Advocate is a volunteer opportunity and there is no formal appointment process and or term limit. HR Advocates support his/her Advocacy Captain within the district and to coordinate and collaborate with other HR professionals in the state when the need for in-district advocacy arises.
Key duties and responsibilities of an HR Advocate include, but are not limited to:
- Collaboration and coordination with your state’s Advocacy Captain to serve as a contact in your congressional district to participate in advocacy efforts and put a face on the human resource profession for your congressional representative;
- Coordinate and attend meetings with local elected officials;
- Serve as a point of contact for Advocacy Captain in your congressional district;
- Assist Advocacy Captain to recruit, coordinate and train other HR professionals within your congressional district to participate in the SHRM Advocacy Team program; and
- Disseminate to other members of the SHRM Advocacy Team in your district information on HR public policy issues, on SHRM priorities, recent studies or other industry insights.
What Are The Benefits Of Being An HR Advocate?
In addition to enhancing the visibility of HR among policymakers, becoming a member of the SHRM Advocacy Team extends to you a rare chance to expand your professional opportunities and help shape public policy impacting the workplace.
Direct benefits of being an HR Advocate includes an invitation to participate in special events and receptions during select SHRM meetings and conferences, may be afforded continuing education/certification credits, and can have direct impact on workplace policies at both the federal and state levels. Other benefits of serving as an HR Advocate includes:
- Assisting in SHRM's efforts at the community level as a critical link between SHRM and elected leaders, local media and key allies in your community;
- Assist in shaping workplace policy and a productive workforce by ensuring federal and state policymakers understand the vital role that HR plays in today's workforce;
- Participate in quarterly training/public policy opportunities like exclusive webinars, conference calls, meetings and more;
- Enhance your core competency; demonstrate your commitment to your employer, the profession and SHRM; develop communications and networking skills, understanding of timely industry issues and keen insight into how federal and state policy shapes our profession; and
- Earn credits that can be applied toward your continuing education or re-certification as an HR professional.
Do I Qualify To Be An HR Advocate?
In order to be an HR Advocate, we ask that:
- Must be a SHRM member in good standing.
- Strong preference for prior or current experience as an HR professional.
- Must live within the congressional district he/she is representing as an HR Advocate.
SHRM's Government Affairs Department stands ready to assist you in making the A-Team effort a success. We can work with you and your colleagues to communicate effectively with your legislators, engage local media and network with leading community-based organizations in your congressional district.
For more information or to volunteer to serve as an HR Advocate, please contact Meredith Nethercutt, Senior Associate, Member Advocacy, (703-535-6417).