Panel Member Position Description

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Special Expertise Panel Member Overview

Members of the Special Expertise Panels are responsible for subject matter expertise in one of the areas noted below.  Individuals in these volunteer positions agree to share, disseminate and use this information to serve and advance the HR profession.

Panel Opportunities
Ethics/Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability


Labor Relations

Technology & HR Management

HR Disciplines

  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Employee Health, Safety & Security
  • Employee Relations
  • Organizational Development
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Workplace Diversity & Inclusion


To perform this volunteer leader position successfully an individual must be able to perform each principal duty satisfactorily and have both a strong desire and the time to contribute to the HR profession. 

  • Minimum of 8 – 10 years progressive HR expertise
  • SHRM Certification strongly preferred.
  • Must be a professional member of SHRM throughout tenure on Panel and adhere to the SHRM Code of Ethics
  • Time commitment to participate in conference calls, complete assignments, as well as financially commitment to attend face-to-face meetings at least once per year
  • Strong intellectual capital with an ability and willingness to share
  • Highly developed professional network and ability to access other HR leaders
  • Excellent speaking and communication skills

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as subject matter experts for SHRM on topics of importance to the profession
  • Respond to deliverables as identified by SHRM staff, such as providing current and emerging practices, advice and expertise to SHRM; providing public policy guidance to SHRM; producing research articles; and contributing to virtual forums and other online content
  • Act as an internal consultant on HR content to SHRM staff
  • Represent SHRM as a spokesperson as appropriate


Participation Requirements

Panel members are required to meet the following yearly requirements. 
(To continue on to a second term the following participation requirements must be met.)

  • Attend at least 75% of scheduled meetings
  • Actively contribute to the Panel including:
    • Discussion during meetings
    • SHRM information requests
    • Trends Report (every other year)
  •  Track and submit a quarterly member participation report.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the principal functions.

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