Interested in Becoming an Advocacy Captain?
The SHRM Advocacy Team is looking to establish an Advocacy Captain in each of the 435 congressional districts across the country. Advocacy Captains are committed volunteers who serve as the "go-to" people for lawmakers and their staffs on workforce-related issues.
What does an Advocacy Captain Do?
The role of the Advocacy Captain is to serve as the face of HR within the district and to act as the point of contact for SHRM's Government Affairs Team when the need for in-district advocacy arises.
Volunteer leaders within the SHRM Advocacy Team play a vital role in advocating the HR perspective on workplace public policy issue. Key duties and responsibilities of an Advocacy Captain include, but are not limited to:
- Serve as the point person and chief member advocacy contact in your congressional district;
- Develop and maintain relationships at the local level with elected officials and members of their staff on HR public policy issues through at least two meetings a year;
- 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 Advocacy Captain?
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. Among the many benefits of serving as an Advocacy Captain, you can:
- Lead SHRM's efforts at the community level as a critical link between SHRM and elected leaders, local media and key allies in your community;
- Help shape 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 Advocacy Captain?
In order to be an Advocacy Captain, 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 Advocacy Captain.
- Appointment is made by SHRM with input from state councils and chapter representatives, among others.
- Dedicate at least a year to Advocacy Captain service. It is advisable that an individual serves in this position for a multiple-year term.
SHRM's Government Affairs Department stands ready to assist you in making this 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 be an Advocacy Captain, please contact Meredith Nethercutt, Senior Associate, Member Advocacy, (703-535-6417).