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Lead, Engage, and Inspire

Welcome to the website for South King County SHRM (SKC SHRM), a chapter affiliated with Washington State SHRM, the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The South King County SHRM Chapter was established in July 1985 by a small group of individuals whose job responsibilities included dealing with personnel and organizational related issues.  They were seeking the insight and experience of other "personnel" managers who were knowledgeable about labor/employee relations and employment practices. Many of the members were from very small manufacturing plants that were springing up in the South King County area of Washington.

Over the years, South King County SHRM has grown its membership to several hundred who represent a broad spectrum of businesses, from small to large, including service industries, technology, public and private entities, plus non-profit organizations and schools.

The combined experience of the current board members represents over 100 years of human resources experience. We are here to serve our members. Please let us know how we can assist you!

Our Mission

South King County SHRM exists to promote the highest level of professionalism in human resource management, encourage advancement, share chapter resources within the community and operate at the highest standards of integrity consistent with our Code of Ethics.

We will provide leadership and support for the growth, development and mentoring of the HR professional by providing education through certification study groups and chapter programs.

Bylaws & Code of Ethics

    South King County SHRM assumes a responsibility to serve its members and the public with integrity. To fulfill this responsibility, SKC SHRM is committed to conducting all operations in accordance with the SHRM Code of Ethics.

    SKCHSHRM’s Bylaws 

    Our Bylaws are the Chapter’s Operating Manual. They define:

    • Composition of the Board of Directors and how it will function;

    • Roles and duties of directors and officers;

    • Rules and procedures for holding meetings, electing directors, and appointing officers;

    • Conflict of interest policies and procedures; and

    • Other essential association governance matters.

    Read SKC SHRM’s Bylaws (PDF)

    Board Members

    Become a Board Member

    We are looking for Board Members who are passionate about what we do as HR professionals, are willing to give back to the local HR community and like to HAVE FUN!!!

    Leadership/Board Positions serve a term of 12 months (calendar year) - to learn more about each of our Chapter's Board positions and review a specific position description, please click here . The average time commitment is 5 – 10 hours per month (includes board and chapter meetings).

    Some benefits of becoming a chapter Board Member include:

    • The chance to make an impact and assist in the development of your chapter and the HR profession.
    • An opportunity to be recognized as a leader in the field of human resources.
    • The valuable opportunity to network with peers and colleagues within the HR profession and/or within the local small business community.
    • Hours spent as a volunteer leader can be counted toward re-certification hours for HRCI.
    • The opportunity to attend SHRM’s Annual Leadership Conference in Washington DC. The conference is FREE for the incoming Chapter President (this includes airfare and hotel accommodations).

    Some general requirements and responsibilities that should be considered before deciding to run for or accept a Board position:

    • Be an active and engaged Board member. This includes attending monthly board meetings as well as chapter meetings and programs. It also includes being prepared for Board meetings, asking critical questions, and helping the Board come to agreement in making decisions that affect chapter membership.
    • Know or build your knowledge about your chapter, SHRM, and its governing bylaws. Learn about SHRM and its role with your chapter. The SHRM Leaders Guide is available online in the Volunteer Leaders’ Resource Center (VLRC) to assist you.
    • Stay informed of trends in the field of human resources and timely issues affecting your chapter.
    • Abstain from activities that may appear to create a conflict of interest. Follow the SHRM Code of Ethical and Professional Standards in Human Resource Management and Chapter Conflict of Interest Policy.
    • Be willing to provide contacts and resources to help your chapter grow and develop as an organization.
    • Maintain confidentiality, as appropriate, of chapter Board issues and membership data.
    • Be a SHRM National and SKC SHRM Chapter member in good standing.

    If you are interested in joining the board and would like to discuss how your interests may best align with the needs of the chapter, please contact any of our current board members.


    The position descriptions provided below are meant to be a basic outline for each position.  These descriptions may be amended to suit the needs of the SKC SHRM chapter and its members.


    Provide leadership to the local chapter consistent with state, regional, and SHRM policy, strategies and objectives.  Effectively operate the chapter so that the needs of the members are met.  Perform other duties as required by the local chapter's bylaws.  Serve as a voting member of the state council.

    President Elect:

    Assist the president in overseeing all the activities of the chapter.  In the absence of the president, perform all the presidential responsibilities.


    Advise the president and other officers and members of the board of directors regarding past practices, general operations, and other matters to assist in the smooth operation of the chapter. 


    Responsible for preparing agendas for both Board and Chapter meetings and taking notes and distributing final copies of Board minutes to the Board Members.  This position also maintains the Board Contact list and Chapter Snapshot.


    Act as financial officer and advisor to chapter board of directors.  Maintains the chapter mailbox and distributes mail to the appropriate officer, director, or chair.  Send dues notices and other invoices to members and sponsors.  File appropriate forms and information with IRS.

    Arrangements Director:

    Coordinate the logistics of monthly membership meetings. Work with program chair to reserve facilities for monthly membership meetings and ensure the speaker’s A/V equipment is prepared for the meeting (i.e., screen, microphone, overhead projector).  Plan meals and refreshments within budget for all functions including membership meetings, seminars, social events, and ceremonies.  Coordinate activities at the member meeting registration table, greet members/guests as they arrive, and assure that all financial transactions are recorded appropriately.

    Workforce Readiness & Diversity Director:

    Monitor and evaluate on a continuing basis local activities concerning diversity and workforce readiness issues.  Spearhead the effort to diversify the chapter's membership/leadership and to publicize successful diversity programs in the local community.  Plans and encourages chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness arena.  Works in cooperation with state-level workforce readiness advocates.

    HRCI Accreditation Director:

    Manage the chapter’s certification study program.  Encourage members to become certified and recertified.  Increase the number of chapter members who are certified PHR/SPHR/GPHR by the HR Certification Institute.  NOTE: This position has a greater time requirement than the other positions, as you will be meeting with study groups on a regular basis.

    Legislative Director:

    Monitor and evaluate on a continuing basis pending legislative, regulatory and legal action at the federal, state, and local level that may have an impact on the management of human resources.  Present a legislative report or update to the chapter president and fellow chapter members.  Inform elected officials of SHRM's position on legislation affecting the human resources profession. 

    Membership Director:

    Manage the membership function to successfully achieve an increase in chapter membership.  Maintain the chapter’s membership database.

    Communications Director:

    Provide timely and comprehensive information to chapter members about programs, workshops, and other matters of interest via monthly chapter newsletter.

    Programs Director:

    Manage the activities of the program committee to provide monthly and satellite programs for the chapter membership. Contact potential speakers and make arrangements for selected meetings.  Write articles for newsletters describing the programs.  Review final preparations for meetings to assure that meetings run smoothly.

    Volunteer Director:

    Encourage volunteerism of SKC SHRM Chapter members.  Work with Chapter leaders to assure a quality experience and satisfaction of SKC SHRM volunteers. 

    Technology Director:

    Supports the development of technology and other activities. 

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