Director of US Policy and Outreach

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of this position.

About SASB

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)’s mission is to help businesses around the world identify, manage, and report on the sustainability topics that matter most to their investors. SASB Standards identify the subset of environmental, social, and governance issues most relevant to financial performance in each of 77 industries. SASB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Standards matter because progress on disclosure brings us closer to progress on performance. When investors can compare companies and direct capital to the ones best managing business-critical sustainability issues, capital markets and society are more resilient as a result. At SASB, we believe the capital markets are a powerful lever of change for a more sustainable and just world. We need transparency at scale to enable this lever.

We are a dynamic, fast-growing organization that has quickly gained market support. Leading global investors support SASB Standards as a core component of corporate disclosure. We develop products, resources, and education to support the adoption and use of our Standards and are funded by a mix of earned income and grants. We have a talented staff and executive team, with our work overseen by two high-profile boards, with previous experience at the FASB and SEC, and the Big 4 accounting firms, major asset owners and asset managers, companies, and academia. Our work is supported by major institutions and forward-thinking individuals.

Are you right for our mission and this role? Please make your case in your cover letter.

Job Summary

Your idealism drives you with a strong desire to improve the world, and you are also  a pragmatist: someone who understands how decisions are made and who makes them, whether through legislation, regulation, or other policymaking. You know the levers of change —and how to work with others to achieve consensus and results. You have a wonkish side and dive into research and technical papers so you can analyze a situation and marshal facts and evidence in support of your goals. But at your core you are a people person—reaching out and cultivating relationships, where you can fully engage in nuance, uncover details, and make a case for your cause. You may have worked on other issues in the past, but you are strongly drawn by SASB’s belief that the capital markets are a powerful lever for building a more sustainable and just world.

SASB seeks a Director of US Policy and Outreach to drive its policy efforts in the US. You will work with our CEO, communications team, and Board to influence policy and policymakers across the worlds of  accounting, financial regulation, business and capital markets.

REPORTS TO:  CEO

Areas of Responsibility

SASB’s work is fast-paced and, while the primary areas of responsibility are as follows, we value adaptability and a collaborative mindset.

Outreach

  • Manage relationships with US government agencies and related entities, as well as key DC-based business, investor, accounting and sustainability organizations
  • Identify the key decision-makers and influencers related to SASB’s goals
  • Educate decision-makers and influencers about SASB and the sustainability disclosure field
  • Cultivate new relationships to broaden SASB’s network and expand our voice
  • Direct the overall relationship management process and serve as primary contact in most cases
  • Help educate SASB’s US stakeholders about policy developments in the sustainability disclosure field – both in the US and globally
  • Represent SASB at key conferences and events

Policy

  • Monitor policy developments at key institutions and lead development of SASB’s US public policy positions
  • Coordinate across SASB to ensure that US policy positions are consistent with SASB’s positions in other major markets
  • Analyze proposed legislation, rulemaking, and other policy initiatives and work with colleagues to determine SASB’s views
  • Collaborate with the Editorial Director for Policy, who leads development of written responses as warranted (comment letters, white papers, Op-Eds)
  • Work with pro bono legal counsel as needed to shape responses

Supervisory Responsibilities

No direct reports at present, but Director will own this function and collaboratively drive the efforts of other staff members in pursuit of US policy and outreach goals.  The Director of US Policy and Outreach will work closely with SASB’s CEO, along with SASB’s Communications, Investor Outreach, and Corporate Outreach teams.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of SASB
  • Significant experience leading policy and outreach for your organization
  • Strong track record of developing policy positions and achieving desired policy outcomes
  • Superb written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical content clearly and concisely to many different audiences
  • Credibility and rapport with policymakers and senior business professionals—ability to understand their world, explain ours, and highlight the connections between them
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative work style
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
  • Strategic mindset, with the ability to develop specific outreach and policy goals linked to SASB’s strategic plan, and prioritize activities towards achieving those goals
  • Execution-oriented, able to manage many tasks simultaneously, and get tasks and projects done quickly while maintaining excellent quality
  • Knowledge of financial markets, corporate reporting and disclosure, sustainability and sustainable finance, and/or climate policy preferred
  • BA required; advanced degree in public policy, law, accounting, business, or related fields are a plus

Special ADA Requirements

SASB is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.

  • For the purposes of ADA, the “Essential Duties and Responsibilities” and “Qualifications” are essential job functions.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment, with typical office noise, equipment, and with staff tending to other business transactions.
  • Both standing and sitting are required for extended periods of time, with majority of work of the job done sitting.  Approximately three-quarters of the time performing job duties is spent using a computer keyboard.
  • Various types of office equipment/supplies are used to accomplish the job requirements and include, but are not limited to phones, computers, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, printers, etc.
  • Required to drive personal auto to other work sites for meetings, conferences, etc.

Location & Logistics

This is a full-time position with benefits located in Washington DC.  Position is expected to require some travel, around 20%, to SASB’s San Francisco headquarters and other locations. [SASB will be operating remotely until at least June 2021 due to Covid-19]
US work authorization required. SASB will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to [email protected], with the email subject as “Director of US Policy and Outreach”