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.
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.
As the Event Producer at SASB, you lead the development and execution of online, in-person, and hybrid events for SASB and you own decisions around SASB’s appearances at conferences throughout the year. You are passionate about bringing global audiences together to further SASB’s mission. You have proven experience in event strategy, technology, production, and you are as comfortable running virtual events as live ones. From SASB’s annual Symposium to the many webinars and virtual roundtables we host throughout the year, you will lead all aspects of event planning, including identifying the target audiences and objectives of each event, recruiting speakers, identifying the right technology resources, working with colleagues and external partners to finalize the content, designing and executing a high-quality event experience, and assessing the effectiveness of the event. You have impeccable attention to detail and super skills in organization, project management, and verbal and written communication.
To oversee SASB’s speaking engagements, you build and manage SASB’s voluminous calendar of external appearances at conferences and webinars that will advance our goals, and you apply a strategic lens when evaluating which opportunities to pursue and which spokesperson to deploy. You prepare speakers for the opportunity at hand, working with organizers to understand the opportunity, liaising with the Communications team members to get the right talking points and/or decks, and preparing spokespeople accordingly. You recruit and steward a speakers’ bureau of SASB spokespeople, both staff and external, who have the profile and preparation to amplify the SASB message around the world.
REPORTS TO: Director of Global Communications
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.
Lead Planner of the Annual SASB Symposium
- Take ownership of the SASB Symposium, ensuring it fulfills the goals of advancing the conversation on SASB’s priority issues, building SASB’s brand as a global standard-setter, increasing global attendance, and meeting/exceeding revenue targets
- Lead the planning and execution of the Annual SASB Symposium, including managing event planning, production, budget, and technology vendors as well as the SASB project team
- Drive the agenda planning process, including leading engagement with SASB’s internal agenda planning committee
- Recruit and manage speakers
- Project manage Symposium details, from planning to execution to post-event analysis
Lead Planner of SASB’s Annual Event Calendar
- Lead SASB staff in developing an annual event vision and strategy that advances organizational goals through
- Planning and executing SASB-hosted and co-hosted events (applying filters to determine which events to execute to help SASB reach its strategic goals)
- Selecting strategic event partners
- Selecting which speaking invitations to accept based on our organizational priorities (see “Managing SASB appearances”)
- Manage SASB’s annual calendar of webinars, roundtables, and events, ensuring relevant stakeholders are kept apprised of relevant updates
- Lead production, planning, speaker selection, and partnership management of all SASB hosted and co-hosted events and webinars
- Work with colleagues across the organization to develop and finalize event content
- Work with communications team colleagues to market events
- Research and assess resources and best practices for effective event engagement and presentation
- Build processes for repeatability and scalability of events and activities
- Think big to deliver new ideas and creative approaches to continuously improve attendee experience
- Manage event budgets
- Measure event contribution to SASB’s goals and improve results by continuously refining event strategy and execution
Managing SASB Appearances
- Lead and manage SASB’s annual calendar of speaking opportunities
- Proactively identify strategic conferences and venues for reaching SASB’s targeted decision-makers and stakeholders and pitch SASB speakers
- Vet incoming speaking opportunities based on organizational goals and capacity
- Develop and manage strategic relationships with targeted conveners and conference providers
- Develop and maintain a global speakers’ bureau of SASB board members, staff, and representatives (drawing primarily from the Alliance, Investor Advisory Group, and Standards Advisory Group) from different target regions and professions
- Prepare spokespeople for appearances, including coordinating with conference organizers, providing talking points and decks, and coaching speakers
To qualify for this role, you must have previous professional experience in event planning. We are looking for an exceptional excellent communicator, skilled facilitator, self-driven doer, and amiable team player with C-suite level communications skills, who can thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
- 5 years+ event planning experience; the ideal candidate will also have experience in corporate communications
- Experience in finance, sustainability or sustainable finance sectors
- Proven experience leading and managing virtual and in-person events
- Experience managing an annual calendar of speaking engagements
- Excellent organizational, attention to detail, and project management skills
- Partner-oriented: a great collaborator, communicator, and creative problem-solver
- Highly organized with the discipline to keep track of multiple parallel projects
- Passion for virtual event technology and an ongoing drive to improve the attendee experience
- Experience in managing projects that have tight deadlines, limited resources, and cross-functional dependencies
- Ability to meet the demands of multiple clients simulaneously, balancing speed with quality and accuracy
- BA required
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 San Francisco, California. Some travel, less than 20%, may be required. [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.
Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to [email protected], with the email subject as “Event Producer”