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The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) requires a manager of sector-focused stakeholder advisory groups. This is a pivotal role focused on obtaining market feedback on the standards and channeling it back to the research team to inform maintenance and evolution of the standards. The Manager of the SASB Sector Advisory Groups (SAGs) will work with the research team to drive engagement with key stakeholders who are critical to the ongoing maintenance and development of our standards. The manager of Sector Advisory Groups will manage the creation and implementation of 11 standing Sector Advisory Groups, as outlined in the SASB’s Rules of Procedure.
The Sector Advisory Groups are envisioned as standing advisory bodies consisting of 15 to 20 volunteer representatives from industries that are willing to advise SASB. The SAGs will focus on matters of implementation and emerging issues that should be considered on future Technical Agendas of the Standards Board. The SAGs will meet quarterly on a remote basis and annually in person in conjunction with SASB’s annual conference in December or select major industry events.
The goal of SASB’s engagement with stakeholders (primarily issuers and industry associations) is to obtain feedback on the materiality, cost effectiveness, and usefulness of SASB Standards.
The Manager of Sector Advisory Groups is primarily responsible for three key activities:
- Establishing Sector Advisory Groups (SAGs). The manager of the SAGs is primarily responsible for recruiting members of the SAGs to ensure adequate industry representation across all 77 industries in 11 sector advisory groups. The composition of the groups will be structured to ensure balanced, credible, transparent input from the appropriate level and type of corporate stakeholders. Typical corporate roles will include: Finance, IR, External reporting, Operations, Risk and compliance. Candidates will be drawn from SASB’s network, SAG website applications and calls for members. Each SAG may also have analysts as members, who cover industries within a sector. The manager of the SAGs will vet candidates, work with the board and sector analysts to select candidates, develop the charter, and facilitate selection of the chair by the group for each of the 11 advisory groups.
- Facilitating Convenings of the SAGs. While the Chair of each SAG (nominated and selected by the SAG) will play a large role in shaping the agenda according to the SAGs needs, the manager will assist with coordinating quarterly meetings of each SAG and facilitate the participation of the sector analysts or other SASB experts from a content perspective. The manager of the SAG will also ensure that meetings are adequately recorded and action items addressed by SASB as appropriate in compliance with due process as outlined in the SASB’s Conceptual Framework and Rules of Procedure.
- Analyzing Feedback from Stakeholders. The Manager of the Sector Advisory Groups will analyze qualitative and quantitative feedback, including from convenings and surveys to ensure that SASB is able to understand, reflect on, and be responsive to stakeholder feedback. The Manager of the SAGs will be the primary liaison between the external stakeholders and the SASB sector analysts on the research team.
The manager of the SAGs will also define and drive appropriate communications (frequency and type) to engage with stakeholders throughout the three-year cycle of standards development, including “deep dive” conversations with corporations and analysts who cover the sector on emerging topics. The manager of the SAGs will ensure that emerging topics are being raised to the research team and ultimately the board for consideration during the evolution of the standards.
The manager of the SAGs is the primary funnel for stakeholder feedback to the research team during the standards-setting process. As such, it is critical that he/she have an excellent command of sustainability topics and metrics that are in the SASB standards for each and every industry. The Manager of the Sector Advisory Groups will interpret and relay critical feedback and communicate clearly and regularly with stakeholders about how their feedback is being used and incorporated. This role maintains a mission critical link in our process between the research team and the users of our standards.
This role is based in San Francisco, CA.
SASB Director of Research
One year (minimum), with a renewal option of up to two years.
- Develop and execute SASB’s Sector Advisory Group plan.
- Facilitate the creation of these groups, drawing from contacts and volunteers in SASB’s network with appropriate industry experience.
- Collate and interpret feedback from these Sector Advisory Groups for consideration by research team. Determine further engagement that may be warranted.
- Organize quarterly meetings of Sector Advisory Groups, liaising with the SAG Chairs and the SASB Sector Analysts to develop the agenda and ensure productive meetings with a two-way dialogue.
- Ensure a high quality of stakeholder participation in the standards maintenance process. Engage with working group members, trade associations, corporate leaders to participate in SASB’s process as appropriate to provide feedback on specific issues that need further attention from stakeholders.
- Acknowledge the contribution of the SAGs to SASB standards development process.
- Liaise with the SASB Director of Research and the SASB Standards Board when necessary regarding the implementation of SASB’s strategic and operational plans associated with stakeholder participation in standards development.
Opportunities for Professional Development:
The Manager of SASB’s Sector Advisory Groups will obtain first-hand knowledge of the market views on the standards, particularly with respect to implementation challenges and emerging material topics. In particular, he/she will:
- Obtain an up close and personal understanding of leadership and decision-making related to the simultaneous execution of a complex adoption strategy and the transformation of the capital markets.
- Be exposed to senior executives and Standards Board members, with the opportunity to learn from their strengths and developmental areas.
- Be mentored by the Chair and Board members.
- Have access to formal developmental opportunities that augment responsibilities.
- Become aware of stakeholder issues regarding implementation and become aware of emerging sustainability issues from an industry perspective.
- Be at the forefront of establishing a sustainable standards setting institution transforming the capital markets. Provide issuers with a roadmap for what is material in their industry, with cost-effective methods of disclosure, and investors with access to material, sustainability related information which can drive capital allocation.
Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role are:
- Highly-developed communications skills (written/verbal) and interpersonal savvy
- Results/action-orientation; excellent time- and project-management skills
- Client relationship skills (to be applied to SASB stakeholder relationships)
- Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust
- Able to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous, environment
- Technical knowledge of sustainability issues, particularly with respect to the materiality, cost effectiveness, and decision usefulness of sustainability standards and frameworks
- Excellent people interaction skills and professional demeanor
- Use of technology and social media to communicate with stakeholders by sector
- Strong SalesForce skills
- Deep established corporate network and ability to develop new network branches
Desired Qualifications / Experiences:
The successful candidate will be high-energy, client-focused, agile-minded, strategic, proactive, a direct communicator, highly-organized and committed to the vision and values of SASB. In addition, the following qualifications will generally define the successful candidate:
- 1- to 2-year commitment to the role as a full-time secondment to SASB
- 5-7 years of work experience required
- MBA preferred
- Mission-driven; passionate about SASB
- Good sense of self and strong personal presence
- Willingness to work hard and take direction—but also creatively solve problems for which the answers are not always obvious
Available SASB Internal Expertise and Resources:
This position would draw from the expertise of the Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Outreach, who has responsibility for SASB’s overall stakeholder management process. The Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Outreach and the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach seated the SASB’s Investor Advisory Group and have a developed an approach to managing investor relationships which could be adapted to the SAGs.
Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the email subject as “Manager, SASB Sector Advisory Groups.”