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The Secretary of the Board (“the Secretary”) is a critically important role, enabling the Chair to fully engage the board and to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders and to communicate the due process and outcomes of standards setting. This role is highly strategic and requires a combination of focus and flexibility, as well as a willingness to play an active, behind-the-scenes role in the SASB Standards Board’s operations and strategy. As the Chair’s ‘trusted counsel’, the role requires a highly resourceful individual with strong leadership capabilities, self-motivation, and analytical and communications skills. This director-level, full-time position reports directly to the Chair of the Standards Board, and encompasses six primary responsibilities:
- Ensuring due process. The SASB Standards Board operates according to the Conceptual Framework and Rules of Procedure. The Secretary of the Board ensures that the agenda, process, and documentation are appropriate, transparent, recorded in a timely manner, and available to the public. The Secretary will have primary responsibility for overseeing preparation of all briefing documents for board meetings and record copy of minutes, with particular emphasis on board action items. The Secretary will play a key role in tracking follow up. The Secretary will also draft the quarterly due process report to the Standards Oversight Committee of the Foundation Board, summarizing the activities of the board and any variances. The Secretary will coordinate with the Chair of the Board and Committee Chairs to ensure due process is being followed in formal meetings as well as informal communications.
- Committee workflow and resources. The board is organized into nine formal committees by sector, for ease of review of technical documents, ensuring consistency and expertise with regard to technical issues, and for liaising with the public. The Secretary will ensure that the board committees are able to function effectively and are well resourced and prepared for meetings. The Secretary will regularly check in with Committee Chairs to facilitate board engagement and may be asked to do research or follow up on technical or other items requested by committee chairs.
- Strategic planning. The SASB Standards Board will develop a 2018 – 2020 strategic plan to guide board activities and standards setting. The Secretary will work with the Chair to develop a medium-range plan that takes into account key strategic objectives, standards setting needs, stakeholder input, and Board effectiveness. The Secretary will work with the Chair to develop the plan, build buy-in from Board members and other stakeholders, and develop a path to implementation. SASB is at a critical point in standards development, poised to finalize the standards in Q1 of 2018. After finalization, a three-year standards-setting cycle is anticipated. This will involve research, engagement with Sector Advisory Groups, development of a Technical Agenda, and development of an Exposure Draft, prior to incorporating updates to the standards. The timing of attention to cross-cutting issues and emerging issues will be part of the strategic planning. The strategic plan will deal with scenarios and uncertainty and provide a pathway for the long-term maintenance and evolution of the standards in consideration of market needs.
- Independent leadership of Chair-initiated special projects. Projects may include, for example, implementation review, cost-benefit research, evaluating the efficiency of standards delivery, developing internal KPIs, consolidating monthly/quarterly Board reporting, stakeholder analysis, liaising with other standards organizations, and risk assessment/mitigation. Advancing the Board agenda may include convening thought leaders on various topics and driving external engagement with key stakeholders (e.g., leading investors, corporate executives, regulators, and sustainability experts) that can accelerate adoption of SASB as critical market infrastructure. While the vast majority of Chair-initiated special projects will find homes among the executive team and their staff, some high-priority issues will reside within the office of the Chair and/or be commissioned by the Board.
- Proactive identification of issues that could impact the successful execution of the strategic plan. This responsibility involves working with the Chair to drive critical success factors in implementing the strategic plan and long-term positioning of SASB, as well as working with the Chair to engage the board as “accelerators” of the strategy. This could involve working through conflicts of interest, and or helping to develop relationships at key stakeholders such as the SEC and/or exchanges.
- Preparation for, and facilitation of, “critical path” Chair meetings (e.g., with SASB executive leadership, the Standards Oversight Committee, funders, government officials, and peer executives). The Secretary is accountable to ensure that the meeting is well planned, that the objectives are realistic, that preparation is appropriate, and that the Chair is well-prepared. This responsibility is less about logistics and more about developing and disseminating the right content aligned to SASB and the Chair’s agenda.
This role is based in San Francisco, CA.
Chair of the SASB Standards Board.
One year (minimum) with a renewal option of up to two years.
Opportunities for Professional Development:
The Secretary of the Board will gain highly valuable skills enabling him or her to more readily attain a general management perspective/role that encompasses the strategic, financial, and operational aspects of leading a standards board. Specifically, the Secretary 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 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 issues from an integrative, executive leadership perspective.
- Be at the forefront of establishing a sustainable standards-setting institution at the forefront transforming the capital markets such that investors have access to material, sustainability related information and can drive capital accordingly.
Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role are:
- Highly-developed communications skills (written/verbal) and interpersonal savvy
- Results/action-orientation; project management skills
- Organizational agility; developed negotiation skills
- Client relationship skills (to be applied to SASB stakeholder relationships)
- Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust
- Able to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment
- Strong strategic/financial analysis skills
- Ability to produce great “decks” and briefing documents for key meetings
Desired Qualifications / Experiences:
This role provides privileged access to the inner workings of SASB and to highly sensitive information. The successful candidate will be high-energy, agile-minded, strategic, proactive, a direct communicator, highly-organized, discrete, and committed to the vision and values of SASB. In addition, the following standards 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
Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the email subject as “Secretary of the Board.”