Sustainable Finance Content & Curriculum Specialist

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 SASB Foundation

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 is changing the way investors, corporations and the public think about financially material sustainability factors. With SASB standards, companies can benefit from greater transparency, better risk management, and improved long-term performance while providing investors a more accurate picture of their sustainability performance.

The SASB Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit responsible for the funding and oversight of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). The SASB Foundation supports the work of SASB and provides education and resources that advance the use of SASB standards and the field of sustainability accounting.

We are a dynamic, fast-growing organization that has raised over $40 million in funding, garnered over 11,500 media mentions, and released sustainability accounting standards that have been downloaded over 180,000 times. We develop products, resources and education programs to support the adoption and use of our sustainability accounting 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, drawing members from the FASB, the 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

The use of sustainability/ESG information in corporate decision makers and investors in capital markets is a relatively new but quickly growing field. The demand for educational materials is growing quickly and SASB is viewed by many individuals and organizations in the global capital markets as a key resource for education and training. The person in this role will take ownership of a range of educational offerings to ensure SASB is providing relevant, useful, and compelling educational content across a range of learning models.

SASB currently offers educational programming in the form of (1) a remote self-study credential curriculum, (2) in-person training for 20-40 people, and (3) a webinar-based monthly education series. The FSA Credential, with 1,250+ candidates to date, offers two study guides with corresponding exams for each study guide. The in-person training provides case studies for investment analysts who are not experienced with sustainability/ESG but are interested in learning more. As demand grows, there can be opportunities to develop in-person training for other audiences. Lastly, the webinar-based monthly education series is offered to members of the SASB Alliance, featuring presentations by SASB research analysts.

You are a talented writer who has the ability to understand the capital markets and where sustainability/ESG information is relevant to investors and companies. You want to use your talents for creating innovative content that helps educate and train professionals on the financial impacts of sustainability and the value of SASB standards. You are comfortable that your success will be measured by (1) your effectiveness at clearly designing and developing professional learning content, (2) the feedback from the range of audiences for SASB’s education programs, and (3) your ability to develop content on schedule while maintaining high quality.

You set and achieve stretch goals while pursuing ongoing learning and personal development. You combine a problem-solving mentality with a resilient demeanor to help SASB test, learn, and achieve what’s never been done before. You practice good habits with communication, open-mindedness, and trust, and you expect the same from your team members.

Reports to: Director of Education & Partnerships

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.

Develop Unique Content and/or Improve Existing Content

  • Update the FSA Credential study guides and corresponding exam questions, incorporating new ideas from the past 2-3 years and aligning with SASB’s current corporate messaging, which has moved away from a regulatory focus and is focused on market forces as the key driver of the use of ESG information and SASB standards. Research, write, and integrate key international examples, research, case studies, and related content. After a major 2020 refresh, update the FSA Credential curriculum no more than once a year.
  • Expand SASB’s current in-person training content, which will primarily involve taking the lead (with help from others at SASB) to develop case study narratives in PowerPoint. When possible, help present the content during the trainings.
  • Advise and coach one SASB analyst every month as they develop materials for a 30- to 60-minute webinar.
  • Identify, prioritize, and complete updates to existing materials based on (a) new developments in the world of sustainable finance and/or (b) feedback from customers.
  • As needed, spearhead the development of new educational offerings based on growing demand.

Source and Shape Content Contributions from Internal and External Collaborators

  • Cultivate existing (and new) relationships with internal and external subject matter experts who can inform and supplement your content development efforts.
  • Work with contractors and vendors who support the design and delivery of educational materials, particularly the FSA Credential exam development and delivery vendors.

Seek Out and Summarize Feedback from Learners

  • Proactively design feedback loops into education offerings so SASB understands how the educational programs are being received by learners.
  • Systematically organize and archive feedback so that you and others at SASB can track changes over time.
  • Periodically summarize feedback and share key takeaways with internal stakeholders.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of SASB
  • Enthusiasm for startup environments; comfort with fast-changing conditions – flexibility is important
  • Compelling writing and presentation skills; you distill complex topics into a clear, stimulating narrative
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects that require seeking internal and external feedback, listening constructively, and exercising judgment to produce high-quality results
  • Experience with professional education, for adult learners, preferred
  • Familiarity with asset management, corporate sustainability, and/or corporate financial reporting is a huge plus
  • Experience with training workshops, continuing education delivery, and/or certification exam development is 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 San Francisco, California. Some travel, less than 10%, may be required.

US work authorization required. SASB will not sponsor applicants for this position for work visas.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to careers@sasb.org, with the email subject as “Sustainable Finance Content and Curriculum Specialist.”