ESG Executive Director position opening at The Conference Board (TCB) in June, since Douglas Chia is taking a position in academia at the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law & Governance. This is a dream job for the right candidate. Doug is a hereo and will be hard to replace, so you had better be good.
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ESG Executive Director will bring targeted experience to strengthen TCB’s commitment to ESG (environmental, social and governance). The ESG Executive Director will work with members/sponsors/advisory boards to develop strategies to enhance TCB’s member engagement, research, prominence and impact in the ESG space. The successful candidate will be a critical thinker with strong business acumen and have a solid understanding of ESG and corporate sustainability strategies.
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ESG Executive Director: Position Summary
The Executive Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Center, will bring targeted experience to strengthen TCB’s commitment to ESG. The Executive Director will work with members/sponsors/advisory boards to develop strategies to enhance TCB’s member engagement, research, prominence and impact in the ESG space. The successful candidate will be a critical thinker with strong business acumen and have a solid understanding of ESG and corporate sustainability strategies. The Executive Director will build and ensure a sustainable business model and will be responsible for the effective operation of the ESG Center, leading a cross-functional staff to drive the agenda and deliver on the value proposition.
Further, the Executive Director will position the ESG Center as a thought leader in ESG whose research and insights are compelling and relevant. S/he must be a committed and inspirational leader internally, guiding the Center team to carry out its important work in convenings, insights, research, outreach and policy (where appropriate). A major focus will be taking advantage of the economic opportunities associated with the Center’s activities. S/he will be a member of TCB’s Management Committee.
ESG Executive Director: Core Responsibilities
- Build and maintain relationships with current and potential members and sponsors and continuously articulate a strong value proposition.
- Confidently and comfortably facilitate dialogue with CEOs, senior corporate executives and government and university leaders.
- Network and motivate to engage members and sponsors in directing their “time, talent, and treasure” toward generating and sharing insights.
- Present at conferences and senior management meetings.
Operation: The Executive Director shares accountability for all aspects of the organization’s operation and administration. S/he is accountable for revenue, cost, and driving an annual financial surplus. S/he must recruit and manage any Institute Leaders within the ESG Center (currently the Sustainability and Philanthropy Institutes) and participate in the selection, development and management of staff supporting the Center, both direct and indirect reports.
Revenue Generation: The Executive Director is accountable for driving revenue from the ESG Center’s memberships, sponsorships, conferences, partnerships and foundation grants (as applicable). The Executive Director will work with colleagues to continually strengthen the value proposition, create new offerings and evolve the business model to stay relevant to our customers.
Insight Development and Sharing: The Executive Director has accountability for ESG content creation as well as dissemination, developing and overseeing all aspects of the ESG Center’s insight development (from research, institutes, working groups, councils and programs/conferences) and working with colleagues to ensure the sustained and meaningful participation of members, advisory boards and customers in its offerings. S/he must ensure that the organization maintains a pipeline of relevant content to support the Center’s position as a compelling place to convene.
Prominence: The Executive Director leads outreach efforts to increase TCB’s prominence in the ESG space. S/he will be recognized broadly as a subject matter expert (SME) and will work closely with colleagues to build a deeper bench of SMEs (including Senior Fellows) who can speak to current and future customers. S/he will frequently serve as speaker at the ESG Center’s councils, conferences, and other programs, both in-person and webcast. In such cases that the Executive Director is not an SME, s/he will ensure that relevant SMEs from the staff develop a substantial public profile to build the brand of the Center.
The Executive Director will be a dynamic and innovative executive with a record of achievement, strong leadership, and business acumen. The ideal candidate will have had substantial record as a thought leader in the ESG area, having an understanding of and interest in broader ESG and sustainability issues.
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience related to corporate governance/ESG.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree desired.
- Knowledge of socially responsible or impact investing within global capital markets.
- Deep understanding of current trends in ESG and sustainable investing.
- Articulate and effective communicator in both writing and presentation.
- Ability to adapt to a changing environment and prioritize tasks accordingly.
- Previous internal or external leadership positions in the corporate governance/ESG industry.
- Previous experience with the application of third party ESG or other risk research and data would be advantageous.
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