Sustainability Accounting Standards Board: Director of Communications
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 personnel in this position
SASB’s mission is to help businesses around the world identify, manage, and report on the sustainability topics that are crucial to 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 financial and operating performance while providing investors a more accurate picture of their sustainability performance.
The SASB Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit 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 230,000 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, including Chairman Emeritus Michael Bloomberg.
Are you right for our mission and this role? Please make your case in your cover letter.
The Director of Communications works with the organization’s boards and senior leaders to develop and execute a communications strategy designed to advance the cause of sustainability accounting and promote the use of SASB standards by investors and companies. The Director is responsible for the positioning, placement, and profile of SASB and s/he oversees SASB’s primary communications channels: the website, publications, various stakeholder presentations and briefings, and media. The Director leads a team in support of the communication needs of both boards, the organization’s senior leaders, and its departments. The Director of Communications plays a key strategic role on the organization’s leadership team while also carrying out several hands-on responsibilities, as befits an enterprising and small but influential organization.
We seek a talented, committed communications director who understands sustainability issues and why they matter to investors, and who can create the story that translates the standards into a roadmap for market value. The ideal candidate will be passionate about sustainability issues and the efficient functioning of capital markets, relish the details, have an eye for a story, and be savvy about audience and positioning. S/he is a great collaborator and can pull the best out of our board and staff leadership. S/he is a great leader and manager of people, leading and managing a high-performing team in executing the overall strategy and supporting the communications efforts of all teams to ensure clarity, consistency, professionalism, and persuasiveness.
REPORTS TO: SASB Foundation President
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Recruit, retain, and motivate a high-performing staff to advance SASB’s ambitious mission
Oversee the team’s work in the following areas, with hands-on execution for some, sponsorship for others, and overall leadership for all:
Work with staff leadership and the boards to develop and maintain a communications strategy that supports the goals of the organization’s strategic plan
Determine the organization’s brand identity and where to differentiate between the SASB Foundation and the Standards Board
Evaluating and hone the strength and effectiveness of SASB’s value proposition for key segments (investors, accountants, CEOs, CFOs and financial reporting executives, sustainability professionals, policy makers, etc.)
Educate the staff about the plan and the key messages they should emphasize to support the strategy
Oversee SASB’s owned, earned, paid, and shared communication channels: press, website, conferences and public appearances, publications, social media, public notices, etc.
Meet regularly with leaders across the organization to surface, preview, and coordinate messaging opportunities in ways that contextualize and strengthen messaging and increase impact
Identify, develop, coach, support, and promote brand ambassadors to amplify SASB’s message in key forums and venues, including among board members, staff leadership, and external advisors
Support outreach to and monitoring of relationships with key stakeholder organizations
SASB Presentations, Publications, and Communications Materials
Manage preparation of speeches, remarks, and presentations for board members and senior staff
Ensure staff and all members of each board can communicate SASB messaging powerfully and in a consistent voice
Ensure that communications materials are updated, compelling, and consistent
Assist with stakeholder inquiries and responses, including crisis management
Ensure production and presentation of regular outbound communications and publications
Develop media strategies, monitoring placement and effectiveness of coverage and campaigns
Select, manage, and evaluate agencies and/or consultants
Manage and respond to inbound inquiries and track and respond to unsolicited coverage
Serve as spokesperson for SASB, when warranted, and leverage others (staff, Foundation Board members, Standards Board members) to maximize the impact of our messaging
10+ years of relevant experience, preferably with two or more years in an agency environment
Knowledge of capital markets and the relevant “players” and their motivations (investors, companies, regulatory agencies); experience shaping messaging to/for these players
Experience promoting business- and investor-focused clients to the media
Experience editing and placing content in technical publications related to business, investing, accounting, and/or law
Experience working with C-level clients for strategy, promotion, and placement
Experience leading a communications team serving multiple groups across an enterprise
Experience navigating the challenges of growth: improving a team’s ability to improve the quality of communications while responding to the increased quantity of communications that success brings
Top-notch strategic thinking
Network in business media and trade journals
Superlative written and verbal communication
Ability to meet the demands of multiple clients simultaneously, balancing speed with quality and accuracy
Facility with technical information and ability to present it in ways that are compelling, concise, and accessible to the public
Visual communication skills; translation of key concepts into visual representation
Strong interpersonal skills and sound professional judgment
Comfort in a fast-moving environment, with changes in scope and direction of initiatives
Bachelor’s degree or higher (preferred) in a communication-focused field such as Business, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or related discipline
Please feel free to send an assortment of writing samples, successful campaigns, and/or op-ed placements along with your resume.
SPECIAL ADA REQUIREMENTS
The SASB Foundation is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate against 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.
May be required to drive personal or rented auto to other work sites for meetings, conferences, etc.
LOCATION & LOGISTICS
This is a full-time position with benefits located in either New York, NY or San Francisco, CA. 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 “Director of Communications”