Researcher, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

New York, NY
New York, NY
Depends on Experience  Annual
Full Time

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Conducts, under limited supervision, research projects developed within The Conference Board’s ESG Center—focusing primarily on corporate governance, risk management and business ethics practices. Presents research findings to senior business audiences, and acts as an interface in the area of expertise with corporate members of The Conference Board and the media. 
The position reports to the Vice President, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research and will be a member of The Conference Board’s research staff
  • Designs, conducts and manages complex benchmarking research projects in The Conference Board’s ESG Intelligence suite. Assumes direct responsibility for each phase of the project (design, execution, and writing), with limited supervision by manager.
  • Remain apprised of the most current developments in the areas of expertise
  • Conducts literature searches, data-gathering activities (e.g. interviews, focus groups and survey instruments), and data analysis, using appropriate quantitative or qualitative techniques. Draws objective findings and conclusions within the limits of the research design
  • Acts as an interface in the area of expertise with members of The Conference Board and The Conference Board ESG Center, by participating in the presentation of research findings to business audiences through in-person and virtual briefings and webcasts
  • Collaborates with the editorial and production department in the timely production of research manuscripts and related deliverables
  • Collaborates with the communications department in designing and executing communication plans for research projects in development
  • Provides information services to media outlets, members of The Conference Board and Information Specialists, as needed
  • Provides one-on-one expert briefings to Member companies as well as Center expert briefings to larger groups of Member companies
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Three writing samples and a list of prior publications should be submitted with the application
  • A graduate degree in law, finance, or business administration and at minimum 5 years of post-graduate experience is required
  • Prospective candidates should demonstrate extensive exposure to at least one of the following business areas: corporate governance, risk management, and business ethics
  • In addition, the position requires strong analytical, writing, and editorial skills as well as the ability to interact effectively with business leaders and senior professionals. A track record of empirical publications in ESG is necessary
  • Demonstrable experience with presentation and public speaking is required