Center Leader, Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board

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

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The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is the business-led Public Policy Center of The Conference Board (TCB). CED conducts research on major economic issues and their impact on society, actively engaging the business community to achieve policy reform for the good of the nation. Membership is comprised of approximately 170 CEOs and other senior corporate executives and university leaders, who are actively involved in leading CED’s policy and outreach efforts.

CED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues. Since its inception in 1942, CED has addressed national priorities that promote sustained economic growth and development to benefit all Americans. These activities have helped shape the future on issues ranging from the Marshall Plan and Bretton Woods Agreement in the late 1940s, to education and campaign finance reform, advocacy for fiscal responsibility, good corporate and public governance, and effective immigration, healthcare, and trade policy more recently. CED's research findings are coupled with multi-pronged outreach efforts throughout the U.S., achieving tangible impact at the local, state, and national levels.

CED is a Trustee-led organization. Trustees determine CED’s annual priority issues and lead subcommittees that produce policy statements and briefs with research findings and recommendations for reform. These policy statements are coupled with strong outreach efforts to achieve tangible impact at the local, state and national levels. CED has a passionate staff who organize, support and help lead the goals and efforts of the Trustees.

CED is one of five major Centers at TCB. The other Centers are: the Economy, Strategy, Finance Center, the Human Capital Center, The Environmental, Social, and Governance Center, and the Marketing and Communications Center. Each Center is a “vertical” organization with its own P&L and cross functional group. Centers contain topic-related research, outreach, marketing, and communications, and integrate with related TCB Councils, Conferences, etc.  Center leaders guide all research, integrate insight development across the various forums, and lead Member engagement to drive retention.

The Center Leader will position CED as a thought leader in public policy 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. 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 Executive Committee.  Integration across the various functions within TCB is a critical factor for success of CED. 


The Center Leader will bring proven leadership experience to guide CED in continuing the 77-year tradition of helping to shape the future of our nation’s policy. S/he will work in conjunction with the Trustees as well as TCB to update and implement a strategic plan to strengthen the organization’s research and policy work, brand, member engagement, and impact. S/he will ensure a sustainable business model and will be responsible for the effective operation of CED, leading the staff and driving the agenda and execution of the mission.

Further, the Center Leader will position CED as an external thought leader whose research and policy recommendations are at the forefront of improving our economy and our society. S/he must be a committed and inspirational leader internally, guiding the CED team to carry out its important work in conducting research, making policy recommendations, and initiating outreach. A major focus will be taking advantage of the fundraising opportunities associated with CED’s activities, to advance the mission to promote sustained economic growth and development.


Reports to President & CEO of The Conference Board


The Center Leader is responsible for the primary aspects of CED’s activities and operations:

Member Relations and Recruitment: The Center Leader has primary accountability for recruiting new Trustees to CED, maintaining existing Trustee relationships, and driving all financial support. With about 170 Trustees, CED is constantly renewing its membership given the relatively high turnover among CEOs and senior business leaders. CED’s Center Leader needs to work with Member Development to identify and recruit approximately 25 new Trustees annually.

Revenue Generation: The Center Leader is accountable for driving CED’s revenue from Trustee contributions, annual dinner and events, and foundation grants. This work entails maintaining close relationships with CED’s existing foundation donors, as well as cultivating new potential funders. The Center Leader must continually evolve the business model to stay relevant to all donors.

Insight Development and Sharing: The Center Leader has accountability for content creation as well as dissemination, developing and overseeing all aspects of the 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 Center Leader leads outreach efforts to increase TCB’s prominence in the policy 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 Center’s councils, conferences, and other programs, both in-person and webcast. S/he will ensure that relevant SMEs from the staff develop a substantial public profile to build the brand of the Center. 

Policy Development: Working with the CED Director of Research, the Center Leader is responsible for developing and overseeing all aspects of CED’s policy programs. The Center Leader must work closely with CED’s Policy and Impact Committee and Research Advisory Board to ensure that the organization maintains a pipeline of relevant policy initiatives. The Center Leader works with the Policy and Impact Committee in determining the leadership and makeup of each policy subcommittee as well as for ensuring the sustained and meaningful participation of CED Trustees in the organization’s policy work.

Impact: Working with the CED staff, the Center Leader needs to lead outreach efforts so that the policy work has impact.  This requires direct engagement with elected officials in government as well as business leaders around the country. CED’s Center Leader oversees the development and execution of the communications strategy with policy makers and the media to assure the CED’s views have impact.

Administration: CED’s Center Leader oversees all aspects of the organization’s administration. S/he is accountable for revenue, cost, and driving an annual financial surplus.  Working with TCB, S/he must recruit and manage all CED staff.


The Center Leader will be a dynamic and innovative executive with an exceptional record of achievement, strong leadership, and business acumen. The ideal candidate will have had substantial business/academic experience and ideally will have been a CEO in a public or private organization with proven skills necessary to lead an organization internally and externally.  An undergraduate degree, and advance degree(s) are required.

Specifically, the successful candidate will have/be:

Organizational/Staff Leadership

  • Outstanding leadership skills; capable of seeing the big picture, anticipating and addressing emerging trends and applying them to the organization’s agenda.
  • A results-oriented manager who has strong business acumen; a good manager of assets – people, money, and time. Demonstrated ability to drive a positive bottom line.
  • Experience attracting strong talent: building and managing a high-performing team in a results-oriented, fast-paced environment.

Trustee Engagement

  • An ability to build and maintain relationships with current and potential Trustees and continuously demonstrate a strong value proposition.
  • The skills to confidently and comfortably lead CEOs, senior corporate executives, and university leaders.
  • Networking and motivational skills to engage the Trustees in directing their “time, talent, and treasure” toward the major economic and social issues on which CED focuses.

Public Policy

  • A strong understanding of public policy with the ability and passion for quickly grasping the legislative and regulatory issues facing the nation.
  • A quick study with a strong intellectual foundation to inform and help impact U.S. policy decisions.
  • Comfortable and effective in working with leaders in top government positions, such as senior members of the Administration, Senators and Congressional Representatives, State leaders, etc.

External Affairs

  • The ability to serve as the public face and principal spokesperson of CED before the media, and government and business leaders. Must have the respect and credibility to speak with authority as the leading “business voice” on key national and international issues.
  • A collaborator and a strong relationship builder at the highest levels of business/academia.
  • An ability to generate visibility for CED among targeted audiences and forge strategic partnerships with organizations that share common objectives.


  • Gravitas, outstanding communication and diplomatic skills, including the ability to relate well to a wide range of constituencies and serve as a strong collaborator.
  • Someone who can listen well, clearly articulate the message, and command an audience’s respect.
  • An ability to serve as a convener and lead through influence rather than authority.
  • An ability to work within a matrix organization across TCB to effect organizational objectives and mission attainment. 
  • Direct experience with CED is a plus.