Communications Manager, Public Policy and Corporate Sustainability

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

About The Conference Board

Founded in 1916, The Conference Board is the member-driven think tank that delivers trusted insights for what’s ahead. Our agenda is simple: to help leaders navigate the biggest issues facing business and better serve society. We believe in innovative approaches that make you think- and act- differently. And everything we do reflects the input of our members and their real-world challenges. 

We do this by delivering business insights. We connect senior executives across industries and geographies to share ideas, and our experts create fact-based research and consensus-driven policy statements to help leaders address their most important business issues.

Because we are independent, non-partisan, and non-profit our work is trusted. If you learned it at The Conference Board you can count on it.

What it’s like to work here:

While it’s serious work to operate a global business think tank, it’s also fulfilling — and fun! Our people enjoy what they do and know their ideas matter. 

We encourage everyone to take personal ownership for outcomes: we collaborate, share a purpose and commit to each other and to our Members. It’s all about doing our very best - which means we succeed as our Members succeed - together we improve society.

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Position Summary

The Communications Manager plays an important role in the communications activities across The Conference Board’s US Centers. This individual will lead communications at The Conference Board’s Public Policy Center, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and for the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Center. strengthening its prominence and impact by enacting communications and marketing campaigns that resonate with the public policy and ESG communities.

This position offers a terrific opportunity to further elevate the prominence of one of the world’s leading think tanks – and to do so in collaboration with a collegial, passionate team. Founded in 1916, The Conference Board is the member-driven think tank that delivers trusted insights for what’s ahead. Our mission is simple: To help our members anticipate what's ahead, improve their performance, and better serve society.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to The Conference Board’s Associate Director of Corporate Communications.

Principal Activities

Digital Media and Communications  

  • Draft a weekly Public Policy newsletter and monthly ESG Center Newsletters
  • Develop ongoing content for social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Manage all Center-related sections of the website and proactively take steps to increase member engagement.
  • Manage podcast and webcast programs, overseeing logistics and helping develop materials needed, scripts, decks, etc...
  • Edit letters to Capitol Hill and the Administration about CED’s research and initiatives.

Traditional Media

  • Monitor news cycle to identify media opportunities to pitch our research and/or experts for interviews.
  • Identify new opportunities for media coverage and cultivate new relationships with reporters.
  • Draft press releases on research, programs and campaigns.
  • Place bylines from researchers, Center leaders and members in appropriate media outlets

Communications and Marketing: Events and Foundation Grants

  • Develop and enact communications and marketing plans for events, including Policy Conferences, Capitol Hill briefings, and Awards Dinners, ESG Conferences, working groups, etc.
  • Support foundation grants by providing communications and marketing assistance. (Most of the grants pertain to advancing education reform at the state and local levels.)

Desired Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience in communicating and marketing public policy and Environmental, Sustainability and Governance topics. Ideally, this person will have public policy and ESG experience at a non-profit, association, Capitol Hill, government agency, or PR firm.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Some experience in media relations, such as drafting press releases, placing bylines, and pitching the press.
  • Some experience with social media, including posting to or managing the accounts of an executive or organization.
  • A willingness to promote non-partisan public policy ideas to both sides of the political aisle.
  • A relationship builder, including with internal stakeholders, social media audiences, the press, the ESG community and policy community.
  • Experience in integrated communications, including working with other marketing and communications professionals on a range of initiatives such as newsletters, website copy, internal announcements, and brand definition.
  • Excellent writing skills; experience distilling dense topics into messages with broad appeal.
  • Based in New York or the surrounding states.
  • This individual will telework full-time, 5 days per week, until the organization resumes its pre-pandemic work-from-home policy. Once resumed, individual will work at the organization’s NYC headquarters 5 days per week.
  • As needed, travel to The Conference Board’s office in the Washington, DC area.