Senior Researcher, Sustainability ESG

New York, NY
New York, NY
110,000.00 Annual
95,000.00  Annual
Full Time

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Position Summary:

Researches and writes, under limited supervision, publications on corporate environmental sustainability and related topics for The Conference Board's ESG Center. These publications provide trusted insights for what's ahead aimed at a senior business audience and include data-based empirical briefs and reports, thematic reports, and thought leadership essays. Presents research findings and insights to senior business audiences and the media, and acts as an interface in the area of expertise within the ESG Center and The Conference Board.


  • Writes a variety of types of publications including thought leadership essays, thematic reports, data-based briefs and reports, as well as preparing charts and infographics to communicate with a senior business audience as well as the broader public.
  • Designs, conducts, and manages complex research projects to support publications. Assumes direct responsibility for each phase of the project (design, execution, and writing), with limited supervision by manager.
  • Participates in, and writes reports on, working groups, roundtables, and other convenings of the ESG Center relating to sustainability.
  • Remains apprised of the most current developments in the areas of corporate environmental sustainability, as well as ESG in general, and shares those developments within the ESG Center and The Conference Board, helping to shape the ESG Center's research and programming initiatives.
  • Conducts literature searches, data-gathering activities (e.g., interviews, focus groups, and surveys), 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.
  • Collaborates with the marketing and communications department on the timely production of publications and related deliverables, the development and execution of marketing plans for publications, and responding to press inquiries.
  • Provides expert briefings to Member companies as well as Center expert briefings to larger groups of Member companies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct research and write reports and other publications.
  • Provide expert briefings to Members.
  • Proactively serve as a source of corporate environmental sustainability expertise.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • The position requires strong analytical, writing, and editorial skills as well as the ability to interact effectively with business leaders and senior professionals.
  • Prospective candidates have knowledge of corporate environmental sustainability and its intersection with business strategy.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree is required. A graduate degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years of post-college experience is required.
  • A track record of publications in corporate environmental sustainability is necessary.
  • Required: Please include a cover letter, three writing samples, and a list of prior publications.