Researcher, Human Capital

New York, NY
260/Human Capital
New York, NY
Depends on Experience  Annual

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Position Summary:

With support and guidance, Researcher develops, conducts and communicates research as part of the Human Capital program. Incumbent engages with users and peers in the research field to strengthen the publication record and reputation of The Conference Board. The position requires Researcher to be familiar and execute research techniques and practice in a wide variety of projects. With strategic guidance and direction, the Researcher works independently, as well as in close cooperation with other research staff. The incumbent works with Program Directors of delivery channels (e.g., conferences, Councils), HC Center Institute leaders and their Steering Committees as well as research colleagues and Member executives to research and create content deliverables so that The Conference Board continues to be a reliable source of timely and relevant information in Human Capital. Researcher will also share research insights with members of The Conference Board across multiple mediums of communication (ie, presentations, briefings, community platform, social media, etc.).


1. Responsible for research content creation in human capital projects.

a. With guidance and support, works collaboratively with global colleagues at The Conference Board, business executives, and academic researchers across the full scope of research responsibilities from designing data collection instruments in collaborative workgroup to shaping and growing the global breadth and scope of research in specified field/topic area and Human Capital area overall.

b. Successfully executes and/or manages multiple research projects with tight deadlines to completion with project management capabilities.

c. Keeps current in subject matter, research methodologies and HC content related materials.

d. Under the direction of Vice President, Human Capital Research, executes quality research projects.

e. Works collaboratively with research support staff to executive projects, and where appropriate, contribute to the professional development of junior team members.

f. Supports overall Human Capital program, which may include administration of research efforts.

2. Supports Institutes of the Human Capital Center and works with the Steering Committees (both internal staff and external Senior Fellows and Distinguished Principal Research Fellows) to guide content creation and dissemination for the Members of the Human Capital Center.  This may include leading some member conversations within Institute meetings.

3. Works to ensure the quality of offerings (research, webcasts, quarterly calls with Member executives, community platforms, etc).  Works closely with, and as part of the team, to add value and research depth to member offerings.

4. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong writing skills (a track record of published research and articles highly desired)
  • Superior oral communication skills (a history of public presentations highly desired)
  • Knowledge of research methodology and familiarity with statistical analysis software packages (SPSS, etc.) and/or data visualization highly desired
  • Customer service skills in support of our Member companies
  • HR Practitioner experience is desired
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team player
  • Flexible and agile to changing priorities

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in human capital-related field (human resources, business, psychology, analytics); graduate work toward an MA or Ph.D. degree is highly desired
  • 3-5 years directly related work experience required; experience as an HR consultant, practitioner, or researcher highly desired

Internal applicants should first contact Alana Trimmier at