Senior Writer, Human Capital

New York, NY
260/Human Capital
New York, NY
Depends on Experience 
Full Time

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Position Summary:

The Conference Board’s Human Capital (HC) team is looking for an experienced writer in the human capital space to create interesting, relevant, actionable and data-driven content for our Members on the issues that matter to them.  Working closely with the Executive Vice President, Human Capital who leads the Center, the Vice President, Human Capital as well as Human Capital Center writers, researchers, Senior Advisors, Distinguished Principal Research Fellows and internal and external subject-matter-experts (SMEs), the incumbent will help plan and then execute a robust annual portfolio of content in partnership with, and for the benefit of, our Members.

This individual must be a self-starting professional with direct experience in writing human capital related content who will be able to extract interesting HC-related insights specifically for Chief Executive Officers and Chief Human Resources Officers and select other senior leaders in the HC space.   The Senior Writer should exhibit a strong command of the business landscape, superior business and human capital acumen, and the ability to manage projects autonomously.  The incumbent will effectively manage a small team of writers to ensure the creation of a portfolio of relevant, action-oriented, future-looking content that meets the TCB quality standards and conforms to our editorial and production process.


  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with HC Center staff and stakeholders across TCB (for example, the marketing, editorial/production, digital media, Conference and Council teams).
  • Effectively manage, develop, engage and coach a small team of writers assuring the timely submission of quality work and the seamless integration of their work into the overall content creation process for the HC Center as well as oversee compliance with content design and publishing processes.
  • Help plan and then execute a robust annual portfolio of content in partnership with, and for the benefit of, our Members:
    • Bring creative ideas to our content brainstorming sessions.  Monitor news and trends related to human capital and identify information gaps that we can fill with short-form and long-form content; and
    • Create original content including collective Member insights, short data studies, and longer-form analysis and features.
  • Create content by collaborating with a variety of stakeholders (including the Member Engagement Team, internal and external SMEs and the HC Center writers and researchers, digital media and marketing teams) including:
    • Short-form content created with concepts/input/content from Senior Advisors, Human Capital on predetermined topics from the annual portfolio, likely reflecting interviews with and survey data from our Members as well as their own HC expertise;
    • Pre-read & summary documents for HC working group Members as well as final reports for full editorial production;  
    • Short-form content of distilled insights from our webcasts, podcasts, and our on-line community platform;
    • Website and digital event copy for email marketing as well as the TCB website; and
    • ‘Insights” for social media.
  • Create “insights for what’s ahead” re: human capital topics with the goal of obtaining business media coverage targeting outlets (Bloomberg TV/Radio, Forbes, CNBC Squawk Box, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, NPR), HR media/podcasts (SHRM,  Human Resource Executive, HR Happy Hour, Drive Through HR) and social media impact (LinkedIn, Twitter).
  • Create high-level Board, CEO and CHRO level briefing presentations on produced content and/or interrelated themes and issues.
  • Lead major, cross-center writing projects each year involving our executive team and the most senior level executives from across various industries.
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Essential Functions:

The Senior Writer, Human Capital will, in partnership with direct reports as well as a variety of stakeholders, conceptualize, plan and write newsworthy, data-driven content that will guide our Members to drive better business outcomes to help them better serve society and fuel insights for what’s ahead.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience writing engaging, data-driven content in the human capital space
  • Excellent research, writing and editorial skills, with the ability to edit the work of others for a superior outcome
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to write and edit high quality work efficiently
  • Experience developing content for social media sites
  • Strong command of the business landscape, superior business and human capital acumen and the ability to manage projects autonomously
  • Ability to collaborate and build trust with senior internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, presentation, project and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively manage a team of professionals

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field
  • 5+ years of writing experience; writing experience in the human capital space strongly preferred
  • Portfolio of writing samples/links to published work required