Senior/Principal Researcher, Human Capital

New York, NY
New York, NY
Full Time

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Position Summary       

Develops, conducts and communicates research as part of the Human Capital program with particular focus on Diversity & Inclusion.  As a thought leader, incumbent engages deeply with users and peers in the research field to strengthen the track record and reputation of The Conference Board in his/her area expertise. The position requires strong grounding in research techniques and practice, and experience in analysis of business management, analytics, D&I or the broader HR/workforce issues.  Experience as a practitioner is particularly welcome.  The position requires demonstrated track record of publications in both academic as well as non-academic outlets. Substantive experience to present research findings to business and public audiences is required. The principal researcher works independently as well as in close cooperation with other research staff. He/she works with Program Directors of delivery channels (e.g., conferences, councils and centers), Center and Institute leaders (and their Advisory Boards) to determine subject matter and research content of deliverables so that The Conference Board continues to be a reliable source of timely and relevant information in Human Capital. Serves as TCB specialist & spokesperson in the area of expertise.  Is comfortable disseminating research findings with executives at member companies as well as the public in briefings, small group and conferences settings as well as webcasts. Works closely with, and as part of the team, to add value and research depth to member offerings, as well as support activities to obtain additional funding for parts of the research program.  The position will be filled either a Senior Researcher or a Principal Researcher dependent upon the successful candidate’s experience, expertise and record of publication.


Reporting Relationship

Reports to Managing Director, Human Capital Research. 


Principal Direct Activities

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:


Serves as a leading authority in the profession, responsible for research stream in human resources area of human capital, both authoring own research as well as supporting research of others, serving as TCB spokesperson on specified field/topic area and related offerings.

  • Provides innovation, thought leadership, and entrepreneurship for research agenda and offerings in specified field/topic area and Human Capital area overall.
  • 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.
  • Successfully executes and/or manages multiple research projects with tight deadlines to completion. 
  • Keeps current in subject matter specialty, research methodologies and available information dissemination techniques, so as to be recognized as a research expert in the specified field/topic area.
  • Serves as expert advisor for The Conference Board presence on specified field/topic area, and works with high-level experts to increase The Conference Board’s impact in the broad area of specified field/topic area through expanded research projects, services, offerings, and executive involvement.
  • Under the direction of Managing Director, Human Capital Research, seeks and obtains underwriting support for The Conference Board research projects as appropriate. 
  • Shows leadership through providing guidance and assistance to TCB colleagues in the resolution of research problems, and interacting collaboratively with business executives and academic researchers. Supports overall Human Capital program.


Serves as lead for The Conference Board presence on specified field/topic area and works with high-level experts to increase The Conference Board’s impact in the broad area of specified field/topic area through expanded research projects, services, offerings, communications, and executive involvement. Provides information and high-level briefings to members, policy makers, the press, and general public in specified fields/topic areas as a result of direct contact or requests from TCB Program or Research Directors, as appropriate.


Other duties as assigned.



Within the broad areas summarized above, is responsible for timely, high-quality completion of projects and programs in accordance with Conference Board standards and procedures and based on annual objectives.  Serves on Conference Board committees and teams engaged in process improvement as assigned.



PhD or at least 5 years of post-MSc/MBA academic research experience in business, psychology, human resources, analytics or diversity & inclusion or related field with 7-10 years directly related work experience (e.g., HR practitioner, business researcher, etc.). Expertise in specified field/topic area – e.g., Human Capital analytics, diversity & inclusion, general HR programs, leadership development, talent, employee engagement, workforce demographics, and/or organization effectiveness. In addition, the person should be familiar with the corporate environment and have well developed communication and networking skills.