The Director of Sustainability Measurement Systems (DSMS) plays a key role in the systematic evaluation and analysis of SASB’s industry-specific sustainability accounting standards for each of 11 sectors and 79 industries in the Sustainable Industry Classification System (SICS). The DSMS works collaboratively with eleven SASB sector analysts under the direction of the Director of Research.
Become the SASB metrics expert and evangelist: Become the foremost expert on SASB metrics and their associated technical protocols by sorting and screening for internal consistency and evaluating their underlying quality to reflect evolving science, technology and industry use. High quality metrics are often aligned with those already in use by issuers, yield primarily quantitative data which can be used to compare issuers, are free from bias and value judgements, are based on principles and methods applicable to most companies in an industry, are verifiable and assurable, and when viewed as a group offer a complete understanding of a sustainability topic. Surface and clearly articulate the value for investors and issuers of SASB standards when authoring articles and speaking at conferences.
Ensure SASB metrics research quality and consistency: Review the technical components of materials prepared by sector analysts for the Standards Board and the public to ensure quality, consistency, sustainability best practices, cost-effectiveness, decision-usefulness and adherence to SASB’s Conceptual Framework.
Drive thought leadership: Leverage your technical expertise to provide visibility for SASB and build awareness around SASB standards by authoring letters in response to technical questions on SASB standards, authoring technical publications (e.g. Current State of Disclosure on SASB topics, regarding SICS, COSO, CDSB, GRI…) and presenting SASB’s work at conferences. Act as the SASB technical representative for outside working groups and initiatives (e.g. CDSB, GRI working groups, Corporate Reporting Dialogue) and lead responses to public comment on any standards that may affect SASB.
Manage relationships: Support the Director of Research in managing relationships and organizing convenings for governance bodies involved in SASB’s standards development process, including the Standards Board. Form and maintain partnerships with other organizations that maintain standards, methodologies, reporting frameworks, and technical definitions cited in, referenced by, and/or have conceptual overlap with SASB Standards (eg CDSB, CDP, EPA, TCFD, WRI, WWF). Document alignment and liaise with industry associations that maintain metrics, and ensure harmonization of the SASB standards with other relevant industry-specific or other sustainability metrics. Ensure that SASB metrics and technical protocols are ‘suitable criteria’ for attestation, and act as the SASB liaison with the PCAOB and AICPA.
Evaluate cross-cutting issues: Work with SASB sector analysts on climate, water, human capital, cybersecurity and other issues which cut across many industries, to determine appropriate metrics which can be utilized across industries without losing industry specificity, which is the hallmark of SASB standards.
Supervise staff: Supervise part-time or full-time staff to support technical activities, in addition to consultants, advisors or vendors contracted to support technical activities. No such staff are currently assigned.
Other: Other duties as assigned.
10 years of experience as an environmental scientist with experience in metrics and measurement for environmental and social impacts.
Technical undergraduate degree and Master’s Degree in engineering, science, or finance preferred.
Excellent writing and speaking skills across a range of formats and audiences.
SASB’s FSA certification required within 1 year.
Familiarity with general and industry based standards, and rating systems for sustainability impacts.
Familiarity with integration of ESG factors into investment decisions.
Experience with Bloomberg and other resources for identifying sustainability metric data and assessing correlations to financial performance.
Superior research and analysis skills; comprehension and synthesis of complex information and ability to consider the ‘big picture’.
Broad-based environmental and sustainability knowledge and ability to work with diverse industry sustainability issues; ability to apply consistency in logic and analytical approach.
Professional publications and/or peer-reviewed journal contributions.
Experience with statistical analyses of environmental and social data.
Experience with the concept of financial materiality as it applies to ESG data.
Proven ability to manage competing priorities and deliver to strict deadlines.
Ability to work collaboratively within a team of diverse skill sets and ranges of experience.
Demonstrated commitment to high professional, ethical standards and a diverse workplace.
High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, attention to detail and high degree of initiative.
Excel in a fast pace, changing team-based environment.
Up to 25% travel required to represent SASB at conferences and convenings with stakeholders and other standards setting organizations.
SASB is nationally known as an innovative leader in the field of sustainability accounting standards development. With ~16 staff members, a nine member Standards Board, and an annual budget of $3M, SASB engages with over 3,000 stakeholders who have participated in our standards development process to date. SASB receives funding from The SASB Foundation, an independent 501c3 nonprofit.
SASB’s m...ission focuses on continuing its tradition of excellence in standards setting to bring social and environmental capital to the attention of the mainstream capital markets, enhancing our outreach to key stakeholders such as the SEC, investors and issuers.