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Location: Frankfurt am Main (Germany) or Montreal, Quebec (Canada) preferred, London (United Kingdom) or San Francisco, CA, New York City, NY and Denver, CO (United States) also considered
Duration: Permanent
Salary: Competitive, plus benefits
Hours: Full-time

About the role

Reports to: ISSB Technical Leadership Team

This role will support the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)’s work to develop IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards by providing human capital management expertise and project leadership for the ISSB’s human capital-related standard-setting activities.

Key responsibilities

1. Provide human capital management expertise to the ISSB:

  • Actively monitor and review relevant human capital management issues, trends and research to assess the materiality of these issues and to inform the ISSB’s human capital-related strategy and standard-setting activities.
  • Work with ISSB Members and senior staff to define and implement the ISSB’s human capital management research strategy to effectively identify, analyse and document evidence connecting human capital-related risks and opportunities to enterprise value across industries and the capital markets.
  • Serve as the point of contact with the ISSB and relevant advisory committees in relation to human capital-related research priorities and activities, initiating and leading discussions to solicit views and drive consensus.

2. Act as a credible and authoritative thought leader and representative of the ISSB:

  • Engage with a wide range of stakeholders from the academic, business, investment, regulatory, standard-setting and sustainability communities to share information and solicit input to the ISSB’s research strategy and standard-setting activities, leveraging existing networks/relationships and identifying and establishing new ones.
  • Engage with audiences through a variety of channels and formats—including in-person meetings and events, virtual meetings and webinars, briefings and other forums—and prepare related outreach materials.

3. Lead the delivery of the ISSB’s human capital-related projects and activities:

  • Contribute to the development of proposals for consideration by the ISSB and its advisory committees, and facilitate their decision-making on issues identified by:
    • Undertaking research on human capital management issues, including analysing existing standards (eg SASB Standards) as well as new/emerging research and issues.
    • Drafting proposals for consideration and presenting them to ISSB and committee members.
    • Drafting a range of other documents and materials for internal and external use.
  • Provide strategic direction to projects; identify and manage political issues and risks.
  • Provide guidance on technical matters and help resolve issues.
  • Plan, manage and allocate technical expertise and resources to meet project demands.
  • Ensure progress against agreed timescales and performance measures and appropriate adherence to due process.
  • Build-up the ISSB’s human capital staff expertise and capacity as appropriate and required.

Skills, experience and qualifications sought

  • Expertise and practical knowledge across human capital management topics, including employee diversity; inclusion and engagement; employee health and safety; employment practices; employment conditions in the supply chain; and human rights.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the links between human capital-related risks and opportunities and enterprise value, investment strategy and the integrity of financial systems.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of sustainability reporting standards (eg the CDSB Framework, GRI, IIRC Framework, SASB Standards, TCFD, etc), regulatory sustainability standards (eg the European sustainability reporting standards, UK Sustainability Disclosure Requirements, US SEC climate-related disclosures, etc) and financial reporting standards (eg IFRS Accounting Standards and other GAAP).
  • Ability to manage relationships effectively, showing diplomacy, gravitas and maturity and the ability to inspire confidence and build consensus on key issues.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds, abilities and styles.
  • Ability to act as an ambassador for the organisation and leverage a strong network of stakeholder advocates.
  • Shows rigour, consistency and attention to detail in work and the ability to identify, understand and analyse key issues and develop feasible solutions and well-reasoned recommendations.
  • Sets appropriate objectives, responsibilities, timetables and priorities and provides input on strategic issues; delegates work effectively and builds teams appropriately.
  • Communicates in a concise, clear and well-structured way, appropriately tailored to the audience, taking account of strategic, diplomatic and political sensitivities.
  • Able to communicate persuasively and authentically, whilst still presenting issues, evidence, analysis and recommendations in a balanced manner.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Foundation's objectives and to the ideals of standard-setting in the public interest.

To apply

Please send a detailed CV/résumé to Please include the following information or your application may not be considered:

  • the job title/position you are interested in (in the subject line of your email); and
  • covering email/letter detailing how you meet the specified role requirements and your salary expectations.

Closing date: Ongoing

Interviews are held via video conference as part of our standard international recruitment process.

Due to the number of responses we receive, we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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