Location: New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; and remote, USA
BSR believes that to create a just and sustainable world, everyone must have full access to resources and opportunities, as well as the right to self-determination in meeting their fundamental needs. We work with businesses to deliver on this vision by reimagining traditional approaches to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) using an equity-first approach to identify and dismantle systemic barriers to inclusion throughout corporate ecosystems. We also identify opportunities to unlock greater performance while meeting increased stakeholder demands. From developing improved workforce practices to mapping power and influence opportunities to drive change at the community and societal levels, BSR helps companies act as responsible community stakeholders and change agents.
Increased expectations for the private sector to address the needs of stakeholders and rightsholders, and not only shareholders, reflect concerns about the impact of business practices and the way in which companies engage in public policy. Companies have a vested interest in increasing access to services and resources, ensuring fair participation, and protecting the rights of historically marginalized and excluded populations within their business ecosystems.
The Center for Business and Social Justice (CBSJ) builds upon BSR’s existing Equity, Inclusion and Justice (EIJ), Human Rights, and other programmatic activities to catalyze action by BSR’s 300+ member companies, working in partnership with other critical actors. The CBSJ responds to the need from the private sector for deeper reflection, knowledge-sharing and action to achieve meaningful impact. The Center is a five-year special initiative designed to sustainably and intentionally connect business leaders with advocates in social movements to provide cross-learning opportunities that inform private sector behaviors and advance systems change through improved public policy outcomes.
The Co-Director, CBSJ will develop and implement a strategy to launch and sustain the CBSJ and add value across BSR’s work. The Co-Director will play a leading role in developing the overall direction of the Center as well as lead and oversee project implementation. Both Co-Directors will report directly to BSR’s COO. The Center has a dedicated five-year budget; and there is wide support within BSR and its membership for the mission and vision of the CBSJ.
The ideal candidate will be an adaptable, solutions-oriented leader with a strategic approach to driving impact developed in experience across business and/or business consulting; philanthropy and/or philanthropic consulting; social justice and/or advocacy; or other relevant fields. The Co-Director will bring a strong Race, Equity and Inclusion lens and have experience building and maintaining collaborative working relationships across a range of issues such as gender equity, economic empowerment and worker equity. The successful candidate will model the work the Center seeks to advance and is undaunted about the opportunity to influence and partner with large, multinational business and build bridges with movements, advocates, policymakers and civil society partners.
The ideal will have specific skills including:
- Strategic Leadership: The Co-Director will set and oversee the overall direction of the Center and demonstrate the values and ethos of the CBSJ. The strategy for the Center will be developed in partnership with the other Co-Director and in collaboration with BSR’s leadership, including the COO, CEO, EIJ Director, Partnership Development Director and other BSR colleagues.
- Stakeholder Engagement: Oversee external and internal relationship management including securing the participation of business leaders, civil society organizations, social movements and advocates to inform the CBSJ.
- External Representation: Driving the influence strategy of the CBSJ by presenting at relevant conferences; writing and social media as well as earned media; generating and maintaining external partnerships and proactively working to create opportunities to raise the profile of BSR and the CBSJ where its voice is needed. Position CBSJ and BSR to provide rapid response on select flashpoints that can drive progress toward the Center’s vision.
- Public Policy: Oversee an overall business and public policy advocacy strategy and tactics for the CBSJ that will also inform BSR’s work across its areas of expertise.
- Revenue Generation: In collaboration with BSR’s Partnership Development Team, engaging with potential donors from both business and philanthropic sources to support the ongoing efforts of the Center. In collaboration with BSR’s Membership Engagement team, engaging with prospective BSR members and supporting lead development.
- Organizational Impact: Integrating the vision and ethos of the CBSJ across BSR’s operations including creating professional development opportunities and pathways for existing BSR staff to engage with the work of the Center; and ensuring the insights and best practices developed through the Center inform BSR’s work with companies through its EIJ Area of Expertise and more broadly. Generating an evaluation and impact framework with outside support to inform emerging strategies and share the lessons learned from the work
- Alignment with BSR’s Mission: Mission- and values-aligned with understanding of and appreciation for BSR’s Theory of Change which centers working with business to promote transformation and powerful collaborations that take progress to scale.
- Relevant Leadership Experience: 10-15 years of leadership experience in strategy development, business, advocacy or other roles involving developing and maintaining senior-level relationships; pursuing and creating business opportunities; overseeing multiple projects under tight deadlines and external representation.
- Social Justice Expertise: Practical and conceptual understanding of social justice issues; an ability to effectively engage and build trust with organizations which serve underrepresented and/or historically marginalized/excluded groups; and experience applying an equity lens – including gender, racial and/or social equity more broadly. It is also important that the co-Director be able to communicate effectively on these subjects with a business audience.
- Learning Mindset: Collaborative learning mindset with the intellectual agility to learn from and work with companies across various industries, and with advocates, civil society, policymakers, and community-based organizations.
- Aptitude to Work in a Global Context: Experience working with multinational companies and organizations and/or strong interest in and high capacity to work across international cultural contexts seeking to understand and engage others’ perspectives.
- Track Record of Success: Record of accomplishment in business development, client/relationship management, and exercising influence with senior leaders.
- Knowledge of Public Policy: Experience in working with companies to engage effectively to advance relevant public policy and advocacy efforts.
- Stellar Communications Skills: Outstanding verbal, written, and facilitation skills with fluency in English required and additional languages a strong plus.
- Demonstrated Commitment to Ethics: High ethical standards and commitment to BSR’s core values of Leadership, Respect, and Integrity.
- Travel Flexibility: Willingness to undertake up to 20% business travel.
- Background Check: Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation.
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