The Deputy Director will lead a new sub-team within GRI’s Standards Division, tasked with developing new sector-specific contents for the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Overview

Deputy Director, Sector Program

Start Date: A.S.A.P., 40 hrs p/w. (€ 70,000 / € 80,000 gross per year on full time basis). Expat package applicable if recruited from abroad, i.e. 30% ruling, housing allowance, home leave, etc.
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Contract: 1 year initially – extension by mutual consent

Position summary
The Deputy Director will lead a new sub-team within GRI’s Standards Division, tasked with developing new sector-specific contents for the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

In response to strong interest from the market, GRI is launching a new phase of work to update and expand its sector-specific reporting guidance. These materials help organizations apply the GRI Standards more effectively, based on identifying material topics for their sector; and improve the comparability of information within a sector.

The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) is GRI’s dedicated standard-setting body, and all projects under the responsibility of the Deputy Director will be implemented based on the GSSB Due Process Protocol. The primary focus of the role will be the creation and revision of sector-specific content, which stays true to GRI’s established multi-stakeholder principle and further strengthens the GRI Standards as a global reference for sector-specific sustainability reporting.

The Deputy Director will have the responsibility to recruit and manage the new team, and will report to the Director, Standards.
Job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

•  Safeguarding trust in the GRI Standards worldwide, by ensuring technical excellence and guaranteeing that new and revised sector-specific content is developed in accordance with the GSSB Due Process Protocol
•  Developing and continuously improving a project methodology for developing sector contents, in accordance with the GSSB Due Process Protocol
•  Developing and continuously improving a public comment methodology for sector contents, in accordance with the GSSB Due Process Protocol
•  Leading the planning and implementation of the projects for developing new and revised sector contents, based on the work program approved by the GSSB; and where relevant, supervising the Project Working Groups and Technical Committees established under the GSSB Due Process Protocol, under the direction of the GSSB
•  Reporting to the GSSB on the projects under management
•  Recruiting and managing an initial team of 6-8 FTEs, with the potential to grow significantly in future years; and developing the capacities of team members individually and collectively
•  Representing the GRI Standards Division in external forums, meetings and events, as needed
•  Other duties as required

Key competencies / Requirements
•  Extensive experience of facilitating consensus-seeking content creation processes, in a multi-stakeholder setting; ideally, proven experience with facilitating virtual consensus-seeking content creation processes
•  Extensive experience in project planning and implementation; substantial experience with project planning methodologies and software is a plus
•  Proven experience in managing a team of 8+ FTEs
•  Senior-level expertise in the technical development of standards at an international level, and ideally expertise in developing reporting, accounting, and/or auditing standards
•  In-depth knowledge of environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues
•  Knowledge of sustainability-related instruments, standards and norms
•  Proven relevant experience, and a comprehensive understanding, of sustainability reporting processes and the reporting guidance published by GRI
•  High proficiency in English (written and verbal, both at near-native level), including experience in writing technical standards
•  Previous experience working in an international and multi-cultural setting
•  Ability to travel internationally on a regular basis (up to 20%)
•  Affinity with the mission and vision of GRI

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest in English to recruitment@globalreporting.org. The deadline to submit an application is 12.00 noon (CET), Thursday 23 February 2017. GRI appreciates all expressions of interest; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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About GRI

GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, over 40 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Our Vision: A future where sustainability is integral to every organization’s decision-making process.

Our Mission: To empower decision makers everywhere through our sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.