• SALARY: $100k FTC

Job description

The PRI policy team provides tools and insight to international standard setters, signatories and policy makers to advance progress towards a regulatory and investment environment consistent with the implementation of the PRI’s Mission Statement and the Six Principles.

The senior specialist will support the global policy team by developing policy positions, writing well-researched briefings and letters, and collaborating with signatories and other stakeholders as needed. The senior specialist must be passionate about climate change and social justice. The senior specialist will report to the head of US policy, based in Washington, DC.

Core responsibilities:

  • Supporting the head of policy to (a) engage and work with PRI signatories, (b) develop relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. other investor networks, policymakers), (c) identify and take forward new signatory initiatives and collaborations on public and market policy-related issues.
  • Develop draft policy positions, consistent with the implementation of PRI’s Mission Statement and the Six Principles, and draft policy briefs to support the activities of PRI’s signatory base.
  • Analyse and synthesise research on risks and sustainability challenges in the financial system and the broader economy
  • Engage with national and local governments and regulators to promote the PRI’s US policy priorities
  • Engage with PRI signatories, develop relationships with key stakeholders (other investor networks, policy makers) and identify and taking forward new signatory initiatives and collaborations on public and market policy-related issues
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to more junior members of the team, including sharing technical knowledge and expertise where appropriate
  • Support the director of policy & research in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget
  • Provide regular reporting to the director of policy & research and chief responsible investment officer as required

Core competencies:

PRI expects roles at a ‘senior specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:


  • Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights
  • Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions
  • Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)
  • Considers examples outside of the PRI in offering alternative solutions or guidance

Business awareness

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture
  • Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work
  • Knows when and how to challenge senior managers
  • Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of PRI mission and strategy to inform decisions


  • Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels
  • Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs
  • Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement
  • Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation
  • Flexes style and approach based on colleagues’ level of understanding and preferences


  • Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing
  • Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient’s area of focus to gain buy-in
  • Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand
  • Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations


  • Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed
  • Builds an environment within the PRI which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation
  • Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying at the PRI
  • Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach


  • Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver
  • Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance
  • Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities
  • Translates project objectives into own work plans

Technical competencies & experience:

  • Previous experience conducting research and policy work, preferably including projects relevant to responsible investment and/or climate policy
  • Experience of coordinating multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, finance, natural sciences or international affairs required. Law degree or other advanced degree with an interest in environmental, social or governance issues highly desirable
  • Strong understanding of investment practice, the structure and operation of the investment chain, and of the issues relating to sustainable financial markets and the incorporation of ESG factors into investments
  • Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills with the ability to deliver high quality briefings and reports with minimal supervision
  • A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others
  • IT/system skills (Microsoft Office, CRM, social media, webcasts)
  • Program management skills, with experience in delivering projects successfully
  • Language skills, other than English, are desirable
  • As this is a global role, international travel may be required.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US

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