Associate Director, Sustainability in Infrastructure

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Published: September 7, 2021
NYC or remote, NY
Job Type
CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director / Corporate Sustainability / Certification /
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BSR™ is a team of sustainable business experts that works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From our offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR™ provides insight, advice, and collaborative initiatives to help you see a changing world more clearly, create long-term business value, and scale impact. Visit for more information about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability. We are proud to say that we have a team of some of the most talented and motivated people in the industry working in our global offices in Copenhagen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo. 

Position Overview

BSR’s sustainability consulting work with multinational corporations covers a range of strategic topics and approaches to manage social and environmental issues that are material to business, such as materiality analysis, sustainability strategy development, supply chain engagement, stakeholder and community engagement, climate change mitigation and resilience, assessing human rights impacts/risks, and impact management plans.

The Associate Director will work collaboratively across BSR’s industry and practice teams on a range of consulting, grant-funded projects, and collaborative initiatives, primarily focused on clients in the industrial manufacturing, transportation, energy, extractives, and other infrastructure industries, but may do some work in other industries as well. The Associate Director’s role is to ensure exceptional project execution and high-quality engagement with BSR member companies and other partners. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Project Management and Implementation: Lead projects either as project managers or project directors, depending on team needs and expertise. In the Project Manager role, Associate Directors assume responsibility for delivering consulting and grant-funded projects, which includes overseeing project scope, timeline, deliverable quality, and budget; managing clients and project teams; providing subject matter expertise; conducting primary research, including leading stakeholder interviews; utilizing tools; developing insights and recommendations; and presenting at and facilitating client meetings. In the Project Director role, Associate Directors deliver consulting services to members or funders in their cluster—often directing several projects simultaneously.
  • Business Development: Build deep relationships with senior executives and business leaders within BSR’s member base, and develop new business opportunities across their cluster portfolio. Associate Directors may have additional responsibilities to develop business with private foundations, public-sector funders, and other partners.
  • Member and Client Management: Manage several key member relationships and provide member support to drive recruitment and retention for their clusters.
  • Team management: Lead project teams to effectively achieve project objectives, outcomes, and impacts; establish the standards by which the project will be guided, including managing senior
  • team members; and support team members’ learning and skills development.
  • Thought Leadership and External Representation: Represent BSR to external audiences by presenting at conferences, writing publications, forming external partnerships, and creating other opportunities to raise BSR’s profile more broadly.
  • Industrials, Transportation, Energy & Extractives: BSR works with numerous member companies in the industrial, transportation, energy, and extractives industries. The Associate Director will contribute to the overall leadership and management of group of industry clusters by working closely with cluster leadership, facilitating cluster meetings, and leading talent reviews. 


  • Master’s degree with 7-10 years of experience or equivalent education and experience.
  • Significant experience in the private sector or other relevant institutions required, including the ability to generate business opportunities, to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines, and to deliver for internal or external clients.
  • Proven track record in developing financial support from business, private foundations, and other funders to enable project implementation.
  • Proven leadership skills, including a demonstrated ability to mentor other team members.
  • Collaborative mindset and the intellectual agility to work with companies in various industries.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and analytical skills. Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills.
  • High degree of fluency in English, with fluency in a second language a plus.
  • Self-motivated with a capacity to work and thrive in a growing, fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to undertake up to 20% business travel post COVID.
  • High ethical standards and commitment to BSR core values of leadership, respect and integrity.
  • Any offer of employment may be conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation. 


BSR is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a global organization, BSR strives to represent a culmination of different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and ideas. BSR encourages employees to be themselves and share their unique stories, as these initiatives foster a global environment of creativity, forward thinking, and open-mindedness. These values drive the innovative work of our staff and support BSR’s overarching mission to build a just and sustainable world.

At BSR, discrimination because of age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression,  sexual  orientation,  military  or  veteran status, or any other status protected by regional laws, is not condoned. BSR strives to maintain a fair and inclusive working environment. Thus, these factors do not influence recruitment, performance management processes, and project assignments. BSR aims to support necessary accommodations and has a zero-tolerance policy for discriminatory behavior and retaliation in response to the needs of our employees.

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