Sustainability Officer

Washington State Investment Board
Olympia, USA
$110,400 - $184,000
Aug 13, 2019
Sep 12, 2019
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
• Understand, evaluate, and interpret various industry standards/systems in consideration of sustainable investing disciplines and decisions.
• Provide input, research, and technical analysis related to the investment materiality and relevance of ESG issues as they relate to the WSIB's investment strategies and corporate governance processes.
• Partner with the WSIB's investment teams and be part of the Investment Committee to develop suitable mapping and measurement standards for ESG factors deemed relevant to investment decision-making over time.
• Work with organizations that are refining and/or consolidating effective ESG standards/metrics systems that align with WSIB investment disciplines.
• Prepare written materials for and make oral presentations to the Board and its Committees.
• Educate and brief Board members and staff on the state of ESG related disciplines that are most relevant and suitable to the WSIB's investments and in the interest of WSIB beneficiaries.
• Support with data and facts the WSIB external position on ESG related issues, especially when issues may impact on the WSIB's reputation.
• Support and help inform government affairs initiatives (state and federal) or regulatory efforts that involve ESG issues.
• Speak at industry events to represent WSIB's point of view and thought leadership on ESG issues.
• Develop and publish the WSIB's annual Investment Sustainability Report to communicate ESG related investment data and approaches to key issues.

• Bachelor's degree in business, finance, economics, or fields closely related to investment management and analysis.
• Five years' experience with a direct role in one or more of these areas: analyzing or managing capital markets and/or investment portfolios, investment risk management and/or issues management, managing corporate governance issues as integral to an organization's fiduciary duty.

The strongest candidate will possess:
• Adaptability - A blend of technical knowledge and emotional intelligence.
• Analytical Skills - The ability to clearly analyze investment materiality vs. ideological issues as part of an investment discipline and in context of broad, public fiduciary duty.
• Knowledge of Asset Management - Working knowledge or experience related to portfolio management, asset allocation, investment analysis, planning and strategy. Certification or a level of achievement from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program is highly desirable. Familiarity with current and emerging sustainability standards is desirable.
• Communications Skills - Exceptional written, verbal, and presentation skills are essential. The Sustainability Officer will prepare written and oral presentations to the Board and its Committees as well as represent the WSIB at industry events and publish an annual Investment Sustainability Report.
• Forward Thinking - The ability to look beyond where we are, to where we need to be, while being a patient strategist and a nimble planner.
• Networking & Interpersonal Skills - The Sustainability Officer will be an alliance builder and a network connector for the WSIB within the industry.
• Resiliency - The ability to learn from mistakes and criticism, and a willingness to partner constructively and dynamically when team members sort through differing views on potentially contentious issues.

In addition to a complete profile, please attach:
• A cover letter specifying why this position is of interest to you and how you meet the qualifications listed above. This letter should be no more than two pages.
• A current chronological resume.

Prior to a new hire, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.


Candidate evaluations will be ongoing and the WSIB may make a hiring decision at any time. This recruitment will close when the position is filled.

The Washington State Investment Board is a dedicated global investment management organization with assets under management in excess of $134 billion. WSIB's globally diversified portfolios are comprised of more than 15,000 securities across 74 countries on 6 continents and in 44 currencies. WSIB's central mandate is to maximize return at a prudent level of risk.

WSIB is a respected institutional investor and thought leader in its industry. A solid reputation and large scale offer the opportunity to invest in the world's leading investors on behalf of more than 500,000 public employee beneficiaries.

We are located in Olympia, on the southernmost tip of Puget Sound. Olympians enjoy a quality of life enhanced by natural beauty and a mild year-round climate that promotes outdoor activities such as skiing, sailing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and mountain climbing. Its close proximity to Seattle provides a variety of cultural and culinary experiences, while its residents enjoy a lower cost of living. Within a two-hour drive from Olympia are the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and Seattle.

  •  Opportunities for professional development, training, growth, and advancement
  •  Tuition reimbursement
  •  A comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; vacation, sick, military and civil leave; 11 paid holidays per year
  •  Membership in the Public Employees' Retirement System
  •  Opportunities to participate in the Deferred Compensation and Dependent Care Assistance Programs.

The Washington State Investment Board is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at (360) 956-4716 or via email to