Engagement Research Officer
Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to [email protected] by 5pm PST on Monday, May 16th. No phone or email enquiries please. We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Title: Engagement Research Officer
Status: Full-time, Permanent (Union)
Reports to: Manager, Corporate Engagement & Advocacy (Decent Work & Human Rights)
Location: Vancouver or Toronto (hybrid work arrangements)
SHARE is an award-winning Canadian non-profit in the responsible investment field. SHARE is dedicated to mobilizing investor leadership to build a sustainable, inclusive, and productive economy. SHARE provides shareholder engagement, proxy vote analysis, education and training, policy advocacy, and practical research to a growing network of values-driven investors with more than $70 billion in assets under management. SHARE is the only non-profit, unionized, living-wage-certified shareholder advocacy organization in Canada.
SHARE is seeking an individual passionate about and committed to building a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy and looking to contribute to a vibrant, values-driven organization. The successful candidate is not satisfied with merely avoiding investor risk, is familiar with and works well in the world of corporate governance and finance, but is primarily motivated by the opportunity to make meaningful changes to corporate policies, systems and practices in order to contribute to social and environmental change.
Reporting to the Manager, Corporate Engagement & Advocacy (Social), and working collaboratively across programs, the Engagement Research Officer plays a key role in SHARE’s shareholder engagement program. They contribute timely, actionable research and analysis to support SHARE’s engagement program. The role of research within the engagement program is to work collaboratively to provide practical and actionable information to support the development and execution of effective corporate engagement.
The key responsibilities outlined below are interpreted as being descriptive in nature and are not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.
The Engagement Research Officer responsibilities include:
- Monitor and research publicly-traded companies and analyze key disclosures including regulatory filings, sustainability reports, websites and other information;
- Prepare decision-useful briefs and recommendations for action to assist in preparation and execution of engagement with companies;
- Contribute to developing shared knowledge and capacity across SHARE’s programs, including by providing briefings on relevant issues;
- Support strategic recommendations about targets, outcomes, metrics, timing, focus and engagement activities for sectors, companies and thematic priorities;
- Collaborate on and contribute to the design, development and evolution of — internal and external research frameworks, methodologies and project instructions, and assist in developing new benchmarks or methodological approaches for measurement and monitoring as appropriate;
- Where appropriate, maintain relationships with and monitor developments from research partners, relevant stakeholder groups, and experts in relevant fields;
- Monitor and analyze responsible investment trends and issues for future action;
- Keep up to date on current issues and critical developments in subjects central to SHARE’s engagement plan;
- Contribute to drafting and review of, client and internal communications about engagement themes and companies, including policy briefs, blog posts, and research reports;
- Collaborate with SHARE research staff across programs, projects and networks to develop better practices, share knowledge, and strengthen processes;
- Proactively monitor relevant legislation and public policy trends;
- Contribute to the development of strategy and systems to support a dynamic and growing program;
- Provide research and briefing materials to support the SHARE team in public presentations for a variety of audiences;
- Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate demonstrates the following core competencies:
- Strategic thinking; common sense; political acuity, discretion and tact;
- Ability to research topics related to the financial, social, environmental and governance policies and practices of publicly-traded companies, utilizing an interdisciplinary, intersectional and equity analysis;
- Working knowledge of related to key environmental, social and governance issues is required, including familiarity with common reporting frameworks & standards used in responsible investment analysis;
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex issues and problems and identify cogent analysis;
- Advanced data analytical skills are considered a strong asset;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent record-keeping, organizational and time management skills, including the ability to set priorities and balance competing deadlines and pressures;
- Ability to work independently on a variety of tasks and contribute as part of a team;
- Highly proficient with cloud-based collaboration tools, CRM databases, Microsoft Suite, and relevant database and data analysis tools.
Terms and Conditions of employment, including salary, hours of work, vacation and benefits, are set in accordance with the SHARE-USW Collective Agreement.
SHARE offers a comprehensive health benefits plan.
Staff participate in a defined-benefit multi-employer pension plan.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, work will primarily be remote from home or other suitable location, with a phased return to SHARE’s offices planned in accordance with guidance from public health authorities. Ordinarily, work is in a standard office environment, based out of one of SHARE’s offices. Occasional overnight and international travel are required, once health restrictions allow.
- Minimum three to five years of experience in a related research role.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience related to law, human rights, or corporate social responsibility.
- Demonstrated knowledge of business, investment, and financial markets in Canada and internationally;
- Demonstrated expertise of relevant concepts, research and standards related to human rights, sustainability, decent work, and responsible investment.
- Strong, demonstrated experience working on action-oriented research and policy analysis in support of impactful, issues campaigns.
- Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is considered a strong asset.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Terms and conditions of employment are set in accordance with the SHARE-USW Collective agreement.
SHARE offers a comprehensive benefits package, employer-matched contribution to a defined benefit pension plan through DbPlus, support for professional development, and an annual fitness benefit.
Once Covid-19-related travel restrictions are lifted, occasional overnight and international travel is required.
As Covid-19 restrictions ease, SHARE will operate with a flexible office policy. In the interest of fostering community and collaboration, staff are expected to spend at least seven days each month in their assigned office (either Toronto or Vancouver.)
SHARE’s Vancouver office is located on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. SHARE’s Toronto office is located in the territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples.
SHARE strives to embody its values of fairness, inclusion and justice in its hiring and employment practices and has a strong commitment to employment equity. SHARE staff are represented by the United Steelworkers.
SHARE seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour and LGBTQ+ candidates.