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Director, Responsible Investment

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Asset Manager

At Harris, the true value of what makes us successful is found in our people. It is our unique mix of cultures, experiences, beliefs and backgrounds that sets Harris apart from the rest. We constantly strive to cultivate, nurture and amplify an unparalleled environment, where we value intellectual curiosity and uniqueness of thought. Inclusion is embedded in the very fabric of our culture of collaboration and openness.

We understand that a job description only tells one part of a broader story, and Harris is seeking dynamic candidates who can add to our best-in-class environment. We recognize that qualifications can be gained through both traditional and non-traditional paths, and we are committed to considering candidates who possess the potential to be excellent in this role regardless of prior experiences.

Therefore we encourage ALL interested individuals to submit their applications, even if they do not meet every requirement outlined in the job description.

The Position

The Responsible Investment team is responsible for ensuring that Harris Associates has research-driven capabilities, infrastructure, talent and products to meet the evolving needs of clients, now and in the future. As part of continued growth, we are seeking to recruit an experienced Director, Responsible Investments to aid the investment analysts ESG integration, provide investment oriented-thought leadership, evolve our engagement strategy and deliver content rich reporting. The position will be based in Chicago and will report to the Head of Client Portfolio Management.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record in developing and guiding a firm’s efforts on ESG policy, integration, stewardship and reporting. They will be focused on integrating ESG and engagement into investment processes. It is critical that this individual be a creative thinker and able to collaborate with a broad group of stakeholders.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Conduct issuer-level ESG research to supplement investment team due diligence.
  • Contribute to investment team’s development and training on responsible investing topics.
  • Lead and oversee the delivery of high-quality responsible investment content and reports.
  • Lead meetings both with clients and internally, championing the firm’s Responsible Investing capabilities and providing expertise on portfolio holdings.
  • Gather client feedback, using it to drive strategic planning of the RI business and to align with our client’s responsible investing policies.
  • Develop a forward-looking engagement framework, based on investment materiality.
  • Oversee engagement efforts in collaboration with the Proxy Voting team and investment analysts.

Required

Position Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Investment acumen and passion: the successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the ways in which ESG research and engagement are used to value investments. Must exhibit a highly analytical and detailed approach, within the context of overall portfolio philosophy and process.
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills: the successful candidate will bring credibility to engage productively with senior investors and leaders, including the ability to provide a point of view, constructively challenge status quo, and solve problems. They will bring a flexible mindset and creative approach to problem solving, with the discretion to manage competing priorities from multiple stakeholders.
  • Operational track record: the successful candidate will have experience developing frameworks, systems and tools to drive execution on ESG integration, engagement and reporting. The candidate can proactively identify and implement process improvements and efficiencies.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to articulate and integrate numerous viewpoints, and mobilize/influence across all levels of the organization, including senior leaders.
  • The ability to navigate stressful situations with poise, focused on being a calming presence, an active listener, and a pragmatic problem solver.

Preferred

  • 10+ years of experience as an investment professional, with deep experience in ESG investing.
  • Prior asset management experience within a responsible investing department.
  • Strong academic credentials, ideally including completion of ESG-focused credential or certificate program (e.g., SASB FSA, CFA ESG Certificate, PRI Academy)

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