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CSR Job Posting: Knowledge Manager with Edelman

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For those who read MBA graduate Ashley Jablow’s appeal earlier this week, where she discussed her skills and her job search for a company that focuses on corporate responsibility, this is point on. Edelman, the global public relations company is looking for a candidate who will work on CSR, branding and business strategy.

The job posting is below:

Description: Corporate and brand citizenship research associate: this person will have a passion for and experience with: social issues, branding, business strategy, consumer behavior, qualitative and quantitative research. S/he must be self-starter and able to work effectively with a variety of multiple assignments. S/he must have demonstrated research skills, solid knowledge of MS Office Suite (especially PPT) and superior verbal and written communication skills. The ability to quickly assess a topic related to social issues, find, review and aggregate pertinent information and create compelling written analysis in a variety of formats,is a core responsibility of the position.

Qualifications: This individual will be a critical part of the Edelman Citizenship team, working closely with firm leadership to develop future oriented points of view and processes/products and services related to the intersection of citizenship, corporate reputation, issues management, and CSR. The ideal candidate has an advanced degree in business/experience in cause branding/ corporate citizenship consulting. Exceptional written skills required. Experience working with NGOs and public private partnerships also important.

Work attributes include: self starter, curiosity, broad consumer of information from multiple sources around the globe, superior writer, ability to create powerful PP presentations and other communications and facility to analyze and develop diverse information into strong added value for the team, firm and field.

Responsibilities: The Research Associate is responsible for implementing and monitoring research projects for the practice area and within a specific set of accounts primarily under the direction of Kristian Darigan Merenda, SVP, and Carol Cone, EVP in specialty areas focused on brand and corporate citizenship. The position will be supplemented by interns, and account executives from client engagement teams. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Research and Development:

  • Using Edelman paid subscription resources and publicly available data, regularly perform secondary research, track trends and compile briefs focused on topics including, but not limited to: green marketing, cause related marketing, social marketing, cause branding, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, fund raising, and nonprofit marketing, etc.
  • Help supply content for an internal, global knowledge management system to support Edelman’s work in the brand and corporate citizenship arena.
  • Participate in the development, analysis and execution of Good Purpose and other pioneering research/ thought leadership strategies.

Marketing Communications:

  • Develop insights to share externally via, social networking sites, blog content, and white papers.
  • Develop cutting edge presentations, in conjunction with managers for: Internal training, Client education, New business, and Speeches.

To read the complete the job listing for “PR: Corporate Citizenship – Knowledge Manager” as well as to apply, visit Edelman’s Careers page.

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CSR Job Postings Up; More Opportunities for Senior Executives

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If a job in the wide sphere of corporate social responsibility is what delights you, there might be some good news on the horizon. It’s been over a year of cost-cutting, when jobs that had “CSR or the like” in their titles were among the first to be eliminated. Initiatives were hunkered down and sustainability execs took to networking heavily, freelancing consulting projects and seeking out smaller, but greener (ecologically!), outfits for work.

That was 2009 and some of 2008. Now things seem to be, ever so slowly, picking up. A well-analyzed jobs report by Sustainability Recruiting, titled: “The State of the CSR Job Market: Key Findings and Trends“, which compared 819 job postings between 2004 and 2009 by title, shows a 33% uptick in job postings for the last quarter of 2009. This is after successive drops of 61% in 2008 and 68% in 2009, excluding the fourth quarter.

While restricted to findings from the Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) CSR Jobs page, the findings are telling for the career field called CSR. Rewind a couple of years ago and CSR was not even a well-searched job field, let alone the buzzword it has become today for students as well as professionals. Another key indicator from the study: CSR is maturing, in that, while overall job postings declined, posts for VP and Directors increased. From the report: “CSR positions are becoming more senior-level, based on analysis of titles. Over the past 2 years, there has been an uptick in postings with Director and Vice President titles. VP titles were not used in postings until 2006.

The report also attempts to distinguish between three types of CSR employers, an important distinction for as nascent a field as social responsibility. This differentiation has its benefits for understanding the job market as well as figuring out where you see yourself best suited. A quick summary of these:

1) Internal: This includes global corporations that usually prefer to fill new positions like CSR internally. This has its merits and demerits. You’re building on the individual’s training and knowledge of the business, but not necessarily gaining CSR-specific expertise. There is also the danger of falling into the trap of greenwashing. I discussed this trend earlier this year, where I cited the handful of companies that are responding to stakeholder demand by instituting eco-officers or chief sustainability officers–all internal transfers.

2) Services: This category would include consultants, thought groups and advocacy organizations, usually member-based. Especially for consulting, last year saw a huge uptick for environmental work, with California reporting that green jobs grew by 5% while overall jobs declined by 1% and further, that environmental consulting made up 45% of all green employment.

3) Independent: These are by far the most popular. This category would include NGOs, non profits, research organizations, and benchmarking firms like RiskMetrics. Public sector entities like the World Bank would also fall under this employer type.

And if you are interested in seeing which employers hired the most number of candidates for CSR-related jobs (also referred to as corporate sustainability, corporate responsibility, sustainability, green officers, etc.), take a look below.

The report also goes on to divide the jobs by city, region, domestic and international, as well as a comparison of actual titles, i.e., CSR vs. sustainability, etc, and recommendations for job seekers. Read the complete report at Got something to add or ask? Leave a comment or follow us on Twitter @VaultCSR!

For more CSR-related career advice and job trends, visit In Good Company!

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