Job opening: Vice President of Social Responsibility

January 3, 2020

Mercy Investment Services seeks a creative and values-oriented leader as Vice President of Social Responsibility. Launched in 2010 and located in St. Louis, MO, Mercy Investment Services provides for the collective investment and professional management of the endowment and other investment funds of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and their sponsored ministries, while working for a just and sustainable world and embracing socially responsible investing as a means of promoting systemic change. The socially responsible investing program emphasizes the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy – specifically, the areas of nonviolence, racism, environment, concern for women, and immigration – and serves as a critical ministry for the future support of the Sisters of Mercy and a major provider of out-sourced shareholder engagement capabilities for other mission-based investors.  

Reporting to the President and Chief Investment Officer, the Vice President of Social Responsibility is an officer of Mercy Investment Services and a member of the management team, working closely with the President and Chief Investment Officer and the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The Vice President is responsible for the development, direction, and implementation of Mercy Investment Services’ socially responsible investment activities, including its investment screens; impact investments; proxy voting; and shareholder advocacy. The Vice President develops and manages relationships with key partners, such as those providing proxy voting and company research. The Vice President develops relationships and builds collaboration with other social responsibility partners in order to implement a socially responsible investment program consistent with Mercy Investment Services’ mission and values. The Vice President is currently supported by two key leadership positions, the Senior Director of Shareholder Advocacy and the Director of Mercy Partnership Fund, who are responsible for the implementation of shareholder advocacy and community investments, and a team of 10 staff members. 

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of management experience in a complex mission-driven setting, a strong commitment to service and accountability, and outstanding listening, communication and influencing skills complemented by a collegial and inclusive style that will engender trust and facilitate collaboration. The Vice President must be able to function as a strong thought partner to the President and Chief Investment Officer, the Management Team, the Social Responsibility Committee, and the Board of Directors, and to bridge the work of shareholder advocacy and investment functions, creating meaningful dialogue while promoting change. Additional requirements include familiarity with social and environmental justice and advocacy initiatives and investment processes; demonstrated experience and/or training in the area of corporate social responsibility, best practices in governance, ESG and/or impact investments, or a comparable field; outstanding presentation and communication skills; and strong personal integrity and commitment to ethical principles. Relocation to St. Louis, while desirable, is not required. 

Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter and resume) should be directed to Mercy-VPSR@divsearch.com.

For information, please contact:
Sandra Goldman
Vice President & Managing Associate
Diversified Search
One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA  19103
1-267-322-0883
 
Mercy Investment Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.