Associate Director, Sustainability & Geopolitics Global Public Policy Job at Ernst & Young, New York, NY

  • Ernst & Young
  • New York, NY

Job Description

EY focuses on high ethical standards and integrity among its employees and expects all candidates to demonstrate these qualities.  At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

The EY Public Policy function focuses on the public policy and regulatory issues that affect EY’s businesses, the audit profession, and the broader capital markets. Our dialogue with policymakers, regulators, investors, and other stakeholders helps inform our views and actions as we navigate the complexity of operating across the globe in over 150 countries.  

The opportunity

This is a full-time role in EY’s Global Public Policy (GPP) team. The EY Public Policy function works to advance EY’s strategic objectives in a number of areas, including regulatory policy related to audit and assurance; sustainability; financial services; digital technology and geopolitics. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading a policy portfolio focused on sustainability and geopolitics.  

Your key responsibilities

As Associate Director, you will work with other members of the GPP team and with other EY colleagues to help advance EY’s sustainability and geopolitics-related public policy priorities in appropriate forums, including regulatory and legislative bodies, standard-setting organizations, trade associations, and other stakeholder organizations.  

Working with GPP and other colleagues, you will also help to develop materials (e.g., slide presentations, talking points, points of view, etc.) that will be used for EY leaders’ internal meetings and meetings with key external parties. 

You will also have responsibility for monitoring, researching, analyzing, and reporting on relevant global public policy matters of interest to EY and the accounting profession (principally in the sustainability and geopolitical areas), as well providing input to advocacy strategies.

As Associate Director, you will lead the development and publication of EY’s sustainability reporting monthly newsletter that serves both internal and external audiences. You will also drive operational efficiency including liaising with and managing internal and external vendors, support services, etc.

The role will provide you with opportunities to develop subject matter expertise on matters of vital importance to EY as well as to work collaboratively with EY people from multiple service lines and geographies.   

Lastly, you will manage your own portfolio of work, which will be overseen by GPP’s Vice Chair and Deputy Vice Chair.

Skills and attributes needed for success

  • Ability to produce materials for presentations and briefings, including strong PowerPoint skills 
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to tailor communications to different internal and external audiences
  • An understanding of and interest in global public policy, particularly with respect to sustainability and geopolitics
  • Ability to identify and analyze public policy developments, put them into context and identify/communicate key concerns and insights
  • Ability to oversee multiple tasks concurrently, and on varying topics
  • Strategic thinking skills and experience addressing complex challenges
  • Agility to pivot to emerging issues and tasks of an urgent nature
  • Ability to navigate across EY’s service lines and functions

To qualify for the role, you must have

  • 8+ years experience in professional services and/or public policy
  • Experience in a policymaking, advocacy, or government adjacent role 
  • Experience with sustainability/ESG policy matters is required; experience with sustainability reporting matters is preferred
  • Supervisory experience, the ability to work as a member of a team, including by collaborating, being transparent, taking initiative, and working virtually if and as appropriate
  • Ability to synthesize complex information from various sources
  • An understanding of—or a willingness to understand—EY’s business and the potential impact of regulation on EY’s business
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple priorities effectively and meeting deadlines on schedule
  • Ability to work across different cultures
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to deal with unexpected or last-minute requests, while executing more regular tasks and projects
  • Demonstrable integrity at all times, and exercise discretion with sensitive and confidential information

Ideally, you’ll also have 

  • Knowledge of sustainability reporting, geopolitics, AI, audit, tax, or crypto issues
  • Project Management skills
  • MS Office (PowerPoint, Excel a priority) and other technology skills


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree is required
  • Master’s degree in business administration or public policy, preferred

What we look for

  • We’re looking for an experienced, high-energy, self-starting individual who embraces change and innovation and has a passion for helping us Build a Better Working World

What we offer

The compensation ranges below are provided in order to comply with United States pay transparency laws. Other geographies will follow their local salary guidelines, which may not be a direct conversion of published US salary range/s. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to the business.  The salary range for this job in most geographic locations in the US is $125,900 to $235,500. The salary range for New York City Metro Area, Washington State and California (excluding Sacramento) is $151,100 to $267,600.  Individual salaries within those ranges are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge, skills and geography.  In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.

EY | Building a better working world

EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets.

Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.

Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today.

EY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer providing equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected basis, including arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable law.

EY is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and either need assistance applying online or need to request an accommodation during the interview process, please call 1-800-EY-HELP3, type Option 2 (HR-related inquiries) and then type Option 1 (HR Shared Services Center), which will route you to EY’s Talent Shared Services Team or email SSC Customer Support at .

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