Location Atlanta
Job-type Permanent
Salary $Competitive
Reference 19489

Location: Atlanta, Park City, or Cincinnati Preferred; Remote Considered.

Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. ("PECO" or the "Company") is one of the nation's largest owners and operators of omnichannel grocery-anchored neighborhood shopping centers. Since its founding in 1991, PECO has generated strong results through its vertically-integrated operating platform and national footprint of well-occupied shopping centers. PECO's centers feature a mix of national and regional retailers selling necessity-based goods and services in fundamentally strong markets throughout the United States, and its top grocery anchors include Kroger, Publix, Albertsons, and Ahold Delhaize. PECO remains exclusively focused on creating great omnichannel grocery-anchored shopping experiences and improving communities, one center at a time.


The Director of ESG will play a meaningful role in crafting and building out the ESG workstream verticals and strategy from the ground up for Phillips Edison & Company (PECO). You will also work across the organization to measure and communicate the impact of PECO's broader ESG program.

This is a highly cross-functional role that will collaborate with a team of PECO partners through vision-setting, strategy development, implementation, and reporting. PECO is looking for an experienced and hardworking ESG leader to join us at a pivotal time for their ESG strategy.

This role can be based out of one of the PECO corporate offices (Cincinnati, Park City, Atlanta) or remote.

Job Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Strategy and Performance - Working closely with the General Counsel and key internal executives to further the development of PECO's long-term ESG strategy. This includes public commitments to relevant standards, development of science-based targets, and implementation plans and timelines. This also includes working across a diverse group of partners (including Investor Relations, Legal, Finance, Property Management, HR, and Operations) to support programs and priorities around material ESG issues for PECO, as well as owning the development, preparation, execution and evaluation of materiality assessments at PECO.

  • Measurement, Evaluation and Reporting - Applying relevant standards and frameworks (e.g. SASB, TCFD, GRI) to PECO's ESG efforts. Using data, benchmarks and insights from evolving ESG standards to evaluate PECO's performance. Owning reporting and tracking for ESG metrics across Elastic. Be responsible for annual disclosures of PECO's ESG reporting. Partner with the Investor Relations, Property Management, and Finance teams to gather and verify data for investors, customers and other external requests.

  • Operations and Cross-Functional Management - Lead PECO's cross-functional ESG steering committee and working groups; develop annual cadence for reporting and disclosures; effectively develop teams of outside partners, consultants and vendors toward outcomes and results.

  • Communications - In partnership with the Marketing and Investor Relations teams, develop the overall narrative for PECO's ESG efforts; represent PECO externally with relevant industry coalitions and internally to PECO associates and executives.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA or advanced degree preferred.

  • 5+ years of corporate experience in ESG, environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, or related fields.

  • Depth of knowledge on corporate sustainability, climate change, ESG topics and current trends.

  • Prior experience conducting materiality assessments strongly preferred; prior experience conducting climate-risk assessments a big plus.

  • Ownership over the creation of ESG or sustainability reports and/or proven ability to evaluate corporate performance using such reports.

  • Outstanding cross-functional partnership skills; ability to bring people together around a common goal and lead by influence.

  • Highly skilled in data analysis and building thoughtful and efficient cross-functional processes.

  • Strong written and presentation skills for high-visibility storytelling, both internally and externally.

  • Adept at synthesizing sophisticated inputs from multiple collaborators.

Diversity Statement

Acre is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of any protected characteristic, including race, color, genetic information, creed, national origin, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lawful alien status, ancestry, age, marital status, or protected veteran status and will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of a disability. We support an inclusive workplace where teams excel based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance. The more inclusive we are, the more inclusive our clients are, and the better all of our work will be.

Studies have shown that women, people of color, and other under-represented groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they fit every function of the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background for the role.

If you are interested, please apply directly via our website. For more information, please contact Shannon Lewis at shannon.lewis@acre.com.

Acre is retained by PECO to recruit for this role. Acre is a global sustainability specialist search firm focused on securing the world's best sustainability leaders and their teams for mission-driven organizations from our offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, and Singapore.