Director, CSR & Sustainability

08 May, 2023


Director, CSR & Sustainability

Krause Group
Des Moines, IA

Krause Group is headquartered in Des Moines, IA and operates in a hybrid office setting. Our associates are onsite a few days each week. Role is not fully remote.

Are you experienced in leading CSR and sustainability efforts? Are you passionate about helping corporations meet their CSR and sustainability goals?

Krause Group is looking for a Director, CSR & Sustainability to join our team! This role will lead the CSR Program Management and the Planet Pillar, which is one of our four CSR Pillars, for Krause Group businesses, ensuring we meet our sustainability goals. The Director, CSR & Sustainability will provide consulting to all Krause Group businesses within our organization, both in the US and Italy.

Krause Group is committed to addressing Climate Action by reducing our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50%. This role will be responsible for managing our GHG emissions inventory and collaborate with business leaders to reduce their businesses emissions. The Director, CSR & Sustainability will also direct our CSR governance, strategy, metrics and data, stakeholder engagement, communication, and assessments.

Success in this role is partnering closely with our Chief Brand Officer to create and manage programs and initiatives that support the Krause Group CSR strategy and advance the reputation and awareness of the company’s CSR initiatives.

What you’ll do

  • Consult and collaborate with each Business Leader on their CSR plan
  • Act as a consultant to Business Leaders to drive CSR initiatives and goals forward
  • Partner with Chief Brand Officer to plan and present at Sr. CSR Committee and Pillar Lead meetings
  • Seek to create synergies across the CSR pillars and facilitates presentations of ideas, opportunities, and challenges to the Sr. CSR Steering Committee
  • Own and lead the Sustainability Pillar
  • Identify, analyze, and consult on environmental sustainability projects that reduce our environmental impact within businesses with the overall Company focus on Climate Action
  • Responsible for tracking sustainability metrics and identifying areas of improvement
  • Leads the project team to identify content, metrics, and visuals, and produce the company’s annual CSR Report
  • Provide necessary leadership to define, get buy-in, and execute strategies for sustainability while working in close coordination with internal stakeholders including providing education to expand leaders’ knowledge on CSR Engage associates in sustainability initiatives
  • Oversee the collection of CSR metrics and drives progress towards our KPIs to achieve long term CSR goals
  • Partner with the Chief Brand Officer to execute the 10-year CSR vision for each Krause Group business
  • Identify, benchmark, and implement best practices utilizing international guidelines and assessments including GRI, UNSDGs and other frameworks across businesses
  • Partner with the Chief Brand Officer to meet quarterly with Business Leaders to consult on CSR and sustainability initiatives and monitor progress

What we’re looking for

  • Training and/or experience with corporate sustainability strategy and reporting
  • Experience in writing and managing state, federal, and local grants
  • Experience or training in GRI Reporting, Climate Action and GHG Emission Inventory Management

Other key requirements

  • Expansive experience in CSR and Sustainability, or a similar role
  • Relocation to the Des Moines, IA area is required

Leadership Competencies

  • Communication: Delivers clear, effective communication and listens to others.
  • Conceptual/Systems Thinking: Recognizes patterns, trends, themes, and connections in information to develop innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Constructive Engagement: Expresses ideas and disagreements, constructively resolves conflict, and encourages others to do the same.
  • Customer Orientation: Meets the expectations and needs of internal and external customers.
  • Decision Making: Makes good decisions in a timely manner.
  • Empowerment: Takes initiative and solves problems.
  • Talent Development: Maximizes potential and improves overall performance.
  • Influence: Proactively builds relationships and influences others.
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Accurately assesses problems and effectively and efficiently arrives at solutions.
  • Strategic Thinking: Understands the current state and is able to visualize the ideal state and how to achieve it.

About Krause Group

Krause Group is an Iowa-based company housing a diverse set of businesses with over 5,000 associates across the U.S. and Italy. These companies include Kum & Go, L.C., Solar Transport, Krause+, Pro Iowa, and the Des Moines Menace soccer team. Krause Group is also home to Italian wineries Vietti and Enrico Serafino, the historic soccer club Parma Calcio 1913, and boutique luxury hotel Casa di Langa, located in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Krause Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an inclusive environment encouraging all interested candidates to apply.


Job posted: 2023-05-08