ESG Counsel

AlcoaPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaFull Time

Shape Your World

At Alcoa, you will become an essential part of our purpose: to turn raw potential into real progress. The way we see it, every Alcoan is a work-shaper, team-shaper, idea-shaper, world-shaper.

Alcoa is a global leader in the production of bauxite, alumina and aluminum with a purpose to turn raw potential into real progress. This purpose is reflected not only in the materials we produce, but the impact we make with our customers, investors, communities, and employees.

Reporting to the SVP, Chief Governance Counsel and Secretary, the ESG Counsel is responsible to provide legal advice and counseling relating to Alcoa’s ESG initiatives and activities in close collaboration with our Global Corporate and Operations teams. This position will be part of the Legal organization, as well as supporting the Sustainability lead-team to assist with developing and implementing ESG strategy and standards at Alcoa.

While Pittsburgh is a preferred location for this role, we are open to candidates based in other U.S. locations.

Key Activities & Skills

  • Serve as a thought leader and in-house expert on all aspects of ESG disclosure, governance, and best practices, including legal, regulatory, and market developments and trends.
  • Monitor and advise on ESG developments, trends, risk mitigation initiatives, and best practices.
  • Execute legal review of all ESG reporting, including ESG-related disclosures, with responsibility for ESG disclosure framework.
  • Support special corporate governance projects as the need arises and other tasks, strategic projects, or duties as needed.
  • Provide strategic, practical legal advice regarding ESG issues, including on existing and emerging ESG requirements and regulations.
  • Legal advisor to Commercial, Controllership, Investor Relations, and External Affairs groups on ESG statements.
  • Analyze potential impacts to the businesses and mitigation activities.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Experienced in working for global and public company, preferably from mining, heavy or energy intensive industries.
  • Law degree from an accredited college or university, and licensed to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
  • Minimum of 7 years of legal experience, within an in-house legal department an/or a law firm, including with environment, litigation, and/or compliance matters.
  • Strategic thinker who can connect legal challenges to the business and develop smart, insight-driven strategies.
  • Comprehensive understanding of regulatory programs relating to sustainability, reporting frameworks, such as: TCFD (US), SEC climate disclosure requirements (US), CSRD (Europe).
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate and collaborate across functions, businesses, and disciplines.
  • Ability to negotiate, organize, plan, problem-solve and partner with leadership to achieve desired objectives.
  • Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously while maintaining deadlines and strategic goals.

To support our teams and their families beyond the workplace, Alcoa provides an outstanding benefits package effective day one of employment! In addition to medical benefits, employee resource group opportunities, 401K options and a first-rate vacation plan for valuable work-life balance.

About the Location

Working at the Pittsburgh Alcoa Corporate Center, located on the thriving North Shore of Pittsburgh, allows employees to experience firsthand, whether working virtually or on-site or a hybrid of the two, what being a values-based company means. Through daily interactions with colleagues and exposure to some of the organization’s highest-level executives, the office creates an environment in which all employees can develop and contribute to their full potential. Outside of the office, Pittsburgh itself is one of the country’s most livable and affordable cities – combining the city feel with small town charm.

We are values led, vision driven and united by our purpose of transforming raw potential into real progress. Our commitments to Inclusion, Diversity & Equity include providing trusting workplaces that are safe, respectful and inclusive of all individuals, free from discrimination, bullying and harassment and that our workplaces reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.

As a proud equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer, Alcoa is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of a person’s gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, nation of origin, disability, veteran status, language spoken or any other characteristic or status protected by the laws or regulations in the places where we operate.

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This is a place where you are empowered to do your best work, be your authentic self, and feel a true sense of belonging. Come join us and shape your career!

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