Ceres

Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. We mobilize a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.

Our Mission: Mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.

Ceres Boston, MA, USA
Jun 14, 2018
Full time
Assistant, Capital Market Systems   Organization  Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.  For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site ( www.ceres.org ).  Description & Responsibilities  Ceres’ Capital Market Systems (CMS) team consolidates Ceres’ work on critical market levers that will help scale the transition to sustainable capital markets. The program works to (1) promote sustainable governance by corporate boards, and (2) press stock exchanges, securities regulators and other supranational bodies to mandate or otherwise encourage sustainability disclosure. Capital Market Systems team focuses on opportunities to achieve robust corporate disclosure and thoughtful decision-making that capitalizes on sustainability opportunities and tackles risks, by working with investors, companies, and key influencers, such as corporate directors, stock exchanges and securities regulators.   The CMS team is seeking an Assistant to support the program broadly, as well as support key projects on the governance and disclosure initiatives.  We are looking for candidates with strong organizational and an interest in sustainability governance and disclosure. This full-time position is based in Boston, MA, and reports to the Program Director, Capital Market Systems.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Work with the Program Director, Capital Market Systems in setting up and maintaining systems for the Capital Markets Systems team. Responsibilities include: Organizing and supporting team meetings. Developing and maintaining team systems, including goals, program and outcomes trackers, systems on the Common, Salesforce. Organizing and coordinating CMS team’s Communications efforts, including where needed, drafting content for the website, newsletters, and other content. Supporting HR related efforts, including recruitment and team training. Supporting engagement with Ceres Board of Directors, including organizing the team to help develop Board materials. Represent CMS team at organizational meetings. Provide administrative support to Program Director, including scheduling, travel, and meeting prep. Provide administrative, logistical, and research support for team projects on sustainability governance and ESG disclosure. Support CMS staff on key projects, including organizing events and teleconferences, including scheduling, taking notes and follow up. Assist with project management of reports and other deliverables. Support Program Director and staff on presentations internally and externally on CMS priorities. Provide administrative support including:  scheduling, preparing minutes for meetings and conference calls. As requested by Program Director, support the team on grant proposals, progress reports, and funder outreach.  Qualifications  Bachelor’s degree required. One to two years of work experience or internships, preferably direct experience working on sustainability-related issues. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative, motivation. Strong project management skills. Ability to organize and execute multiple projects and to thrive in a fast-paced environment, including attention to detail. Strong research and writing skills. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Self-confidence mixed with humility to ask questions and look for guidance. Desire to work in a fast-paced environment. Self-starter who knows when to ask questions and get clarity. Experience working with and supporting senior level staff. Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, Google Docs, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications. Interest and willingness to be trained on specific applications necessary for work: ReadyTalk, Salesforce, listserv programs, etc.   How to Apply  We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:   www.ceres.org . If you are interested in applying, please submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.  Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.
Ceres Boston, MA, USA
May 04, 2018
Full time
Manager, Climate Action 100+ Organization Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.   For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site ( www.ceres.org ). Climate Action 100+  is a new five-year initiative led by investors to engage with the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to improve governance on climate change, curb emissions and strengthen climate-related financial disclosures. To date, 256 investors with more than USD $30 trillion in assets under management have signed on to the initiative. The initiative is designed to implement the investor commitment first set out in the  Global Investor Statement on Climate Change  in the months leading up to the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement in 2015 limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.   Description & Responsibilities  The Manager, Climate Action 100+ Initiative will collaboratively organize and coordinate investor engagements with North America based companies on the focus list in alignment with the goals of the initiative. This position will collaborate, as required, with other relevant Ceres’ initiatives and staff responsible for related campaigns and companies.  The Manager, Climate Action 100+ will staff the Ceres North America Engagement Working Group, one of five working groups charged with driving company-by-company engagements with a subset of focus companies. This is a full-time salaried position, based in the Boston office, and reporting to Director of this initiative.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to: Serve as cross-organization project manager to organize and manage North American investor engagements as part of the global Climate Action 100+ Initiative, including working closely with U.S, Canadian and international investors that are designated as lead and supporting investors for engagements with North American focus companies. Drive effective engagement campaigns with each focus company, including for example, building/coordinating aligned groups of investors, developing company specific research-based strategies, and ensuring investor accountability through bi-annual reporting. Coordinate with the Director, Climate Action 100+ Investor Engagement to ensure ongoing alignment with global implementation guidelines, timelines and processes. Coordinate meetings of and communications with the Climate Action 100+ North America Engagement Working Group and its members. Compile company-specific data, information and materials from data providers and relevant NGOs supporting the Climate Action 100+ initiative to support individual company engagements, and conduct/oversee company-specific research and develop written materials as necessary to support investor engagement. Work closely with the Directors and staff of other related Ceres initiatives that engage companies on climate-related issues, to ensure alignment and consistency, including the Investor Team, the Carbon Asset Risk initiative; the Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Transportation teams, the Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability (SICS), and the Corporate Team relationship managers for relevant Ceres Companies. Work closely with Ceres’ membership programs – investors and companies – to assure their engagement and involvement. Oversee the tracking of Climate Action 100+ activities, deliverables, progress and outcomes in North America, and implement appropriate systems for documenting activities. Coordinate with Ceres Communications & Marketing team, and Development team regarding the accomplishments of the Climate Action 100+ Initiative.  Qualifications Bachelor degree, required.  Graduate degree in law or business preferred. 5 years of work experience in investment, finance, shareholder engagement or corporate management, ideally with a focus on climate or environmental matters and a track record of project management and/or campaign leadership. Experience designing and managing campaigns or other significant and complex projects characterized by changing dynamics and myriad relationships. Experience managing and strengthening relationships and coordinating with multiple partners and coalitions, and/or consultants. Experience with developing or implementing systems to track activity, progress and outcomes. Ability to evaluate workload and prioritize projects in a fast-paced, demanding environment. Experience working on climate, environment, energy, and/or transportation, oil and gas, electric power or related sustainability issues.     Strong organizational, project management, writing, verbal communication and interpersonal and skills. Able to direct and manage multiple projects at the same time. Able to work well independently and as a team member. Comfortable working with different personalities and people. Desire to work in a mission-driven and nonprofit environment. How to Apply We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:  www.ceres.org .  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed. Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.
Ceres Boston, MA, USA
Apr 20, 2018
Full time
Director, Corporate Clean Energy Leadership   Organization  Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.  For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site ( www.ceres.org ).  Description & Responsibilities  The Director, Corporate Clean Energy Leadership will lead Ceres’ efforts to spur large U.S. companies to adopt clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement by coordinating the efforts of Ceres’ internal teams and collaborating with external partners. The successful applicant will work across Ceres’ Climate & Energy, Company, Investor, and Policy Network teams to coordinate their efforts to mobilize companies to make and actualize strong commitments to renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and science-based targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.  The Director will work with the Ceres team to make the business and investor case for companies to embrace bold clean energy and climate commitments, and to spur corporate uptake accordingly. In addition, the Director will play a significant role coordinating a multi-organizational working group focused on spurring U.S. corporate uptake of clean energy and science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.  This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office and will report to the Vice President, Climate & Energy.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:  Develop and execute annual programmatic goals and Ceres’ organizational strategy for advancing U.S. corporate clean energy procurement and greenhouse gas emission reductions, as well as support strategic planning for Ceres’ climate and energy work. Work with Ceres’ team of experts to develop, coordinate, and implement campaign strategies and tactics to encourage corporate uptake of cleaner sources of energy, including renewable energy, energy efficiency/productivity and electric vehicles, as well as science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Lead a U.S. corporate engagement working group comprised of Ceres and several key partner organizations who are looking to step up collaboration to spur greater corporate uptake of clean energy and science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Conduct an annual assessment of the campaign, and re-direct strategies and tactics based on evaluation. Partner closely with Ceres teams, including the Electric Power, Transportation, Company Network, Policy Network and Investor Network teams, to execute Ceres’ corporate clean energy and climate strategies, including via mobilization of our existing multi-trillion dollar investor network. Direct cross-organizational efforts to build the business case for corporate action on clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions, in coordination with Ceres staff such as the Senior Managers for Renewable Energy, Energy Productivity and Clean Vehicles, and including managing and/or overseeing research and report production. Oversee development and execution of outreach strategies to persuade corporate decision makers of the benefits of uptake of clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Manage and advance relationships with current and potential funders, including by partnering with the Development Team on grant proposals or engagements with donors to raise funds to support this campaign. Supervise at least one staff member, to include training, conducting performance reviews, and providing guidance and support with professional development. Support the implementation of cross-organizational campaign management systems. Assist with planning for the Ceres annual conference program and bi-annual Investor Summit, and assist or lead with management of other events to advance campaign objectives. Represent Ceres as a speaker at conferences and events. As needed, support Ceres’ other climate and energy priorities. Travel, as needed, to lead multi-organizational working group focused on corporate clean energy uptake and, on occasion, to support engagement with companies, investors and stakeholders. Qualifications At least 10 years of relevant experience, including a minimum of 5 years of management and strategy development experience. Experience managing across internal and/or external teams. Demonstrated ability to lead a successful campaign, preferred. Bachelor degree required.  Master or other advanced degree in business, environment, law, public policy or related field, preferred. Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues. An understanding of corporate finance, the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements, preferred. An understanding of investment firms, financial institutions, and institutional investors, preferred. Knowledge of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, preferred. 5+ years of experience supervising staff, including ability to provide training and support staff development. Experience developing and managing progress against goals and budgets. Demonstrated ability to deliver specific projects and initiatives independently and successfully lead a team. Proven ability to manage multiple projects from concept to completion with limited guidance. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.   How to Apply  We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:   www.ceres.org .  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.  Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.