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
Feb 08, 2019
Full time
Senior Associate, Federal Policy 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 Senior Associate, Federal Policy is a key member of the Policy team supporting activities related to federal policy and recruitment and retention activities related to the BICEP Network. This position is located in Boston, MA. The position reports to the Director of Policy. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Draft advocacy documents such as letters, memos, statements, op-eds, and email templates Manage program-specific research projects Monitor legislative and regulatory priorities and provide expert analysis for BICEP and internal use Coordinate with and maintain relationships with other NGO’s working on federal policy Provide writing support, on behalf of the Policy team, to the Communications team Support the organization of monthly calls with BICEP companies, including taking notes and providing the federal policy update when applicable. Develop expertise in relationships between Ceres member company locations and Congressional districts Co-lead with the Director in planning events and the coordination of D.C. advocacy days including travel, scheduling, and preparation of materials Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, meetings, and webinars Represent Ceres on Capitol Hill and develop relationships with relevant Congressional staff Support relationship management for BICEP companies Facilitate internal and external meetings Provide database support to BICEP staff and some data entry Collaborate with the development team on funding proposals, grant follow-up and progress reports as related to policy team funding Participate in planning and execution of policy team events at the Ceres annual conference program and other events Support Policy Program staff managing special projects, as necessary Support the management of policy program interns  Qualifications Bachelor degree required or 3 years of full-time work experience with a focus in public policy, environmental policy or related fields preferred. 4 - 5 years of relevant full-time work experience, in addition to the degree, preferred. Knowledge of energy and climate change issues, including an understanding of business-focused policy debates, and NGO priorities. Experience conducting research and producing written summaries or proposals based on findings. Sound judgment, experience working with diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative, motivation. Ability to organize and execute multiple projects and to thrive in a fast-paced environment Excellent research and writing skills. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Desire to work in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects.  Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets.  Attention to detail is required. Strong oral and written communication skills as well as effective presentation style. 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. Willingness to travel as needed. 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 cover letter, resume, 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
Feb 08, 2019
Full time
Manager, Deforestation  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’ Food and Capital Markets team works to protect forests from the impacts of agriculture, largely with a focus on influencing the largest food and beverage companies to improve the sustainability of their agricultural sourcing policies and practices. We are seeking a Manager, Deforestation to support key projects and contribute to research and development of thought leadership on land-use change and deforestation impacts of agricultural supply chains. The Manager supports the research and programmatic work of the Food and Capital Markets team and reports to the Director of Food and Capital Markets. This role would serve as the primary technical focal point on deforestation issues, working with investors, companies, and partner organizations to accelerate adoption and implementation of no-deforestation commitments. We seek a solution oriented individual to work in close collaboration with colleagues at Ceres as well as external partners. This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Support the development and execution of programmatic strategy for Ceres’ commodity-based deforestation work. Develop policy positions, programmatic approaches, and technical messaging Partner with Development on relationship management activities for specific deforestation grants including directing ongoing collaboration efforts with NGO partners and conducting annual evaluation of programmatic work and support production of progress reports Manage production, release and distribution of new research and analysis on material risks from land use change and deforestation Develop media messaging and communications materials, including op-eds, press releases and blogs. Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work Coordinate with other Ceres program teams (e.g. Investor Network, Company Network, Communications, Development, Operations) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives Partner with the Director in funder meetings and outreach to potential new funders, with the Ceres Development Team Assist in the planning of the annual Ceres Conference program and other events Travel to meetings and events, including international travel, as required Support special projects of Food and Capital Markets team, as necessary Qualifications Graduate degree in environmental studies, environmental science, sustainability, or natural resources required OR bachelor degree plus, 5 years of working directly on international deforestation issues within a company or NGO workplace.  Direct experience working on deforestation and land use change issues preferred. In-depth understanding of climate change and agriculture issues preferred. Technical and scientific competencies, required. Demonstrate knowledge of supply chain dynamics and corporate sustainable sourcing best practices through academic course work or direct work experience. Experience in North American context is required, coupled with an understanding of the broader international context for sustainability. Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills for both internal colleagues and external business audiences. Ability to translate complex, technical science into information that can be used effectively by financial decision-makers. Experience writing blogs, is a plus. Effective facilitation skills with the ability to bring divergent ideas to a productive conclusion. Sound judgment, experience working with diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Ability to move seamlessly between collaborative, team-driven activities and independent projects. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.  Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications. 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 cover letter, resume, 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
Feb 08, 2019
Full time
Digital Associate, Communications and Marketing  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 is looking for an innovative, detail-oriented person to help advance our work and market the organization on the digital stage. This is a great opportunity to join a fast-paced, dynamic organization and put your digital and analytic skills to good use. In this role, you’ll help promote and communicate our work to tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges like climate change, water scarcity and human right abuses. The Digital Associate will join the Marketing and Communications team to help Ceres build, maintain and market its suite of websites, manage online distribution of Ceres news, manage Ceres social media accounts, and use digital analytics to inform and improve web and digital strategy decisions.The Digital Associate will work across the organization to effectively communicate our work and impact across various issues and sectors, build our online presence and increase brand recognition, and attract new interest and support for our mission via the Ceres website and social media channels. This is a great position for someone who is looking to hone their digital marketing skills while making a positive impact in the world. This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office and will report to the Digital Director of Marketing and Communications. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Coordinate Ceres social media channels, to engage new and current audiences and drive traffic to Ceres websites, events and other content Overall maintenance of the Ceres websites, including Ceres.org, EngagetheChain.org, ClimateAction100.org and CeresConference.org. Duties include: posting new content and job announcements, regularly updating pages and content, building new landing pages and sections, managing domain configurations and ssl certificates, monitoring and improving site speed and performance, setting up new urls and domains, and other technical and administrative needs) Responsible for new website products and projects working with outside consultants, designers and web developers as well as Ceres staff to produce new digital reports, tools and other online resources Provide support for Ceres major events and campaigns by building and maintaining event websites, mobile apps and registration systems, and supporting the events team on site Report and analyze web and social metrics using Google Analytics and social media tools to inform our marketing strategies, Use Ceres Google Adwords account to better market Ceres websites, events, projects and reports. Help manage Ceres Google Adwords program to drive high quality traffic to the Ceres website. Coordinate external online news distribution platforms and blogs, including posting original Ceres content on Forbes, Huffington Post, National Geographic, 3BL and other online distribution platforms Serve as final proofreader on content before it goes live to ensure content is grammatically correct and error-free Manage administrative email accounts on behalf of Ceres and it’s global initiatives Other duties, some administrative, as assigned by the Digital Director and Senior Director of Marketing and Communications  Qualifications Associate or Bachelor degree, preferred 2-3 years of relevant work experience, required Experience using a content management systems, such as Plone, Wordpress, or Drupal, highly desired, but not necessary Prior experience updating and maintaining websites, required Working knowledge of HTML, required Demonstrated interested in environmental or sustainability issues, preferred Prior office experience, preferred Prior experience with data analysis platforms, like Google Analytics, Google Data Studio, or AddThis, preferred Strong organizational skills Ability to translate highly technical things to a non-technical staff Ability to evaluate workload and prioritize projects Able to manage multiple tasks at the same time, and shift quickly from one to the next Able to work well independently and as a team member Comfortable working with different personalities Desire to work in a mission-driven / nonprofit environment Marketing/Branding experience a plus Strong sense of design and knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Illustrator, preferred 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, 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
Jan 28, 2019
Internship- Paid
Summer Internship 2019 Organization   Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with 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 ).   We are seeking dynamic, committed interns who would find it exciting to join the Ceres team!     General Internship Information   Ceres’ interns support Program, Communications, and Development staff working with a wide variety of constituents within the Ceres network: environmental activists, investors, funders, and corporations. While providing some administrative support, interns will primarily work in one of the following areas using skills in research, project coordination, IT and communications. Detailed descriptions of each available position can be found below.     Each February, Ceres advertises for our summer program. During February & March we conduct interviews and make placements. Our Summer Intern Program is held during the months of June, July, half of August, and runs for a 10-week period. The work hours are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We pay a stipend of $5,500 for the ten weeks. We also provide for our Boston interns an option of (1) a pass on the MBTA systems for June, July and August, or (2) $75 per month for those who walk, cycle or run to the office. For our San Francisco interns, we provide $253.50 (provided in first paycheck) to put towards their BART Pass or other form of commute. We typically hire 10-15 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. This year, the program will begin on Monday, June 3, and run through Friday, August 9. In addition, interns need to be available for a lunch orientation one week prior to start date, to take place the week of May 27th (in the Boston & San Francisco offices). Please read details of each position on our website and apply for the specific internship you are interested in. We typically hire 10-15 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. Please note: Only the Program Teams listed on the website are seeking an intern for Summer 2019. If any of these internships listed below are not currently on our website, we are no longer accepting applications for that position.   FEDERAL POLICY INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   The Policy Team at Ceres works with companies through Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) and investors in our Investor Network on Climate Risk to advance climate and clean energy policies at the federal level. The Policy Team is looking for an intern to assist in its work with companies and investors on energy and climate policies – focused on federal work. This position will support the Policy Team primarily through: research and writing projects focused on key federal policies, participation and note-taking in strategy meetings, legislative analysis, and other tasks (possibly including data collection and organization). Additionally, this position will also assist with our BICEP Partnerships program.  We are looking for candidates with strong organizational, research, and writing skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and sustainability policies.  This position will report to the Director of Federal Policy. CLIMATE ACTION 100+ INTERN (IN SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE)   Climate Action 100+  is a global investor initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. The companies include 100 ‘systemically important emitters’, accounting for two-thirds of annual global industrial emissions, alongside more than 60 others with significant opportunity to drive the clean energy transition. Ceres helps drive this initiative by supporting investors in collaborative shareholder engagements and improvements in their stewardship practices. Major investors are increasingly seeing the business case of managing climate risks and opportunities across their portfolios.    Working with members of Ceres' Climate & Energy and Investor Network teams, this intern will help advance our work by: Conducting research on company and investor actions, Researching energy sector trends Drafting educational materials for Ceres Investor Network members (both quantitative and qualitative), and Providing some administrative support.    The ideal candidate will be interested in climate and energy topics and have a focus in one or more of the following areas: financial markets, financial research, corporate strategic planning, risk management, communications, and/or ESG investment stewardship. Relevant experience may also qualify. We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with how climate issues apply to businesses and investors. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.   GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURES INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   Ceres’ Capital Markets Systems program works with companies, investors, regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders on levers that will facilitate improved integration of material sustainability factors into decision-making. This includes Ceres’ work on enhancing sustainability disclosures (covering our engagements in this regard with stock exchanges, financial regulators, standard setters and others) and integrating sustainability into corporate governance systems (covering our work with corporate boards).   The Capital Market Systems program is seeking a graduate student researcher to help support key projects on how companies and investors are integrating sustainability into their governance and disclosure practices. While providing some administrative support, this research intern will primarily work in the following areas using skills ranging from research, quantitative analysis and writing (short memos, case studies, etc.) on: Analyzing the S&P 100 on political expenditure and lobbying activities and practices of corporate board oversight of climate change impacts to the corporation. Contributing to development of paper on board oversight of sustainability risks by researching statistics and case studies of companies effectively overseeing these risks to showcase throughout the report. Conducting research and making recommendations in developing lists of priority companies for investors to engage on the issues of board oversight of climate and sustainability and sustainability reporting for proxy season 2020.  Analyzing and assessing best practices of companies using the Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, for use by the team in corporate and investor engagements. Other governance and disclosure projects as determined by the team. EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   The Program Strategy and Evaluation Team works to scale the impact of Ceres work by measuring and evaluating progress towards achieving programmatic objectives, as well as supporting the incubation and vetting of new project ideas. This includes working to strengthen the planning, evaluation and asset management functions within the organization that need to be implemented to effectively achieve Ceres’ mission. The Ceres Program Strategy and Evaluation team is looking for an intern to:   Research and document Ceres impact related to Corporate and Investor sustainability commitments and actions: Utilizing internal resources, including grant proposals, reports and press releases, research and compile multi-year data on corporate and investor actions on clean-energy, water, and capital markets. Collaborate with other interns and programs across the organization to improve internal alignment on: Impact tracking Research and documentation of the sustainability performance of individual companies and investors, Conduct research and fact-checking to contribute to the development and prioritization of targets for corporate and investor engagement in the coming year. Assist with special projects on an ad-hoc basis, as needed   We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interest, experience, knowledge and desire to work in the sustainability field.  Ideal applicants will have solid research skills, an ability to work independently, excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with key environmental and social sustainability issues that influence, and are influenced by, the private sector.  This position will report to the Director, Planning and Evaluation.   CARBON ASSET RISK INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   Climate change is real and a good majority of fossil fuel companies acknowledge this, at least rhetorically. How they translate that acknowledgement into risk oversight and capital planning is another thing, however -- some companies are starting to manage climate risk in a robust way and some continue to opt for inaction. Ceres' Carbon Asset Risk initiative works with investors who engage these companies on climate and energy transition issues, with a focus on high-cost, high-carbon oil & gas projects that face the most risk of becoming uneconomic.   Working with members of Ceres' Climate & Energy and Investor Network teams, this intern will help advance our work by: Conducting research on company and investor actions, energy sector trends, drafting educational materials for Ceres Investor Network members (both quantitative and qualitative), and Providing some administrative support.    The ideal candidate will be interested in climate and energy topics and have a focus in one or more of the following areas: financial markets, financial research, corporate strategic planning, risk management, communications, and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment stewardship. Relevant experience may also qualify. We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with how climate issues apply to businesses and investors. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.   TRANSPORTATION INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   The Ceres Transportation Team intern will work directly with both the Senior Director of Transportation and the Senior Manager of Clean Vehicles at Ceres.   A clean and efficient transportation system is critical to a strong U.S. economy, with benefits including saving consumers and businesses money as well as reducing our dependence on oil. Transportation is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) and other criteria air pollutant emissions. In fact, in 2016, the transportation sector surpassed the electric power sector as the largest emitter of GHG emissions in the United States, accounting for 28% of GHG emissions – more emissions than any other nation's entire economy, with the exception of China.   To expediently reduce harmful emissions coming out of the U.S. transportation sector and improve air quality and human health, we must focus on three components: vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. In 2019, the Ceres Transportation Program's primary focus is to advocate for clean transportation policies, including clean vehicle and fuels policies, accelerate corporate uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and associated EV infrastructure; and encourage market growth of EVs and infrastructure.   Summer 2019 internship projects will include: Advocating for Low Carbon Fuel Standards, supporting strong passenger vehicle and truck fuel economy standards, and promoting low- to zero-emission vehicles; Supporting the development and maintenance of EV market tracking systems and assisting with preparation for corporate engagements on transportation electrification; Performing research on various transportation issues, drafting supporting resources and performing some administrative tasks. Please refer to the  Ceres Transportation Initiative  page for additional information. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered. DevElopment INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE) The Development Intern will work closely with many members of Ceres' small and active development team. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to gain hands-on experience and specific training in many aspects of nonprofit development, including foundations, major gifts, annual fundraising programs and special events. Projects will include: Researching foundation and individual supporters, Assisting with management of the organization’s donor databases, and Tracking and evaluating fundraising efforts.   Skills should include strong research and spreadsheet experience. The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current student with strong interest in pursuing a career in the nonprofit development field.     INVESTOR WATER RISK INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   Ceres is working with companies, investors, water providers, policymakers, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to improve water management and increase reporting on water issues that pose risks to businesses, communities and the environment.   The Investor Water Risk Program is seeking a graduate student this fall to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to the investment community. While providing some administrative support, this intern will primarily work across various topic areas using skills ranging in research, marketing, quantitative analysis, and writing (short memos, case studies, data narratives etc).   Program areas of work include:   Interviewing and engaging with water metrics and data analytics providers to inform portfolio water footprinting work and to improve select sections of the Investor Water Toolkit Lead daily tracking of newsflow and earnings impacts related to water (storm events, water management, etc) and produce a synthesis of findings from the summer for distribution to Investor Water Hub members Assist in the tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs) on maturity of water expertise and integration among investors Update 5 Wikipedia pages with content from the Investor Water Toolkit Work with 5 Investor Water Hub members to populate a new tool, the Water Solutions Tracker Conduct research on new areas of overlap with water risk and opportunities in other industries including textiles and apparel, semiconductors, pharmaceutical and more.   Desired Background:   Strong oral and written communication skills Interest in water issues, sustainability, finance, and responsible investing Comfortable with spreadsheets, Salesforce and Knowledge of investment analysis methods or desire to learn how to use the Bloomberg Terminal a plus   For more information, see Ceres’ Water Program: https://www.ceres.org/issues/water   AGRICULTURAL WATER RISK INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   Ceres is working with companies, investors, water providers, policymakers, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to improve water management and increase reporting on water issues that pose risks to businesses, communities and the environment.   The Agricultural Water Risk Program is seeking a graduate student this fall to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to the food and beverage sector. While providing some administrative support, the intern will primarily work across various topic areas using skills ranging in research, marketing, quantitative analysis and writing (short memos, case studies, data narratives etc.).   The intern will support to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the development of the 2019 version of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty , investor engagements pertaining to water and agriculture, and a report on corporate sustainable sourcing commitments. Responsibilities will include:   Conducting research and developing visuals in support of drafting Key Findings of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty report, as needed Analyzing financial disclosures of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty companies and other food and beverage companies to track and capture references to water-related risks and financial impacts Researching and analyzing sustainable sourcing commitments made by food and beverage companies in support of forthcoming report on the sector’s sustainable sourcing commitments Researching and analyzing financial incentives provided by these companies to encourage sustainable agriculture practices amongst their suppliers Conducting research on food and beverage companies to support investor engagement including sign-on letters, dialogues, and shareholder resolutions Conducting research on food and beverage companies to support dialogues with companies pertaining to the AgWater Challenge, as needed Developing regional and issue-based fact sheets on water risks and risk mitigation efforts to be released in conjunction with Feeding Ourselves Thirsty report Support the development and execution of the communications and marketing strategy for the launch of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty   Desired Background:   Strong oral and written communication skills Interest in water issues, sustainability, finance, and responsible investing Knowledge of digital marketing strategies a plus Knowledge of investment analysis methods or desire to learn how to use the Bloomberg Terminal a plus   For more information, see Ceres’ Water Program: https://www.ceres.org/issues/water   COMPANY NETWORK – CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   The Company Network team engages with the 40+ members of the Ceres Company Network to help them develop sustainable business strategies that address key challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses throughout the value chain. Ceres’ advocacy is rooted in the expectations for corporate sustainability outlined in  The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability . These expectations address four critical dimensions of a company’s approach to sustainability: governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and performance as it relates to company operations, supply chains and products. The Company Network seeks an intern who will support our corporate engagement work by: Using publicly available information to research and analyze the sustainability performance of individual companies and sectors through the lens of the Ceres Roadmap expectations; Providing in-depth research support for ad hoc projects on key topics such as the link between sustainability performance and executive compensation, sustainable supply chains, or modes of stakeholder engagement; Researching, compiling and presenting industry trends and leading practices; Developing research briefs for potential member companies, including analyzing performance against the Ceres Roadmap expectations and identifying opportunities for engagement. We are looking for candidates with solid research skills (preferably with experience reviewing corporate sustainability reports), an ability to work independently, excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with key environmental and social sustainability issues that influence, and are influenced by, the private sector. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.   COMPANY NETWORK – HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITABLE WORKPLACES (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   The Company Network is seeking an intern to support Ceres’ work advancing corporate human rights disclosure to drive improved performance, including by engaging companies on the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights and scaling implementation of the UNGP Reporting Framework. Specific opportunities to support this work include: Researching and analyzing current corporate reporting on human rights, including investor expectations on human rights disclosure; Researching and analyzing specific issues within the realm of corporate human rights management, such as forced labor, supplier engagement, and remediation systems;  Researching and identifying potential funding and/or project opportunities; and Preparing summary briefing documents and presentations for key project milestones. We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and familiarity with key labor and human rights frameworks, including the International Labor Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while being part of a team is also important. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.    FOOD TEAM – GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)   The Food team is seeking an intern to support Ceres’ work advancing corporate disclosure and commitments on greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural supply chains. Specific opportunities to support this work include: Updating current database of research on the top 50 food & beverage companies in the US and their current disclosure of scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions; Compiling and presenting trends and leading practices found in this analysis; Assessing the state of disclosure platforms and tools available for these companies to utilize in their disclosures and goal setting.   We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and familiarity reviewing corporate sustainability reports. A strong familiarity with key environmental and social sustainability issues that influence, and are influenced by, the private sector is preferred. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while being part of a team is also important. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.    How to Apply   Review each program internship opportunity carefully at  https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities/ and apply for the one you feel best fit.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples, 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.   Address all correspondence to: Christine Richard  
Ceres Boston, MA, USA
Jan 24, 2019
Full time
Development Assistant   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 website ( www.ceres.org ).  Description and Responsibilities  The Development Assistant will be part of a 12-person team and will primarily support the individual giving team. The Development Assistant will report to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and provide administrative support to this position. This full-time job, based in Boston, MA, is an excellent entry-level position for an individual with an interest in climate change and sustainability who would like to build skills and experience in individual giving, development operations, events, and board relations.  Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Individual Giving and Development Operation: Donation processing: Record all grants, donations, and pledges in Salesforce; work with the finance department to reconcile records. Process donation acknowledgment letters. Manage the maintenance of accurate contact donor information in Salesforce. Support annual fund activities as needed, including direct mail and email solicitation, monthly donation maintenance, and donor stewardship efforts. Prepare reports on individual giving revenue, such as monthly reports and gift tables. Compile donor lists for annual report and other purposes. Prepare the CDO, the President, and other development staff for donor meetings, including prep meetings, briefing materials, donor profiles, and packets of Ceres materials. Maintain deadlines for major donor and family foundation prospects and reports. Support the Director of Development in administrative tasks as needed.  Development Events Support the execution of development events through activities such as compiling invitation lists, working with outside vendors as needed on event materials and logistics, tracking responses, developing attendee profiles, and staffing and logistical support. Event ticket and sponsorship processing: work with the events and individual giving teams to ensure fundraising event tickets and sponsorships are accurately recorded in Salesforce; work with the finance team to reconcile records. Process acknowledgement letters for event tickets.  Support to the CDO Provide administrative support to the CDO on scheduling, travel, meeting preparation, calendar management, expense reports, reimbursements, and other tasks. Support the CDO in the stewardship of the President’s Council, including logistics for meetings, dinners and other events, materials preparation, and routine correspondence with members. Support the CDO in the stewardship of the Nominating and Development Committees of the Ceres Board of Directors. Schedule meetings, and record minutes and follow-up steps.  Overall Development Department Support Work with CDO to manage the monthly development department meeting: schedule meetings, develop agendas, arrange for outside speakers, and document follow-up actions. Work with CDO to organize development department retreats. Foster development team culture and camaraderie through department lunches, gatherings and celebrations. Serve as point person with IT regarding development team needs. Assist in interview and selection process of development department interns; work with interns on projects. Provide support as requested at organization-wide program events, such as the Ceres Conference or Investor Summit.  Qualifications Bachelor’s degree preferred. 1-2 years work experience required; prior development experience in a nonprofit setting a plus. Prior administrative experience strongly desired. Proficiency with donor database platforms strongly desired; Salesforce proficiency a strong plus. Polished communication and interpersonal skills with external constituents. Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail. Ability to act with diplomacy with constituents and maintain a high degree of confidentiality. Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively within a team setting. Ability to multi-task, meet multiple deadlines, and keep a calm demeanor in a fast-paced environment. Interest in and/or knowledge of climate change/sustainability issues a plus. 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 and cover letter, 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.