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 17, 2019
Full time
Manager, Food and Forests   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 Forests 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 on deforestation impacts of agricultural supply chains. The Manager supports the research and programmatic work of the Food and Forest team. This role would serve as a 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 Manage the creation, release, and distribution of new research and analysis on material risks from 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 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 Forests team, as necessary Qualifications 5 years of relevant work experience in sustainability field, with a specific focus on deforestation Graduate degree in environmental studies, environmental science, sustainability, or natural resources, preferred Direct work on sustainability issues within a company or NGO workplace  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 written and presentation skills. Ability to translate technical material into information that can be used effectively by financial decision-makers. 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 for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and 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
Jun 05, 2019
Full time
Administrative Assistant to Vice Presidents   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 Assistant will support two Vice Presidents who serve on the Program Management Team.   This critical role provides administrative and logistical support and assists with internal and external communications for the Vice Presidents.  This opening is designed for an extremely organized, self-starter who has a demonstrated track record of successfully working with senior staff.  The position reports to two Vice Presidents and is based in Boston, MA.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Provide administrative and logistical support to Vice Presidents Prepare VPs for internal and external meetings ensuring materials are available or prepared for presentations Book travel and draft trip itineraries for VPs Manage calendars and prioritize meetings for VPs Process expense reports, reimbursements, and other finance-related administrative duties Track outreach to constituents and funders and update database with activity Attend internal and external meetings in order to take notes, compile meeting minutes and produce next steps for meeting attendees Provide writing support on communications to external partners Assist with planning, coordination and logistics for Department meetings and events, including side meetings at the Ceres annual conference or team retreats Work closely with other Assistants to assure coordination and alignment across Ceres Complete other administrative projects as assigned by Vice Presidents Qualifications   Minimum of four years of relevant work experience supporting a senior staff member Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail required. Successful record of organizing and advancing multiple projects and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment Familiar with sustainability issues such as climate change, water risks, deforestation, etc., a plus Strong writing skills to develop correspondence on behalf of senior staff members. Strong oral skills Ability to work both independently and as part of a team Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail applications Familiarity with a CRM Database (such as Salesforce), 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, 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
Jun 05, 2019
Full time
Associate, Investor Network   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 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:  www.ceres.org .  Description & Responsibilities   The Associate, Investor Network position plays a key support role for Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability.   We are looking for candidates with strong organization skills and understanding of U.S. finance markets.  The Ceres Investor Network is specifically looking for someone that will coordinate and organize our recruitment efforts, build systems and processes to support the engagement and retention of investors in the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability and to track their actions and commitments. This full-time position is based in Boston, MA, and reports to a senior staff member on the Investor Network.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:  Under the direction of the Senior Program Director, develop and oversee the Investor Network relationship management system and process, working with and supporting relationship managers to promote member engagement. Support relationship managers in tracking investor progress on Ceres’ initiatives and their own sustainable investment practices in collaboration with Ceres Planning and Evaluation Team. Ensure there is consistency and follow through with relationship management. Support relationship managers in tracking member engagement, participation and activities in Salesforce. Maintain the Investor Network membership application process and support the application and onboarding of new Investor Network members. With the Investor Program Assistant and the Senior Program Director, coordinate planning of Investor Network meetings and events and interface with other Ceres’ programs and staff on same. Assume a portion of technical and content support duties on the Investor Portal. As needed, conduct member surveys and evaluations of Investor Network member experience; solicit and analyze member feedback on member activities, opportunities and services. Support relationship management for a subset of Investor Network members. Using Partner Engagement Management System (PEMS), coordinate outreach to members by other Ceres’ staff members, including sign-on letters.  Manage, review and update investor content on Ceres website and Investor portal working closely with other program staff. Partner with Finance Team on financial management of member dues. Provide administrative and programmatic support for specific Investor Network working groups as time permits and needs require (for example, CA100+, LC/CE working group, etc.).   Qualifications Three years of relevant administrative, research, data input and analysis, and project management experience. Previous work experience is required, preferably direct experience working in corporate or investment sectors with a business audience.  Experience in nonprofit sectors working on sustainability-related issues, including sustainable agriculture preferred. An understanding of financial markets and investment firms, financial institutions, or institutional investors. Strong writing and research skills. Effective oral and written communication skills. Strong project management skills and attention to detail. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Successful record of organizing multiple projects and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.  Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications. Interest and willingness to be trained on specific applications necessary for work: ReadyTalk, Salesforce, listserv program, 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 on our webpage.  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
Jun 05, 2019
Full time
Salesforce Training & Support Specialist   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 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 & Responsibilities   The Salesforce Training & Support Specialist is part of a team that supports the health, maintenance and utilization of Salesforce for Ceres’ information needs. The Salesforce Training & Support Specialist serves as a representative of our systems at the interface between staff and technology. In support of this role, the he/she is responsible for triaging incoming requests, delegating basic responsibilities to the Salesforce Database Administrator, and supporting more advanced technical work on the system.  Salesforce is used to track our individual and organizational partners, donors and prospects, communications recipients, action items, annual planning goals, and coordinate how we work with external partners. Salesforce integrates with Ceres’ website as part of a comprehensive, data-centric approach to our work. This position reports directly to the Manager of Information Systems. This job is an opportunity for an organized, detail-oriented, energetic, and trustworthy individual to work with program staff across Ceres. This is a full-time position based in Boston, MA.    Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Database Oversight, Training and Support: Quality assurance and testing Monitor system for data integrity and consistency Support teams with clean-up and data maintenance Regular training and user support Directly support technical proficiencies across teams through training Attend team meetings to identify needs, challenges and shadow systems Request intake and triage Serve as primary staff for incoming Salesforce system requests Triage Salesforce system requests and delegate/elevate when appropriate Support change management process by evaluating urgent vs. long-term Tool configuration and updates Manage configurations and updates for various third-party tools Support integration with other platforms, including the Ceres website and donation system Documentation and support Assist with documentation of system changes Support change management process for system improvements and upgrades Support technical onboarding and troubleshooting for new staff Work with external consultants for larger projects and system enhancements Work with Communications, Development, and Program teams to ensure consistent integration of Salesforce with proposed or current web interface Support the Junior Salesforce Administrator as needed Qualifications Three (3) years of applicable CRM work experience, required. Salesforce Administrator Certification preferred. At minimum, 4-5 years of professional experience.   Demonstrated knowledge of the Salesforce.com platform, required. Familiarity with the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) a plus. Knowledge of donor databases and database integration for websites preferred. Experience with Visual Flow, Visualforce and Apex Triggers a plus. Ability to design and provide Salesforce training to users in order to grow the Salesforce skill set across the organization. Experience with third-party integrations, preferred. A passion for helping people succeed with technology Excellent project management skills. Proven track record of achieving results. Proficient in data manipulation and basic ETL processes. Strong technical skills. Prior experience with technology support preferred, or an aptitude for learning technology quickly. Demonstrated experience working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation. Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented organization. Ability to take initiative and manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Desire to work in a mission-driven, non-profit organization. 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, 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
Jun 05, 2019
Full time
Salesforce Database Administrator   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 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 & Responsibilities   The Salesforce Database Administrator manages key aspects the Ceres’ organizational database, implemented on the Salesforce.com platform.  He/she serves as the primary administrator for day-to-day maintenance of Salesforce. This role is a resource for staff, answering questions, running queries, and making updates to the system. The Salesforce Database Administrator also carries out regular maintenance functions on the system to ensure clean and current data.   Salesforce is used to track our individual and organizational partners, donors and prospects, communications recipients, action items, annual planning goals, and coordinate how we work with external partners. Salesforce integrates with Ceres’ website as part of a comprehensive, data-centric approach to our work. This position reports directly to the Manager of Information systems. This job is an opportunity for an organized, detail-oriented, energetic, and trustworthy individual to work with program staff across Ceres. This entry-level role is a full-time position based in Boston, MA.    Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:Database Administration: Reports and Dashboards Develop reports and dashboards to facilitate data access for staff Guide staff through data model Support staff training on report building License and User Management Assign Salesforce licenses to new staff Assist with user maintenance for our community members (Community Cloud) Basic permissions and security settings Support the development of a more robust user profile schema (principle of least privilege) Monitor security settings to ensure proper data access Configuration of integrated tools Assist with basic configuration of third-party apps (including donation systems, website integration, and other tools) Support the ongoing development of Salesforce integration with other platforms Data prep and import Provide support with cleaning and prep for larger volume data imports Documentation and support Assist with documentation of system changes Help manage incoming system requests Support change management process for system improvements and upgrades Support technical onboarding and troubleshooting for new staff Work with external consultants for larger projects and system enhancements Work with Communications, Development, and Program teams to ensure consistent integration of Salesforce with proposed or current web interface Qualifications 2 years of applicable CRM work experience, required. Salesforce Administrator Certification preferred. At minimum, 3 years of professional experience.   Demonstrated knowledge of the Salesforce.com platform, required. Familiarity with the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) a plus. Knowledge of donor databases and database integration for websites preferred. Experience with Visual Flow, Visualforce and Apex Triggers a plus. Excellent project management skills. Proven track record of achieving results. Proficient in data manipulation and basic ETL processes. Strong technical skills. Prior experience with technology support preferred, or an aptitude for learning technology quickly. Demonstrated experience working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation. Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented organization. Ability to take initiative and manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Desire to work in a mission-driven, non-profit organization. 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, 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
Jun 05, 2019
Full time
Manager, 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 Manager, Federal Policy position supports Ceres’ policy work, with a focus on federal-level policy. This a full-time position, preferably based in Boston, MA, but certain considerations may be made for candidates based in the Washington, D.C. area.  This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter with prior policy experience looking to be an advocate for strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policies.  The position will report to the Director, Federal Policy. Partner with Director on developing and refining strategy for federal program work as it fits into team’s overall vision Work with policy team to identify policy priorities, develop plan for policy engagement, and execute plan Track key developments related to federal policy – with an emphasis on certain target lawmakers Stay abreast of policy issues on the federal level related to climate, energy and transportation Use earned media, advocacy days, national & regional meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact policy positions & outcomes Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partners and key allies, non-profits, trade associations, think tanks, communications firms, lobbyists, etc.) Identify opportunities to leverage policy work to recruit new Ceres BICEP Network and engage Ceres Investor Network for Climate Risk and Sustainability members Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work Prepare materials and prep participants for investor and business engagements with press, legislative staffers, federal lawmakers Recruit investors and businesses to engage in federal policy advocacy opportunities Supervise member of the federal policy team including project management, training and evaluation duties Support team in training new staff or providing professional development to team members Coordinate with other program teams (such as Investor Network, Communications, Development, Climate and Energy or Operations) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives Participate in crafting fundraising proposals to support designated project or program work As needed, participate in meetings with current and potential funders Support organizing and logistical activities related to Ceres’ Annual Conference Support special projects of Policy Program, as necessary Qualifications Five years or more of direct experience working environment, energy, and/or transportation policy issues. Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps. Prior experience managing and training staff or interns. Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Experience cultivating effective supervisory relationships (across gender identity, race ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds) with direct reports. Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects.  Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets.  Successful record of coordinating and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues. Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach. Ability to bring a positive outlook to working at Ceres. Willingness to travel as needed. 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 for this position, 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
Jun 05, 2019
Full time
Manager, Human Resources   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 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 Manager will primarily oversee staff onboarding, employee benefits selection and enrollment, and all staff engagement activities.  The Manager will also support on other Human Resources projects related to supporting staff once at Ceres.  This job offers an opportunity for a thoughtful, detail-oriented, organized, team-oriented and trustworthy individual interested in Human Resources as a career to join a growing organization and engage in a mix of HR activities.  The position is full-time, located in our Boston office, and will work with and report to the Senior Department Director of Human Resources and Operations.  Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Employee Onboarding Oversee the onboarding process for all new staff, including Welcome message to new staff Organizing set-up of accounts, equipment and systems Organizing all onboarding sessions for new staff and coordinate current staff to support Conducting onboarding sessions related to HR functions Manage state enrollment processes when hiring staff based outside of our Boston or San Francisco offices Partner with Senior Director on visa application processing for staff  Employee Benefits (with Payroll) Manage benefits evaluation, selection, and enrollment to include: processing all associated paperwork for new and current staff, including change documents proposing new benefits options to Director and Executive Team managing external vendor relationship for those who provide benefits manage all reporting (internally and externally) related to employee benefits Partner with Senior Director in annual review and selection process of employee benefits Organize annual benefits activity or event around open enrollment time Enroll staff in Paycor HRIS system and maintain/update employee data and produce reports as needed for internal and external purposes Monitor employee time-off accruals and use systems to manage Track employee demographic data and provide to Development for funding proposals Oversee monthly and quarterly bill processing from benefits vendors, including reconciliation and adjustments Serve as primary lead with benefits vendors and liaison to vendors to address staff problems or questions Design and implement employee engagement activities to help staff better understand their benefits and Ceres’ employee policies Conduct annual benefits satisfaction survey and produce annual reports about staff participation & satisfaction to inform decisions about benefits changes Review bi-weekly payroll for benefits contribution reconciliation Process bi-weekly payroll for final approval by Senior Director and gather accompanying documents Manage relationship with HRIS provider and train other HR & Ops staff to use the system Partner with external vendor, on an annual basis, to produce a Total Compensation Statement for active employees Partner with Senior Director on managing HR compliance Partner with Senior Director on updating and distributing the Employee Handbook  Employee Engagement Develop Employee Engagement program, including but not limited to evaluating staff satisfaction suggesting improvements to address staff issues and ensure retention supporting Ceres’ inclusion and equity activities creating communications campaigns to address concerns serving on the Culture Committee and leading sub-committees where needed Partner with Senior Director on Exit Interview process to learn more about how to improve the staff experience at Ceres  Qualifications At minimum, 5 years of work experience, in an office setting, required.  At minimum, 3 years of direct Human Resources experience, required. Demonstrated interest in expanding study in Human Resources field, a plus. Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize projects. Proven track record of successfully completing projects on time and within budget. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation. Understand how to manage confidential information in an appropriate manner. Strong ethical sensibility. Interest in building a workplace where inclusion and equity for all people is valued. Well-developed organizational and problem-solving skills necessary. Ability to look at problems as opportunities. Strong attention to detail and good follow-through on projects  and communication. Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills. Ability to translate legal, tax or human resources matters into everyday language for staff to understand. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented organization, a plus. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, required. Familiarity with a database system, preferred. Desire to work in a mission-driven, non-profit organization, 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, 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
Jun 05, 2019
Executive Assistant to the President   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 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:  www.ceres.org .  Description & Responsibilities   The Executive Assistant should be energetic, flexible, detail oriented, and organized. This is a critical position providing administrative and logistical support to Ceres’ President/CEO.  The Executive Assistant role is a full-time position and reports to the President/CEO.   Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  Office Administration Prioritize phone calls, correspondence, and day-to-day work streams, and ensure appropriate follow-through Proactively manage the President’s calendar; schedule and prioritize meetings with internal and external partners Organize and coordinate every detail of travel plans and arrangements Coordinate with leadership across teams within the organization to ensure up-to-date contact with opinion leaders in the field Organize and, as appropriate, respond on the President’s behalf to event and speaking requests; work with the Senior Manager to recommend appropriate engagements to provide highest value to the organization Drive event briefings for the President, coordinating across teams within the organization to draft talking points and presentations, and ensuring appropriate on-site staff support Occasionally provide direct event support for the President as needed, including conducting research, drafting speaking points and attending meetings Keep the Digital Communications and Marketing team apprised of the President’s high-profile engagements in order to maintain the President’s social media presence through Twitter and additional outlets Provide support for the President’s on-site meetings, including taking minutes during meetings and ensuring follow-through on action items Perform clerical tasks such as filing, photocopying, and sending faxes and correspondence; compile and submit President’s monthly expenses Act as primary back-up for answering the general Ceres phone line, greeting visitors, and routing deliveries Perform general office administrative support Provide conference and event support Manage special projects, as required  Internal Coordination of President’s Schedule Act as liaison between staff and the President Provide guidance to staff regarding involving President in internal meetings; prioritize and facilitate internal access to the President Provide guidance and support to junior-level staff, particularly in regards to coordinating strategic event opportunities and prep materials for those events Proactively track all organizational priorities and ensure the as-needed inclusion of the President at critical decision-making points Advise President on organizational dynamics to ensure strong management and coordination of organizational systems  Coordination with Development Team Track and update donor and prospect target list, as it relates to building trips and meetings with external constituents Drive the scheduling of meetings with donors and donor prospects in an effort to build unrestricted donor revenue, provide prep for the President; and drive appropriate follow up Coordinate with Development and Foundations teams (and Senior Manager?) to ensure appropriate development outreach for the President, particularly in advance of travel engagements Qualifications 2 years of experience where strong administrative, organizing and logistical skills were developed.  1 year of full-time work experience supporting a senior level staff member, preferred. General interest in climate change or sustainability issues desired. Outstanding organizational and administrative skills.   Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.   Proactive approach to creating and continually improving systems. Sound judgment, high level of integrity and professionalism, with an ability to handle confidential information and to maintain a high level of discretion, diplomacy and courtesy in all contacts with staff, board and external people. Strong oral and written communication skills, including consistently professional telephone communications and good writing ability. Ability to work both independently with limited direction and collaboratively with a team. Successful record of organizing and advancing multiple projects and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency with word-processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, and presentation programs. Familiarity with a CRM Database (such as Salesforce), a plus. Willingness to continue learning. 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
Jun 05, 2019
Senior Manager, Water   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’ Water Program promotes capital market solutions to the global water crisis by accelerating private sector leadership on sustainable water management, through cutting-edge research, investor mobilization and advocacy. Ultimately our work is about changing the way the world’s largest economic actors value and manage water. We are seeking to hire a Senior Manager to ­lead Ceres’ efforts to influence the largest food sector companies to address the water impacts of their agricultural supply chains.  In this role, the Senior Manager will lead a team working with investors and companies from the food sector to advance the adoption of goals and practices that protect freshwater. This is a full-time position, based in Boston, MA, that will report to the Water Program Director and partners with a number of program teams at Ceres. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Manage the strategic planning for this initiative, ensuring alignment with broader Water and Food & Forests initiatives. Develop and oversee strategies for mobilizing investors to engage companies in high water impact sectors, with an initial focus on the food and agriculture sector. Engage directly with companies, including Ceres Company Network members, on opportunities for improving their management of water risk. Manage the production, release and distribution of research reports and related blog posts and articles. Supervise and mentor staff that contribute to this initiative, including current full-time staff and relevant consultants and interns. Serve as an internal resource and external spokesperson for Ceres’ water and agriculture related work, representing Ceres as a speaker at conferences and events, on webinars and dialogue meetings with companies, investors and stakeholders. Work in partnership with the Water Program Director and the Development team to draft and edit fundraising proposals and reports and manage relationships with current and prospective donors. Manage the budget for this initiative and oversee all expenditures. Work across Ceres teams, with a particular focus on the Food & Forests, Investor Network, and Company Network programs, as well as non-programmatic teams. Manage planning related to this initiative for the Ceres annual conference program and other events to educate stakeholders on water. Support the implementation and development of program management systems including developing goals, tracking KPIs and evaluating the results and progress of the program. Assure that programmatic strategies maximize the impacts of our work through a lens of social and racial equity. Qualifications Minimum of seven years of work experience. Substantial experience working with or within private sector institutions on environmental sustainability/sustainable agriculture. Substantial expertise on environmental sustainability issues, with a preference for expertise in freshwater sustainability and sustainable agriculture. An understanding of the following entities; corporations, large-scale agricultural operations, investment firms, financial institutions, or institutional investors. Strong writing and research skills. Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong project management skills and attention to detail. Experience managing within budgets and making trade-off decisions. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Experience cultivating effective supervisory relationships (across gender identify, race ethnicity, and socio-economic background) with direct reports. Successful record of organizing multiple projects and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization. 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 for this position, 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.