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, United States
Nov 17, 2017
Full time
Manager, Company Network 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. The Ceres Company Network comprises more than 50 leading U.S. companies setting the highest bar for sustainability leadership, committing to robust sustainability goals, and improving resiliency in their operations and supply chains. Ceres enjoys a unique, direct advocacy relationship with Network members, leveraging the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability—our strategic vision and practical framework for sustainable corporations in the 21st century—as well as access to investors and other advocacy organizations to move companies to make environmental, social and governance considerations integral to their core business strategies. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site ( www.ceres.org ). Description & Responsibilities Ceres’ Company Network seeks a Manager with strong subject matter foundation and a passion for driving improvement in corporate sustainability performance to help lead our engagements with over a dozen financial services companies, including the world’s largest banks. The successful applicant will have content knowledge encompassing environmental, social, and governance issues, such as those related to company supply chains, products, employees and environmental issues beyond climate and energy, with financial services sector subject matter expertise preferred. The Manager will be part of a 14-person team working with companies to integrate sustainability into core business strategies, using the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office, and will report to a Director of the Company Network. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Manage, or support the management of, relationships involving Company Network member companies, Ceres Non-profit Network organizations, and prospective Network companies or organizations, with a focus on the financial services sector. • Assess performance and provide expert guidance on the sustainable business strategies of member companies and topics including climate and energy, water, labor and human rights, and sustainable supply chains, among others. • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate ongoing dialogues that bring investors and representatives of environmental, social and other public interest groups together with Network member companies for the purpose of advancing company performance relative to the Ceres Roadmap expectations. • Advocate to companies within and beyond the Company Network positions aligned with Ceres’ organizational goals. • Conceptualize, organize and lead, as appropriate, issue-specific projects with defined outcomes that could include the participation of one or more companies from one or more sectors. • Prepare and deliver, either as a written document or in presentation form, comprehensive, well-organized analyses of Network member, as well as non-member, companies’ sustainability performance relative to the Ceres Roadmap expectations. • Contribute to tracking, for internal and external purposes, the impact of the Company Network team’s engagement with member companies. • Design and implement communication strategies to deliver information about Ceres’ programs and sustainability priorities to defined audiences using a variety of platforms (e.g. workshops, webinars, social media). • Develop briefings or presentations for members of the Ceres leadership team in support of their engagement with companies, investors or other external audiences. • In collaboration with the Development team, contribute to the preparation of proposals to fund project work. • Assist in the planning of the annual Ceres Conference program and other events. • Engage with and support other program teams (such as the Investor Network, Communications and Marketing, and Development) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives. Qualifications • Bachelor degree, required. Master degree in business, environment, law or public policy or related field preferred. • Five years or more of direct experience working on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues in the corporate, investor, or non-profit sectors. • Strong working knowledge of the environmental and social issues that large corporations face in their boardrooms, operations and supply chains. • Familiarity with corporate disclosure frameworks, the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements in general. • Financial services sector experience (either working in or engaging with) and/or in-depth understanding strongly preferred. • Primary experience in the North American context is strongly preferred, though an understanding of the broader international context of sustainability is a plus. • Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for solutions-focused actions. • Demonstrated strong project management skills, including an ability to manage multiple, complex projects that often have competing deadlines, and to deliver projects on time and within budget. • Excellent attention to detail is required. • Strong oral and written communication skills, including an effective presentation style. • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, and excellent interpersonal skills. • Demonstrable initiative and willingness to take on projects that support the success of the team and Ceres. • Experience coordinating or facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues. • Ability to move seamlessly between collaborative, team-driven activities and independent projects. • Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to working at Ceres on a daily basis and to thrive in a fast-paced environment. • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above. • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications. • Familiarity with 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, two writing samples, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed. Ceres strives to have a diverse workforce. We are 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, United States
Nov 17, 2017
Full time
Associate, State Policy  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, State Policy position supports Ceres’ policy work, with a focus on U.S. Inter-mountain West and Western state-level policy and engagement of business and investor voices in those states. This a full-time position, based in Boston, MA and part of the Policy and BICEP Network team.  This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter looking to be an advocate for Ceres’ policy program goals.  The position will report to the Senior Manager, State Policy. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Research, track and write briefs for Ceres staff and partner investors and businesses on key developments related to Western state policy priorities Represent Ceres on state coordination calls and respond to requests from partners and advocates Draft sign-on letters, blogs, and tweets about state policy advocacy efforts Research and track state policymaker targets and identify opportunities to advance clean energy policy in priority states Provide administrative, logistical, and writing support to the Manager and Senior Manager in recruitment of investors and businesses to engage in state level policy advocacy opportunities Provide logistical support for state policy related conference calls, webinars, and events with businesses and investors Coordinate with other program teams (such as Investor Programs, Communications, Development, Electric Power and Transportation) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives. Support organizing and logistical activities related to Ceres’ Annual Conference. Support special projects of Policy team, as necessary. Qualifications Bachelor degree preferred. In absence of Bachelor degree, at least 7 years of relevant work experience or 5 years of relevant work experience, plus an Associate degree. Two to three years of professional experience demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and some project management abilities. Knowledge of environmental and sustainability movements and current issues. Expertise on environmental, energy and/or transportation issues, preferred. Experience working in advocacy settings with private sector entities preferred Strong administrative and organizational skills Ability to organize and track multiple projects and desire to work in a fast-paced environment Strong oral and written communication skills as well as effective presentation style. Able to present a professional and confident demeanor with senior level professionals Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation. Demonstrated initiative and willingness to take on projects that support the success of the team and Ceres. Ability to work independently and as part of a team and take a collaborative approach, and to deliver independent projects. Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to working at Ceres on a daily basis. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.  Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, social media 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, 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.