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 San Francisco, CA, United States
Sep 07, 2017
Full time
Senior Manager, Development, California 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 This is a new position responsible for developing and expanding Ceres’ individual giving program in California and the Western United States more broadly. Based in Ceres’ office in San Francisco, the Senior Manager, Development is responsible for building an active major gifts pipeline and broader base of individual donor prospects for Ceres throughout this geographic region. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Senior Manager works closely with other California staff and the development team at Ceres’ Boston headquarters to develop plans, set goals, and develop and execute specific donor cultivation and solicitation strategies. The Senior Manager is a highly polished ambassador for Ceres with a proven ability to build strong relationships with high-level constituents: business leaders, investors, donors, and funders.    Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Major Gifts Develop and manage a portfolio of individual major gift prospects capable of making gifts at the $5,000-$100,000 level. Help map out the California and West Coast philanthropic landscape, identify and build a pipeline of major donor prospects, and engage and cultivate prospects. Steward current individual donors to Ceres through in-person meetings, small event engagement, and ongoing personal communication. Collaborate with the Individual Giving team on strategies to expand the donor pipeline and upgrade donors in the Ceres 1000 (annual fund donors of $1,000+) Engage Ceres’ program staff, Board and President’s Council members as appropriate in donor cultivation and relationship management. Create briefs, proposals, and other communications for major donors and prospects, including drafts for use by the CEO, California Director, and other senior managers. Development Events Design and oversee development events (including small-venue Sustainability Salons, house parties/dinners, and special events). Contribute to successful strategies to maximize the development potential of the annual Ceres Conference, which is held every other year in San Francisco. President’s Council and Board Stewardship Assist the Chief Development Officer, Ceres CEO/President, and Chair of the Ceres President’s Council in identifying and engaging prospective members to the Council. Help steward and support current West Coast-based Board and President’s Council members, and help them leverage their networks to build relationships with Ceres. Oversee the execution of President’s Council gatherings on the West Coast. Other Supervise and mentor the California office’s Development Associate in her fundraising responsibilities. Work as part of the overall development department to develop and execute strategies to achieve annual departmental goals. Collaborate with the individual giving team in setting and achieving annual targets. Work with the California and Boston-office development teams to set California-specific development plans and quantitative targets. Qualifications 7-10 years’ experience in a front-line annual and/or major gifts fundraising position. Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, and soliciting five- and six-figure gifts and stewarding major donors. Ability to assimilate and communicate effectively to donors the mission, goals, and needs of an organization like Ceres. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately, and concisely. Creativity and flexibility in adapting to an ever-changing landscape and developing appropriate donor cultivation and solicitation strategies. Strong organizational, time and project management skills, and attention to detail. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to accomplish tasks and achieve goals. Passion for Ceres’ mission and ability to inspire others to support that mission. Ability to travel in the Western United States up to 20% of the time, and to make quarterly trips to Boston. 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, United States
Sep 01, 2017
Full time
Senior Manager, Editing and Writing   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 ).  Description & Responsibilities The Senior Manager, Editing and Writing position on the Communications and Marketing team will support the CEO/President and the Communications team in research, editing and writing, including speechwriting, and fact-checking needs. This position will implement and enforce Associated Press writing style guidelines and the organization’s new brand writing and messaging guidelines throughout all written and online content. The Senior Manager, Editing and Writing will be highly-skilled and organized and looking to join a fast-paced Communications team in its Boston headquarters.    This position reports to the Senior Department Director of Communications and Marketing. This position may supervise a staff position on the team.  Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  •    Proofread, edit and write reports, press releases and statements, guest columns and op-eds/blogs, speeches and other online content as needed.   •    Implement and enforce AP writing style guidelines and grammar rules, and brand writing and messaging guidelines in all content.  •    Edit and produce high-quality written materials that are clear, concise, compelling, consistent, conversational and correct, and strike the right tone and balance.  •    Assist in updating and maintaining an editorial/reports calendar and assist in the vetting process for reports and other editorial projects.  •    Communicate regularly with communications and marketing team supervisor and issue experts as needed to ensure editing and writing deadlines are met.  •    Develop an understanding of sustainability issues and the sectors of the economy the organization is helping to transform.  •    Support media partnerships and relationships at targeted outlets to pitch and place guest columns/op-eds.  •    Draft speeches and talking points for Ceres CEO/President and other Ceres experts, as well as other media spokespeople as needed.  •    Assist in writing training and coaching as needed with issue experts. •    Supervise staff member and possible interns, which includes project management, training, performance evaluation, and professional development Qualifications  •    At least seven years of work experience in communications/marketing or journalism.  •    Bachelor’s degree required in communications, marketing, journalism or related area of study. Graduate degree preferred. •    Very strong communications, research, editing and writing skills.  •    Experience writing for an advocacy, investor, corporate or news audience. •    Knowledge of AP writing style guidelines and other best practices for editing and writing. •    Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects.  •    Prior experience managing and training staff or interns. •    Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets.  Attention to detail is required. •    Knowledge of sustainability issues, including an understanding of the investment and corporate community. •    Demonstrated passion and interest in sustainability issues, including climate change and policy issues. •    An interest in the changing digital media landscape and in growing an engaged, digital and mobile audience. •    Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to working at Ceres on a daily basis. •    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 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.