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
Jan 24, 2020
Full time
Manager, Events & Sponsorship  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 Ceres Events & Sponsorship team is responsible for planning, organizing and executing the annual Ceres Conference (a signature event), the biennial Investors Summit, anniversary special events and other day/half-day events throughout the year.  The team coordinates sponsorship for these events through research, internal/external outreach and follow-up, and by tracking all sponsorship on an organization-wide basis.  The Events & Sponsorship team engages with all Ceres program teams on these efforts and works closely with the Development, Operations, and Communications and Marketing teams. The Manager will report to the Director, Events & Sponsorship to manage the Ceres sponsorship program, lead various aspects of the conference program and support other organization-wide events. This job offers an opportunity for a professional, highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and energetic individual to engage with staff in all program areas of Ceres, interact with external constituents and assume a supervisory role. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  Oversee and manage outreach, timeline and revenue related to sponsorship including but not limited to: Develop and/or update sponsorship materials Develop and prioritize a strategic sponsor prospect list for over 150 network members in collaboration with the Ceres relationship managers Create and propose sponsorship packages that are appropriate and attractive for the company/investor while optimizing revenue and aligning with Ceres mission and work. Draft and coordinate invitation letters and outreach e-mail messages for sponsors Coordinate with Company Network, Investor Network, and Policy Network teams on outreach following a pre-determined timeline Manage all engagement with sponsors including participation in events Draft and organize follow-up acknowledgements to sponsors post-events such as thank you letters Conduct post-event surveys/feedback from sponsors Coordinate with Company Network to secure carbon offset sponsor and follow up post-event Lead several discrete projects related to content and speakers for the annual conference, such as World Ceres Talks and the Bavaria Award Manage relationships with hotels and other external vendors and oversee logistics, audio/visual needs, and menu selection for events. Oversee onsite logistical activities for the Ceres Conference, Investor Summit, and other special events as needed. Supervise and mentor interns to include hiring, onboarding, training and evaluation duties. Train and support other team members in managing vendors, staff travel, lodging, vendor exhibits, and supplies Provide training to other team members to meet the obligations of the team.  Perform administrative duties as needed. Continue to refine knowledge of Ceres overall work, goals and program objectives.  Qualifications Five years or more of direct experience planning and managing large scale, complex, multi-day events. Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues, a plus. Self-starter focused on execution, with ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines. Ability to make strong connections between sustainability issues and articulate the impacts and implications for corporate and investor audiences. Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to corporate dialogues will be viewed as beneficial.  Demonstrated strong project management, planning skills and attention to detail are required. Strong speaking and written communication skills for external and internal audiences. Effective presentation style as well Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Prior experience supervising or training staff, a plus. Successful record of organizing multiple projects, engaging with senior-level professionals, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach to working across the organization. Planning and prioritization skills with the ability to make adjustments and still deliver projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets. Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity 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, 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 24, 2020
Full time
Manager, Shareholder Engagement   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 & Responsibilities The Manager, Shareholder Engagement, plays a key role in Ceres’ work with institutional investors on sustainability issues. This position focuses on coordinating and engaging investors who are seeking to improve corporate practices on climate change, renewable energy, governance and other sustainability issues.  Many of the investors are part of the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability (INCRS).  Members include state treasurers, pension funds, foundations, socially responsible asset managers, and religious institutional investors, among others.  This is a full-time staff position that will report to the Director, Shareholder Engagement.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Advise and support investors and working groups who engage companies on issues related to the risks and opportunities of climate change and other sustainability issues; Conduct research, draft memos, letters and other materials making the business case for investor and corporate leadership on climate change and related topics; Benchmark corporate and investor progress on sustainability issues; In coordination with colleagues, organize and facilitate multiple in-person and telephonic group meetings and briefings of investors throughout the year, as well as meeting follow-up; Assist investors in briefing proxy advisory firms about climate-related shareholder resolutions; Develop and manage the systems to publicly and privately track shareholder resolutions; Partner with the Director in working with the Communications team to develop media messaging and communications materials, such as op-eds, reports, press releases and blogs; Work with the Ceres Communications Team to draft content for the Investor Network website and portal; Help to coordinate cross-organization management of Ceres staff who engage investors in certain campaigns;  Oversee portions of Ceres’ Investor Portal content and assist colleagues and investors in using relevant portions the Portal; Manage a small portfolio of relationships with Investor Network members using the relationship management systems, and support recruitment efforts of new members; Support the Development Team with content on fundraising proposals, progress reports, and funder outreach;  Provide support with hiring, training and supervising interns; Conduct personal administrative activities; Participate in Investor Team activities such as meetings, quarterly and annual program reviews, and annual planning meetings;  Support planning and execution of biennial Investor Summit and annual Ceres Conference. Organize special projects, as necessary.   Qualifications Five years of work experience with progressive responsibilities in roles.   Three to five years of direct experience working in corporate governance for institutional investors, religious institutions, labor movements, institutional investors, or publicly traded company, preferred.   Sustainability expertise is desirable but not required.  An understanding of institutional investors and financial markets. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Strong writing and research skills. Effective oral and written communication skills. Meeting facilitation and public speaking skills desirable. Strong project management skills and attention to detail. 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. Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity. 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: Salesforce, RingCentral, GoToWebinar, Bloomberg Terminal, etc. How to Apply We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:   www.ceres.org .  Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to   careers@ceres.org .  Please apply through the Ceres website,   https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities .  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 24, 2020
Full time
Manager, Corporate Governance  Organization Ceres is a not-for-profit organization that partners with institutional investors, large companies, environmental organizations and other public interest groups, with the goal of mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.  Ceres plays a unique role in the sustainability movement by bringing the perspective and power of investors to environmental and social issues, and specifically to the performance, practices and policies of corporations. Through its Investor Network on Climate Risk, Ceres has been able to mobilize over 115 institutional investors representing more than $14 trillion in assets to better understand and properly value climate and water-related risks and opportunities.  Ceres works to foster corporate leadership on sustainability issues and mobilize private sector actors in support of public policies for long-term sustainability. Ceres works with over 65 major companies to integrate environmental and social issues into core business practices. Additionally, Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of leading companies (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) to advocate for national and state climate, energy and water policies.  For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site ( www.ceres.org ).  Description & Responsibilities The Manager, Corporate Governance position will lead projects and support Ceres’ efforts to drive climate change and ESG integration into corporate governance systems, with a focus on the role of boards of directors.  Projects the position will lead or support include managing and supporting Ceres’ newly launched climate lobbying initiative, developing ESG curriculum for boards of directors, and leading/ supporting engagements with corporate boards and corporate counsel.  This is a full-time role, reporting to the Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems (CMS) and will be based in our Boston office. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Manage Ceres’ partnerships with academic and governance groups in developing ESG training for the corporate director community. This will include serving as a project manager to ensure curriculum is developed, and then events are organized to provide this training.  Duties will involve working with CMS team members to coordinate with key partners and consultants on the project. Support Ceres’ newly launched two-year Responsible Policy Lobbying initiative. Duties will include working with CMS team members to drive key workstreams as a part of this initiative, coordinate with teams across Ceres, manage consultants and conduct research and produce written materials.  Partner with the Senior Program Director, CMS in driving engagements with corporate boards, corporate directors and governance teams within companies.  This will include writing proposals or producing other written materials for other Ceres staff or external partners. Coordinate with the Ceres Company Network, including providing support on the newly launched effort to engage Investor Relations staff within companies. Support the development of new projects on board ESG oversight, including developing the legal case for director fiduciary duty for climate change oversight, clarifying the role of the board in driving linkages between executive compensation and ESG factors, Develop media messaging and communications materials, including op-eds, press releases and blogs. Partner with the Senior Program Director in production of funding proposals with the Ceres Development team. Partner with the Senior Program Director in funder meetings and outreach to potential new funders, with the Ceres Development Team. Supervise and mentor interns to include hiring, onboarding, training and evaluation duties. Train and support other team members in managing vendors, staff travel, lodging, vendor exhibits, and supplies Assist with planning for the Ceres annual conference and program events, to further corporate governance programmatic work. Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work.  Travel as necessary.  Qualifications 5 years of experience where they have progressive responsibilities in their positions. 3 years of experience working on corporate sustainability issues in the corporate, investor or non-profit sectors. In depth knowledge of corporate sustainability issues, an understanding of the corporate context and the socially responsible investor community. Background in corporate governance is a plus. Demonstrated experience in relationship management, particularly engaging leaders in the corporate or investor community. Ability to make strong connections between governance issues and articulate the impacts and implications for corporate actions. Demonstrated strong project management, business planning skills and attention to detail. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with communications and fundraising preferred. Prior experience supervising or training staff, a plus. Team player that likes working in a collaborative and fast paced environment. Proven ability to manage multiple projects from concept to completion on own momentum and with limited guidance. Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail software. Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted.  Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused 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, 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 San Francisco, CA, USA
Jan 24, 2020
Full time
Assistant, Development (CA)   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 ).  Position Description The Development Assistant will work with the Director of Development, California (DOD West), primarily focusing on individual giving and development events, and s/he also will be part of a 10-person development team in Boston. The Development Assistant will report to the DOD West and provide administrative support to this position. This full-time job, based in San Francisco, CA, 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 donor relations.   Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following. Development Operations Manage the maintenance of up-to-date donor contact information records in Salesforce, including reviewing donor data for accuracy and reporting, developing reports from Salesforce on west coast donors and prospects, and working with the Boston development staff to develop organization-wide donor reports. Support annual fund activities as needed, including direct mail and email solicitation, monthly donation maintenance, and donor stewardship efforts. Support DOD West with regard to IT/systems affecting development. Carry out administrative tasks as needed, including logistics for meetings and conferences, materials preparation, and record keeping. Provide support as requested at organization-wide program events, such as the Ceres Conference or Investor Summit. Foster West Coast development team culture and camaraderie through department lunches, gatherings and celebrations. Act as liaison between CA and Boston development teams. Individual Giving Research donors, prospects, gatekeepers and funding organizations and affinity groups Prepare major donor and funder reports, proposals, briefings and calls as needed. Support ongoing stewardship and communication with the Ceres 1000 donor community, including news updates, event invitations and other engagement opportunities. Manage donor acquisition and awareness activities, including direct and email outreach. Support Boston staff for development-related meetings and briefings for west coast trips. Support tracking and assessment of donor appeal and acquisition outcomes. Development Events Manage West Coast event preparation, including compiling invitation lists, working with outside vendors on event logistics, tracking responses, and developing attendee profiles. Manage West Coast event ticket and sponsorship processing and ensure fundraising event tickets and sponsorships are accurately recorded in Salesforce. Provide staffing and logistical support at development events. Process acknowledgement letters for West Coast event tickets, support thank you and follow-up outreach. Support tracking and assessment of event outcomes. Requirements One to two years of full-time work experience, beyond Internships, in an office setting.  Prior development experience in a nonprofit setting is a plus. Prior administrative experience desired Desire to learn and develop expertise in donor database platforms required and proficiency with a donor database platform 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 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-pace environment. Demonstrated interest in environmental and sustainability issues, a plus. Proficient using database systems, word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and e-mail computer applications (Salesforce, Google Suite, and MS Office Suite). How to Apply We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:   www.ceres.org .  Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples.  Please apply through the Ceres website,   https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities . 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.