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
Dec 07, 2018
Full time
Communications Manager, Food and 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 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 our web site ( www.ceres.org ). Description and Responsibilities The Communications Manager of Water and Food will develop and execute short and long-term communications and marketing strategies for our Food and Water initiatives to elevate the leadership and actions of influential investors and companies on a host of sustainability issues, including water, food and deforestation, and expand Ceres position as a thought leader on these issues in the U.S. and around the globe.  Ceres works with the most influential investors and companies to tackle sustainability risks and opportunities, and reduce the impacts of threats on our planet and natural resources, including fresh sources of water and forests.  Embedded within the Water and Food team, and working closely with the Communications and Marketing team, the Manager will be responsible for executing media strategies and generating earned media coverage through an array of media relations and cultivation tactics. This position will be responsible for developing related-media materials and placing thought leadership columns in targeted investor, business and financial outlets, while leveraging messaging and content around key Ceres and external events and moments.  This position will also support the execution of paid and unpaid marketing strategies, developing corresponding materials to market key reports and investor engagement tools, and campaigns and initiatives, and provide input on website, social media and eCommunity messaging to amplify impact across Ceres’ digital platforms.  This is a full-time salaried position. This person will report to the Senior Director, Water and Food and have a dotted line relationship to the Department Director of Communications and Marketing.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Work closely with communications and marketing team to develop and execute long-term communications and marketing strategies for Ceres Conduct targeted media relations and outreach to generate uptake in earned news coverage of Ceres experts/thought leadership as well as investor and company leadership and action. Work with Ceres experts and investor and company media spokespeople to conduct on-the-record interviews, provide quotes and statements, author columns/op-eds and editorials, and support social media amplification. Execute media strategies for research reports and initiative rollouts, ensuring coordination internally and with external partners, and consistency in framing, messaging and design.  Identify key events and moments to leverage messaging and content, ensuring activities are coordinated and organized closely together with relevant initiatives, and with Ceres’ overall communications and marketing priorities and calendar.  Support strategies for paid and unpaid marketing tactics to market reports, investor engagement tools, and campaigns and initiatives. Identify and cultivate new strategic (paid and unpaid) media/social media partnerships. Provide input on website, social media, eCommunity messaging to amplify impact across all Ceres’ digital platforms.  Ensure regular communications with investor and company communications staff to cultivate and maintain those relationships. Provide communications and marketing support as needed for key Ceres events (e.g. Ceres Conference, Investor Summit on Climate Risk, etc.). Qualifications Bachelor degree, required.  Graduate degree, preferred. 5 years of work experience in journalism, communications, public relations, required. Experience developing media relations strategies and working in fast-paced media environments. Strong writing and fact-checking skills with experience writing for media audiences including pitches, press releases, statements, columns/op-eds, etc. Experience with producing content that resonate with various audiences including media, policymakers and the business community. Demonstrated interest in water and food and/or sustainability issues, preferred. Existing relationships with water and food, business and financial reporters, preferred. Experience managing and strengthening relationships and coordinating with multiple partners. Strong pitching and organizational skills. Ability to regularly evaluate workload and prioritize projects. Able to direct and manage multiple projects at the same time. Able to work well independently and as a team member. Comfortable working with different personalities and people. Desire to work in a mission-driven and nonprofit environment. 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.  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
Dec 07, 2018
Full time
Communications Manager, Climate and Energy   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 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 our web site ( www.ceres.org ). Description and Responsibilities Progress toward advancing climate solutions at the pace and scale necessary to stabilize the climate hinges like never before on actions, investments and leadership by the business and investor communities. Ceres is poised to dramatically ramp up its communications strategies to amplify meaningful private sector climate and clean energy commitments, and bold actions to accelerate the transition to the low-carbon economy. This includes actions to decarbonize the electric power and transportation sectors, such as through investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as corporate and investor actions to adopt science-based greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets, analyze and disclose exposure to climate-related risks, and shift spending from high carbon to clean energy.  The Communications Manager, Climate and Energy position will develop and support execution of short and long-term communications planning, including strategies that generate an uptake in earned media coverage on climate and clean energy leadership by elevating the voices and actions of influential investors and companies through an array of traditional, digital and social vehicles and tactics.  Working closely with the communications and marketing team as well as the climate and energy team at Ceres, this position will be responsible for executing on both planned and rapid response activities that are pivotal in expanding Ceres’ position as a climate and clean energy thought leader in the U.S. and beyond.  This is a full-time salaried position. This person will report to the Vice President of Climate and Energy and have a dotted line relationship to the Department Director of Communications and Marketing.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Develop and support execution of long-term communications plan for the Ceres climate and energy team, which works to transform the oil and gas, electric power, insurance, and transportation sectors. Conduct targeted media relations and outreach to generate uptake in earned news coverage of Ceres experts/thought leadership as well as investor and company leadership and action. Identify, train, and deploy Ceres experts and investor and company media spokespeople to conduct on-the-record interviews, provide quotes and statements, author columns/op-eds and editorials, and participate in social media outreach. Work closely with communications and marketing team to develop media toolkits for research reports and initiative rollouts, ensuring coordination internally and with external partners, and consistency in framing, messaging and design.  Identify key communications priorities and moments, help ensure communications elements are coordinated and organized closely together with relevant initiatives, and integrate climate and energy communications plans with Ceres’ overall communications and marketing priorities calendar.  Support strategies for paid and unpaid media via columns/blogs and multi-media content to promote solutions-oriented stories, demonstrating the economic benefits (jobs, savings, etc.) of business and investment decisions that advance climate solutions. Develop media plan to elevate Ceres’ carbon asset risk initiative and continue to amplify investor engagement and strong shareholder votes. Coordinate and help manage relationship with long-time external consultant on transportation-related communications activities and messaging. Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partner organizations and coalitions to coordinate and amplify impact and messaging. Identify and cultivate new strategic (paid and unpaid) media/social media partnerships. Support Ceres digital communications and marketing team with input on social media, eCommunity, annual report and other content needs to amplify impact and messaging on digital platforms.  Ensure regular communications with investor and company media spokespeople and their communications staff, as well as with reporters and producers, to cultivate and maintain those relationships. Provide communications and marketing support as needed for key Ceres events (e.g.,. annual Ceres Conference, biennial Investor Summit, etc.). Qualifications Bachelor degree, required.  Graduate degree, preferred. 5 years of work experience in journalism, communications, public relations, required. Experience developing media relations strategies and working in fast-paced media environments. Strong writing and fact-checking skills with experience writing for traditional and digital media audiences including pitches, press releases, statements, columns/op-eds, etc. Experience with producing content and messaging that resonates with various audiences including traditional and digital media, and the business community. Demonstrated interest in climate and clean energy and/or sustainability issues, preferred. Existing relationships with business, climate and energy reporters and broadcast producers, preferred. Experience working on environment, energy, and/or transportation, oil and gas, electric power issues. Experience managing and strengthening relationships and coordinating with multiple partners and coalitions, and/or consultants. Strong pitching and organizational skills. Ability to regularly evaluate workload and prioritize projects. Able to direct and manage multiple projects at the same time. Able to work well independently and as a team member. Comfortable working with different personalities and people. Desire to work in a mission-driven and nonprofit environment. 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
Dec 07, 2018
Full time
Director, Investor 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. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site ( www.ceres.org ).  Description & Responsibilities The Director plays a key relationship management role on the Investor Network.  The Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability is a group of more than 150 leading institutional investors with collective assets under management of over $17.3 trillion. We are looking for candidates who are strategic thinkers and understand U.S. institutional investment finance markets.  The Ceres Investor Network is specifically looking for someone that will manage high-level engagement with institutional investors to recruit, retain and engage members of our Investor Network, primarily based on the East Coast .   This full-time position is based in Boston, MA, and reports to the Senior Program Director of the Investor Network team.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Manage and deepen Ceres’ relationships with asset owners and asset managers, serving a dedicated portfolio of investors. Develop strategic plans for engaging priority members in Ceres initiatives and campaigns, supporting the members in integrating material ESG issues into their investment processes. Recruit strategic new asset owner and asset manager members to the Investor Network from both the U.S. and Canada and encourage their action on ESG issues. Promote “sustainable investment” policies and practices that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment decision-making process. Manage or contribute to one or more Investor Network working groups and project work with investors. Partner with the Communications team in developing media messaging and communications materials, such as op-eds, press releases, reports, and blogs. Attend and participate in key investor meetings and events. Track Investor Network member progress and impact on sustainable investment metrics including implementation of 21st   Century Investor Blueprint steps, new investment commitments, and participation in Ceres working groups utilizing the Ceres Salesforce platform. Make public presentations at investor conferences on ESG integration issues, low carbon/clean energy investment opportunities, Ceres policy priorities or other special topics of interest to Ceres and Investor Network members. Partner with Program Director in funder meetings and outreach to potential new funders, with the Ceres Development Team. Participate in planning and organizing Ceres annual conference and program events for both the Investor Network. Partner with Senior Program Director on team management and annual planning. Train and supervise other Investor Network team staff or interns. Travel as necessary for relationship management purposes. Qualifications Bachelor degree required.   Graduate degree in business, environment, law or public policy preferred. At least ten years of work experience, preferably direct experience working in investment sector on sustainability-related issues. Knowledge of climate and energy issues desirable. An understanding of institutional investors and financial markets. Demonstrated experience with relationship management. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. Strong writing skills. Effective oral and written communication skills, especially with senior-level executives. Public speaking skills. Strong project management skills and attention to detail. Successful record of organizing multiple projects, delivering on time, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 3+ years of experience supervising staff, including ability to provide training and support staff development. 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, Bloomberg Terminal, 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.  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
Dec 05, 2018
Full time
Marketing Manager, 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  This position will join Ceres’ growing Communications and Development Department and will be responsible for is responsible for stewarding, executing, and expanding key functions and strategies that enhance Ceres’ mission, visibility, and revenue growth.  Based in Ceres’ Boston office, the Marketing Manager, Communications and Marketing will develop marketing and donor stewardship content and collateral, including impact stories, organizational brochures and signature program marketing materials. Reporting to the Director of Digital Communications and Marketing, the Marketing Manager will be embedded in the digital communications and marketing team and will work closely with the development team to integrate traditional marketing activities with digital activities across the organization. In 2019, the Marketing Manager will be a key player in planning and executing marketing strategies and materials to highlight Ceres’ 30th   anniversary. This is an exciting opportunity for a well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and collaborative marketing and communications professional who is eager to apply their experience and talents to a growing organization that is having impact at a national and global level.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:          Content Development: Develop marketing content and collateral, and donor stewardship communications Provide project management and writing support for print and digital marketing and fundraising materials including the Ceres Annual Report, donor newsletters, and stewardship of Ceres 1000 donor circle. Develop messaging and compelling email communications to Ceres’ digital community. Evaluate, recommend, and implement new activities and processes to steward and manage marketing and fundraising projects. Improve visual and design elements of all marketing and fundraising materials and communications. Support planning and execution of Ceres 30th   anniversary marketing materials.   Marketing and Digital Communications Work with digital team to regularly update website pages to maximize visitor experience, with a particular focus on highly trafficked pages. Work with the digital team to help maximize the philanthropic potential of Ceres’ digital community, and develop a plan to transfer printed products to the website. Work closely with graphic designers to format and design marketing materials in line with Ceres brand and logo standards, and work with the digital team as needed to transfer materials to a digital audience. Assist efforts to build the digital community (website, eCommunity, social, etc.) where appropriate by exploring, vetting and helping to support and implement new strategies and tactics to aid list growth and website traffic. Provide input on the master website, eCommunity, and social schedule that is maintained by the digital marketing team.   Development and Fundraising Communications Serve as liaison to development team on marketing activities, ensuring alignment of print appeal and digital marketing cycles, including email communications and collateral development. Assist a cross-cutting team in expanding and improving overall internal communications capacity and materials for funders, the Ceres leadership bodies, Ceres Network members, and staff. Develop “elevator pitch” slide deck presentations for Ceres staff, board and funder meetings, and more. Support marketing and fundraising activities to demonstrate impact of Ceres’ initiatives including Climate Action 100+, Commit to Climate, and others.   Other Coordinate with cross-cutting and programmatic teams on marketing support as needed to ensure alignment and consistency in messaging and materials. Manage specific marketing-related activities, as needed, for major Ceres events such as the annual Ceres Conference and the Investor Summit on Climate Risk, and fundraising dinners and galas. Qualifications Bachelor degree, preferred, or equivalent full-time job experience.  Five years or more of marketing experience, preferably for a mission-driven organization. Experience and savvy with effective visual presentation of complex material. Experience with traditional and digital marketing strategies used to acquire and steward donors. Successful record of organizing and managing multiple projects, delivering on time, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal and communications skills, strong initiative and motivation. Demonstrated strong project management skills and attention to detail. Strong writing skills for traditional and digital audiences. Proficiency in PowerPoint presentations. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Self-starter focused on execution. Knowledge of the sustainability space desirable. 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
Dec 05, 2018
Full time
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 and Responsibilities  The Vice President, Initiatives and Campaigns will oversee Ceres’ Capital Markets Systems, Climate and Energy, and Water and Food Programs, in a fast-paced, not-for-profit, organization with a $19+ million budget. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced professional to build on Ceres’ solid achievements in promoting private sector leadership on a wide range of sustainability issues.  The Vice President, Initiatives and Campaigns will serve on the five-person Program Management Team to ensure programmatic alignment, coordination and impact across the organization. S/he will supervise a diverse team of issue experts who lead and manage Ceres’ programmatic teams.  S/he will also support staff to develop and implement effective strategies, initiatives, and campaigns that advance Ceres’ mission. In addition, the Vice President of Initiatives and Campaigns will ensure effective evaluation, measurement and communications of Ceres’ programmatic successes in order to continually grow and enhance Ceres leadership in the sustainability field.   This role shares cross-organizational responsibilities with the Program Management Team focused on the efficient deployment of Ceres Network members and other key assets to support Ceres’ policy work, as well as initiatives and campaigns. S/he will participate in regular assessment of existing programs and new opportunities, support fundraising efforts, communicate Ceres’ impact and successes, and manage special projects to grow or enhance initiative and campaign priorities. The position is well-suited for someone with strong internal management capabilities, as well as the experience and ability to represent Ceres externally in a wide range of settings. In particular, the Vice President, Initiatives and Campaigns will serve as a high-level ambassador to Ceres’ company members, policy-makers, funders, and donors representing the organization in public and private forums.  The Vice President will report to the Chief Program Officer/Executive Vice President. Specifically, the Vice President of Initiatives and Campaigns will: Oversee development of Ceres’ overall programmatic and campaign strategies, Assure programmatic and campaign strategies maximize the impacts of our work across race, gender identity, and socio-economic background, to build Ceres influence and achieve the organization’s outcomes and goals.  Serve on cross-organizational Program Management Team, collaboratively engaging with the Chief Program Officer/Executive Vice President and the Vice Presidents of Government Relations, Networks, and Innovation and Evaluation providing expert input and guidance into decisions affecting the development of programmatic strategy. Partner with ET and PMT colleague on strategic allocation of resources. Work with senior staff to ensure development and implementation of results-driven strategies to increase revenue for programs and campaigns and achieve organizational outcomes and goals. Regularly solicit strategy and issue expertise from senior staff, including the other Vice Presidents and Program Directors, to support effective decision-making and development of program strategy. Supervise and support senior staff ensuring they are resourced and empowered to lead on staff, program, and budget management to achieve the objectives of their specific teams. Support senior staff to build diverse teams, to include a mixed composition of race, gender identity, and socio-economic background, to better reflect the populations we are working with and working to positively impact. Guide and mentor senior staff in strategy development and execution. Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of results-driven and integrated cross-program annual work plans. Ensure strong coordination between Ceres’ Initiatives and Campaigns with our Government Relations, Networks, and Innovation and Evaluation teams and activities, including deployment of systems to support alignment. Work in partnership with the Development and Finance teams to develop and deliver fundraising targets. Support Development in major donor and foundation cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities, participating in high-level relationships as needed. Ensure that Program Directors and other senior staff are showcased as issue experts and elevate their and Ceres’ public profiles as spokespeople for Ceres’ work. Engage in high-level external relationship building or public speaking events to increase Ceres’ influence and impact. Other duties as they arise. Qualifications Graduate degree, in relevant area, preferred.  Bachelor degree required. 15 years of relevant work experience in roles of progressive responsibility.  Experience as a senior leader and manager in a fast-paced, nonprofit organization.  Experience with environmental or sustainability issues required.  Demonstrated record of supervising senior staff to achieve organizational programmatic and fundraising goals. Proven track record of results-driven strategic program management is required, including demonstrated success in supervising senior staff to achieve organizational programmatic and fundraising goals. Demonstrated success in both halves of the resource equation—cultivating and closing income prospects, and managing and deploying staff and budgets. Strong relationship management skills with external partners is necessary for success in the position. Demonstrated success in building and managing diverse teams, including gender identity, people of color, and people from various socio-economic backgrounds, and supporting an inclusive work place, where everyone has an opportunity for advancement. Experienced cultivating effective supervisory relationships (across gender identity, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background) with direct reports and managing senior level staff and teams. Proven track record and successful engagement in a public relations or external communications role. Familiarity with non-profit fundraising approaches and experience in managing grants is a plus. Entrepreneurial attitude. Ability to both build strong, stable programs and to innovate to take advantage of strategic opportunities Broad understanding of how to build effective collaborations across other program areas, departments, and different levels of staff across the organization Superior communication skills, both oral and written 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
Nov 21, 2018
Full time
Assistant, 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 (occurring next in 2020), anniversary year events including the 30th   Anniversary Gala in 2019, and other day/half-day events throughout the year. The team also provides support in engaging sponsors 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 team.  The Assistant will report to the Director, Events & Sponsorship and help organize the annual Ceres Conference, biennial Summit, the 30th   Anniversary Gala, and other events. This full-time Assistant position offers a unique opportunity to become skilled at event planning and project management while being an integral part of the Ceres team. Primary duties include but are not limited to:  Assist with events registration and communications activities, including: Develop on-line registration and track all registration activity through Cvent and/or Eventbrite, distributing regular reports to Ceres’ staff. Coordinate Salesforce integration for online registration for all events. Produce and organize all print materials for events. Draft and update content of event website on Cvent platform, in coordination with the Communications and Marketing team. Support the Communications and Marketing team with event mobile app development and provide content updates using Cvent platform. Assist with event program activities, including: Collect and track speaker information and follow up with speakers for event. Maintain master planning documents. Assist Ceres staff with sending thank you letters post-events. Assist in the Bavaria Award process, including scheduling and note taking. Assist with on-site logistical support for all events. At the discretion of the Director, oversee these logistical duties. Organize all-staff and other programmatic events as needed. Support the Executive team with logistics for the Board of Directors and Presidents Council events, as needed. Work with vendors to ensure the services detailed in the contracts are provided within the appointed budget and timelines. Build templates for speaker prep, support speaker prep, and develop program flow docs Assist the Director and other staff with data management of the sponsorship program. Assist with event debrief activities such as compiling survey results, and maintaining notes for future event organization. Perform administrative duties such as managing calendars, scheduling meetings, note taking during meetings, filing, photocopying, and tracking, ordering and organizing materials for events. Qualifications Bachelor degree, with one year of prior full-time work experience, preferred, or 4 years of full-time work experience in a professional office environment. Interest in environmental or sustainability issues preferred, but not required. Willing to work overtime around events schedule. Prior experience supporting events is helpful. Proficiency with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications. Experience with Cvent, Salesforce and Eventbrite, a plus. Strong organizational skills. Able to evaluate workload and prioritize projects. Can manage multiple tasks as the same time in fast paced environment. Good oral and written communication skills. Experience with supporting a senior level staffer, a plus. Work well independently and as a team member. Comfortable working with different personalities and people (peers and senior management). Comfort in engaging with high-level external stakeholders with professionalism and diplomacy in routine correspondence. Team player, sense of humor, and respect for confidentiality. Able to look at problems as opportunities. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above. Desire to work in a mission-driven / nonprofit environment. 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
Nov 21, 2018
Full time
Assistant, Company 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 and Responsibilities  The Assistant, Company Network supports the Senior Directors of the Company Network and their team.  We seek an energetic, highly motivated, self-starter to play a critical administrative and programmatic support role, both internally and externally.  The Assistant will be part of a fourteen-person team working with companies to integrate sustainability into core business strategies, leveraging the   Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability . This full-time position reports to one of the Senior Directors and will be located in Boston, MA.   Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Provide administrative and logistical support to the two Senior Directors of the Ceres Company Network by: acting as a primary point of contact, prioritizing phone calls, correspondence, and meeting requests, managing calendars/schedules, and ensuring follow-through of specific activities and projects to completion;  Support the Senior Directors in setting agendas for weekly team meetings, taking and disseminating meeting notes, and ensuring appropriate follow-up; Attend internal and external meetings, as assigned, in order to take notes, identify next steps, and ensure follow-through of activities to completion;  Assist in development and management of team planning, goal setting, and impact tracking, working in concert with Senior Directors and project leads; Support coordination, logistics, and management of bi-annual team retreats, working closely with Senior Directors and project leads; Assist team in roll out and distribution activities of key reports and special projects; Provide event and development activity support for Senior Directors, including conducting research, drafting speaking points and/or presentations, and attending meetings, as needed; Assist with planning, coordination, and logistics for Ceres annual conference, Investor Summit, and other organization-wide events; Book travel, schedule meetings, and draft trip itineraries for Senior Directors; Process Senior Directors’ expense reports, reimbursements, and other finance-related administrative duties; Support engagements with Ceres Company Network members and special projects, as necessary; and Travel to meetings and events, as required.  Qualifications  Associate degree with 3 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor degree with minimum of one year of relevant work experience. In absence of either associate or bachelor degree, at least 5 years relevant work experience required. Outstanding organizational and administrative skills. Experience as an assistant to a senior executive, a plus. Demonstrated initiative and motivation, and ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Sound judgment and high level of integrity and professionalism, with an ability to manage confidential information and maintain discretion, diplomacy, and courtesy in all contacts. Strong organizational and time management skills, with keen attention to detail. Highly developed communication skills, both written and verbal. Excellent research and problem-solving capabilities. Ability to work pro-actively, both independently and collaboratively with a team. Proficiency with word-processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, and presentation programs. Knowledge of, or experience with, sustainability issues, particularly understanding of the role of business, the investment community, and/or NGOs, a plus. 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, 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 Boston, MA, USA
Nov 21, 2018
Full time
Director, Events and 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 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 our web site ( www.ceres.org ).  Description & Responsibilities The Director leads the Events & Sponsorship team in their responsibilities of 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. This is a full-time, staff position that will report to the Chief Operating Officer.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Oversee and direct development of the annual Ceres Conference, the biennial Investor Summit, anniversary year events and other special events for program teams. Coordinate and oversee the execution of all Ceres-wide events within a fiscal year. Collaborate with senior program staff to develop the strategic direction of the annual Conference and special program events. Oversee development and management of the Events annual budget including securing over $1 million in sponsorship revenue annually. Oversee the development of the sponsorship program for all major events for fiscal year or longer time periods, balancing immediate needs with longer-term organizational priorities and sponsor relationship development. This includes marketing materials, budget, outreach and stewardship and provide guidance to the Manager of Sponsorships to achieve sponsorship goals. Oversee appropriate integration of sponsors into Ceres’ events including integration of sponsors as speakers in events in alignment with the organization’s goals and global outcomes. Partner with Communications and Marketing to develop materials to promote Ceres’ events. Conduct evaluation of events and incorporate findings into future activities. Supervise Events and Sponsorship staff in executing logistical and programmatic details of events. Determine events temporary staffing needs and research, contract and oversee temporary staffing for the conference, Investor Summit, anniversary year events and other major events as needed. Research and recommend venues for the conference, Summit and other special events and lead contract negotiations for final approval by the CFO. Engage with Human Resources in hiring, training, managing, retaining, and terminating Events and Sponsorship staff. Qualifications Bachelor degree required.  Graduate degree preferred. Minimum 10 years events management experience in roles of progressive responsibility, including team management/supervisory experience. Track record of securing significant sponsorship funds. Must possess strategic and creative ability to identify and implement sponsorship strategies to grow event revenue. Familiarity with nonprofit organizations and management, a plus. Familiar with organizing events attracting 600+ attendees for nonprofit organizations. Excellent oral and written communication skills.  3+ years of experience supervising staff, including ability to provide training and support staff development. Motivational manager that can stimulate effective action by and collaboration among colleagues. Demonstrated success in building and managing diverse teams, including gender identity, people of color, and people from various socio-economic backgrounds, and supporting an inclusive work place, where everyone has an opportunity for advancement. Marketing background, a plus. Strong team leader and comfort working in a team-based atmosphere.  Demonstrated ability to deliver specific projects and initiatives independently and as part of a team.  A confident and poised demeanor, demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with corporate partners. Superior organizational, planning, and team management skills. Passion for Ceres’ mission and ability to inspire others in that mission. Willingness to travel domestically as needed to meet with donors and prospects. 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
Nov 21, 2018
Full time
Senior Associate, Company 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 and Responsibilities   The Senior Associate, Company Network supports the company engagement and programmatic work of the Company Network team. We seek an energetic, highly motivated, self-starter to play a critical programmatic and  support role, both internally and externally. The Associate will be part of a fifteen-person team working with companies to integrate sustainability into core business strategies, leveraging the  Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability . This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office, with line reporting to one of the Directors of the Company Network. Desired content knowledge encompasses environmental and social sustainability issues, with specific focus on those issues within the corporate and investor communities.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: Manage, or support the management of, relationships involving Company Network (CN) members, Ceres Non-profit Network organizations, and prospective Network companies or organizations. Play a key supporting role in, and in some cases organize and lead, ongoing engagements 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. Play a key supporting role in, and in some cases organize and lead, special projects advocating for leading disclosure, governance, stakeholder engagement, and performance commitments involving the Ceres Company Network members, Non-profit Network members, investors, and prospective Ceres companies. Conduct research and analysis on corporate sustainability performance, including benchmarking sector performance, writing briefs and memos, and creating presentations with associated speaking notes. Develop briefings or presentations for members of the Ceres leadership team in support of their engagement with companies, investors or other external audiences. Demonstrate attention to detail and project management skills for planning, logistics, scheduling, note taking, and memo drafting, amongst other tasks to deliver high impact engagements with Network member companies and partner organizations. Advocate to Network member companies positions aligned with Ceres’ organizational goals. Facilitate team meetings (on rotating basis), working with the Senior Directors to set meeting agendas and ensure follow up. Contribute to tracking, for internal and external purposes, the impact of the Company Network team’s engagement with member companies, as well as the impact of company engagement and project work beyond the Ceres Network. Coordinate with other program teams (e.g. Investor Network, Communications, Development, Operations) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives. Assist team in roll out and distribution activities of key reports and special projects. Assist in the planning of the annual Ceres Conference program and other events. Travel to meetings and events, as required. Qualifications Bachelor degree. In absence of bachelor degree, at least 7 years relevant work experience or 5 years relevant work experience plus associate degree. Minimum of 4 years professional experience demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, leadership ability, and project management abilities. Three years or more direct experience working on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues in the corporate, investor or non-profit sectors. In-depth knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and an understanding of corporations (including corporate reporting and business strategy tools), the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements. Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills for both internal and external audiences. Effective facilitation skills with the ability to bring divergent ideas to a productive conclusion. Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation. 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. Demonstrated ability to be an advocate. Experience in North American context is required, coupled with an understanding of the broader international context for sustainability. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.  Passion for accelerating and expanding the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. 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 Boston, MA, USA
Nov 21, 2018
Internship- Paid
Spring 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 spring internship position requires 10 to 15 hours of work per week. Schedules can be flexible to fit with class and/or work schedules. Ceres compensates interns at a rate of $13.50 hour. Our Spring Internship Program runs from mid-January 2019 through the end of April 2019.   Please read details of each position on our website and apply for the specific internship you are interested in. We typically hire 8-10 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 Spring 2019. If any of these internships listed below are not currently on our website, we are no longer accepting applications for that position.   CAPITAL MARKET SYSTEMS INTERN   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: Performing literature reviews, research, consolidating interview results, and drafting written sections for white paper on board oversight of risk management and sustainability issues Benchmarking analysis of priority companies of key Ceres campaigns and developing one pagers outlining results of analysis Conducting landscape analysis of organizations with long-term capital markets focus Researching priority companies on progress achieved on governance indicators over the past year Supporting on company and investor engagements on governance and disclosure   ELECTRIC POWER INTERN   The Electric Power Team at Ceres seeks to encourage electric utilities and large corporate energy consumers to adopt modern 21st century sustainable practices and technologies. Specifically, we will urge companies to increase their renewable electric generation, improve their energy efficiency, and reduce their reliance on carbon-based electric generation. The Electric Power Team is seeking an intern for the Spring 2019 period to assist the team in providing research and fact-checking to help develop and prioritize our targets for corporate engagement.   The intern will also assist with the development of materials to support corporate engagement on renewable energy and energy efficiency including presentations, fact sheets and other advocacy materials. These materials will help us make the business case to companies for adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency goals as well as the case to investors on the importance of engaging with companies on these issues. We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interest, experience, knowledge and desire to work in the clean energy field and who has excellent communications, research, writing, Excel and database skills.   TRANSPORTATION INTERN   This intern will work with both the Director of Transportation and the Senior Manager of Clean Vehicles at Ceres.   A clean and efficient transportation system is critical to a strong economy; its benefits include 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 adequately reduce harmful emissions associated with the transportation sector, we need to focus on three components: vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. In the next year, the Ceres Transportation Program's primary focus will be on promoting clean fuels, vehicles and relevant policies, and increasing corporate uptake and deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure. Spring 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. In addition, this position will support the development of educational and briefing materials on EVs and assist with preparation for corporate engagements on transportation electrification. This intern will be asked to perform research on various transportation issues, draft supporting resources and perform some administrative tasks. Please refer to the Ceres Transportation Initiative page for additional information. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.   WATER INTERN   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 Water Program is seeking a graduate student this spring to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to two pillars: the investment community and the food and beverage sector. While providing some administrative support, this research assistant 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:   Assisting in the rollout of the Investor Water Hub Toolkit , a water-risk integration tool for the mainstream global investment community . Topics covered in the Toolkit include systemic risks and materiality of water, investment beliefs and policies, asset class allocation and water-related shareholder engagements. The intern will provide specific support with digital marketing efforts related to the Toolkit and will assist with tracking news flow relevant to investors on water.   Supporting water-related research for the Investor Water Hub as needed including portfolio water footprinting, water solutions, materiality analysis for water and more.   Providing support to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the development of the next version of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty and the AgWater Challenge . This includes conducting research and analysis on food companies, supporting the team with tracking news flow and pulling examples of risk, building out power points for external presentations, and doing company/investor research on the Bloomberg terminal.   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 DevElopment INTERN 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.     FEDERAL POLICY INTERN   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.   COMPANY NETWORK – CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS   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   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.    How to Apply   Review each program internship opportunity carefully 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