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
Aug 04, 2019
Full time
Senior Associate, State Policy   Organization Ceres   is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. For more information about   Ceres, please visit our website ( www.ceres.org ).  Description & Responsibilities The Senior Associate, Policy position supports Ceres’ policy work, with a focus on U.S. Northeastern state-level climate and clean energy policy and engagement of business and investor voices in those states. This a full-time position, based in Boston, MA.  This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter looking to be an advocate for Ceres’ policy goals.  The position will report to the Manager, State Policy. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:  Support the Manager, State Policy in the development of regional strategy for engaging Northeastern states in team’s overall state policy vision. Identify policy priorities in Northeastern states, develop annual plan for policy engagement, and execute plan Track key developments related to Northeastern state energy, climate and transportation policy Continuously improve knowledge of state-level climate, electric power sector and clean transportation policies Use earned media, advocacy days, national meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact state policy outcomes Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and in-state allies (local non-profits, communications firms, lobbyists, etc.) such as monthly state coordination calls Identify opportunities to leverage state policy work to recruit new company and investor advocates Support team leadership’s recruitment efforts with companies and investors Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, and meetings Draft op-eds, sign-on letters, blogs, and tweets about state policy advocacy efforts Prepare materials and prep participants for investor and business engagements with press and state lawmakers Provide administrative, logistical, and writing support to the Manager and Senior Manager in recruitment of investors and businesses to engage in state level policy advocacy opportunities Provide logistical support for policy-related conference calls, webinars, and events with businesses and investors Coordinate with other program teams (such as Investor Network, Communications, Development, Electric Power and Transportation) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives. Support organizing and logistical activities related to Ceres’ Annual Conference. Support special projects of Policy team, as necessary.    Qualifications Four to five years or more of direct experience working on climate, clean energy, and/or transportation policy issues, particularly at the state level. Knowledge of climate, clean energy and clean transportation policies and current issues Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps. Substantial expertise on environmental and/or energy issues. Demonstrated project management skills of multiple, complex activities or events.  Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets.  Attention to detail is required. Strong oral and written communication skills as well as effective presentation style. Able to present a professional and confident demeanor with senior level professionals Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation. Demonstrated initiative and willingness to take on projects that support the success of the team and Ceres. Desire to work in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach, and to deliver independent projects. Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to working at Ceres on a daily basis. Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.   Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, social media and e-mail computer applications (Salesforce, Google Suite, 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, 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
Aug 04, 2019
Associate, Foundations, Development  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 Associate position on Ceres’ Foundation Team is a strong fit for a highly motivated candidate interested in working in a mission-driven, dynamic and fast-moving organization that has been recognized as one of the most effective environmental NGOs in the world. The position has significant growth potential with opportunities for increasing responsibility over time. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, be a fast learner, and able to manage challenging and competing deadlines. The Associate will be an integral part of a six-person team that manages a large portfolio of foundation funders and prospective funders. The Associate will report to the Senior Manager of Foundation Development. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following. Provide support to senior members of the Foundation Team including: Assist Foundation Team members and program staff in preparing and submitting letters of inquiry and proposals across select program areas; Research potential foundation funders and evaluate fit with Ceres’ programs. Support communication of breaking news, key successes, and timely invitations to events to advance foundation relationships: Schedule internal meetings with program staff and external meetings with foundations; Participate in internal and external meetings to capture key points and next steps through writing and distributing notes. Support project management and writing activities to ensure timely creation of foundation reports that clearly articulate the activities, outcomes and impact of select Ceres’ programs (Climate & Energy Policy, others TBD) achieved with the foundation grant award: Work closely with senior foundation staff and staff of select programs to track, assess and document progress towards programmatic goals; Process grant agreements and draft thank you letters, and update Salesforce with reporting deadlines; Track, manage and meet foundation reporting deadlines to assure compliance with funder reporting requirements; Provide program and finance team staff with appropriate advance notice of proposal and reporting deadlines and follow up to ensure requested materials are produced in a timely manner; Coordinate implementation of email blasts to funders with direction from senior members of the Foundation Team, using Salesforce. Manage the Foundation Team’s contact records in Salesforce database, running reports and analyzing results (e.g., for foundation email blasts and foundation RSVPs to events). Work with colleagues on Foundation and Communications teams to capture “best press” and other evidence of Ceres’ impact. Coordinate support for Ceres’ senior directors and executive’s development efforts, including: Track travel schedules of senior directors and executives to identify opportunities for donor visits; Join calls with Ceres senior program and executive staff to take notes and assist with timely follow up; and Coordinate preparation of briefing materials for meetings with foundation funders and prospects. Participate in the creation of the Foundation Team’s annual workplan, critical to Ceres’ growth. Assist with planning and logistics for the Ceres annual conference program and other events. Oversee special projects as assigned by the Senior Manager, Foundation Development.  Requirements Strong writing and editing skills with demonstrated interest and aptitude in persuasive writing; Two to three years of work experience, in an office setting. One or more years of experience in a relevant field such as foundation fundraising/development desired; Excellent organizational abilities; demonstrated capacity to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, take precise notes, and work well in a fast-paced environment; Knowledge of standard development practices and techniques, proposal writing, and prospect research. Experience in writing grant proposals is a strong plus; Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively; Passion for climate change, environmental and/or sustainability issues. Demonstrated interest in environmental and sustainability issues, a plus. Comfortable working with different personalities and people. 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 and cover letter.  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.