Director, Corporate Clean Energy Leadership

  • Ceres
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Apr 20, 2018
Full time Energy Efficiency Energy - Solar Energy - Wind Sustainability

Job Description

Director, Corporate Clean Energy Leadership 


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. 

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Description & Responsibilities 

The Director, Corporate Clean Energy Leadership will lead Ceres’ efforts to spur large U.S. companies to adopt clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement by coordinating the efforts of Ceres’ internal teams and collaborating with external partners. The successful applicant will work across Ceres’ Climate & Energy, Company, Investor, and Policy Network teams to coordinate their efforts to mobilize companies to make and actualize strong commitments to renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and science-based targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.  The Director will work with the Ceres team to make the business and investor case for companies to embrace bold clean energy and climate commitments, and to spur corporate uptake accordingly. In addition, the Director will play a significant role coordinating a multi-organizational working group focused on spurring U.S. corporate uptake of clean energy and science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. 

This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office and will report to the Vice President, Climate & Energy.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Develop and execute annual programmatic goals and Ceres’ organizational strategy for advancing U.S. corporate clean energy procurement and greenhouse gas emission reductions, as well as support strategic planning for Ceres’ climate and energy work.
  • Work with Ceres’ team of experts to develop, coordinate, and implement campaign strategies and tactics to encourage corporate uptake of cleaner sources of energy, including renewable energy, energy efficiency/productivity and electric vehicles, as well as science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
  • Lead a U.S. corporate engagement working group comprised of Ceres and several key partner organizations who are looking to step up collaboration to spur greater corporate uptake of clean energy and science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
  • Conduct an annual assessment of the campaign, and re-direct strategies and tactics based on evaluation.
  • Partner closely with Ceres teams, including the Electric Power, Transportation, Company Network, Policy Network and Investor Network teams, to execute Ceres’ corporate clean energy and climate strategies, including via mobilization of our existing multi-trillion dollar investor network.
  • Direct cross-organizational efforts to build the business case for corporate action on clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions, in coordination with Ceres staff such as the Senior Managers for Renewable Energy, Energy Productivity and Clean Vehicles, and including managing and/or overseeing research and report production.
  • Oversee development and execution of outreach strategies to persuade corporate decision makers of the benefits of uptake of clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
  • Manage and advance relationships with current and potential funders, including by partnering with the Development Team on grant proposals or engagements with donors to raise funds to support this campaign.
  • Supervise at least one staff member, to include training, conducting performance reviews, and providing guidance and support with professional development.
  • Support the implementation of cross-organizational campaign management systems.
  • Assist with planning for the Ceres annual conference program and bi-annual Investor Summit, and assist or lead with management of other events to advance campaign objectives.
  • Represent Ceres as a speaker at conferences and events.
  • As needed, support Ceres’ other climate and energy priorities.
  • Travel, as needed, to lead multi-organizational working group focused on corporate clean energy uptake and, on occasion, to support engagement with companies, investors and stakeholders.


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, including a minimum of 5 years of management and strategy development experience.
  • Experience managing across internal and/or external teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a successful campaign, preferred.
  • Bachelor degree required.  Master or other advanced degree in business, environment, law, public policy or related field, preferred.
  • Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues.
  • An understanding of corporate finance, the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements, preferred.
  • An understanding of investment firms, financial institutions, and institutional investors, preferred.
  • Knowledge of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience supervising staff, including ability to provide training and support staff development.
  • Experience developing and managing progress against goals and budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver specific projects and initiatives independently and successfully lead a team.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects from concept to completion with limited guidance.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above. 

 How to Apply 

We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:  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.  

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