Director, Federal Policy

  • Ceres
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Mar 02, 2021
Full time Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Sustainability

Job Description

Director, Federal Policy


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 (

Description & Responsibilities

The Director, Federal Policy is designed for a high energy person who enjoys advocating for strong federal policies related to climate, clean energy, water, and related policies with members of Capitol Hill.  This full-time position may be based in Washington, D.C. or Boston, MA.  This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter with prior policy campaign experience.  The position will report to the Vice President, Government Relations.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee and stay abreast of all federal policy activity related to climate, clean energy, water and other sustainability-related issues.
  • In partnership with the Vice President of Government Relations, lead the team working on federal policy activities at Ceres.
  • Supervise at least two staff members including hiring and training new staff, conducting quarterly and annual reviews, providing guidance and support with professional development.
  • Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with staff members on Capitol Hill and climate and energy regulatory agencies.  
  • Lead the integration of federal policy activities with other program teams at Ceres such as partnering with the Investor Network Team and  organizing the Investor Policy Working Group
  • Partner with Vice President on developing and refining strategy and lead workflow for the Federal Policy team, and how it fits within the organization’s overall goals.
  • Lead the development of future events, legislative responses, and research to make the business case that climate change poses a risk to the US economy, 
  • Lead Federal Policy to identify policy priorities, develop a plan for policy engagement, and execute the plan.
  • Track key policy and regulatory developments related to the role of federal and state financial regulators. 
  • Partner with BICEP on member engagement and retention to engage in federal policy advocacy.
  • Use earned media, advocacy days, national meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact policy positions and outcomes.
  • Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as a spokesperson for project or program work.
  • Prepare materials and prepare Ceres staff and investor and company network members to engage with the press, legislative staffers, and federal lawmakers.
  • Help craft fundraising proposals to support the project and program work.
  • As needed, participate in meetings with current and potential funders.
  • Support organizing and logistical activities related to Ceres’ Annual Conference.
  • Support other efforts of the Government Relations team specifically and Ceres generally.  


  • At least ten years or more of direct experience working on policy issues, such as environmental and/or climate change policy. Background or demonstrable focus on federal policy is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps.
  • Prior experience in driving complex projects or campaigns.
  • Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills.
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative, and motivation.
  • Experience cultivating effective supervisory relationships (across gender identity, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds) with direct reports.
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects. 
  • Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets. 
  • Record of success coordinating and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to take a collaborative approach.
  • Ability to bring a positive outlook to working at Ceres.
  • Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity
  • Willingness to travel as needed.
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.

 How to Apply

We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying:  If you are interested in applying for this position, 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.


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