• March 1, 2017

Ceres’ newly created Capital Market Systems Program consolidates Ceres’ work on critical market levers that will help scale the transition to sustainable capital markets. The program includes Ceres’ initiatives on governance for sustainability, and sustainability disclosure, including climate risk disclosure, mandatory sustainability disclosure and the Investor Initiative for Sustainable Exchanges (IISE).

The CMS Program is seeking a Manager of Disclosure to work with colleagues in the program and across the organization to manage, coordinate and support Ceres’ work on corporate sustainability disclosure. This includes managing projects and implementing work plans and projects, managing critical relationships with investors and other stakeholders, contributing to the development of thought leadership in the space, as well as helping coordinate cross-organizational disclosure related efforts. The Manager needs to be a savvy project manager, relationship manager, communicator and strategic thinker that will help to develop and realize Ceres strategy for increasing the uptake of ‘decision friendly’ sustainability disclosures that will be used by companies and investors globally. This full-time position is based in Boston, MA, and initially reports to the Director, Disclosure, Capital Market Systems.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with the Director, Disclosure to drive Ceres program focused on the role of stock exchanges in driving sustainability disclosure (Investor Initiative on Sustainable Exchanges)
    • Run a global campaign to get stock exchanges engaged on sustainability performance and disclosure, including advocacy with key parties and critical stakeholders
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders for this program including stock exchanges, investors and other partners
    • Manage/ Support key initiatives for the implementation of program goals, including investor sign-on initiatives, webinars, speaking engagements and events
    • Lead/ Contribute to the development of reports and other thought leadership on this issue
    • Track ongoing developments in the stock exchange space, including monitoring activities of, and coordination/collaboration with, other groups that focus on stock exchanges or sustainability reporting
    • Manage interns/ co-ops for program related goals
  • Contribute to the Ceres disclosure team including:
    • Coordinating with the Sr. Manager and Director, Disclosure on other disclosure related program areas, including engaging securities regulators on sustainability disclosure; Driving implementation of the Taskforce on Climate related Financial Disclosure etc.
    • Help organize bi-weekly cross organizational meetings on disclosure
    • Manage/ support the development of research, benchmarking and thought leadership on corporate sustainability disclosure
  • Manage/ Support other disclosure and CMS priorities as needed, including events and reports
  • Research and write op-eds, blogs or similar communications pieces for the disclosure initiative when assigned and collaborate with the Ceres Communications Team as needed
  • Support fundraising for Ceres’ disclosure initiatives, including providing writing and logistical support, tracking impact, developing talking points for conversations with Foundations
  • Track member and partner stock exchange-related engagements, participation, and activities in Salesforce
  • Build expertise in sustainability (ESG) reporting requirements and key disclosure frameworks in use
  • Act as the CMS team liaison to the Corporate team and other teams on disclosure related efforts
  • Participate in CMS Team duties as assigned, including support for the annual Ceres conference, Ceres Investor Network meetings, and others where necessary

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master degree in business, environment, law or public policy or related field preferred, with five (5) years of related work experience. Bachelor degree, with over five (5) years of relevant work experience, acceptable.
  • Three (3) years or more of direct experience working on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues in the corporate, investor and/or non-profit sectors. Experience working with stock exchanges and/ or investors, is a plus.
  • Sophisticated knowledge and understanding of corporate sustainability frameworks. Knowledge of sustainability disclosure frameworks and/ or corporate governance systems is a plus.
  • Significant and sophisticated project management experience, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Evidence of project and people management across all levels within an organization.
  • 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.
  • Proven leadership and people skills, including a demonstrated ability to mentor the skills and effectiveness of other team members.
  • Team player that likes working in a collaborative and 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.