Senior Manager, Carbon Asset Risk Campaign
Carbon Asset Risk Campaign
According to the International Energy Agency, there are at least three times more oil, gas and coal resources globally than can be consumed if the world is to keep climate change to a manageable level. Yet fossil fuel companies are spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually to find and develop additional resources. These companies base their investment decisions on forecasts that global energy supply will continue to be dominated by oil, gas and coal – forecasts that are consistent with a warming of four degrees Celsius or more, which the World Bank and other experts warn would have dire consequences for the economy and human civilization as a whole.
This business-as-usual approach places hundreds of billions of dollars of investor assets at risk. As the world transitions to cleaner energy sources and implements more policies to reduce carbon emissions, fossil fuel companies face the risk that their oil, gas and coal resources, which make up much of their market value, could become stranded assets. To address this risk, last year, Ceres launched a major campaign to mobilize investors around the concept of Carbon Asset Risk. This campaign aims to move oil and gas, coal and electric power companies to shift capital away from high-carbon, high-cost fossil fuel projects toward cleaner energy alternatives. It also aims to support investors in developing lower carbon investment strategies.
Description & Responsibilities
Ceres is looking to hire a Senior Manager to coordinate its investor campaign on carbon asset risk. The successful applicant will work with Ceres’ Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Investor Teams to mobilize investors to help prevent unmanageable climate change by pressuring fossil fuel companies to invest significantly less capital in projects like thermal coal, oil sands and Arctic drilling. The Senior Manager will also work with Ceres’ investor members to develop strategies for reducing carbon asset risk in their own portfolios and lead engagement with other key financial sector actors like banks and credit ratings agencies who have the power to influence how the fossil fuel industry invests its capital.
This is an exciting time to be working with some of the nation’s largest investors to engage with one of the world’s largest and most influential industries, and one that has the power to define the world’s future energy mix. This is a full-time position, based in our Boston office and will report to the Director of the Oil & Gas Program.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Develop and implement campaign strategies and tactics to discourage continued fossil fuel industry investment in high carbon fuels.
- Conduct annual assessment of campaign and re-direct strategies and tactics based on evaluation.
- Work with, expand and mobilize existing multi-trillion dollar investor coalition with goal of slowing industry investment in high cost/high carbon fossil fuels.
- Continue to build the business case for investor action on carbon asset risk, through research and possible report production.
- Develop and execute communications strategies to persuade key decision makers of the riskiness of high cost/high carbon fossil fuel investments.
- Partner closely with other Ceres teams, including the electric power, transportation and investor teams, to execute Ceres’ carbon asset risk strategy.
- Coordinate Ceres’ collaboration on carbon asset risk with a broad range of national and international NGOs.
- Manage and conduct research projects focused on carbon asset risk.
- As needed, support Ceres’ other Oil & Gas Program priorities, including fracking, oil sands and flaring.
- Partner with Development on grant proposals or engagements with donors to raise funds to support this initiative.
- Lead workshop design and oversee organization for Ceres Conference
- Represent Ceres as a speaker at conferences and events.
- Travel, as needed, to engage with companies, investors and stakeholders.
- Masters degree in business, environment, law or public policy or related field preferred.
- Bachelor degree, required, with 5-7 years relevant experience.
- Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and an understanding of corporations, the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements.
- Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation
- Advocacy or campaign experience is a preferred.
- Successful record of organizing multiple projects and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.
- Knowledge of the oil and gas industry is preferred, but not required.
- This is a full-time, exempt position based in Boston, MA.
- Compensation is commensurate with experience and is competitive for an NGO position.
- Ceres provides a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, matching 403(b) contributions, and annual leave.
How to Apply
We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselve with Ceres before applying: www.ceres.org. Applicants should submit a resume, two writing samples, a list of three references, and a letter describing their qualifications, interests, and potential contribution to our organization.
Please use the words “Senior Manager, CAR Campaign” in the subject line of your e-mail message.
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Ceres is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.