Senior Manager, Corporate Program
Description & Responsibilities
Ceres’ Corporate Program is looking to hire a full-time Senior Manager to be based in the Boston office and report to a Director of the Corporate Program with particular content knowledge of companies in consumer-facing sectors, such as Information Communications Technology (ICT), Retail, and Food & Beverage. This content knowledge should encompass environmental and social sustainability issues, such as those related to company supply chains, products, employees and environmental issues beyond climate and energy.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Manage relationships and projects involving the 70+ Ceres companies and 100 + coalition organizations, as well as some prospective Ceres companies. The Ceres company network includes companies from approximately ten sectors and this position will be working with companies in a range of sectors, such as Information Communications Technology (ICT), Retail, Financial Services, and Food & Beverage.
- Lead company relationships and facilitate stakeholder dialogues. This position will lead ongoing multi-stakeholder dialogues, which include investors, environmental groups and other public interest groups, to discuss corporate sustainability performance and disclosure.
- Assess corporate sustainability performance and disclosure, demonstrating analytical abilities and understanding of key attributes of corporate sustainability leadership. Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate dialogues will be viewed as beneficial.
- Develop the strategy and objectives for Ceres’ work with this group of companies on a one to three year planning cycle and ensure alignment Ceres Roadmap expectations and organizational priorities. Capture and communicate the specific impacts of the engagement process.
- Implement, and possibly design, tools for engaging Ceres companies on their sustainability performance, including initiatives and projects that support the impact and uptake of the 21st Century Corporation Roadmap for Sustainability.
- Design and implement workshops, webinars/conference calls, newsletters and other multi-media communications to reach companies and stakeholder groups with timely information on Ceres’ programs and sustainability issues. This will be web-based as well as through print media.
- Contribute to meeting team revenue commitments through supporting fundraising initiatives with individual, corporate and/or foundation contacts.
- Support team in training new staff or providing professional development to team members.
- Supervise interns and possibly other team members, including recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluation duties.
- Assist with planning for the Ceres annual conference program and other events.
- Support other program teams (such as Policy program, Communications, Development) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives.
- Speak at conferences and events.
- Master’s degree in business, environment, law or public policy or related field preferred.
- Seven years or more of direct experience working on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues in the corporate, investor and/or non-profit sectors, or a bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years relevant experience.
- In-depth knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and an understanding of corporations (including corporate reporting and business strategy tools), the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements. Ability to make strong connections between sustainability issues and articulate the impacts and implications for corporate actions.
- Experience in North American context is required, while understanding the broader international context for sustainability.
- Substantial expertise on environmental and/or social issues.
- Experience in transparency and disclosure, including the Global Reporting Initiative as an accountability and engagement tool for companies and other organizations in North America.
- Demonstrated strong project management, business planning skills and attention to detail are required.
- Several years of experience managing and training staff or interns.
- Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills for external and internal audiences.
- Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation.
- Successful record of organizing multiple projects, coordinating and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach to working across the organization.
- Planning and prioritization skills with the ability to make adjustments to work and still deliver projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets.
- Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.
- 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: www.ceres.org. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter specifying how you learned of opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put “Senior Manager, Corporate Program” in subject line of e-mail.
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.