Associate, Food and Forests Program Posted Oct 31
Ceres , Boston, MA
Associate, Food and Forests

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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Position Description
The Associate, Food and Forests position plays a key support role for Ceres’ Food and Forests Program. We are looking for candidates with strong organizational skills, an interest in sustainable food systems and some understanding of responsible investment and the larger investment community. The team is hiring a new colleague to support research, knowledge building and investor-led engagements on corporate deforestation-related risks. This full-time position is based in Boston, MA, and reports to a Senior Manager on the Food and Forests Program.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
As directed by the Senior Manager, Food and Forests Program, support engagements with investors on their work to address deforestation-related risks in their portfolios.
Maintain and regularly update all data sets and Salesforce tracking systems to ensure contacts, meetings, deliverables, and other important information is tracked and available.
Track and monitor material deforestation and food-related news flow for internal and external use.
Research and benchmark corporate no-deforestation public commitments.
Using Partner Engagement Management System (PEMS), coordinate outreach to members by other Ceres’ staff members, including sign-on letters, meeting requests, events, etc.
Manage, review, and update content and promote investor activity on the Investor Portal
Assist in white paper, report and presentation preparation for internal and external audiences.
With the Senior Manager, Investor Engagement, coordinate planning of conference sessions, webinars and presentations.
Participate in Food and Forests and relevant cross-team meetings, quarterly and annual program reviews, and annual planning meetings.
Provide administrative and programmatic support for the Investor Initiative for Sustainable Forests collaboration
Two to three years of work experience, in an office setting.
One or more years of experience in a relevant field.
Demonstrated interest in climate change, environmental and/or sustainability issue
An understanding of financial markets and investment firms, financial institutions, or institutional investors.
Strong writing and research skills.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Strong project management skills and attention to detail.
Excellent organizational abilities; demonstrated capacity to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, take precise notes, and work well in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively.
Proficient using database systems, word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and e-mail computer applications (Salesforce, Google Suite, and MS Office Suite)
Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation.
Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization.
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: Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter. Please apply through the Ceres website,

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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