Manager, Corporate Program Posted Aug 11
Ceres , Boston, MA
Manager, Ceres Roadmap, Corporate Program

The race is on to build a sustainable global economy and competition among companies to thrive in this new business paradigm is fierce. As a nonprofit organization with more than 25 years of experience, Ceres has credibility and expertise in driving sustainability leadership into the economy, by mobilizing business and investor leadership on climate change and other global sustainability challenges.

Sitting at the intersection of investors, business, and NGO advocates, Ceres brings these
critical perspectives together in constructive stakeholder dialogues to identify smart business solutions to today’s greatest economic challenges. Ceres’ Corporate Program engages with 60+ member companies to make sustainability a core part of business decision-making for the short and long-term. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of over 120 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $14 trillion. And Ceres-led Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) is an advocacy coalition of more than 30 businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation.

For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (

Description & Responsibilities
The Ceres Corporate Program is a collaborative team of sustainable business strategists who bring a depth of expertise in environmental, social and governance issues to guide work with members of the Ceres Company Network and beyond. At the foundation of Ceres engagement with companies is the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability—our strategic vision and practical framework for sustainable corporations in the 21st century. Following the release of the Ceres Roadmap in 2010, we have seen significant uptake of the framework by some of the largest companies and investors in the U.S. and see considerable opportunity for expanding its reach and impact.

The Corporate Program Team is seeking a Manager to implement the vision of the Ceres Roadmap and support the integration of ESG issues into the business strategies and decision-making of companies within and outside the Ceres Company Network. The Manager needs to be a savvy project manager, communicator and strategic thinker that will help to develop and realize Ceres strategy for increasing the uptake of the Ceres Roadmap by both companies and investors.

This is a full-time position based in our Boston office. Responsibilities will be to:
• Act as project manager for Ceres’ formal assessment of corporate progress toward meeting the newly revised 20 expectations first laid forth in the Ceres Roadmap (2010), building on the two assessment reports released in 2012 and 2014;
• Contribute to the design, development and implementation of tools and resources to drive forward leadership in corporate sustainability practice as defined in the Ceres Roadmap;
• Envision and develop strategies for the Ceres Roadmap beyond 2020;
• Coordinate and contribute to Ceres public communications (via website, social media, online media, print and other mediums) focused on the Ceres Roadmap and related content, as developed by the Corporate Program Team and others across the organization;
• Maintain the Ceres Roadmap website (, developing fresh content and new user experiences;
• Develop external engagement opportunities (e.g. webinars, workshops, small events) that provide opportunity for deeper focus on particular issues areas covered in the Ceres Roadmap, such as governance, water stewardship, renewable energy, and sustainable supply chains;
• Lead, in coordination with Ceres Development Team, the Ceres Roadmap related fundraising activities with individual, corporate and/or foundation contacts;
• Contribute to the collaborative environment of the Ceres Corporate Program Team through support and ongoing training of new and existing team members;
• Engage cross-organizationally with each of the Ceres programmatic teams—tapping into their expertise and supporting organizational priorities; and
• Represent Ceres externally by attending and speaking at relevant conferences and events.

• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

How to Apply
We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying: Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of three references to Maureen Salkin at Please use the words “Manager, Ceres Roadmap” in the subject line of your e-mail message.

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.