Senior Associate, Policy Program Posted Feb 17
Ceres , Boston, MA
 
Organization
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 130 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $15 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 (www.ceres.org).

Description & Responsibilities
The Senior Associate, Policy Program position supports Ceres’ policy work, with a focus on U.S. Southeastern state-level policy and engagement of business voices in those states. This a full-time position, based in Boston, MA. This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter looking to be an advocate for Ceres’ policy program goals. The position will report to the Manager, Policy Program.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Support the Manager, Policy Program in the development of regional strategy for engaging Southeastern states in team’s overall state policy vision.
• Identify policy priorities in southeastern states, develop annual plan for policy engagement, and execute plan
• Track key developments related to southeastern state energy, climate and transportation policy
• Continuously improve knowledge of state-level electric power sector and transportation policies
• Use earned media, advocacy days, national meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact state policy outcomes
• Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partners and in-state allies (local non-profits, communications firms, lobbyists, etc.) such as monthly state coordination calls
• Identify opportunities to leverage state policy work to recruit new company and investor advocates
• With team leadership, support and engage in recruitment efforts with companies and investors
• Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, and meetings
• Draft op-eds, sign-on letters, blogs, and tweets about state policy advocacy efforts
• Prepare materials and prep participants for investor and business engagements with press and state lawmakers
• Provide administrative, logistical, and writing support to the Manager in recruitment of investors and businesses to engage in state level policy advocacy opportunities
• Provide logistical support for policy-related conference calls, webinars, and events with businesses and investors
• Coordinate with other program teams (such as Investor Programs, Communications, Development, Electric Power and Transportation) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives.
• Support organizing and logistical activities related to Ceres’ Annual Conference.
• Support special projects of Policy Program, as necessary.


Qualifications

• Bachelor degree, required.
• Four to five years or more of direct experience working policy issues, particularly at the state level.
• Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and an understanding of corporations, the socially responsible investment community, and the environmental and sustainability movements.
• Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps.
• Strong track-record of relationship management.
• Substantial expertise on environmental and/or social issues.
• Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects.
• Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets. Attention to detail is required.
• Strong oral and written communication skills as well as effective presentation style.
• Able to present a professional and confident demeanor with senior level professional
• Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation.
• Demonstrated initiative and willingness to take on projects that support the success of the team and Ceres.
• Desire to work in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach, and to deliver independent projects.
• Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to working at Ceres on a daily basis.
• Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.
• Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.


TO APPLY
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, cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of three references, to careers@ceres.org. Please use the words “Senior Associate, Policy Program” 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.

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