Senior Manager, Shareholder Engagement - Board Governance

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Boston, MA, United States

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14 days ago

Senior Manager, Shareholder Engagement – Board Governance

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.

For more information about Ceres, please visit our website (

Description and Responsibilities
The Senior Manager, Shareholder Engagement -Board Governance, plays a key role in Ceres’ work with investors on corporate sustainability issues. This position focuses on coordinating investors seeking to engage portfolio companies to improve board governance practices around climate risks and other sustainability issues. Many of the investors are part of the Ceres Investor Network. Members include state treasurers, pension funds, foundations, socially responsible asset managers, and religious institutional investors, among others. This is a full-time staff position that will report to the Senior Director, Shareholder Engagement.

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

  • Advise and manage Investor Network members and Ceres’ working groups who engage companies on issues related to the risks and opportunities of climate change and other sustainability issues related to board governance;
  • In collaboration with Ceres’ Governance team, conduct research, draft memos, letters and other materials making the business case for enhanced board oversight of climate change and related topics;
  • In collaboration with Ceres’ Governance team, benchmark corporate progress on board oversight of climate risks, opportunities, and transition plans;
  • In partnership with colleagues, organize and facilitate multiple in-person and telephonic group meetings and briefings of investors throughout the year, as well as meeting follow-up;
  • Advise and prepare investors for dialogue with company boards and senior managers about best practices for governance of climate risks and opportunities, including on issues such as accounting.
  • Partner with investors in briefing proxy advisory firms and large institutional investor voters about votes against directors for climate reasons;
  • Author and edit exempt solicitation memos on votes against directors.
  • Develop and co-manage the systems to publicly and privately track director voting results related to climate change;
  • Partner with the Senior Director in working with the Communications team to develop media messaging and communications materials, such as op-eds, reports, press releases and blogs;
  • Work with the Ceres Communications Team to draft content for the Investor Network website and portal;
  • Management of Ceres staff across the organization who engage companies on issues related to director votes;
  • Develop content for Ceres' Investor Portal and support investors in using the system;
  • Support the Development Team with content on fundraising proposals, progress reports, and funder outreach;
  • Participate in hiring, training and supervising interns;
  • Participate in Investor Team activities such as meetings, quarterly and annual program reviews, and annual planning meetings;
  • Support planning and execution of relevant portions of biennial Investor Summit and annual Ceres Conference.
  • Possibly manage a small portfolio of relationships with Investor Network members using the relationship management systems, and support recruitment efforts of new members;
  • Organize special projects, as necessary.
  • Conduct personal administrative activities;


  • Seven years of work experience with growth in responsibilities.
  • Three to five years of direct experience working in corporate governance or related topics for institutional investors, religious institutions, labor movements, or publicly traded companies, preferred.
  • Sustainability expertise is desirable but not required.
  • An understanding of institutional investors and financial markets.
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation.
  • Strong writing and research skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Meeting facilitation and public speaking skills.
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Prior supervisory experience a plus.
  • 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.
  • Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.
  • Interest and willingness to be trained in specific applications necessary for work: Salesforce, Zoom, Microsoft 365 and Teams, Bloomberg Terminal, etc.
  • Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization.

Compensation: The hiring salary is $81,000 to $84,000 and pairs with competitive benefits.

How to Apply
We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references through our online application system.

Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $81,000.00 - $84,000.00 per year