Manager, Food and Forests Liaison - Investor Engagement

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7 days ago

Manager, Food and Forests Liaison – Investor Engagement
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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Description and Responsibilities
The Manager, Food & Forests Liaison on the Investor Engagement Team plays a key role in Ceres’ work with institutional investors with a focus on topics related to Food & Forests. This position focuses on supporting and engaging members of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability (Investor Network), a network of more than 200 institutional investors with more than $47 trillion in assets under management. This is a cross-functional position which reports to Director of the Investor Network and works closely with the Food & Forests team.
This role is a full-time position that is remote or may be based in Boston, MA or San Francisco, CA. Candidate must be flexible to work with employees in all US time zones.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Manage and deepen Ceres’ relationships with asset owners and asset managers serving a dedicated portfolio of investors.
  • Seek to build interest in Food & Forests (F&F) topics among large institutional investors of the Ceres Investor Network.
  • Partner with the F&F team and other Ceres stakeholders to achieve various investor-related goals, program goals, and strategies.
  • Support investors in their shareholder engagements with companies on F&F issues through dialogues, letters, shareholder resolutions.
  • Recruit new asset owner and asset manager members to the Investor Network and encourage their action on F&F issues, as well as broader Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues.
  • Support Ceres’ Investor Network relationship management system for tracking member engagement and activities related to land use and climate change.
  • Promote enhanced investment policies and practices that incorporate nature-related risks, such as deforestation.
  • Build relationships with other stakeholder groups focused on investor policy development and nature-related risks.
  • Conduct outreach, calls, meetings, and presentations with investors on F&F topics.
  • Identify opportunities and implement avenues to advance Ceres F&F Program goals through projects and activities with Investor Network members.
  • Achieve visibility for Ceres F&F focused work by helping to organize and manage panels and speaking at investor-facing global events.
  • Where appropriate, supervise interns or other staff on projects.
  • Travel as necessary for relationship management purposes.
  • Manage implementation and deliverables for assigned grant reporting.
  • Manage occasional projects, surveys, and other investor related research on F&F topics.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience, preferably direct experience working in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing or on sustainability-related issues
  • An understanding of institutional investors and financial markets
  • Strong meeting facilitation, communication, and presentation skills, including synthesizing research and conceptual work into actionable deliverables
  • Strong strategic thinking and tactical skills, and ability to mobilize constituencies toward clear goals
  • Experience managing and strengthening relationships and coordinating with investors, multiple partners and/or companies
  • Strong research experience
  • Demonstrated capacity to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, take precise notes, and work well in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong organization, writing, and project management skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience using Bloomberg and Salesforce, a plus
  • Attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, passion for learning and a willingness to become proficient in ESG data, frameworks, and reporting
  • Self-starter with an ability to work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity
  • Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization
Compensation: The hiring salary is $75,000 to $78,000 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.