Manager, Food and Forests
Manager, 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.
For more information about Ceres, please visit our website (www.ceres.org).
Description & Responsibilities
The Manager will support engagements with companies and investors on issues related to land use and climate. By building greater capacity on land-use change and GHG emissions, Ceres seeks to advance investor engagement with their portfolio companies on forest risks, with the objective of ultimately mitigating impacts to climate, GHG emissions, local communities, water resources, etc.
The Manager supports the research and programmatic work of the Food and Forests team, along with 4 other colleagues. This role would serve as the primary technical focal point on deforestation issues, working with investors, companies, and partner organizations to accelerate adoption and implementation of no-deforestation commitments. This is a full-time position, and will report to the Director, Food and Forests.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Lead direct engagement with companies on targets & plans related to deforestation/natural resources and climate strategies
Co-develop strategies to influence corporate adoption of Ceres recommendations
Support the work of the Food and Forests investor engagement team by providing issue expertise on deforestation
Manage production, release and distribution of food and forests research, including reports, issue briefs, and engagement briefs for investors
Manage consultants to conduct research and deliver written materials
Train and supervise other Food and Forests team staff or interns as needed
Stay current on scientific and market developments related to deforestation and corporate supply chains
Support the development and execution of programmatic strategy for Ceres’ commodity-based deforestation work, including work planning, output delivery and progress evaluation
Plan and execute educational events for investors and companies related deforestation
Coordinate with other Ceres program teams (e.g. Investor Network, Company Network, Communications, Development, Operations) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives
Partner with Program Director and Director in production of funding proposals with the Ceres Development team, providing support for funder meetings and outreach to potential new funders
Travel to meetings and events, including international travel, as required
Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work
Assure that programmatic strategies maximize the impacts of our work through a lens of social and racial equity
Five years of work experience on sustainability issues, showing a progression of responsibilities in their positions
Three years of relevant experience on deforestation, climate change, or agriculture issues
Experience conducting research on deforestation, climate change, and agriculture issues preferred
Demonstrate knowledge of supply chain dynamics and corporate sustainable sourcing best practices through academic coursework or direct work experience.
Experience in deforestation, climate change, and agriculture issues in North American context is required, coupled with an understanding of the broader international context for sustainability
Excellent writing and editing skills to produce high-quality white papers, reports and presentations. Ability to translate complex, technical science into information that can be used effectively by financial decision-makers
Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience managing and executing research projects
Sound judgment, experience working with diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation
Ability to move seamlessly between collaborative, team-driven activities and independent projects
Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above
Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications
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
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 and cover letter. Please apply through the Ceres website, https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities.
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.
Ceres is a national coalition of investors, public pension trustees, foundations, labor unions, and environmental, religious and public interest groups, dedicated to advancing more sustainable business practices and corporate accountability. Ceres' mission is to move businesses, capital, and markets to advance lasting prosperity by valuing the health of the planet and its people.
Ceres plays a unique role in the national environmental and sustainability movement by bringing the perspective and power of investors to environmental and sustainability issues and specifically to the performance, practices and policies of corporations. Today Ceres is a growing organization with expanding influence in the investment, environmental, and corporate arenas. Our program activities seek to foster greater public disclosure of environmental and social impacts by corporations, encourage engagement between companies and their stakeholders, and create opportunities for collaborative dialogue leading to positive change on key sustainability issues. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (www.ceres.org).