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Ceres is a nonprofit organization working with the most influential capital market leaders to solve the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. Through our powerful networks and global collaborations of investors, companies, and nonprofits, we drive action and inspire equitable market-based and policy solutions throughout the economy to build a just and sustainable future.
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About the Food and Forests Team
The Ceres Food and Forests team works with the most influential investors and companies to decouple business growth from the destruction of land-based ecosystems. We work across economic sectors with the largest impacts on nature to protect and restore forests and other natural ecosystems and improve the management of agricultural lands—all in a way that advances justice and equity for vulnerable communities.
You are highly motivated and have experience with technologies to reduce enteric methane emissions within meat and milk supply chains (e.g., feed additives, vaccines, microbiome research). Your communication skills, both verbal and written, are superior. You have knowledge of corporate R&D or sustainable sourcing best practices, through your academic coursework or direct work experience. You are a researcher, a problem solver, and a collaborator with the ability to plan and execute events and initiatives.
About the Senior Manager, Agricultural Methane Role
The Senior Manager will manage programmatic work on the Food and Forests team to improve the sustainability performance of companies in the food sector. Specifically, the Manager will contribute to strategies to reduce enteric methane emissions within corporate supply chains as part of Ceres Food Emissions 50 initiative. The Food Emissions 50 initiative is an investor-led initiative to engage 50 of the highest-emitting public food companies in North America to improve greenhouse gas emissions disclosures, set ambitious emission reduction targets, and implement climate transition plans in line with the Paris Agreement.
- This role would serve as a primary technical focal point on enteric methane on the Food and Forests team.
Location: This role is a full-time position that may work remotely or in the Boston, MA office or San Francisco, CA office. Candidates must be flexible to work with employees in all US time zones. This position reports to the Food and Forests Director of Research.
- Manage the development, writing and publication of thought leadership and investor education materials related to food company strategies to reduce enteric methane emissions in their supply chains.
- Lead development of metrics and indicators to benchmark corporate action to reduce enteric methane emissions.
- Support investor-company engagements and company roundtables with research and expertise on corporate strategies to address methane emissions within their supply chains.
- Stay current on research and development of technologies to reduce agricultural methane emissions.
- Work with Ceres’ communications team to develop talking points, blogs and media materials.
- Manage Food and Forests staff, including interns, to ensure proper training and development.
- 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.
- Assure that programmatic strategies maximize the impacts of our work through a lens of social and racial equity.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline or commensurate experience.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of work experience with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience with environmental and social sustainability issues, with an NGO, or with the investment community required.
- 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 strongly preferred.
- Preferred experience on livestock sustainability issues, showing a progression of responsibilities in their positions a plus.
- Demonstrated knowledge of corporate R&D or sustainable sourcing best practices through academic coursework or direct work experience highly preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of enteric methane emissions and options to reduce them (e.g., feed additives, vaccines, microbiome research) through academic or work experience a plus.
- Strong meeting facilitation, communication, and presentation skills, including synthesizing research and conceptual work into actionable recommendations.
- Excellent research and problem-solving capabilities and highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated leadership capabilities with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with keen attention to detail.
- Sound judgment, a high degree of integrity and professionalism, with an ability to maintain discretion, diplomacy, and courtesy in all contacts.
- Desire to work in a nonprofit organization committed to advancing corporate sustainability.
- Demonstrated project management skills overseeing multiple projects and external relationships at the same time.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), other database applications, teleconference and webinar systems and standard e-mail computer applications.
- Familiarity with Salesforce, Bloomberg and other applications highly preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity .
- Willingness to travel as needed.
The hiring salary range for this position is $86,500 to $92,000. Ceres offers fantastic benefits including opportunities for hybrid and remote work; 82% or 85% (depending on your coverage election) employer paid health insurance and 90% employer paid dental insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan with a generous match that starts on day one; generous allowances for commuter and work from home expenses; flexible spending accounts to set aside money on a pre-tax basis for eligible expenses; 10 holidays, generous vacation, and additional paid time off including a week-long winter break, summer Fridays, and sick, personal, and parental leave.
Everyone has a role to play in the movement towards a more just and sustainable world. At Ceres, we are committed to intentionally and carefully curating, engaging, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We endeavor to create a supportive environment that sparks innovation, fosters respect, and allows Ceres employees, in all roles at all levels, to come together equally to be fulfilled, successful, and to thrive.
Ceres is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, and we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.
If you have questions related to the above statement or need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our ADA Coordinator at ADArequest@ceres.org. Please note, this email address is for ADA inquiries only.