Dir, Investor Initiative for Sustainable Exchanges, Investor Program

Director, Investor Initiative for Sustainable Exchanges, (IISE) Investor Program, CERES, Boston
By Craig Zelizer

Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. Ceres also launched and coordinates the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of over 120 leading institutional investors with collective assets of over $13 trillion.

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, corporate and policy 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. To this end, we are harnessing the influence of the nation’s largest investors to move high-impact companies, the financial and insurance industries, and policymakers toward bold action on climate and sustainability.
Description & Responsibilities

Ceres is looking to hire a Director, Investor Initiative for Sustainable Exchanges, Investor Program, to play a key role in Ceres’s work with institutional investors. This position will primarily focus on leading our work with global stock exchanges on implementing reporting standards by listed companies on sustainability performance and related corporate ESG reporting initiatives. This is a full-time staff position, based in our Boston office, and will report to the Senior Program Director, Investor Program.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Organize and lead investor engagement and advocacy with stock exchanges, companies, UN organizations, securities regulators, reporting frameworks and other stakeholders to promote mandatory and voluntary standards at stock exchanges on sustainability reporting
Oversee the strategy for our investor working groups on both stock exchange reporting standards and integrated reporting
Lead strategic planning within Ceres for the IISE initiative
Promote best practices related to corporate reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues through investor engagement and working to better coordinate and align reporting framework criteria, as well as doing original research, thought leadership and advocacy
Supervise staff and interns including hiring and training new staff, conducting quarterly and annual reviews, providing guidance and support with professional development
Support and advise Investor Team and other Ceres colleagues on ESG and disclosure issues, trends and connections with experts in related fields
Serve as the Ceres liaison to key sustainability reporting organizations including GRI, IIRC, UNGC, CDP, SASB, others
Participate in the organization and planning of INCR and Ceres conferences, forums, and meetings
Research, write, and edit communications, including contributions to INCR website, INCR newsletter, Ceres reports and non-Ceres publications
Present at conferences, workshops and other events in the US and internationally
Conduct media interviews on priority reporting issues and trends
Serve as an ambassador for Ceres to external organizations and constituencies, and looking for opportunities to grow Ceres brand and influence
Partner with other organizations on large projects or deliverables.
Fundraise for IISE and other projects and programs to support INCR’s work with investors, including managing and advancing relationships with current and potential funders
Support and contribute to Ceres cross-program strategies, projects and goals and supporting program integration, alignment and building Ceres’ effectiveness and impact
Recruit new investors to join INCR and widening our pool of investor advocates on ESG matters
Build consensus among a broad spectrum of investors globally, in order to identify opportunities and reporting standards initiatives that can move forward with greater traction

Minimum of ten years of relevant work experience.
Graduate degree in business, environment, law, public policy or related field.
Five years of experience in the investment or financial services field; ideally including experience with sustainable/responsible investing and incorporating ESG factors into investment decision-making.
At least five years of education or experience working with environmental/sustainability issues, including climate change
Experience with and working knowledge of corporate ESG reporting frameworks and practice
3+ years of experience supervising staff, including ability to provide training and support staff development.
A proven track record of leading negotiations in a group setting and building consensus within a diverse group towards shared objectives and strategies.
An understanding of the following entities; corporations, financial institutions, and institutional investors.
Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, superior leadership ability, strong initiative and motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
Experience developing and managing progress against goals and budgets.
Strong project management skills.
Successful record of organizing and managing multiple projects and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong team player and comfort working in a team-based atmosphere.
Demonstrated ability to deliver specific projects and initiatives independently and as part of a team.
Willingness to travel as needed (domestically and internationally) to accomplish duties noted above.
Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization.
Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail applications.

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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