Manager, Federal Policy (Ceres)

Manager, Federal Policy
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 & Responsibilities
The Manager, Federal Policy position supports Ceres’ policy work, with a focus on federal-level policy. This a full-time position, based in Boston, MA.  This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter with prior policy experience looking to be an advocate for strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policies.  The position will report to the Director, Federal Policy.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Partner with Director on developing and refining strategy for federal program work as it fits into team’s overall vision
  • Work with policy team to identify policy priorities, develop plan for policy engagement, and execute plan
  • Track key developments related to federal policy – with an emphasis on certain target lawmakers
  • Stay abreast of policy issues on the federal level related to climate, energy and transportation Use earned media, advocacy days, national & regional meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact policy positions & outcomes
  • Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partners and key allies, non-profits, trade associations, think tanks, communications firms, lobbyists, etc.)
  • Identify opportunities to leverage policy work to recruit new Ceres BICEP Network and engage Ceres Investor Network for Climate Risk and Sustainability members
  • Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work
  • Prepare materials and prep participants for investor and business engagements with press, legislative staffers, federal lawmakers
  • Recruit investors and businesses to engage in federal policy advocacy opportunities
  • Supervise member of the federal policy team including project management, training and evaluation duties
  • Support team in training new staff or providing professional development to team members
  • Coordinate with other program teams (such as Investor Network, Communications, Development, Climate and Energy or Operations) as needed to accomplish organizational objectives
  • Participate in crafting fundraising proposals to support designated project or program work
  • As needed, participate in meetings with current and potential funders
  • Support organizing and logistical activities related to Ceres’ Annual Conference
  • Support special projects of Policy Program, as necessary


  • Five years or more of direct experience working environment, energy, and/or transportation policy issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps.
  • Prior experience managing and training staff or interns.
  • Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills.
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation.
  • Experience cultivating effective supervisory relationships (across gender identity, race ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds) with direct reports.
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects. 
  • Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets. 
  • Successful record of coordinating and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach.
  • Ability to bring a positive outlook to working at Ceres.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.
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