Manager, California Policy Full-Time Job

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Type of Position: 
Full-Time Job
Grade Level: 
San Francisco, CA
Days/Hours per Week: 
40 hr per week
Pay Range: 
To Be Discussed

 To Be Discussed

Position Description: 

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres 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 web site (

Ceres is looking to hire a Manager, California Policy. The Manager will be a key member of Ceres’ growing California office and will play a critical role in implementing Ceres’ water and climate policy and business advocacy work in California. The Manager will be responsible for supporting policy engagements with Ceres BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), Connect the Drops, and the Investor Policy Working Group and for communications and support of the networks. The Manager will be knowledgeable about environmental and sustainability issues, have experience working with non-profit organizations and private sector companies, and have experience with public policy, ideally at the state-level in California.

The Manager is a cross-program role that will work closely with Ceres program staff based in Boston. This role will closely work with the Policy, the Climate and Energy, and the Water Programs to mobilize major corporations in support of public policies that call for sustainable water management, clean energy, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in California. This is a full-time position, based in San Francisco, and will report to Director, California Policy and Partnerships.

Position Responsibilities: 

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:

● In close partnership with Director, California Policy & Partnerships and the Policy, Climate and Energy, and Water teams, execute Ceres’ strategy for California state policy work, including advancing policy to further smart water management and promote clean transportation, clean energy, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Responsibilities include:

o Work closely with Director, California Policy & Partnerships to implement an identified strategy on state policy.

o Collaborate with CA-based coalitions and NGO partners.

o Help develop and cultivate relationships with key state policymakers and NGOs.

o Organize all policymaker education events and meetings.

o Research and analyze relevant policy opportunities. 

● Support Ceres’ work with companies in California, including outreach and engagement with California-based companies and companies with a California market presence that are committed to advocacy and sustainable business practices. Responsibilities include:

o Keep up to date with sustainability-related developments at partner companies.

o Identify success stories on sustainability.

o Support team on the management of existing company relationships.

o Educate corporate partners on key policy issues through webinars, conference presentations, and written communications.

o Mobilize companies on key advocacy opportunities.

o Contribute to communications and network maintenance for Ceres BICEP, Connect the Drops, and Investor Policy Working Group networks. 

o In collaboration with Policy and Company Network teams, identify and develop relationships with potential business advocacy partners.

● Support in outreach and dissemination of Ceres’ work in California, including designing and implementing workshops, webinars/conference calls, newsletters and other multi-media communications to reach existing and new donors, funders, NGO partners or other collaborators.

● Partner with Communications and Marketing team to:

o Support development of op-eds that highlight the role of business and investors in advancing sustainability (including significant written work product).

o Execute engagement events with companies, investors, and policymakers.

o Track and communicate specific results of Ceres’ work and that of our partners.

● Assist with planning for the Ceres annual conference and other events.

● Coordinate with other program teams as needed to accomplish organizational objectives.

Required Qualifications: 

● Master degree, preferred.

● Bachelor degree, required.

● Five years or more of direct experience working on policy and sustainability issues in the corporate, investor and/or non-profit sectors.

● Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues. 

● Knowledge of California political system.

● Understanding of how corporations function and how they incorporate sustainability into business practices. 

● Self-starter focused on execution, with ability to manage multiple projects.

● Ability to make strong connections between sustainability issues and articulate the impacts and implications for corporate and investor audiences.

● Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to corporate dialogues will be viewed as beneficial. 

● Demonstrated strong project management, strategic planning skills and attention to detail are required.

● Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills for external and internal audiences.

● Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation.

● Successful record of organizing multiple projects, coordinating and facilitating dialogues with senior-level professionals and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

● Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach to working across the organization.

● Planning and prioritization skills with the ability to make adjustments to work and still deliver projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets.

● Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above.

● Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.

Preferred Qualifications: 


How to Apply: 

We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying: If you are interested in applying, please go to and submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed. 

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.

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled