Director, Corporate Governance - Ceres' Accelerator

Boston, Massachusetts, US
Jun 09, 2021
Jul 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

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 tackles 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 ( There is further information on the Accelerator

Description and Responsibilities

The Director, Corporate Governance position will lead projects related to Ceres' efforts to drive climate change and ESG integration into corporate governance systems, with a focus on the role of boards of directors. Projects the position will lead or support include managing and supporting Ceres' newly launched climate lobbying initiative, managing and executing research to benchmark corporate performance, developing ESG curriculum for boards of directors, and leading/ supporting engagements with corporate boards and corporate counsel. This is a full-time role, reporting to the Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets and will be preferably based in our Boston office.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Develop and refine strategy and lead Governance workflow and how it fits within the organization's overall goals.
  • Develop strategy and lead Ceres' efforts to continue to build ESG training for the corporate director community. This involves working with team members to build out Ceres' ongoing training collateral (in partnership with the Berkeley School of Law), exploring new partnerships and developing new training collateral.
  • Lead Ceres' Responsible Policy Lobbying initiative. Duties will include working with governance program team members to engage companies and investors on the outcomes of Ceres' newly released benchmark of US companies, developing new streams of work building on the foundation established and developing supplementary written materials to showcase this work.
  • Manage and execute research to update corporate benchmarks, launch and dissemination.
  • Lead engagements on ESG with corporate boards, corporate directors and governance teams within companies. This will include writing proposals or producing other written materials for other Ceres staff or external partners.
  • Lead the development of new projects and thought leadership on board ESG oversight; possibly including analysis of executive compensation.
  • Develop media messaging and communications materials, including op-eds, press releases and blogs
  • Partner with the Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator, the Ceres Development Team and others to raise money for the program, including participating in funder meetings, outreach to potential new funders and contributing to fundraising proposals.
  • Supervise staff members including hiring and training new staff, conducting regular one-on-one meetings and semi-annual reviews, providing guidance and support with professional development.
  • Support other Ceres Accelerator projects as requested.
  • Contribute to the planning for the Ceres annual conference and program events, to further corporate governance programmatic work.
  • Represent Ceres at conferences, seminars, press conferences and meetings as spokesperson for project or program work.
  • Travel as necessary.

  • Ten years of years of experience working on ESG issues, including demonstrated expertise in corporate governance. A record of published thought leadership on corporate governance is a plus.
  • Experience in relationship management of senior leadership in the corporate and investor communities. This could include board directors.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with investors on ESG issues and a record in public speaking/ communication on ESG issues preferred
  • A record of having led complex projects involving multiple internal and external stakeholders from concept to completion on own momentum and with limited guidance.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience cultivating effective and productive supervisory relationships with direct reports across gender identity, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative and motivation.
  • Effective presentation style and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with communications and fundraising preferred.
  • Team player that likes working in a collaborative and fast paced environment.
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail software.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted.
  • Desire to work in a not-for-profit, advocacy-focused organization.
  • Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres' interest to be a more inclusive environment.

How to Apply

We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying: If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, 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.