Manager, State Policy

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Manager, State 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, State Policy position supports Ceres’ policy work, with a focus on state-level policy. This a full-time position, based in Boston, MA. This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter looking to be an advocate for Ceres’ policy program goals. The position will report to the Senior Manager, State Policy.


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


  • Work with policy team to periodically refine strategy for state program work as it fits into team’s overall vision.
  • Track key developments related to state policy.
  • Continuously improve knowledge of state-level climate, energy, transportation policies.
  • Work with policy team to identify policy priorities in states, develop plan for policy engagement, and execute plan.
  • Use earned media, advocacy days, national meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact state policy outcomes.
  • Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partners and in-state allies (local non-profits, communications firms, lobbyists, etc.).
  • Identify opportunities to leverage state policy work to recruit new Ceres BICEP Network and 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, state lawmakers, and federal lawmakers.
  • Recruit investors and businesses to engage in state level and federal policy advocacy opportunities.
  • Supervise Senior Associate, State Policy, 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 Programs, Communications, Development, Electric Power 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.



  • Bachelor degree, required.
  • Master degree in public policy, environment, energy, business or related field preferred. 
  • Five years or more of direct experience working environment, energy, and/or transportation policy issues, particularly at the state level.
  • Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues, an understanding of corporations, and the socially responsible investment community.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring an advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps.
  • Substantial expertise on environmental and/or energy issues.
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills of multiple, complex projects. 
  • Prior experience managing and training staff or interns.
  • Planning expertise and delivering projects on deadline and within time and resource budgets. Attention to detail is required.
  • Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills.
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to demonstrate initiative and motivation.
  • Demonstrate initiative and willingness to take on projects that support the success of the team and Ceres.
  • Successful record of organizing multiple projects, coordinating and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and take a collaborative approach, and to deliver independent projects.
  • Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to working at Ceres on a daily basis.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above. 
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.


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 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.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree