Manager, Financial Institutions

Ceres, Inc.
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Mar 16, 2022
May 15, 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

Manager, Financial Institutions, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets



Ceres is a nonprofit organization with over 30 years of experience working on climate change. The Ceres Accelerator works to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets in order to reduce the worst financial impacts of the climate crisis. It spurs capital market influencers to act on climate change as a systemic financial risk—driving the large-scale behavior and systems change needed to achieve a just and sustainable future and a net zero emissions economy. 


For more information about Ceres or the Ceres Accelerator, please visit our website or


Description & Responsibilities

This is a full-time position, preferably based in Boston, but would welcome remote work.  This position is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter with experience advocating for strong and effective climate risk management policies, especially with financial institutions and / or financial regulators.  This position will be critical in advancing our strategy to decarbonize bank lending portfolios. The position will report to the Senior Advisor, Financial Institutions.

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

  • Lead the development of events, activities, reports and outreach for the bank engagement effort. Depending on experience and program priorities, the position might also include insurance industry outreach.
  • Recruit investors and business leaders, in coordination with the Investor Network and Policy Network teams, to engage in advocacy targeting financial institutions. Work with the Ceres team to drive external outreach to get bank (and possibly insurance) leadership to address climate change as a financial risk.
  • Research and participate in the writing of blogs, reports and other documents for distribution to banks, regulators, other stakeholders and the public.
  • Support the Senior Advisor on strategic outreach with banks, investors, certain regulators and other influencers of the banking industry, including banking trade associations.
  • Partner with the Company Network, Investor Network and Policy teams to lead outreach to support bank engagement strategy.
  • Drive strategies to impact financial institutions, regulators, and other influencers using advocacy days, national & regional meetings, direct engagement with policymakers, and other strategies to impact banking industry, regulators and other influencers.
  • Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partners and key allies, such as non-profits, banking associations, think tanks, communications firms, lobbyists working in and associated with financial institutions.
  • Prepare materials and support Ceres staff and Investor, Policy, and Company Network members to engage with the press, regulators, legislative staffers, and lawmakers on banking issues. Coordinate closely with financial regulator outreach efforts at state and federal level.
  • Possibly supervise staff members and interns including hiring and training new staff, conducting regular one-on-one meetings and semi-annual reviews, providing guidance and support with professional development.
  • As needed, participate in meetings with current and potential funders and help craft fundraising proposals to support the project and program work.
  • Support organizing and logistical activities related to various convenings.
  • Handle other duties for Ceres and Ceres Accelerator as requested.



  • At least five years of professional experience working with financial institutions, investors, or relevant related stakeholders, with advocacy experience preferred.
  • Direct experience researching and editing reports and other communication preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring a nuanced advocacy perspective to both analysis and corporate engagement and to make clear recommendations for actions and next steps.
  • Demonstrated project management skills overseeing multiple projects and external relationships at the same time and delivering projects on deadline and on budget.
  • Effective presentation style as well as strong speaking and written communication skills.
  • Experience in relationship management and developing partnerships.
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative, and motivation.
  • Effective facilitation skills with the ability to bring divergent ideas to a productive conclusion.
  • Prior experience managing and training staff or interns, a plus. Experience cultivating effective and productive supervisory relationships with direct reports across gender identity, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to take a collaborative approach.
  • Ability to bring a positive outlook to working at Ceres.
  • Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties noted above - when safe business travel is possible.
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail computer applications.


The hiring salary range for this position is $75,000.00-77,000.00

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 cover letter, resume, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.

Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We strongly encourage applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.  We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law

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