This role is an opportunity to help shape climate policy in Western Canada from BC to Manitoba, and beyond. As our Director of Public Affairs for Western Canada, you will be the primary point person in our organization advocating for pro-growth climate policy across that part of the country, while also being a key member of our policy team that advocates for strong policy across Canada.
At Clean Prosperity, our mission is to help Canada transition to a net-zero emissions economy in a way that is affordable for Canadians and generates economic growth all across the country. Getting the balance right is particularly important in Western Canada where policy must capitalize on future opportunities in a low-carbon economy while supporting and capitalizing on the expertise and experience of existing sectors, such as oil and gas.
In general, we believe the government’s role should be focused on creating the right incentives for the private sector to decarbonize. We further believe that all jurisdictions should prioritize solutions that are low-cost for the economy, and affordable for households. Those are among the reasons why we see carbon pricing as a core part of a strong climate plan, though we also advocate for a range of other complementary policies, including carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies.
We are passionate about what we do and we are looking for a smart, energetic person to join our team to lead our work in Western Canada.
The Director of Public Affairs for Western Canada oversees government relations, stakeholder relations, and media relations in Western Canada. This is a senior role within the organization where you will be expected to drive our overall strategy in Western Canada while also contributing to organization-wide policy objectives.
As Director, you will be the first point of contact for elected officials and key external stakeholders from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. You may also be asked to support our work at the federal level or in other provinces. Your main objective will be to encourage the provincial governments in those four provinces to commit to a net-zero emissions target and develop strong plans to achieve their targets (ideally to include carbon pricing).
Below is a list of key responsibilities currently envisioned for this role. We are a fast-paced organization with evolving priorities so these responsibilities may change. Over time, we expect the Western Director to take partial ownership over setting their own priorities:
- Regularly engage relevant government officials – including elected leaders, political staff, and departmental staff – on climate change policy
- Draft formal communications to government, including submitting feedback as part of government consultations
- Represent Clean Prosperity at government briefings, hearings, and related events
- Undertake similar activities to the above with relevant staff from political parties
- Identify and engage other stakeholders who will be influential on topics related to our policy agenda
- Attend / present at relevant events such as conferences, forums, and conventions on topics of interest to the organization
- Craft overall media strategy and content for Western Canada, in coordination with our communications team
- Build relationships with members of the media
- Depending on time and interest, serve as a spokesperson for the organization with media
Policy Research and Development:
While we have a small policy team to do deeper policy research, you will be required to develop sufficient technical expertise to advise government officials on our climate policy priorities. You may also be asked from time to time to undertake modest research assignments on policy questions .
Skills and Experience Needed
All candidates must have/be:
- Significant experience (five years minimum, ideally more) in either a policy role within government and/or conducting government relations
- Highly effective communicator who can make compelling presentations to small and large groups, even when the topic is fairly technical
- Superb people skills – you must be able to build relationships quickly, work with people across the political spectrum, and find common ground with those who disagree with you
- Baseline understanding of climate and energy policy (deeper understanding is a bonus) and a belief that carbon pricing is a key part of the solution to the climate change challenge
- Basic comfort in reviewing reports produced by economists (since they conduct a lot of cost-effectiveness analysis on climate policy)
- Ability to work independently and effectively – you will be the sole member of our team based in Western Canada (though our Executive Director will travel there occasionally, and you will travel east too), so will need to be a self-starter who knows how to get things done and how to adapt in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment
- Willingness to travel as much as once per month anywhere in Canada
Clean Prosperity is committed to diversity in its hiring and Board selection processes. As such, we welcome applications from members of visible minorities, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to help provide a diverse range of perspectives
We are a relatively small organization that includes our Executive Director, VP of Marketing, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Communications Manager, and Operations Manager. We will shortly be adding a Research Director to our team, and may hire several more staff in the coming year.
You will report to the Executive Director but will work closely with all members of our team, especially our Director of Policy and Government Relations who is based in Ottawa.
Location and Hours
Since the COVID pandemic, we’ve moved to a remote work environment. Our main office was formerly in Toronto, and all current members of our team are based in the Toronto or Ottawa areas.
As our representative for Western Canada, we expect you to be based somewhere in Western Canada, with a slight preference for Edmonton or Calgary given the likelihood that you will be spending a significant share of your time in Alberta.
We will arrange for you to have a workspace at a co-working facility, or you can work remotely from home if that is your preference.
We typically work a standard eight-hour workday but are much more concerned about results and getting things done effectively than when you’re working. Note that due to the nature of your role, there may be a need to work during non-work hours at times, but you will have the flexibility to compensate by taking time off during the workday. Since you are also working with colleagues from Eastern Canada, there would be value in you starting your day on the earlier side (and ending earlier too).
We’re seeking a star candidate who can fill a senior role leading our work in Western Canada. While we are a nonprofit, most of our staff come from the private sector and we intend to pay a competitive salary. In addition to your salary, you will also be entitled to benefits. Just as importantly, you’ll be working on something you truly believe in with other passionate people.
How to Apply
If interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with title “Application for Director of Public Affairs – Western Canada” that includes:
1. Your resume
2. A cover letter that explains why you want to work with us, why you’d be a good fit, and where you’d like to be physically located when working for us