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Position: Director of Communications
Organization: Clean Energy Canada
Location: Victoria or Vancouver, BC

SEEKING: An experienced leader and strategic thinker familiar with climate policy and clean energy industry news who will be responsible for managing and supporting our team of communications and engagement professionals.

The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal skills and a problem-solving mindset, experience working in non-profit, academic or journalistic environments, and a desire to build awareness and support for clean energy solutions among diverse audiences and through a mix of communications strategies and tactics.

About This Job

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for making sure Clean Energy Canada’s communications and engagement efforts are strategic, innovative and executed effectively. The Director is primarily responsible for developing and implementing communications strategy, in coordination with the Executive Director and Policy Director, and working with the communications team and other staff to ensure our brand and expertise is reflected in a consistent and compelling way across all of our communications products and channels.

This position reports to the Executive Director and oversees the Engagement Manager, Senior Communications Specialist and Digital Communications Specialist.

The preferred location for the position is Clean Energy Canada’s Victoria, B.C., office but Vancouver-based candidates will also be considered.

To excel in this role, you need to be:

  • A proven leader adept at interpersonal communication, problem-solving and capable of instilling positive, solutions-oriented thinking in your team, colleagues and external partners.
  • Nimble, highly collaborative, and open to shifting gears and changing tactics to maximize our impact when the context we’re working in changes.
  • A creative and critical thinker who enjoys experimenting, learning and adapting.
  • A conscientious program and project manager committed to making sure that what’s promised is delivered—on time and on budget.
  • A strong writer and storyteller capable of tailoring and packaging technical material in a way that is compelling, accessible and persuasive for a variety of target audiences.
  • A digital native with expertise in developing strategy, executing campaigns, measuring impact and applying lessons learned to future work.
  • Self-directed, assertive and capable of taking initiative and proposing ideas.
  • Demonstrating solid news judgment and experience in media relations, knowing where a story is going as it’s developing and how to capitalize on current events.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment without compromising attention to detail, quality or accuracy of your work and that of your team.
  • Flexible, self-aware and skilled at both giving and receiving feedback.
  • Deadline-oriented, highly motivated, organized and efficient.

About Clean Energy Canada

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. We work to accelerate Canada's transition to clean and renewable energy systems.

Leading-edge communication has been a pillar of our success to date, and is one the reasons thought leaders turn to Clean Energy Canada for the policy analysis, data and insight they need to better understand and advance Canada's energy transition.

Our team is small but mighty. We strive to be innovative, collaborative, data-driven and responsive to shifts in the political and policy landscape. We work in a fast-paced environment where clear and engaging communications matters and where each individual's contribution counts.


The Director of Communications will be expected to:

  • Develop and execute Clean Energy Canada's communications strategy, through collaboration with the Executive Director, Policy Director, communications team and other staff
  • Oversee and contribute to the creation of targeted and engaging communications content that reflects Clean Energy Canada's brand, voice and expertise, and grows our community.
  • Manage and support the growth and performance of the other members of the communications team
  • Recruit and oversee third-party contractors and service-providers; develop budgets, contracts and provide feedback on execution of work
  • Write, edit and/or proofread various communications materials, including publications, briefs, op-eds and blog posts, media releases, social stories and multimedia content.
  • Support the Engagement Manager in developing and executing the organization’s engagement strategy and building a network of partner organizations and engaged citizens
  • Support the Senior Communications Specialist in fielding media requests, pitching op-ed submissions, and building relationships with journalists.
  • Contribute to maintaining up-to-date contact records in the organization’s CRM system (Batchbook).
  • Ensure Clean Energy Canada's templates and branding materials are used consistently and kept up-to-date.
  • Lead monthly, quarterly and annual reporting and analysis of Clean Energy Canada’s communications impact, tracking against established benchmarks, goals and metrics.
  • Lead Clean Energy Canada’s opinion and communications research initiatives, including focus group research, polling and digital testing.
  • Advise other team members on communications tactics and messaging to best reach and resonate with target audiences.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Proven skills in leadership, team development and organizational systems management
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree and at least ten years' experience in environmental communications, science/business/policy journalism, or a related field
  • Familiarity with Canadian and international climate and energy policy issues
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills and writing experience in English (French comprehension and writing/editing skills would be an asset)
  • Demonstrated experience developing, executing and evaluating communications strategies, tactics and campaigns
  • Demonstrated project management expertise, preferably in a communications-related field, including the use of project management software
  • A conscientious work ethic, proven time management skills and experience juggling competing deadlines and priorities
  • Impeccable spelling and grammar, adhering to Canadian Press style conventions
  • Experience developing website content using Wordpress (front-end only)
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, including working with styles and templates and the ability to train or support others on the team
  • Experience using MailChimp (or a similar service) for direct email marketing
  • Working experience with CRM database management, using Batchbook or a similar system (e.g. Maximizer, Salesforce, Constant Contact)
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work independently, while also being highly collaborative and receptive to feedback, direction and changing priorities
  • A commitment to personal and professional growth and a sense of humour


Clean Energy Canada offers a competitive non-profit salary, vacation and health benefits package. This position comes with significant responsibilities, as well as room for growth and advancement.

How to Apply

If you think this position sounds like a great fit for you, please submit a cover letter, resume and two recent writing samples to jobs mask* , following these instructions:

  • Files must be submitted in PDF format (not Word or plain-text documents) and named in this format: LastName-FirstName-CEC-Comms-Director-2017.pdf
  • Cover letters should be no more than two pages, enclosed with your resume (not simply pasted into an email) and addressed to Merran Smith, Executive Director.

Clean Energy Canada is an equal-opportunity employer. While we appreciate all expressions of interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline

Applications will be considered as soon as they are received and this competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date for this role is January 2, 2018 or earlier.

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GoodWork ID: 43023       Date posted to Nov 8 2017