ADVOCACY & NEGOTIATION JOBS
Position: Engagement & Advocacy Specialist
Organization: Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE)
Location: Toronto or Vancouver (remote to start, due to Covid-19)
Status: 3-year term with possibility of extension
Reports to: Associate Director, Climate Programs
SHARE is an award-winning and dynamic Canadian non-profit in the responsible investment field. SHARE is dedicated to mobilizing investor leadership to build a sustainable, inclusive, and productive economy. SHARE provides shareholder engagement, proxy vote analysis, education and training, policy advocacy, and practical research to a growing network of values-driven investors with more than $90 billion in assets under management. SHARE is the only non-profit, unionized, living-wage-certified shareholder advocacy organization in Canada.
SHARE is seeking an individual passionate about and committed to building a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy and looking to contribute to a vibrant, values-driven organization. The successful candidate is not satisfied with merely avoiding investor risk. They are familiar with and work well in the world of corporate governance and finance, but are primarily motivated by the opportunity to make meaningful changes to corporate policies, systems and practices in order to contribute to social and environmental change.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Climate Programs and working collaboratively across programs, the Engagement & Advocacy Specialist plays a key role in SHARE’s shareholder engagement program. They develop and execute corporate engagement strategies, negotiate with companies, and lead collaborative engagement across a range of program areas.
The key responsibilities outlined below are interpreted as being descriptive in nature and are not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.
The Engagement & Advocacy Specialist responsibilities include:
- Lead negotiation of formal and informal agreements with target companies;
- Lead collaborative work with allied investors, including developing common agendas and shared priorities;
- Contribute to developing strategy and identifying targets, outcomes, timing, focus and activities for each sector and company based on thematic priorities;
- Maintain ongoing, constructive engagement relationships with company personnel, government and regulatory officials;
- Maintain relationships with and monitor developments from engagement partners, allied investors, relevant stakeholder groups, and experts in relevant fields;
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of emerging issues and trends in SHARE’s thematic areas
- Work collaboratively with the research team to shape research program to support new and emerging engagement objectives;
- Monitor corporate compliance with established standards and agreements and follow up as appropriate;
- Maintain complete, accurate and up-to-date records of engagement work using established processes;
- Contribute to the development of strategy and systems to support a dynamic and growing program;
- Contribute to development of shared knowledge across the SHARE team.
- Represent SHARE in front of internal and external audiences, including webinars and conferences.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Demonstrated proficiency with negotiation and advocacy techniques;
- Excellent analytical skills, political acuity and sound judgement;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to provide compelling and engaging presentations to a range of audiences;
- Excellent record-keeping, organizational and time management skills, including the ability to set priorities and balance competing deadlines and pressures;
- Ability to work independently on a variety of tasks and contribute as part of a team;
- Highly proficient with cloud-based collaboration tools, CRM databases, Microsoft Suite, and relevant database and data analysis tools;
- Ability to conduct research on topics related to the social, environmental and governance policies and practices of publicly traded corporations, including extensive use of online resources.
- Minimum three to five years of experience in an advocacy or negotiation role.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent related experience;
- Knowledge of business, investment, and financial markets in Canada and internationally;
- Strong understanding of appropriate thematic priorities, including internationally recognized standards related to climate change, environmental sustainability, and at least one of corporate governance; decent work; human rights due diligence; equity and inclusion; Indigenous rights & reconciliation in the Canadian context.
- Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is a strong asset.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Terms and conditions of employment are set in accordance with the SHARE-USW Collective agreement.
- SHARE offers a comprehensive benefits package, employer-matched contribution to a defined benefit pension plan through DbPlus, support for professional development, and an annual fitness benefit.
- Once Covid-19 related travel restrictions are lifted, occasional overnight and international travel is required.
- SHARE’s Vancouver office is located on the unceded territory of the x?m??kw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwu?7mesh (Squamish), S?l?i?lw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. SHARE’s Toronto office is located in the territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples.
- SHARE strives to embody its values of fairness, inclusion and justice in its hiring and employment practices and has a strong commitment to employment equity. SHARE staff are represented by the United Steelworkers.
- SHARE seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, or people of colour and LGBTQ+ candidates.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Pacific on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Please cite the job title of the position you are applying to in the subject of your email. No phone or email enquiries please. We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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