Climate Policy Coordinator

The Atmospheric Fund

  • Salary: $50,000-$60,000
  • Location: Toronto - currently fully remote work. Hybrid remote and in office post-pandemic.
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 7th Aug 2022 EDT

Job Description

Are you passionate about public process and climate action in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area? Do you love diving into the policy research, uncovering information, and building partnerships? TAF is seeking a Climate Policy Coordinator who will provide core support for the Policy team by actively monitoring TAF mandate-led activity, coordinating and contributing to research, facilitating stakeholder engagement, supporting excellent record management, and liaising internally with other TAF teams. If you're a bit of a policy wonk with a keen eye for details, we'd love to hear from you!

This is a full-time position reporting to the Senior Manager, Climate Policy. TAF staff are currently working remotely, and we are planning for a hybrid work model post-pandemic. In the hybrid model, staff will be expected to work an average of two days a week in our downtown Toronto office (and the balance of the week remote-working), although alternative arrangements can be discussed.

Climate Policy Coordinator Responsibilities

Issue Monitoring & Scanning:

  • Implement and maintain an effective system to monitor government consultation processes, pending legislation, industry trends, and current events relevant to TAF’s Climate Policy Mandate, providing timely and relevant updates to the Policy team.

  • Proactively monitor, through outreach and desk-side research, mandate-relevant activity and developments in municipalities across the GTHA and develop research briefs summarizing key developments and opportunities for TAF.

  • Monitor news, media and other agencies that report on developments relevant to TAF’s policy priorities, producing situation reports on important developments.

 Research & Writing

  • Conduct research to support climate change policy analysis (e.g. literature reviews, interviews with knowledge holders, environmental scans) providing top-level summaries and extracting relevant information that can be incorporated into the Policy team’s research and submissions.

  • Draft and support final production of well-researched policy briefs, blog posts, and stakeholder communications.

 Stakeholder Identification & Engagement

  • Act as the first point of contact for external inquiries to the Policy team, directly responding to requests or engaging senior team members as appropriate.

  • Grow the Policy team’s stakeholder list, identifying relevant organizations, companies, and other allies in municipalities across the GTHA, and beyond.

  • Identify and maintain lists of key government officials, including staff and elected leaders, and others with political influence, who can advance climate action in the GTHA.

Administration & Data Management

  • Organize and maintain a comprehensive and up to date list of GTHA and/or policy stakeholders in TAF’s database.

  • Identify, recommend, and implement improvements and updates to the Policy team’s SharePoint, Slack and Salesforce for improved internal communication and information flow.

  • Provide logistics and administrative support for meetings and events, including scheduling, room or technology booking, preparing and distributing materials, presentation support, managing stakeholder invites and engagement, and preparing agendas and minutes.

Qualifications and Characteristics we are looking for:

  • Post-secondary degree in environmental or public policy, political science, or related field of study, or equivalent work experience.

  • Strong research and analysis skills. Research experience in environmental and/or energy policy; or other related issue such as health or economic development considered an asset.

  • Experience in public engagement and working with civil servants and/or elected officials of different levels (could be in a volunteer or internship capacity).

  • Experience using CRM/stakeholder databases to manage information, collect and organize data. Salesforce experience an asset.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to distill complex information and ideas into a digestible, easy-to-follow narrative for diverse audiences.

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and related business programs (Slack, MS SharePoint, MS Teams, Salesforce and Zoom).

  • Ability to prioritize tasks, working independently and efficiently with minimal direct supervision.

About The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

TAF is a regional climate agency with a $100 million endowment fund to invest in innovative low-carbon solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and scale them up for broad implementation. We are experienced leaders, and we collaborate with stakeholders in the private, public and non-profit sectors. We advance the most promising concepts by investing, providing grants, influencing policies and running programs. We’re particularly interested in ideas that offer benefits in addition to carbon reduction such as improving people’s health, creating local jobs, boosting urban resiliency, and contributing to a fair society.

We are a registered non-profit, with a Board of Directors appointed by the City of Toronto, made up of City councillors and citizens. Learn more at taf.ca.

Working at TAF

Talk to our staff and they will tell you that working at TAF comes with amazing advantages. We’re on the leading edge of urban climate change solutions and our work makes a tangible difference. We build meaningful relationships with all kinds of stakeholders – from thought leaders advancing new concepts and approaches to the people who implement change on the ground. Join our dedicated and collaborative team to contribute to the value and impact of our work.

Building an inclusive community with a shared purpose is critical to our work and mandate. We are EqualX30 signatories and believe that teams work best when the people within them are diverse in background and approach, including diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: As an agency of the City of Toronto, TAF has adopted the City’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy, and will require proof of vaccination from all new employees, unless they are unable to obtain a vaccine for a reason related to a protected ground set out in the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

Perks

In addition to your salary, you'll benefit from:

Paid time off:

  • 15 vacation days per calendar year, pro-rated for partial years of employment.

  • A generous and compassionate personal leave policy.

  • TAF-wide office closures on 13 City designated and statutory holidays, as well as the three business days between Boxing Day and New Years’ Day.

  • Comprehensive extended health, vision and dental benefits package after successful completion of your probationary period.

  • Contribution to your retirement savings plan after successful completion of your probationary period.

  • Supplies for your virtual office during pandemic, including hardware and stipend for internet and other expenses.

  • Access to financial support and time off to pursue relevant professional development.

The Intangible Stuff:

  • In consultation with your supervisor, flexible work hours and work-from-home options (beyond COVID-19).

  • Work that directly helps to reduce carbon emissions and improve people’s health, create new green jobs, boost urban resiliency, and contribute to a more fair and just GTHA.

  • Staff socials and lunches, picnics, and many other activities.

  • Team-wide trainings and learning.

  • Input to and participation in TAF’s strategic planning.

  • A work environment that’s seeking to be open and inclusive, supported by a staff-led Social and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group

How to apply

To start your application, click on the blue button in the top right!

No CV/resume is required for the process. You’ll answer some questions that are related to your day-to-day job. You don't need to finish the application in one sitting - you can save your progress and will receive a personalized link to return to your application until the closing date.

After the job closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, which includes an interview that will be conducted through a videoconference. Also, we love giving and getting feedback, so at the end of the application process we'll share how well you performed and will welcome your comments on the process.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Mon 8th Aug 2022

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Mon 8th Aug 2022