Senior Strategist, Canada Banks

The Sunrise Project

  • Salary: 98,000-115,000 CAD Depending on experience (including unpaid and other experiences) and capacity to take on responsibility
  • Location: Remote, flexible location anywhere in Canada with a preference for Eastern time zone. Proximity to Toronto a plus.
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 26th Jun 2022 EDT

Job Description

Hours: full-time (40 hpw)

Overtime Status: exempt

About Us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With affiliated programs and staff in the US, Canada, Australia,  Europe, and Asia we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organizations to drive powerful change towards our mission.

We have a dynamic and nimble organisational culture. We’re serious about supporting our people to thrive as we tackle the urgent climate challenge.  We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We take the broadest possible view of diversity and encourage First Nations people, people of colour, people living outside of cities, people living with disabilities, neurodiverse, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

About the job

The Sunrise Project coordinates network campaigns in close partnership with a diverse set of partners and allies across Canada and around the world. The Canada banks campaign is a growing national network challenging Canada’s biggest banks to stop their significant financing of fossil fuel expansion and respect Indigenous rights in their financing decisions. This network consists of many of the country’s most prominent climate NGO’s, working with Indigenous groups, academic, and grassroots partners. We are part of a global network, Bank On Our Future, seeking a transition to clean energy finance. 

This Senior Strategist role drives and grows the campaign, contributes new insights on strategy and tactical ideas, coordinates tactics across the network, identifies campaign moments and rapid response, supports individual partners to thrive and shares decision making in a collaborative and transparent manner across the network.

About You

You’re an experienced strategist and campaigner who understands how campaigns build power and change the world. While you’re skilled at developing big picture strategy and identifying opportunities for impact, you also enjoy the nitty gritty of implementation, trying new ideas and taking calculated risks. 

You’re a team player with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse partner groups to support them to do their best work. You have understanding and experience with all aspects of a modern advocacy campaign - from policy and regulation work to grassroots organizing to digital tactics and media - and are comfortable switching codes based on the people and task at hand. You can work independently and juggle multiple concurrent projects, and have a track record centering equity and justice in your approach to leadership and to campaigning more generally. You are comfortable sharing insights and decision making in transparent ways, and being held accountable to both our organization and the diverse network you are coordinating. 

You’re passionate about solving the climate crisis, and excited to be part of a dedicated team working at the new and growing intersection of finance and climate and supporting social and climate justice movements to create real change. Prior knowledge of finance is not required. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Owns the creation and evolution of strategy and ensures implementation and planning for a multi-group and multi-faceted climate finance campaign network

  • Convenes diverse networks of campaign partners to continually refine campaign goals, identify gaps and key moments, and execute tactics to a high standard

  • Facilitates inclusive, collaborative, and transparent meetings and strategic decision making processes

  • Provides advice and support to partners to help them run more effective campaigns and deliver specific tactics with the highest possible impact

  • Jumps in with direct delivery of campaign tactics as circumstances dictate

  • Manages campaign communication channels &/or contractors responsible for websites, social channels and tools such as slack and contact lists

  • Writes or commissions briefing papers, campaign plans, news bulletins and other materials as required

  • Manages other Canadian contractors and staff, contributes insights as part  Sunrise Global Banks program, and with key funders to align strategy and help secure resources

  • Leads campaign evaluation and impact reporting

Required skills and experience    

  • 5-7 years experience managing advocacy campaigns in senior leadership roles

  • Experience developing and implementing campaign strategy 

  • Strong interpersonal, relationship management, and group facilitation skills; experience with Indigenous or BIPOC communities &/or coordinating distributed networks a plus

  • Demonstrated experience and/or training on decolonization and working collaboratively and effectively with diverse social movements 

  • Strong emotional intelligence and ability to receive and integrate feedback from multiple sources 

  • Skills in project management, coordination of complexity, and top time management skills 

  • Writing skills and the ability to craft compelling communications for a variety of audiences

  • A passion for action on climate change and a commitment to social justice

  • English required; fluency in French desirable but not required

Job requirements

We value and recognize experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots or is lived experience.  If you meet some but not all of the criteria for this position, are unsure, but you’re keen on the role - please get in touch

  • You must have full legal authorization to work in Canada. The Sunrise Project will not sponsor applicants for employment visas

  • Employment background checks may be required

  • COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with local legislation and/or Sunrise policy

  • Domestic & international travel with notice

How Sunrise supports its staff

The Sunrise Project is committed to creating a workplace that supports our staff to do their best work and develop professionally. We have the following in place to help us achieve that, noting that benefits listed may vary in accordance with the Professional Employment Office (PEO) we engage with for this role.

  • Statutory benefits and entitlements of the country/province in which you are employed.

  • Sunrise will provide additional benefits, where in-country entitlements are less than our standard package, where applicable including:

    • Birthday leave (if it’s your birthday, you get a day off)

    • Solidarity and community leave up to 1 week p.a.

    • Floating public holidays (cultural leave)

    • Gifted leave (we close for two weeks at the end of each year)

    • Flexible work policy

    • Employee Assistance Program

Additionally, our offering includes:

  • A commitment to your professional development

  • Coaching and management support with regular 1:1 meetings

  • Performance reviews and feedback to support you and the team to reflect and grow

A co-developed initial 3 month work plan to set goals and provide clarity on your role and responsibilities

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application