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Job Number:  40811
National Campaign Manager
Job Posted: Thursday, 4 January 2018
Closing Date: Monday, 22 January 2018
(in 2 days)
SeaBlue Initiative
Region: Ottawa area Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Ottawa Salary: 60,000-70,000

Contract Opportunity

National Campaign Manager, SeaBlue Initiative

The Ecology Action Centre, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation and West Coast Environmental Law have come together to form the SeaBlue Initiative and are working collaboratively to deliver on effective marine conservation in Canada. The SeaBlue Initiative will work together with federal, provincial and First Nation governments, other conservation and sectoral organizations as needed with the aim of enhancing stakeholder and public understanding of, and engagement in, marine conservation issues in Canada

We are seeking an experienced campaign manager to work with us to achieve our goals, which are to help the government of Canada to meet and exceed protection of at least 10% of Canada’s ocean coastal and marine waters by 2020 and set ambitious goals for the future.

The ideal candidate has past experience in the conservation field and in the not for profit environment. The candidate must be able to work in close collaboration with the campaign steering committee.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the development and implementation of a national campaign strategy for marine protection.
  • Develop and coordinate government relations strategy.
  • Facilitate public outreach and constituency-building activities.
  • Facilitate effective communication between organizations, including bi-weekly conference calls and in-person meetings
  • Track shared work and outcomes.
  • Manage logistical support for Ottawa based events and meetings
  • Engage other allies and organizations as required to achieve campaign outcomes.
  • Coordination of communications materials and delivery and assisting as needed with opportunities for coalition communications
  • Attendance at events and strategic engagement as needed.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience with government relations and public policy in Canada
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience with group facilitation and consensus-based decision-making
  • Experience leading and managing a successful public outreach campaign.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion, defining goals and deliverables, tracking progress and milestones, attention to detail, and delivering products.

 Desired Assets 

  • Understanding of oceans law and policy in Canada, international commitments and basic knowledge of marine conservation initiatives
  • Understanding of current Canadian context of reconciliation and Indigenous initiatives
  • Demonstrated self-starter with proven ability to implement projects independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a team
  • Experience and facility with financial tracking
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Respectful, enthusiastic approach
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector
  • Fluency in French would be considered a strong asset

Education & Experience

  • Graduate degree in a related field
  • Five years of campaign management and direction experience

Position Details: For practical reasons, the Project Manager is ideally located in or willing to locate to Ottawa, Ontario. The position will report to the campaign steering committee with a responsibility to the fiscal agent and contracting organization.  The position is an independent contractor and not an employee of the Ecology Action Centre and is therefore responsible for all payments to the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and any liability costs incurred for the duration of the contract.  

Remuneration: Compensation is commensurate with the levels of skill, experience and education. Remuneration range between $60,000-$70,000 / year including HST, with a contractual commitment of 2 years, subject to continued funding.


To apply:

Please send all cover letters and resumes as one pdf file to by January 22, 2018 with the file name specifically as: LastName_FirstName_MarineProtectionManagerContract.pdf

Background of 4 groups:

Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia taking leadership on critical issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. Founded in 1971, the EAC works across seven major action areas to achieve conservation at the local, provincial, national and international level. The EAC’s Marine Program has worked together with international coalitions, including the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and the High Seas Alliance towards effective protection of high seas biodiversity. The EAC is one of the few Canadian organizations that is involved in marine conservation on the high seas and has a track record of achieving conservation successes, working effectively in coalitions and collaborations across all of its program areas. The EAC will serve as the fiscal agent for the proposed project. 

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land, oceans and water, and ensuring our parks and protected areas are managed to protect the nature within them. In the past 50+ years, we’ve played a leading role in protecting over half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! Our vision is to protect at least half of our public land, oceans and water so that future generations can experience Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness.

West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast Environmental Law is dedicated to safeguarding the environment through law.  Since 1974 our staff lawyers have successfully worked with communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and all levels of governments, including First Nations governments, to develop proactive legal solutions to protect and sustain the environment.

David Suzuki Foundation

The David Suzuki Foundation has built a strong knowledge base, constituency database, communications skillset, and working relationship with other marine oriented ENGOs, First Nations, and stakeholders. The DSF is well suited to continue engaging strategic communications and outreach to key audiences needed to support our proposed marine conservation project goals. Our project team, which includes science and policy experts along with communications specialists, holds a wealth of experience and knowledge and understands how Pacific coast issues relate to national initiatives, public concerns, policies and politics. During the last several years, we have built the systems and skills to execute a national organizing model focused on a long-term change, while also being able to build on-the-ground momentum through smaller, local successes. This strong team enables DSF to maintain strategic activities in support of our goals and the collective work of our allies in moving the agenda forward on ocean issues in Canada.

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please send all cover letters and resumes as one pdf file to with the file name specifically as:
Contact Details:
SeaBlue Initiative
c/o Ecology Action Centre
2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS
B3K 4L3

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