The Pembina Institute is seeking a politically astute strategic thinker with demonstrated media savvy and strong writing and editing skills to join our communications and engagement team. This highly collaborative position, based in Toronto, Ont., requires a team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, positive energy, a high degree of organization and the ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment. The ideal candidate is someone who shows initiative by using their skills to advance the goals of the organization as a whole, while providing communications leadership, ideas and support for various program areas and specific projects.
Creating and executing on strategy is an essential part of this role, and the ideal candidate will excel at big-picture thinking while also being detail-oriented. The senior communications lead is a key contact for journalists and members of the public for assigned regional and national goals, as well as a key instigator of mainstream, social and digital media efforts on priority issues, while interacting with other members of the communications team, the Ontario region staff, and staff across the organization on a regular basis.
The role, reporting to the senior manager strategic communications and working closely with the Ontario regional director and strategic partnerships team, requires demonstrated strategic planning and project management skills, strong writing/editing ability, media experience, strategic communications experience, fluency in social media, and familiarity with emerging communications trends and digital publishing.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about Canadian energy and climate issues, have a strong understanding of federal and provincial politics, be familiar with Ontario and national media markets, and have a strong interest in our programs focused on decarbonizing transportation as we develop an equitable, resilient economy.
The Pembina Institute is a national non-partisan think tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. Through research, consulting and convening, we employ multi-faceted and highly collaborative approaches to change to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and use.
Our people are passionate about sustainability and dedicated to enabling positive social change. Our organizational culture encourages creativity and collaboration, and we offer a flexible and fast-paced work environment that rewards honest character, personal initiative and innovation. The successful candidate will join our dynamic team of nationally recognized professionals working on delivering clean energy solutions into the hands of Canada’s decision-makers and key influencers.
Our core values
Climate change threatens everyone. We must come together to evolve how energy is created and consumed through solutions based on equity, curiosity, evidence-based thinking and practicality.
In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to apply a wide range of communications skills and approaches to help staff communicate effectively and strategically with the Pembina Institute’s core audiences, which include government and business decision-makers, policy influencers, journalists, stakeholders and the public.
You will develop and execute communications strategies for national, regional and program goals, help design and manage projects, and develop and deliver communications tactics. You’ll work with our strategic partnerships team on proposal development and cases for support. You’ll monitor media coverage, co-ordinate interviews, and develop relationships with journalists, communicators and social media influencers following climate, energy and environmental policy issues. You’ll mentor technical writers to help them hone their style, messaging, focus and social media presence, and you will coach spokespeople on their performance skills and provide support on message development and media outreach. Through your efforts, you will help the Pembina Institute make meaningful advancements toward Canada’s transition to clean energy.
The full-time position may require some travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends.
Candidates must clearly reflect the following skills and experience in their application:
The salary rate is competitive for a communications professional in the environmental non-profit sector and will be based on skills, experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.
Further terms of employment will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.
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