Director, Client and Funding Services – Green Municipal Fund
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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Director, Client and Funding Services – Green Municipal Fund
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. FCM is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government. FCM aspires to be an organization that is deeply respectful, collaborative, empowering and transparent in our work. We have a commitment and passion for strengthening Canada by achieving results for our communities, our cities, and our workplace, and by sharing our knowledge and experience on the world stage, so that others may improve the quality of life in their communities.
The cornerstone FCM Program is the Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF), a $1 billion permanent endowment from the Government of Canada. GMF helps local governments switch to sustainable practices faster. Our unique mix of funding, resources and training gives municipalities the tools they need to build resiliency — and create better lives for Canadians. As a leading catalyst for innovation, GMF offers funding (loans and grants) and knowledge for sustainable municipal initiatives designed to support communities to improve air, water, soil quality, and to protect the climate. Through GMF, municipalities have built better transportation assets; constructed efficient and resilient buildings; diverted waste from landfill; made previously unusable land available for development; and improved soil and water quality.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Client Services, Funding and Investments, the Director, Client and Funding Services (CFS) is responsible for strategic and functional leadership, planning activities and management of all aspects of the client and funding services offered by the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). Key responsibilities include overseeing the work of the Programs Outreach team, managing the review and approval of GMF funding applications, managing and the contracting and disbursements of funds for approved municipal and private sector environmental initiatives.
The Director, CFS leads the unit’s work to ensure that GMF’s funding products and associated processes are aligned to client needs and optimized to enable innovation and stacking with other sources of funding from public and private sector sources. The Director, CFS also plays an active role in understanding how to lever additional investments into municipal sustainability projects beyond those being directly supported by GMF funding in order to enable broad replication and mobilization of environmental solutions in the municipal sector. The Director, CFS serves as a leader in internal and external brokering of agreements to ensure that GMF supports and ensures the success of the most transformative opportunities.
Provides leadership in the development and management of a leading, innovative funding program that meets all compliance requirements of the GMF funding agreement, delivers on business objectives and provides optimal value to GMF’s clients and stakeholders;
Builds and maintains relationships with key public and private sector funding counterparts to enable efficient stacking and co-investments with entities with objectives aligned with GMF/FCM and to ensure awareness of current best practices and trends in municipal project funding;
Oversees the work of the Programs Outreach team to maintain a balanced and diversified portfolio of projects that meets regional, sectoral and program results objectives while optimizing financial returns for the endowment;
Oversees CFS unit strategy and Annual Plan development, and works with team to meet overall funding approval target, withdrawal rates, disbursement metrics as well as other key metrics.
Builds and fosters a performance culture that consistently achieves the CFS unit’s objectives;
Provides strategic advice and recommendations to the Senior Director, Client Services, Funding and Investments of the GMF and the GMF Council on a range of issues related to overall funding program performance and individual municipal environmental initiatives;
Provides oversight, advice and expertise to the team as required on project structuring and financial matters related to complex project proposals, recommendations and briefing materials for the GMF Council, loan/grant agreements and disbursements;
Takes a leadership role in building consensus around risks worth taking and brokers alignment of key internal stakeholders to support transformative, high value projects;
Directly oversees the work of the Contracts Administration Officer with regard to the usage of external counsel in contract negotiation and further streamlining of the contracting process;
Leads negotiation efforts on key financial and project structural matters;
Offers occasional direction on strategic aspects of projects to the Risk Committee (RC), which is tasked with ensuring GMF appropriately balances its public policy mandate with sound risk management practices and fund sustainability, both for individual transactions and at the strategic/portfolio and planning levels;
Participates in the finalization of funding recommendations made to the RC regarding high-level/strategic issues on loans;
Regularly interfaces with clients to understand their needs and to ensure that GMF’s funding offer remains relevant;
Works with managers to maintain focus on priorities, provide staff support and direction related to staff workload, delegation and empowerment;
Carefully monitors GMF’s funding performance and ensures that annual and long-term funding targets are met in a way that derives maximum results for the program;
Provides direction and advice to the team ensuring that proper processes and tools are in place to support effective and efficient delivery of funding and reporting requirements;
Works closely with FCM managers and senior managers, particularly in the Risk Management Unit, Finance, Marketing, Governance, Program Performance, Capacity and Sector Development and the Senior Director’s Office, ensuring effective communications on issues and projects of joint interest or responsibility;
Ensures horizontal coordination and the integration of plans and activities, through the leadership of or active participation in, established FCM Programs practice groups; sub-committees; and strong relations with colleagues, in particular to ensure consistency where relevant and cross-learning with other FCM funding programs;
Responsible for the overall leadership of the GMF CFS unit, which includes but is not limited to formulating and implementing the annual business plan, setting goals and objectives, the direct management of staff, recruitment, employee development, coaching, performance improvement planning, terminations, annual performance evaluations, managing budgets, inspiring a shared vision within the unit, fostering an equitable environment, continuous process improvement and encouraging clear communication of messaging to the unit.
Ensures clear objectives are set by the CFS unit that will best support the GMF in achieving its strategic objectives and builds and fosters a performance culture that consistently achieves these objectives.
Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Engineering or Environmental Sciences, or related field. MBA or Masters’ degree is considered an asset;
Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in funding programs or project management with demonstrated knowledge and experience in structured lending and project financing in the private sector, including a minimum of 5 years of experience leading professional teams of staff;
Strong people leadership skills (influencing, coaching, challenging, motivating) and ability to delegate, monitor and follow up on projects;
Strong knowledge and experience in complex project or file management, including the financial and legal aspects of contract negotiation;
A proven track record of structuring and negotiating complex deals;
A good understanding of emerging clean-tech and environmental solutions relevant to the municipal sector;
Strong network with public and private sector investors;
Strong knowledge of public policy, priorities, trends and delivery mechanisms related to sustainable development and the environment with emphasis at the municipal level;
Strong client service orientation;
Financing and lending experience involving Canadian municipalities and their partners is considered an asset;
Exceptional leading and initiating skills; can proactively develop strategies and align resources to meet future needs;
Exceptional strategic/conceptual skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills including negotiation, conflict resolution and the ability to influence to get results;
Excellent judgment and decision making skills;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including group presentations;
The ability to work in both official languages (English and French) is an asset.
Up to 25% requirement to travel, typically within Canada.
The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services. FCM encourages flexible work arrangements to support the wellbeing and productivity of employees.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is committed to fostering an organizational culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, where individuals from diverse racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, social economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and physical and mental abilities can thrive and be fully engaged at their best level.
FCM welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.
The future of work at FCM includes a hybrid work model; therefore, this role will be a combination of virtual and on-site work. The successful candidate is required live in and be authorized to work in Canada. They are also required to be able to work from home/remotely, from within Canada. All in-office work and in-person meetings for work that take place inside and/or outside of the offices located in Ottawa will be subject to FCM’s Safe Workplace Vaccination Policy, as well as its health and safety procedures.
It is a mandatory condition of employment at FCM that the successful candidate be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with vaccines that have been approved by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to their start date and will be required to provide proof. If accommodation is required in relation to this condition of employment for any reason pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, please contact us at directly.
For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.
Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications June 30, 2022.
We thank all candidates for their interest; however, we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept for six months following the completion of the hiring process
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Federation of Canadian Municipalities, 24 Clarence Street, Ottawa, ON (613) 907-6233
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