Government Relations Specialist

at Ecojustice (view profile)
Location Victoria, Canada
Date Posted March 8, 2019
Category Lawyers (Litigation)
Job Type Contract Role

Description

Government Relations Specialist

Position Type:             Fixed Term (1-year fixed term contract with possibility to extend fixed term)

Status:                            Full-Time

Location:                       Victoria

Date Posted:                March 1st, 2019

Closing Date:               March 25th, 2019

Salary:                            $65,000 per annum

 About Ecojustice:

Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Our mission is to use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all.  Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.

Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission.

Ecojustice offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 6 weeks), Winter office closure (between Christmas and New Year), Birthday day off, maternity and parental leave top-ups, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on work life balance;
  • Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their families;
  • RSP matching after 1 year of employment;
  • Transportation incentives to encourage an environmentally friendly commute to work; and
  • Volunteering incentives, to enable all employees to give back to the communities and causes that they are passionate about.

We also support ongoing employee development through our People Potential Program, which aims to give all employees a tailored plan in order to access professional development and training opportunities relevant to their own career development.

Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values.  To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit: www.ecojustice.ca.

About the Role:

Ecojustice is looking for a seasoned government relations specialist to join our climate team in British Columbia and help us build the case for world class-climate legislation that:

  • Holds government and polluters accountable for achieving climate targets;
  • Strengthens the role of the public, politicians, and independent experts in overseeing progress; and
  • Puts B.C on the path to achieving the aims of the Paris Agreement.

Climate change affects all British Columbians. With the provincial government having committed to improving B.C’s climate accountability framework, the next year presents a unique and time-limited opportunity to secure reform of B.C.’s inadequate climate laws.  Progress we make in B.C. now can set a powerful example that inspires greater climate ambition in other provinces, and crucially, at the federal level.

As a government relations specialist with our climate team, you will design and deliver an effective government relations and stakeholder engagement strategy to secure a strong, enforceable climate law in B.C. — charting a blueprint for success we can replicate during the lead-up and aftermath of the 2019 federal election.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and lead an effective B.C. government relations strategy to:
    • Make climate change reporting and accountability a government priority,
    • Build cross-party support for climate legislation in the legislature,
    • Raise awareness of the importance of law in securing long-term climate outcomes based on global best practice, and ultimately,
    • Secure an effective and enforceable Climate Change Accountability Act and appropriate regulations.
  • Lead on the delivery of government relations and stakeholder engagement activities that build awareness, influence decision-makers, and shift political opinion
  • Brief politicians on key components of Climate Change Accountability Act.
  • Convene knowledge-sharing events with stakeholders, including health, youth, small business, organized labour, and Indigenous groups.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, campaigners, and communicators to respond rapidly to real-world events and leverage those moments to move Ecojustice closer to the agreed objectives of our climate change program.
  • Build relationships and coordinate activities with partner organizations and allies.
  • Represent Ecojustice among external partners and within coalition spaces to further the goals of our climate change program and the organization.

Note: This job may require other responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice

About You:

Experience

  • You have 5+ years of government relations and stakeholder engagement experience.
  • You have background in law and/or politics, and have a proven track record of advancing legislative priorities and delivering high-impact results.
  • You have experience developing high-trust relationships with an array of stakeholders.
  • You are solutions-oriented, thrive under pressure, set clear priorities, and manage your time and resources efficiently.
  • Your behavior embodies Ecojustice’s values of courage, collaboration, dedication, excellence, impact & integrity.

Skills and abilities required to perform duties:

  • A clear understanding of the role integrated litigation, legislative and, communications strategies play in shaping law and policy.
  • The ability to develop and articulate theories of change.
  • Experience developing, delivering, and measuring the impact of a government relations and stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Specific knowledge of legislative processes, environmental law and policy landscape, and key players in the sector, is essential.
  • Exceptional communications skills:
    • Ability to write and speak clearly, quickly, and persuasively
    • Ability to distill complex subject matter into crisp, accurate messages, speaking points, and briefings
    • A track record of effectively connecting and communicating with a diverse range of stakeholders
    • Active listening skills
    • Experience with media relations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental and social justice issues and experience working or volunteering with a non-profit or charitable organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, including team-building, facilitation and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to communicate professionally in French is an asset.

Application Process:

Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.  We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at: www.ecojustice.ca/careers  no later than the Monday, March 25th, 2019 closing date.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Cheryll Januszewski, HR Manager, by email at cjanuszewski@ecojustice.ca or by calling 604-685-5618

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