Job Posting: Policy and Communications Lead

(Deadline extended) Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm (Atlantic), Friday, September 9, 2022

Policy and Communications Lead

ABOUT MARINE RENEWABLES CANADA
Marine Renewables Canada is the national association for tidal, offshore wind, wave and river current energy, with a membership of technology and project developers, suppliers, utilities, Indigenous organizations, researchers, and communities.

Since 2004, the association has worked to build the sector by advocating for supportive policies, identifying domestic and international business development opportunities for its members, facilitating collaboration amongst its membership and broader ecosystem, providing education and outreach, and disseminating market intelligence. As part of its focus on developing the sector, Marine Renewables Canada is active in catalyzing opportunities for how marine renewable energy can contribute to achieving decarbonization goals through the production of green fuels such as hydrogen, as well as displacement of diesel in remote communities and marine industries.

Learn more about Marine Renewables Canada at www.marinerenewables.ca

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION

The marine renewable energy sector is facing a very exciting and critical time. In the global race to meet decarbonization goals, renewable energy will play a critical role – and marine renewable energy offers unique solutions for both climate change and building a sustainable blue economy.

At Marine Renewables Canada, we are working to support growth of the sector and ensure that thoughtful solutions are developed to address challenges facing future development of offshore wind, tidal, wave, and river current energy. This includes strong policy advocacy, outreach and education initiatives.

As the sector and association grow, we are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Policy and Communications Lead to join our team!

The Policy and Communications Lead will play a vital role in Marine Renewables Canada’s advocacy, government relations, strategy, and communications efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Policy and Communications Lead will be responsible for developing policy input and supporting association outreach and communications by working closely with staff, members, and external collaborators and networks.

This is a challenging and dynamic opportunity for someone who is passionate about renewable energy and eager to play an important role in realizing Canada’s marine renewable energy opportunity.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Policy development and advocacy

  • Monitor, research, and analyse legislation, regulations, programs, policy and strategies that may affect the marine renewable energy sector and develop policy input, options and recommendations.
  • Draft government correspondence, position papers, and reports.
  • Support coordination and preparation of submissions to government consultations and engagement initiatives (ex. Regional Assessments, pre-budget consultation, election platforms, etc.).
  • Support Marine Renewables Canada’s strategy working groups by coordinating and attending meetings, developing pre- and post-meeting materials, and gathering information and input from working group members.
  • Provide input and expertise towards the development and implementation of strategies to enhance Marine Renewables Canada’s engagement with federal and provincial governments.

Outreach and Communications

  • Liaise with members, industry, government, partners/collaborators, stakeholders, and Indigenous groups as needed for various activities and initiatives and build positive and constructive working relationships.
  • Occasionally develop and deliver presentations externally and represent the association at both in-person and virtual events and meetings.
  • Write communications materials such as fact sheets, newsletters/bulletins, summaries for events/workshops, promotional materials, website, and members’ briefing materials.
  • Develop and manage digital/social media content including the creation of written and graphic materials.
  • Provide support for other outreach and communication activities as required.

General

  • Work closely with association staff in the development and delivery of major projects, initiatives, trade missions and events (ex. annual conference, workshops, etc.) as needed.
  • Contribute to organizational planning and proposal and project development.

DESIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 3-5 years professional relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong time management, organizational, research, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and adapt to multiple priorities.
  • Confident and engaging verbal and written communication skills, including an understanding of different communications approaches for different audiences.
  • An understanding of policy-making in Canada at the provincial or federal level.
  • Knowledge of the climate change and decarbonization policy context in Canada.
  • Knowledge and experience in marine renewable energy, energy, ocean sectors or other relevant sectors is an asset.
  • A degree in public policy/administration, communications, business or related discipline is desirable.
  • Experience using various digital/social media platforms.
  • Fluency in English is essential and in French a definite asset.
  • Must have a valid Canadian driver’s license.
  • Must have authorization to work in Canada.

TERMS & WORKING CONDITIONS

  • As a Halifax-headquartered organization with a national scope, we are committed to ensuring members and initiatives across Canada are supported and advanced. Therefore, we are ideally looking for candidates based in Ottawa, Victoria, or Vancouver. However, we still invite applications from candidates in Atlantic Canada and will ultimately base selection decisions on the best fit for the position.
  • This is a remote position, offering flexibility to those who thrive working from home, but excel at developing and maintaining productive working relationships with their team. The successful candidate must have a suitable working location/home office.
  • This is a full-time position with a typical work week of 40 hours. The position is for a 2-year term, starting as soon as possible.
  • Additional hours, or time outside of the normal work hours, may be required in order to meet operational requirements of planning and delivering specific projects and events at specific times of the year.
  • Occasional travel will be required, sometimes nationally and potentially internationally.
  • Compensation will be based on skills and experience.
  • Marine Renewables Canada offers a compensation package including health benefits, flexible working hours, vacation, and additional paid time off over the holidays in December.
  • Marine Renewables Canada is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from qualified Indigenous peoples, women, visible minorities, people identifying as LGBTQ2SI, and people with disabilities. At Marine Renewables Canada, we value the insights and innovation that diverse and inclusive teams bring to work.

TO APPLY

If this is an opportunity and challenge you are ready to take on and it relates to your experience, we want to hear from you! Please email a cover letter and resume to info@marinerenewables.ca.

Please note that all applications will be acknowledged, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted directly. 

(Deadline extended) Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm (Atlantic), Friday, September 9, 2022.

If you have questions about the Policy and Communications Lead position, please email info@marinerenewables.ca