Applications for the Network Coordinator and Communications Officer positions are closed. 

 

Network Coordinator

Background

ClimateWest is a regional climate services organization formally established with the support of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) and the Governments of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in collaboration with three founding partner organizations: the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). ClimateWest identifies and provides regional climate services to all orders of government, including Indigenous governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations, the private sector and civil society throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. ClimateWest’s goals are to increase capacity and understanding regarding a changing climate and to support region-wide efforts to adapt to these changes.

General

ClimateWest is seeking an outgoing, motivated, and highly organized individual with knowledge of climate change adaptation to serve as its Network Coordinator. As a newer non-profit, you are joining a small team that demands creativity, flexibility, and the ability to get things done. It is an exciting opportunity to play a role in building ClimateWest and advancing climate resilience across a diverse region.

The Network Coordinator will work closely with ClimateWest’s Executive Director to manage projects and deliver products as directed by the Board to provide regional climate services under ClimateWest’s four strategic directions: Training & Capacity Building; Data Access & Communication; Risk Management & Adaptation Planning; and Network Facilitation.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, planner, organizer, and multi-tasker with knowledge of climate adaptation, climate data, climate communications, climate economics and/or climate risk and vulnerability assessments.

Specific Responsibilities 

The Network Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks.

Training & Capacity Building

  • Organize and facilitate informative webinars and peer learning events.
  • Track, promote, and identify strategies to expand on existing climate adaptation professional development offerings.
  • Identify gaps and collaborate with individuals within and outside of ClimateWest to design training opportunities relevant to climate adaptation in AB, SK, and MB.

Data Access & Communication

  • Synthesize and communicate existing climate data, research, and reports in plain language for use by various audiences.
  • Highlight opportunities to profile Indigenous knowledge in the context of climate adaptation planning and implementation. 

Risk Management & Adaptation Planning

  • Work with partners to identify and/or build tools to help others understand and explain climate data, assess climate risks, and develop strategies and plans to address them.
  • Identify the needs of diverse sectors, communities, and organizations in terms of increasing their understanding of climate change risks and capacities to build resilience.

Network Facilitation

  • Assist the Executive Director in building relationships and explaining the role of the organization to establish ClimateWest as a trusted source of information and advice in AB, SK, and MB.
  • Support ClimateWest’s Executive Director in the development and maintenance of a network of organizations—including individuals from governments (federal, provincial, and municipal), Indigenous governments, communities, academia, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and others—working to advance various components of climate resiliency in the Prairie provinces.
  • Build understanding and track the role of various organizations and individuals operating in the climate resiliency space. Identify efficiencies and facilitate connections to advance climate resiliency in the three provinces.
  • Represent ClimateWest at a variety of meetings and informational and educational venues and events.
  • Further ClimateWest’s strategic goals by identifying collaboration opportunities with other organizations.

Organizational Operations

  • Facilitate regular meetings of partners, set agendas, prepare minutes, and track action items.
  • Write contracts for projects, track progress of workplans, and prepare summary reports.
  • Write progress reports as required by funders.
  • Track grant opportunities and write grant applications.
  • Support the Executive Director with administrative support as required. For example, development of policies, conducting expense reporting, etc.
  • Assist with technical and software requirements including webinars, surveys and other tools, as required.

Competency Profile

The ideal candidate will bring to the position the following set of competencies:

Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of climate data, climate modeling, climate risk management, and/or climate change adaptation, particularly as it pertains to AB, SK, and MB.
  • Familiarity with the physical and human geography across the three provinces.
  • Experience working with a broad range of groups, sectors, organizations, and cultures in a network environment.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and communication forums, both in person and on-line, where the audience will have a range of backgrounds and interests.
  • Basic communications techniques in support of information campaigns.
  • Experience in leading the development of webinars, training, workshops or other capacity-building activities.

Skills 

  • Demonstrated organizational planning skills, including ability to coordinate meetings and events.
  • Excellent writing skills and strong oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to reflect and reframe a diverse range of interests, to summarize common objectives, and build consensus will be considered an asset.
  • Computer literacy in the Google suite and Microsoft Office applications, knowledge of database packages, and experience in web-based communications.
  • Results-focused, with an ability to manage multiple priorities and to work quickly and accurately under tight deadlines.

Attributes

  • Approachable and inclusive
  • Efficient at working autonomously and remotely
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and problem solving that is often the hallmark of new environments
  • Passionate about making a difference

Qualifications

The Candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field such as environmental or climate science, environmental or climate policy, or sustainable community development. A masters degree and/or an educational focus on climate resiliency or climate action would be considered an asset.
  • 3+ years of experience working in an area relevant to the mandate of climate action, particularly preparing for the impacts of climate change.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; the ability to work (read, write, speak) in French is considered an asset.
  • Must be currently eligible to work in Canada.

Please note, the qualifications and experience listed indicate what is needed to succeed in the position. We understand candidates may not have all the experience and qualifications listed. If you possess 75% or more of the qualifications listed, then we encourage you to apply.

Location: ClimateWest’s office is located in Winnipeg. Remote virtual work from anywhere in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba may be accommodated for the ideal candidate.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Executive Director.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to: admin@climatewest.ca 

Closing Date: November 14, 2022

Salary: $51,240 to $64,050.

Job Status: Full-time employment

All submissions must be in English. ClimateWest strives to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities who call the Prairies home. We encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQIA2S+, veterans, and people with disabilities. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please reach out.

Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada. Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.

 

Communications Officer

Background

ClimateWest is a regional climate services organization formally established with the support of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) and the Governments of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in collaboration with three founding partner organizations: the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). ClimateWest identifies and provides regional climate services to all orders of government, including Indigenous governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations, the private sector, and civil society throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. ClimateWest’s goals are to increase capacity and understanding regarding a changing climate and to support region-wide efforts to adapt to these changes.

General

ClimateWest is seeking a highly-organized communications professional to serve as its Communications Officer. As a newer non-profit, you are joining a small team that demands creativity, flexibility, and the ability to get things done. It is an exciting opportunity to play a role in building ClimateWest and advancing climate resiliency across a diverse region.

The Communications Officer will work closely with ClimateWest’s Executive Director to develop and implement the organization’s communications strategy and related activities. The organization has an important focus on communications as a way to deliver regional climate services under four strategic directions: Training & Capacity Building; Data Access & Communication; Risk Management & Adaptation Planning; and Network Facilitation.

The Communications Officer will have a talent for making complex ideas accessible, have a sharp eye for design, show initiative in increasing ClimateWest’s profile, and be adept in the use of digital media. They will also be an excellent planner, organizer, and multi-tasker with an understanding of climate change, environmental and/or social justice issues.

Specific Responsibilities 

The Communications Officer will be responsible for the following activities.

Communications Strategy and Content Development

  • Develop communications plans including tactics, key messages and required budgets for a variety of organizational initiatives, such as promotion of events, marketing of products and tools, and sharing stories of adaptation action within the region.
  • Coordinate, write and edit regular newsletters, articles/blogs, advertisements, and other communications products.
  • Manage brand consistency.
  • Develop and maintain editorial standards for the organization.
  • Manage editing, design, release, and promotion of publications.

Public Relations and Social Media

  • Develop social media copy and/or graphics for LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Manage social media responses, re-posts, and connections.
  • Monitor social media presence of a wide range of climate-related organizations for relevant information and flag opportunities for collaboration.
  • Field calls and emails into ClimateWest’s Help Desk and determine appropriate response strategy.
  • Manage website and keep information current and relevant.
  • Manage media inquiries.
  • Develop and edit presentations.
  • Post blogs on website and promote via social media.
  • Assist in compiling Climate West’s annual report for the public, including writing content and, as required, engaging and overseeing contractors to support design and editing.
  • Engage with graphic designers, editors, videographers and website designers as required. Set up contracts and manage these project budgets.
  • Support the development of new social media profiles as needed.

Event Planning and Administration

  • Assist with event planning including webinars, training events, workshops, and conferences.
  • Assist with technical and software requirements including webinars, surveys, and other tools, as required.
  • Support the Executive Director with administrative support as required. For example, meeting minutes and management of sub-contractors.

Competency Profile

The ideal candidate will bring to the position the following set of competencies:

Skills 

  • Experience in managing and delivering communications for an organization. Knowledge of climate communications is considered an asset.
  • Clear ability to create, manage, and distribute communication products for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to distill key messages and use appropriate graphics to support that messaging.
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify opportunities to co-develop and deliver communication products and events with other organizations.
  • Strong writing skills for different purposes, including social media posts, long-form articles, report summaries, and promotional materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Experience with video editing is an asset.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in the Google suite and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and marketing software e.g., Plannable, MailChimp.
  • Experience and comfort working with online content management systems and website development and monitoring (especially WordPress and Google Analytics).
  • Cares about getting the details right, particularly for public-facing communications.
  • Experience in training, workshop and webinar development, event planning, and capacity-building will be considered an asset.

Attributes

  • Approachable
  • Organized
  • Action-oriented
  • Quick to respond
  • Up-to-date in communications techniques and best practices
  • Efficient at working autonomously and remotely
  • Passionate about making a difference

Qualifications

The Candidate should possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Diploma or degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or another related discipline. Equivalent experience will be considered.
  • At least 3 years’ relevant professional experience in journalism, public relations, or organizational communications.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; ability to work (read, write, speak) in French considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of climate change, environmental or social justice issues.
  • Must be currently eligible to work in Canada.

Please note, the qualifications and experience listed indicate what is needed to succeed in the position. We understand candidates may not have all the experience and qualifications listed. If you possess 75% or more of the qualifications listed, then we encourage you to apply.

Location: ClimateWest’s office is located in Winnipeg. Remote virtual work from anywhere in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba may be accommodated for the ideal candidate.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Executive Director.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to: admin@climatewest.ca

Closing Date: November 14, 2022

Salary: $48,800 to $61,000

Job Status: Full-time employment

All submissions must be in English. ClimateWest strives to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities who call the Prairies home. We encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQIA2S+, veterans, and people with disabilities. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please reach out.

Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada. Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.

 

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