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TAF: Policy Research and Advocacy Coordinator

LOCATION: Toronto

  • Job Term: Full-time, one-year contract position with the possibility for extension
  • Compensation: Yearly salary is $44,000
  • Application deadline: August 29, 2017
  • Targeted start date: September 15, 2017

About TAF

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) advances innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Decarbonizing our cities requires formulation and adoption of new policies and programs at all levels of government to accelerate implementation of technologies, practices, investments and other low-carbon solutions. While focused on the GTHA, TAF works with stakeholders across Canada to identify, implement, and replicate policies and programs with the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and emissions.

WORKING AT TAF

TAF is seeking a highly organized, policy-savvy individual to coordinate TAF’s policy research and advocacy activities.

Talk to our staff and they will tell you that working at TAF comes with amazing advantages. We’re on the leading-edge of urban climate change solutions and our work makes a tangible difference. We build meaningful relationships with all kinds of stakeholders – from world-class thought leaders to the people who implement change on the ground. Our strong, dedicated team fosters healthy collaboration and learning. And as part of a small organization, we each see the value and impact of our work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

This is a full-time, one-year contract position with the possibility for extension. The salary is $44,000. This position reports to the Director of Policy and Programs and the Grants Manager and Policy Advisor.

You will be responsible for the following key activities:

  • Low-carbon policy research and analysis. Research and assess key low carbon policy opportunities at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Lead preparation of policy submissions, background papers, and other communications products around select policy issues.
  • Sustainable finance policy and analysis. Research, assess, critique and help formulate key policies and programs at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, to accelerate investment in climate change mitigation, including opportunities for leveraging public dollars with private capital. Support TAF’s thought leadership in the area of innovative climate financing solutions.
  • Communicating the multiple benefits of low carbon policies. Working with TAF staff and external service providers, coordinate the assessment and communication of potential benefits of key policy options, including carbon emission reductions, economic benefits, and other societal benefits.
  • Stakeholder engagement. Liaise with key stakeholders Canada-wide, coordinate and support outreach events such as webinars, workshops and conference presentations, and build consensus on key policy issues.
  • Project management. Coordinate policy research and engagement projects undertaken by TAF and its partners including contract and budget management, procurement, scheduling, meeting minutes, development of project timelines and milestones, reporting and donor stewardship reports.

YOUR BACKGROUND

  • Completed an undergraduate degree in public policy, political science, environmental studies, planning , or a related field (graduate degree is an asset)
  • Research and analysis experience in environmental and/or energy policy
  • Experience or knowledge in the area of finance is an asset
  • Experience in project management and/or stakeholder engagement
  • Excellent communicator with demonstrated ability to translate complex policy and finance concepts into clear and compelling messages, both written and verbal

TO APPLY

To apply please send your cover letter, CV, and a sample of your writing to Jaime Klein at jklein@taf.ca by 5:00PM on Tuesday August 29th, 2017. The writing sample can take any form. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank everyone who applies.

Committed to employment equity, The Atmospheric Fund encourages applications from Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and other equity-seeking groups.

TREC: Marketing Manager

LOCATION: Toronto

About TREC

TREC is non-profit social enterprise that has been working for almost 20 years to develop community owned renewable energy projects in Ontario. We have invested our time, effort & resources in a number of successful Community Power projects and related research programs. TREC founded a unique educational charity as well as SolarShare, North America’s largest solar co-operative.

One of our most successful programs is TREC Community Investor Management Services (CIMS), which provides guidance and support to our clients, to enable them to raise significant project capital through issuing Community Bonds. Over the past 8 years we have invested in creating a proprietary software platform and deployed a skilled client support team to help them manage all phases of their Community Bond campaigns.

Beginning in 2017, we are expanding this program to engage a whole new sector – non-profit organizations and co-operatives that are raising financing for social purpose projects. As we grow this line of business, we envision TREC developing and offering a full suite of customized CIMS services from business planning, to financial modelling, through to marketing communications support.

Our shared office is based out of a beautiful heritage building in downtown Toronto.

SUMMARY OF ROLE

TREC is looking for a creative and results-driven individual to lead our marketing and communications efforts. Working closely with our Business Development Manager and the other key members of our management team, the Marketing Manager will identify new markets, define new service opportunities and lay out the marketing strategies and tactical programs to support our client onboarding efforts. The successful candidate will spearhead our market outreach, highlighting the value of the community bond model and elevating our suite of services within the social finance sector. There will also be numerous opportunities to work on individual campaigns, supporting our clients’ community bond raises.

While developing new business is a constant priority, the Marketing Manager will also be responsible for expanding and enriching our presence within the renewable energy sector. These activities may include special partner projects and/or campaigns, writing content for social media and blogs, etc.

The successful candidate will be an independent worker who demonstrates polished collaborative skills paired with sound judgement. We will give preference to individuals who are both articulate and quick learners and have proven success in a marketing/communications role.

The Marketing Manager will be part of a passionate, hard-working team of social innovators that is committed to positive social and environmental change. Our organization encourages diversity, work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and flexible work hours.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Strategy Development – Create and execute an annual marketing plan and budget to achieve goals set by TREC senior management, including media and social media strategy, and leveraging networks and partners.
  • Marketing Materials – Ensure our marketing materials are engaging and up to date. Develop written and visual content for TREC website, blog, e-newsletter, and social media. Coordinate with third-party contractors as required.
  • Outreach – Organize and promote monthly seminars targeted at the non-profit, co-op and social enterprise sectors. Develop tactical programs to raise awareness of the community bond model and TREC’s Community Investor Management Services. Assist with delivering material at hands-on workshops, and other venues (e.g. conferences) as required. Other opportunities to be involved in special events may arise as we move forward with our marketing and communications efforts.
  • Media and Public Relations – Implement a consistently updated marketing calendar to ensure press releases and other media announcements are distributed on a regular basis.
  • Volunteer Management – Train and manage volunteers to assist with writing blog and social media content, events and special projects, as required.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Degree in Communications, Marketing or a related field
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in marketing/communications role with increasing responsibilities
  • Skilled at identifying target audiences and developing creative and effective outreach campaigns
  • Up to date on latest trends and best practices in online marketing
  • Strong inter-personal skills; superior writing and verbal communication skills
  • Confident public speaking ability
  • Solid knowledge of website analytics, Google Ad words and Facebook advertising
  • Highly organized, flexible, self-motivated and independent worker
  • Graphic design (adobe suite) and website (navigation, wordpress, CSS, html) skills are an asset
  • Knowledge of financial investments / social finance is an asset
  • Knowledge of the renewable energy industry and policy environment in Ontario is an asset

TO APPLY

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by Monday August 28 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to send their application as soon as possible as interviews will begin before the posting deadline.

  • Please compile a cover letter and resume in PDF and send as a single attachment. Use your full name as the file name (i.e. MaryJones.pdf). Send by email to jobs@trec.on.ca
  • In your cover letter, please address how you would be successful in marketing our suite of social finance services to non-profit organizations and co-ops. You can find some information about our services at: http://www.trec.on.ca/services/
  • Please enclose a writing sample for a blog or similar piece you’ve written. Alternatively, compose a short post for our current blog: http://www.trec.on.ca/blog/

We thank you for your application but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. TREC is fully committed to equal opportunity employment, and evaluating all applications equally.

TREC: Business Development Manager

LOCATION: Toronto

About TREC

TREC is non-profit social enterprise that has been working for almost 20 years to develop community owned renewable energy projects in Ontario. We have invested our time, effort & resources in a number of successful Community Power projects and related research programs. TREC founded a unique educational charity as well as SolarShare, North America’s largest solar co-operative.

One of our most successful programs is TREC Community Investor Management Services (CIMS), which provides guidance and support to our clients, to enable them to raise significant project capital through issuing Community Bonds. Over the past 8 years we have invested in creating a proprietary software platform and deployed a skilled client support team to help them manage all phases of their Community Bond campaigns.

Beginning in 2017, we are expanding this program to engage a whole new sector – non-profit organizations and co-operatives that are raising financing for social purpose projects. As we grow this line of business, we envision TREC developing and offering a full suite of customized CIMS services from business planning, to financial modelling, through to marketing communications support.

Our shared office is based out of a beautiful heritage building in downtown Toronto.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are seeking a results-oriented individual to lead our expanding business development efforts. Working closely with the other key members of our management team, the Business Development Manager will be responsible for finding and engaging new clients for our Investor Management Services, and developing strong relationships in the social enterprise, non-profit and social finance sectors.

The Business Development Manager will guide clients through the initial stages of considering a community bond to finance a project, and may assist individual clients with their business planning and financial modelling. The successful candidate will work closely with the IMS team to adapt our platform and services offering to keep aligned with client expectations as new client needs are uncovered.

In addition, the Business Development Manager will be the primary contributor to an IESO-funded capacity-building initiative to identify, research and develop new business models and innovative partnership frameworks between Ontario renewable energy co-ops and municipalities. The successful candidate will investigate the business processes and financial implications of several business models, to evaluate the best options for future Community Power investments.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, who enjoys building partnerships and brings an investigative approach to decision making, negotiation and problem-solving.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Strategy Development – Work together with the Marketing Manager to create and execute an annual sales and marketing strategy and budget to achieve goals set by TREC senior management.
  • Sales – Outreach to new markets and work closely with potential client prospects to introduce the concept of community bonds and highlight the value of our services.
  • Education – Work with our Services Manager to deliver introductory seminars and intensive workshops to organizations considering using community bonds to finance a project. Help to facilitate presentations and working group discussion sessions for our capacity building initiative. Other presentation opportunities (e.g. conferences) may arise.
  • Partnerships – Engage with key partners in sectors such as social finance, social enterprise, non-profit, co-op, etc. Collaborate on mutually beneficial strategies to advance our missions. Help to identify key municipal partners and facilitate initial discussions for our capacity building initiative.
  • Research – Conduct research into several potential business opportunities for renewable energy co-ops, including a literature review, interviews with key practitioners and a scan of previous economic modelling.
  • Business and Financial Planning – Conduct economic modelling for renewable energy co-op business opportunities. Assist clients through the initial stages of their community bond raise, including business plan development, financial modelling and bond set-up.

QUALIFICATIONS & SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Degree in Business Administration, Commerce or a related field
  • 5 years of experience working in sales, business development
  • Competent in MS Powerpoint, CRM software, MS Access, Excel
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Adept in customer interfacing skills– project oversight, customer presentation
  • Strong business acumen with a solid understanding of financing models; understanding of community financing models is an asset
  • Experience in business planning, including background research, conducting interviews and feasibility analysis
  • Superior skills in problem-solving, and conflict resolution
  • Comfortable networking and enjoys building relationships
  • Excellent teamwork skills, ability to take initiative and be accountable for personal decisions
  • Knowledge about and passion for social enterprises is a definite asset
  • Experience in the co-operative sector and/or working on municipal energy projects is a definite asset

TO APPLY

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by Monday August 28 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to send their application as soon as possible as interviews will begin before the posting deadline.

  • Please compile a cover letter and resume in PDF and send as a single attachment. Use your full name as the file name (i.e. MaryJones.pdf). Send by email to jobs@trec.on.ca
  • In your cover letter, please address how you would be successful in selling our suite of social finance services to non-profit organizations and co-ops. You can find some information about our services at: http://www.trec.on.ca/services/

We thank you for your application but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. TREC is fully committed to equal opportunity employment, and evaluating all applications equally.

ISS: Compensation Lead Research Analyst

LOCATION: Toronto

OVERVIEW

Join the Canadian proxy advisory research team through the dynamic proxy season period to provide research analysis in support of client corporate governance and proxy voting activities. Be part of a team of corporate governance experts responsible for covering Canadian annual and special meetings, interpreting public disclosure documents and applying policy guidelines that support corporate governance best practices and shareholder rights. This is a unique opportunity to join our leading Canadian Research team and can lead to a career growth at ISS.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Governance Analyst Responsibilities
  • Distill financial and corporate governance information to complete research reports and issue proxy voting recommendations based on ISS policy guidelines for venture and non-core level 1-3 agenda items including late adds;
  • Support PAS Research team by sourcing public disclosure documents (pills), updating analyst tracking sheets for workflow organization;
  • Attach materials in research database;
  • Realizable Pay data collection – searching SEDI and past circulars for option and share grants, etc.
  • Track voting results for high profile issues/meetings for client bulletin calls and other season updates;
  • Maintain pill and contest tracking lists;
  • Support draft report review process as needed;
  • Pull numbers for TSR/TC chart for all core meetings;
  • Source issue specific background information for shareholder proposals;
  • Liaison with procurement – locating and sending G&M meeting list weekly;
  • Help monitor regulatory websites, press articles on current high profile meetings/companies/issues, CCGG/SIO/SHARE website for updates.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting or related discipline and a minimum of two years experience in corporate governance or investment research and analysis;
  • Understanding of corporate governance issues, corporate transactions and capital markets;
  • Previous experience in Compensation Consulting or Securities Law would be an asset;
  • Good understanding of business technology; experience working with technology in an operational context strongly desired;
  • Client focused, reliable and able to work under deadline pressures, detail oriented, demonstrated commitment to quality and excellence.

TO APPLY

To apply, click here.

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