Plastics Campaigner | Oceana Canada

Plastics Campaigner

Location: Ottawa (preferable) or Toronto
Position starts: Tuesday January 4, 2022 
Term: One-year contract for maternity leave replacement with possibility of an extension 
Oceana Canada is an independent charity committed to rebuilding Canada’s oceans by winning science-based policy victories that increase biodiversity and abundance. We have successfully campaigned to end the shark fin trade, make rebuilding depleted fish populations the law, improve the way fisheries are managed and protect marine habitat. Oceana Canada is part of the largest international advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Globally, Oceana has won more than 200 policy victories for marine life and habitats. From stopping bottom trawling in sensitive habitat areas to protecting sea turtles from commercial fishing gear, our victories represent new hope for the world's oceans. 
We are seeking a Plastics Campaigner who will support our work to reduce single-use plastics in Canada. The incumbent is preferably bilingual in French and English and will work remotely due to  COVID-19 until it is safe to return to work in our Ottawa or Toronto office. The Campaigner will work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and execute Oceana Canada’s campaign to end single-use plastics by calling for government laws or regulations and other plastic-free policies.. This position requires strong persuasion, communications, problem-solving, project management and grassroots campaigning skills. The ideal candidate is action- and detail-oriented, with experience working collaboratively to advance policy. The Plastics Campaigner will report to the Campaign Director who is based in Ottawa. 
Principal duties and responsibilities 
Develop and advance advocacy, communications, and outreach strategies and tactics to achieve the goals of the campaign
Advance Oceana Canada’s leadership in ending single-use plastics in Canada
Build relationships with government officials, decision-makers, stakeholders, corporations, institutions and grassroots supporters to advance policy change 
Work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of advocates, communications professionals, scientists, lawyers and others to achieve ambitious annual and longer-term campaign goals
Conduct research, consult with key influencers and write campaign reports, messaging, government briefs and other materials
Organize community-level campaign events to support campaign goal as required 
Manage relationships with external partners, vendors and decision-makers
Act as the media spokesperson for the campaign
Maintain a working knowledge of related legislation (federal, provincial and municipal) and industry commitments on plastics 
Manage and track campaign-related expenses
Coordinate all campaign timelines, milestones and deliverables using appropriate project management methods
Regularly report on campaign progress and ensure goals and objectives are met
Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve campaign objectives
At least five years of demonstrated success in managing and executing campaigns related to government policy 
University degree in environmental policy, political science or related degree or comparable work experience
Demonstrated understanding of government policy making
Highly effective negotiation, diplomatic and conflict resolutions skills
Strong problem identification and resolution skills
Exceptional project management skills and ability to work effectively with team members located in different cities
Experience completing projects under tight deadlines, effectively managing a demanding workload 
Strong writing skills and experience developing policy briefs, reports and other written materials
Highly effective negotiation, problem identification and resolutions skills
Superb meeting facilitation skills
Able to effectively communicate with technical, professional and senior staff
Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with stakeholders
Bilingual (English/French) both written and spoken (preferred)
Experience as a media spokesperson an asset
When considered safe some travel may be required
Oceana Canada offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Oceana Canada is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, support will be provided in the recruitment process and accommodations for disabilities will be provided on request wherever appropriate. All offers of employment are conditional upon the successful completion of reference checks and a criminal background check. 
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted. 
TO APPLY: Please apply at the link below by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 for the best consideration. Applications will be assessed upon receipt; therefore, we encourage early submission. Please include your salary expectations in the cover letter.