Term: Two-year contract
Position starts: Immediately
Oceana Canada is an independent charity committed to rebuilding Canada’s oceans by winning policy victories that increase biodiversity and abundance through science-based fisheries management. We are 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.
Oceana Canada believes that we have an obligation to our country, and the world, to manage our natural resources responsibly and provide a sustainable source of protein for a growing planet. By restoring Canada’s oceans, we can strengthen our communities, reap greater economic and nutritional benefits, and protect our future.
We are seeking a Seafood Fraud Campaigner, who is preferably bilingual in French and English, to work in our Ottawa office. The Campaigner will work with a multidisciplinary team to develop, execute and win Oceana Canada’s campaign to require all seafood sold in Canada to be traceable from boat to plate. This position requires strong persuasion and communications skills, problem-solving and project management skills. The ideal candidate is action- and detail-oriented, with experience working collaboratively to advance policy. The Campaigner will report to the Communications Director, based in Toronto.
Principal duties and responsibilities
• Work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of scientists, researchers, advocates, communications professionals, lawyers and others to implement ambitious annual and longer-term campaign goals
• Advance advocacy, communications, and outreach strategies and tactics to achieve the goals of the campaign, establishing Oceana Canada’s leadership on seafood fraud and traceability in Canada
• Build relationships with government officials and decision-makers in order to advance policy change
• Conduct research, consult with key influencers and write campaign reports, messaging, government briefs and other materials
• Lead planning and execution of the investigation into seafood mislabelling by collecting seafood samples for DNA testing
• Organize community-level campaign events such as to launch test results
• Manage relationships with external partners, vendors and decision-makers
• Act as the media spokesperson for the campaign
• Maintain a working knowledge of related science and policy practices and decisions
• 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
• University degree in environmental policy, political science or related degree or comparable work experience
• Bilingual (English/French) both written and spoken (strongly preferred)
• At least five years of demonstrated success in managing and executing projects or campaigns related to government policy
• 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
• Demonstrated understanding of federal policy creation
• Strong writing skills and experience developing blog posts, policy briefs 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
• Experience working with the federal government is an asset.
• Experience as a media spokesperson an asset
• Some travel is 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 send your resume and cover letter in one file, including your salary expectations, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019. Please use the following file naming convention: LastName_FirstName_SeafoodFraudCampaigner.