Director, Transportation – Pembina Institute

Position Overview
The Pembina Institute is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as Director, Transportation (Ontario). We are seeking someone with a strong background in accelerating clean transportation policies and a working knowledge of low-carbon transportation policies and trends such as zero-emission vehicles, low-carbon fuel and fuel efficiency standards and regulations. Under the direction of the Regional Director of Ontario, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading and executing the strategic priorities for the transportation program and for setting our approach to achieve policy change that results in a thriving clean economy and reduced carbon pollution in Canada.
We are looking for a strategic thinker who understands the power of engaging and mobilizing, and who brings fresh ideas about how to communicate and influence policy change. We are looking for someone who wants to drive policy solutions based on rigorous and solid research. We are looking for a relationship builder with others across sectors and someone who is equally comfortable talking to a clean tech entrepreneur in Toronto, meeting with a cabinet minister in Ottawa, or speaking to a room of 100 people in Thunder Bay.

Why the Pembina Institute?
The Pembina Institute is a national non-partisan think tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. Through research, consulting and convening, we employ multi-faceted and highly collaborative approaches to change to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and use.
Our people are passionate about sustainability and dedicated to enabling positive social change. Our organizational culture encourages creativity and collaboration, and we offer a flexible and fast-paced work environment that rewards honest character, personal initiative and innovation. The successful candidate will join our dynamic team of nationally recognized professionals working on delivering clean energy solutions into the hands of Canada’s decision makers and key influencers.

Roles and Responsibilities
Strategic planning and implementation
Lead strategy development for the program and contribute to broader organizational strategic planning, working closely with the Regional Director of Ontario and other staff
Develop performance measures and related frameworks/tools and evaluate impact on an annual basis against desired goals
Work with communications, policy, and strategic partnerships staff to design and execute communications strategies and engagement initiatives to support strategic objectives
Coordinate regularly with other program directors to ensure policy integration across issue areas, to identify opportunities for strategic partnerships, and to generally coordinate work across the organization when necessary
Project management

Oversee or manage the delivery of all transportation-related projects on time and on budget
Lead and execute on work planning for project teams
Manage multiple projects and processes simultaneously in an environment with shifting deadlines and priorities
Provide oversight and guidance on technical analysis
Team coordination
Unite and motivate teams to advance projects and initiatives
Supervise and provide mentorship and guidance to one or more staff members
Budget management and fundraising
Responsible for developing and managing the budget for the program, and ensuring projects and initiatives are completed within budgeted amounts
Work with the Regional Director of Ontario and the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships to meet the program’s fundraising target (e.g. by identifying new and stewarding current partnerships, submitting grant applications, securing event sponsorships)
External spokesperson and relationship building
Be lead spokesperson for media and public-facing engagements related to the program with support from team members as necessary Lead government relations for the program, with support from team members
Build and maintain relationships with external influencers and strategic partners from all sectors, and delegate as necessary to team members
Due to COVID–19 restrictions this position is temporarily remote; however, the candidate should be located in proximity to our Toronto office area. The position reports to the Regional Director of Ontario. It is full time and may require some travel and occasional work on weekends and evenings. The successful applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or have a valid work permit.

Skills and Qualifications
Candidates must clearly reflect the following skills and experience in their application:
At least three years’ experience in a leadership position and demonstrated success in building teams
Ability to develop a vision and strategic goals in a collective setting and develop plans and projects to meet these goals
Strong understanding of change strategies and ability to align projects and tactics with strategic objectives
Analytical skills
Strong research skills and ability to find and access key sources of information and data quickly and accurately
Ability to design and execute/oversee analytical approaches to policy assessment
Ability to oversee modelling projects and interpret the results
Strong background in transportation and/or economics
Policy development and engagement
At least three years’ experience developing relationships within the provincial government, federal government and local governments
A clear understanding of policy development processes
Knowledge and understanding of current transportation and clean energy policies that impact Canada’s carbon pollution
Understanding of how to mobilize and engage networks and how to leverage these relationships toward policy solutions
Knowledge of climate and transportation policy
Knowledge of current clean energy and transportation policies and emerging trends
Knowledge of and relationships with key players (other ENGOs, industry, etc.) in the field
Interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communications skills to confidently engage and build relationships with a wide range of technical experts, stakeholders, and policymakers
Strong conflict resolution skills, demonstrated emotional intelligence, a high degree of diplomacy and tact, and the ability to work collectively with a team
Self-motivated and results-oriented
Strong interest in team building and contributing to a positive and inclusive work environment
Written communication
Clear written communication style across a variety of media
Experience communicating complex ideas in an accessible format
Experience writing op-eds, blogs and other formats for publication
Administration and project management
Strong project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to manage concurrent projects while meeting deadlines
Strong planning and organization skills with exceptional attention to detail
Aptitude for following and developing systems to track finances and manage projects effectively
Demonstrated success in securing revenue (grants and contracts) in the $100,000 and more range
Experience developing, monitoring and managing budgets
Experience working in a Microsoft Teams environment, with a high level of proficiency in Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Knowledge of SalesForce or similar CRM systems an asset

Compensation and Benefits
The salary rate is competitive for a director in the environmental non-profit sector and will be based on skills, experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Benefits include:
extended health and dental
four weeks of holidays per year
flexible work hours
strong growth potential in an entrepreneurial business environment
employer contributions to RRSP plan
funding for professional training and development
Further terms of employment will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

To Apply
Email your cover letter and resume to
Please ensure the following:
Subject line includes Director, Transportation and your last name
Cover letter (max. two pages) explains why you are interested in working with the Pembina Institute and how your skills and qualifications meet the criteria outlined for this position
Resume outlines your relevant skills, education and experience
Cover letter and resume are saved as one PDF document using the naming convention lastnamefirstletter-application-position-year
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2022.