Senior Director, Communities and Decarbonization – Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa -

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Pembina Institute
November 3, 2023
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Why the Pembina Institute?

It's all about our purpose, people, and perks.

Purpose. This is an opportunity to meaningfully and tangibly effect change on one of the most important issues of a generation: Canada’s clean energy transition. Our 40-year track record demonstrates our commitment to responsible development, and our “tough, but fair” approach gives us credibility with decision-makers whose actions today are setting the future direction for communities and the economy.

People. Our 50+ person team, distributed across the country, is passionate and dedicated, but we don't sweat the small stuff. We help and support each other, gathering annually for our Assembly in the Canadian Rockies, as we pursue solutions to Canada’s greatest energy challenges.

Perks. You’ll enjoy a competitive salary, four weeks of vacation and time off between Christmas and New Year’s, RRSP matching, flex work and an enhanced benefits plan. To be your best personally and professionally, we’ll have your back in supporting work-life balance and professional development.

The Opportunity

The Pembina Institute is a non-partisan think tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. Through research, consulting and convening, we employ highly collaborative approaches to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and use. We’re passionate about sustainability and dedicated to enabling positive social change and equity. We’re energetic, dynamic, collaborative, nimble and sharp as tacks.

This is a pivotal moment and it’s all hands-on deck here. We’re searching for a Senior Director, Communities and Decarbonization to play an instrumental role overseeing strategic planning and driving policy development to increase the Pembina Institute’s regional and national influence. This position is located in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa, ON, Canada.

The Position

Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, this senior leadership position is focused on achieving the Pembina Institute’s organizational objective to implement policies that will result in the decarbonization of Canada’s transportation and building sectors in line with Canada’s 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets, and that will help Canada discover the co-benefits of climate action in advancing social equity and preparing its workforce in its energy transition. This position directly supervises the directors of the Buildings, Transportation, and Equitable Transition programs and the group’s communication professionals.

The Candidate Profile

As an ideal candidate you’re passionate about sustainability and advancing the national conversation related to the energy transition. You’ll act both from a strategic and tactical lens, using your leadership expertise, skills and experience to guide a team of experts and expand the Pembina Institute’s national and regional reach. You’re positive and collaborative, with a record of building rapport, solving problems and advancing the conversation related to decarbonization within Canadian communities. You're a thought leader, creative, dynamic and easy to work with. In short, you’re a lot like us.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the group’s annual program and budget while working in close collaboration with Director of Strategic Partnerships to ensure sufficient revenue is secured.
  • Develop and implement coordinated relationship strategies in all relevant government jurisdictions and with key influencers.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Industrial Decarbonization to ensure research and advocacy messages are aligned and internal resources are optimized.
  • Serve as a primary media spokesperson and government relations lead for the group or delegate to others as appropriate.
  • Lead group strategic planning and implementation.
  • Provide quality control and final signoff on all external-facing group publications and deliverables.
  • Oversee process for recruiting and appraising employees in the group.
  • Oversee staff development, mentorship, and succession planning.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years of increasing experience in fields of environmental/climate/energy policy
  • Undergraduate degree in related field (graduate degree preferred). An equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed above, may be substituted for the above education and experience requirements.
  • A minimum of five years of program or management experience in research and policy environment required.
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory experience with multiple direct reports
  • Grant management and fundraising experience.
  • Government relations planning and implementation experience.
  • Direct experience leading and sponsoring internal change management initiatives.


  • Highly organized and efficient.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and oral presentation skills, with the ability to synthesize and present information clearly and succinctly.
  • High-energy, proactive, self-starter who will do what is necessary to get the job done.
  • Strong budget and financial management skills.
  • Ability to provide direction on the development of business plans, goal setting, budgets, resource allocation, and performance and financial reports.
  • Strong commitment to the Pembina Institute’s mission and values.


Salary is commensurate with experience. The hiring range for the position is $115,000 to $130,000 with a position maximum of $151,497 gained with increased skill and experience in the role.

To Apply

Sounds like a good fit? Follow this link to apply via LinkedIn with your resume and cover letter ready.

Deadline to Apply

This position will remain open until it is filled.

The Pembina Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity seeking groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application form, covering letter or resume. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.