Ecojustice, Canada's largest environmental law charity and is dedicated to using the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all and is 100% donor funded. Focused on three core areas of practice; Climate Change, Health Communities and Nature, their strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to legal precedents that deliver lasting solutions to Canada's most urgent environmental problems.
For more than 25 years Ecojustice has gone to court to protect wilderness and wildlife, challenge industrial projects, and keep harmful chemicals out of the air, water, and ecosystems we all depend on. In that time, they have won some 90 cases on behalf of community groups, non-profits and Indigenous communities as well as individual Canadian's on the front line of the fight for environmental justice.
For more information on Ecojustice, its current litigation and its past successes please visit - www.ecojustice.ca
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The Director of Legislative Affairs will play a key role in achieving our mission through strong leadership in envisioning, advocating for and achieving fundamental reform of Canada's environmental laws. This is a key focus and strategy of the organization and the time is right to create a dedicated position for someone to join Ecojustice with the specific mandate of driving legal reform.
This key member of our leadership group will work with our Program and Corporate Directors to articulate and operationalize a vision and strategy for what current laws could/ should be targeting for reform and what future laws will need to look like to ensure long term legislative environmental protections. The Director will cultivate and nourish relationships on the 'Hill' in Ottawa and in each provincial capital with policy staff as well with key non-governmental partners to communicate and advocate Ecojustice's legislative review/ reform strategy. The Director will have a deep understanding of and appreciation for how federal and provincial policy and legislation is created and enacted and will also understand the legal ramifications.
As Director of Legislative Affairs, in collaboration with Ecojustice's leadership team and, in particular, program leadership, you will:
- Lead the development of Ecojustice's legislative vision for reform, review and engagement
- Strategically assess, determine and prioritize Ecojustice's legislative goals nationally and have a vision for regional alignment
- Plan, guide and enable Ecojustice program staff to achieve Ecojustice's legislative goals
- Build relationships with non-traditional and traditional allies, influencers, and thought leaders to enable Ecojustice's goals
- Build relationships with elected officials, political staff, and bureaucrats to enable Ecojustice's goals
- Communicate law reform vision, activities and opportunities internally and externally, including collaborating with Ecojustice communications and philanthropy staff to develop campaigns to create public support for Ecojustice's vision
- Directly engage in activities to achieve Ecojustice's legislative goals including analyzing, drafting and presenting legislative proposals and publicly communications, including traveling as necessary.
Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice
Knowledge, skills & abilities:
Skills and abilities required to perform duties:
- Leadership skills - can develop a vision and motivate colleagues to achieve that vision
- People Management - ability to effectively manage, coach and mentor other staff
- Communication ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and stakeholders; can clearly articulate the message through both verbal and written communication at all levels; demonstrated active listening skills
- Project and Time Management ability to run major projects and organize and prioritize among various responsibilities
- Networking and relationship building ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and establish relationships with and outside of the organization
- Presentation/Public Speaking is very comfortable in public speaking engagements, both internal (e.g. at Board Meetings) and external (e.g. at fundraising events, in court)
- Strategic Planning - demonstrated knowledge and skill in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans, with the ability to plan and execute on multiple projects or activities at a time
- Sector experience - a passion for environmental and social justice issues, with specific knowledge of environmental non-government organizations, and the key issues and players in the sector, is considered a definite advantage
- Legislative experience - Knowledge of Parliamentary processes and the parts of the federal public service that impact the environment (i.e., Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency).
- Collaboration - commitment to work in a team environment, across disciplines, with individuals across Canada
- Political Acumen - Flexible, adaptable, good judgment and uses discretion in dealings with sensitive information
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The successful candidate will possess the following experience, skills, attributes, and capabilities:
- Law degree or equivalent
- Demonstrated experience leading and managing people and programs
- Expertise in environmental/administrative law and environmental public policy
- Expertise in law and policy making
- Demonstrated capacity and appetite for relationship building
- Experience working with a non-profit environmental/legal organization
- Demonstrated capacity for achieving excellence working within a team
- Experience in planning, prioritizing and executing
- Government relations
- Bilingualism (English/French) strongly preferred
Should you have an interest in confidentially exploring this further or have any questions regarding this initiative, please contact LHH Knightsbridge search team below:
Lead Partner : Collin MacLeod
Phone number: 416-928-4534
Research Consultant: Natasha Hodelin
Phone number: 416-928-4535