Canada nationals: Director (Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Policy)

Canada Post

Ottawa, ON, CA

Job Description

The Director, Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Policy, engages a wide range of key stakeholders to ensure that Canada Post is an industry leader in sustainable delivery. Is responsible and accountable for managing a team of environmental policy and sustainability professionals in setting corporate policy, strategy, objectives, targets and plans. Provides thought leadership, oversees corporate adoption of an environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework, and leads the corporation’s non-financial reporting of progress on ESG.

Job Responsibilities

Below are the main job requirements and responsibilities for the Director, Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Policy.


  • As the Corporate Authority on environmental and sustainability matters, offers advice and guidance to the leadership team and Board of Directors in making sound decisions that meet business objectives, shareholder guidelines and stakeholder expectations.  
  • Leads the development and oversees execution of an overarching plan to advance and embed sustainability across the corporation. Leads the design and development of processes, policies and procedures that are fully integrated across all functions, consistent with Canada Post’s business model and aligned with best practices for environmental sustainability and ESG governance. 
  • Supports the planning, execution and maintenance of best-in-class sustainability plans, programs and governance. Prepares business cases for funding cross-corporation initiatives and ensures environmental considerations are taken into account in requests for proposal, vendor contracts and on all major corporate investments and decisions. Identifies enterprise environmental risks and directs the development of plans to reduce Canada Post’s risk exposure. Manages a team responsible for implementation of the corporation’s Environmental Action Plan.
  • Leads cross-functional working groups, consultations and engagements with key internal and external partners to ensure alignment and consistency in the delivery of Canada Post’s Environmental strategy, ESG framework and non-financial reporting. Works closely with business unit leaders on program design, implementation and the development of innovative solutions.
  • Monitors evolving environmental sustainability best practices and innovations. Researches and investigates industry trends, identifies and analyses risks and opportunities, and recommends processes, policies or programs to proactively position the Corporation for success. Ensures alignment with the Government of Canada on environmental issues.
Job Responsibilities (continued)
  • Represents Canada Post in networks and partnerships associated with environmental sustainability. Fosters beneficial relationships with key stakeholders in governments, private sector, not-for-profit organizations and academia to advance the corporation’s knowledge and reach on environmental topics.
  • Provides guidance for the corporation’s overarching approach to integrate ESG performance criteria into its strategy, planning, decision-making and reporting. Implements processes for robust data collection and reporting to measure and monitor sustainability performance across the business. Manages a team in preparing the corporation’s annual sustainability report and non-financial disclosures. Provides updates to C-Suite and Board of Directors on Canada Post’s sustainability performance.
  • Ensures comprehensive and effective communications and change management strategies are in place to support the successful implementation of all new initiatives. Supports Corporate Communications with conveying key messages to employee and external audiences, and serves as a spokesperson where appropriate. Supports internal stakeholders in responding to and meeting customer sustainability requests and assessments.
  • Leads a team of professionals, enabling them to optimize their role and contribution to the business by providing opportunities for professional development, and through coaching and empowerment. Oversees the work of expert consultants as needed.
  • Conducts business in a manner that reflects Corporate Values and Leadership Behaviours and Habits.  Fosters meaningful relationships, founded in trust, respect and mutual understanding aligned with the mandate that the government, the Minister and the Chair of the Board have articulated to the Corporation.


• An undergraduate degree, preferably in Sustainability, Business, or Environmental Sciences with complementary post graduate studies or certification in Environmental Science/Studies, Sustainability or Business Administration or a related field.


• 7 to 10 years of relevant experience working in a Sustainability or Environmental role managing projects, developing strategy and/or overseeing program implementation with a minimum of 4 or more years of experience managing people in a leadership or supervisory role.
• 2 or more years of experience managing operating, program, capital or project budgets.
• 3 or more years of experience in a large and complex organization and/or consulting for large organizations.
• Highly knowledgeable about sustainability issues, risks, opportunities, impacts, reporting standards and industry frameworks including: carbon accounting, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CDP, IIRC, SASB, and TCFD.

Other Candidate Requirements

• Highly effective in strategy development, planning and operational execution.
• Excellent leadership, collaboration, team building and change management skills and experience.
• Track record of success exercising influence with senior leaders.
• Sound organizational, analytical, judgement and decision-making skills with proven abilities in problem solving and innovation.
• Ability to produce results overseeing multiple projects working with a broad range of stakeholders under tight deadlines.
• Recognized as a skilled communicator, facilitator and presenter; able to build bridges and bring consensus to difficult decisions between people with differing opinions.
• Budget and planning experience with strong business acumen.
• Self-starter that thrives in a dynamic, complex and sometimes ambiguous environment.
• Proficient computer skills and competent with Microsoft Office programs.

Other Candidate Requirements
• One-year opportunity with possibility of extension.

• Relocation may be considered for highly qualified candidates.
• Bilingualism is considered a strong asset.
• Understanding of business processes, enterprise systems and the e-commerce industry is preferred.

Safety Sensitive Positions
This position may be considered a Safety Sensitive position.

Employment Equity
Canada Post is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.

Conflict of Interest
The Conflict of Interest Policy prohibits employees from hiring, supervising or reporting to, directly or indirectly via the reporting hierarchy, their immediate family or close personal relations. Should you feel that you may be in an actual or potential Conflict of Interest in regard to this job opportunity, you must communicate with the designated Human Resources representative.

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Important Message
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements as Canada Post cannot make assumptions about your education and experience. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Our Leadership Behaviours 
Decision Making – A champion of the organization who takes calculated risks and makes prudent, common sense decisions about current issues, future opportunities and resource requirements in a timely, well thought out manner that aligns with the corporation’s best interests.
Accountability – An individual who strives for performance excellence and who holds him/herself and direct reports accountable for decisions and actions and for learning from mistakes when intended results are not achieved.
Business Orientation – A proactive individual who understands the competitive nature of the business, and is committed to sustaining the business through excellent customer service and new business opportunities.
Execution – A focused and self-motivated individual who acts with a sense of urgency and delivers on time and within budget, by dealing effectively with challenges and ambiguous situations.
Leading People – A compelling communicator and leader who engages, motivates and inspires others to achieve results and who encourages personal growth and finding better ways of doing things.

Our Values
Canada Post’s corporate values reflect the principles, beliefs and aspirations that guide our behaviour and shape our culture.
Transformation – We will innovate and transform to win in the marketplace.
Customer – We serve Canadians with pride and passion.
Integrity – We act responsibly and with integrity.
Respect – We treat each other with fairness and respect.
Safety – We are committed to a safe and healthy environment for all our stakeholders.