Program Consultant via GoodWork

Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (CEGN)

Toronto or Ottawa, ON, CA


The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network (CEGN) is seeking a Program Consultant to play a lead role in advancing funder collaboration in support of a low carbon future. This is a part-time position.


The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network (CEGN) is comprised of more than 60 funders – private and community foundations, as well as corporate and government environmental grant programs – working to strengthen the impact of philanthropy in support of a sustainable future for Canada. CEGN members provide grants across a wide range of environmental issues, including climate and energy. The role for philanthropy in advancing a low carbon future for Canada is the focus of a number of CEGN members who have come together to form the Low Carbon Funders’ Group (LCFG) within CEGN.

With the goal of helping ensure a low carbon future for Canada, the LCFG enables informed, effective, and collaborative funding, including grants and investments, designed to help reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.

Position Overview:

The Program Consultant will support and advance the work of CEGN’s Low Carbon Funders’ Group on a part-time basis. The consultant will also support CEGN’s Working Group on Growing Investments for a Sustainable Canada. The individual will report to CEGN’s Executive Director.

Key activities will include:

  • Undertaking research to guide and inform CEGN’s efforts to advance a low carbon future. This will include research to gain a better understanding of federal and provincial funding programs in support of a low carbon future, as well as philanthropic funding programs in Canada; research on the landscape of philanthropy and sustainable investing; research on work by Indigenous communities to advance a low carbon future.
  • Connecting with federal and provincial policy staff to explore opportunities for collaboration and alignment of work with the LCFG.
  • Working with Co-chairs of the LCFG and CEGN’s Executive Director to develop and implement a work plan for the LCFG for 2017/2018.
  • Supporting the LCFG work streams, which currently include Implementation of the Pan Canadian Framework (including a focus on carbon pricing; methane; coal phase out; buildings); reduction of Fossil Fuel Subsidies; Indigenous Communities and Climate Change; and Competitiveness. Support will include helping to convene and lead calls; preparation of agenda and meeting materials; and preparation and distribution of Meeting Minutes and Action Steps.
  • Supporting learning and networking among grantees, funders and other relevant stakeholders, as well as evaluation work.
  • Supporting the work of CEGN’s Working Group on Growing Investments for a Sustainable Canada, with a particular focus on investments related to climate solutions

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of climate policy in Canada, ideally at the federal, provincial and municipal levels and familiarity with the key players involved
  • 5+ work experience on Canadian climate policy
  • Knowledge of the landscape for sustainable investment work in Canada.
  • A good understanding of the philanthropic sector and how it works
  • Strong initiative
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Additional Details:

This is a part-time contract position, involving two days a week, and will run from February 15th through to August 15th, 2018. Dependent on available funding, the position may be renewed. Compensation to be discussed and a contract to be developed for the successful candidate.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will work from his/ her home office, and be located in either Toronto or Ottawa.


Interested individuals should send a CV and cover letter in a single document to Pegi Dover, Executive Director of CEGN at: [email protected] by end of day February 2nd, 2018.

Please state “Program Consultant Application- Goodwork Canada” in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.