Pollution Probe is Hiring: Director, Energy Policy and Energy Literacy Programming

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DIRECTOR, Energy Policy (Pollution Probe)
DIRECTOR, Energy Literacy Programming (Energy Exchange)


This dual role requires an individual with a grasp of both energy/climate policy + policy processes in Canada as well as a solid understanding of how best to reach out to the Canadian expert audience more broadly in the area of energy literacy. The role will report directly to the CEO of Pollution Probe with inputs from the Energy Exchange Learning Council (a volunteer committee of experts that provides advice on the research and educational functions of Energy Exchange) and the Board of Directors (the Board) to achieve the division’s targeted strategic goals.

This position is ideal for an experienced and enthusiastic energy leader looking for wide-ranging responsibilities and a chance to contribute to positive change.


The Director will lead the small team responsible for setting and developing energy policy positions, as well as pursuing implementation, on behalf of Pollution Probe, and supporting/improving the programmatic work being delivered under Pollution Probe’s branded energy literacy division, Energy Exchange.



  • Together with Pollution Probe’s CEO, collaborate with the Board, Learning Council, and Executive Team to update and refine the vision of Pollution Probe’s energy policy division, including Energy Exchange, and develop strategies to achieve that vision;
  • Identify and assess relevant internal and external issues, and keep the Executive Team informed about those issues;
  • (Energy Exchange) Measure operational results; regularly and systematically appraise and evaluate results against industry standards and divisional objectives;
  • In conjunction with the Executive Team, represent Energy Exchange in its dealings with potential partners, third parties, and the energy and financial communities.


Pollution Probe: Energy Policy development, support and implementation

  • In conjunction with the executive leadership and with Board oversight, set Pollution Probe’s energy policy agenda;
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and execution of energy policy work on behalf of Pollution Probe.
  • Identify and pursue pathways for decarbonization, building upon the opportunities afforded by Canada’s relatively clean electricity system, in collaboration with related policy/program areas.


Energy Exchange: Program development and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the division’s programs and services;
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the division contribute to Pollution Probe’s mission and strategies and reflect the priorities of the Board and Learning Council.


Financial planning and management

  • Work with staff and the Board to develop, implement, and monitor annual budgets and 3-year strategic plans;
  • Work with Pollution Probe CEO and the Executive Team to identify and secure adequate funding for the operation of the division and to diversify revenue streams;
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board and the Executive Team;
  • Provide the Executive Team and the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the division;
  • Ensure that the division complies with all legislation relating to taxation, withholding payments, and charitable organizations.


Public relations/advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the division;
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with funders and with public and private sector leaders and experts to help achieve the goals of the division.


Risk management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to Pollution Probe/Energy Exchange’s stakeholders (e.g., clients, staff and management), property, finances, goodwill, and image, and implement measures to control risks.



The ideal candidate must have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • A Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education/experience. (minimum 7-10 years)
  • Be a seasoned executive with demonstrated knowledge of energy systems in Canada;
  • Senior leadership experience and proven performance in a related field;
  • Extensive executive management experience, including dealing with budgets, partners, project implementation and management, and service providers and helping to create a positive work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with executive presence and a proven ability to lead, inspire, mentor, develop, and guide a team of senior and junior professionals;
  • Literacy in science, critical analysis, and understanding of best practices in research to eliminate biased results will be an asset.
  • Appreciate and be effective in a collegial and team-oriented atmosphere, with a desire to be a part of a fast-moving, dynamic management team.
  • Creative and innovative thinker. Entrepreneurial. • Non-profit experience and bilingualism is an asset.



Strategic Vision: The Director must have a clear understanding of how technology and knowledge mobilization techniques can be used to achieve the goals of the division.

Leadership Effectiveness:

The Director must demonstrate outstanding leadership and management skills as evidenced by a track record of hiring, retaining, developing, and motivating top technical and management talent; and enabling and inspiring translation of an organization’s mission into specific learning objectives.

People Management:

The Director must possess strong organizational and management skills. The Director must have experience motivating groups of highly technical individuals toward teamwork and a common purpose; assigning clear authority and accountability; integrating efforts across units and functions; monitoring results; tackling problems directly; and building motivated, high-performing teams.

Personal Integrity and Effectiveness:

The Director must be an individual of the highest personal and professional integrity as demonstrated through strong personal values. The ideal candidate must be able to balance a personal agenda and goals with those of Pollution Probe and Energy Exchange, while cultivating an active network of relationships inside and outside the organization.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary and vacation to be negotiated based on experience and fair market value.
  • Health benefits included.
  • Work flexibility is supported and endorsed by the organization.
  • Some travel required.


The deadline for applicants is March 31, 2017. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: hr@pollutionprobe.org

About Pollution Probe
Pollution Probe is a Canadian charitable environmental organization that is a leading agent of change at the intersection of communities, health and environment.

Since 1969, we have been defining environmental problems through research, promoting understanding through education and pressing for practical solutions through advocacy.

We are a partnership-building organization that engages government agencies, private businesses and other nonprofit organizations that have a legitimate interest in an issue to help us find solutions. We are also a donor-based organization, and maintain a practical, independent perspective by drawing upon the financial support of a broad spectrum of individuals.

About Energy Exchange
Operating from the offices of Pollution Probe in Toronto, Energy Exchange is dedicated to advancing energy and climate literacy in Canada. It aspires to a future in which Canadians are united in their energy prosperity, rather than divided by their energy options.

Energy Exchange sees energy literacy at the core of a sustainable future for Canada. It is committed to fostering an energy culture that will ensure that Canada’s immense and varied energy wealth is used to build a rich and diversified economy and a vibrant and prosperous society. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]