Program Manager: Parliamentary Internship for the Environment

Note: As of June 16th, this position has been updated to a full-time, one-year contract with annual salary (original posting was 30 hours per week, $27/hour).

Location: Greater Ottawa Region

Preferred Starting Date: Mid-July 

Compensation: $53,000 + $1000 health and wellness benefit

Term: Full-time, one-year contract, with opportunity for renewal

Reports to: Executive Director

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to info@greenpac.ca.  

Interviews will begin the week of June 19th, though applicants may be considered after that deadline until the position is filled.

About GreenPAC

GreenPAC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization working to build and support environmental leadership in elected office. We do this in three ways: (1) We help elect and support environmental leaders of all major parties running for office and have run successful endorsement campaigns in the Federal (2015, 2019), Manitoba (2016), B.C. (2017) and Ontario (2018) elections; (2) We run a Parliamentary Internship for the Environment program, now in its third year, which places interns with MPs to support environmental leadership on Parliament Hill and helps prepare young Canadians for careers as environmental champions; and (3 ) We work with a network of Every Day Advocates – individuals and community groups across the country to support their capacity to advocate for environmental leadership from elected officials on the environment (a new program area for GreenPAC, stemming from 2019’s 100 Debates on the Environment).

GreenPAC is an ambitious, curious and creative group with a good sense of humour. We want our work to be rewarding and fun. We currently operate as a virtual team, with staff in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. 

Position Overview

The Program Manager is responsible for management of GreenPAC’s Parliamentary Internship for the Environment (PIE) program, including strategic planning, recruitment, intern placements, leadership and professional development programming and program evaluation.  We are looking for a candidate who is proactive, collaborative, strategic and pragmatic, bringing sound judgement, listening and problem solving skills and creative ideas to the position. The ideal candidate will have a passion for politics, the environment, and building the capacity of aspiring environmental leaders. 

Background on the Program

The PIE program was created in 2018 with the aim of equipping the next generation of environmental leaders with the political know-how, skills and experience needed to drive change, while also providing extra, much-needed capacity for environmental champions already in office. 

Currently in its third year, the program attracts hundreds of outstanding applicants from across the country and has successfully placed more than a dozen interns on Parliament Hill, including in the offices of Ministers and party leaders. In addition to elevating the political sophistication of environmental advocates, building long-term environmental literacy in political offices, and ensuring the environment remains a nonpartisan issue, the program has also launched youth into careers in the public and private sectors and as political staffers, with several alumni even running for office themselves.

As a nonpartisan project, our host MPs come from across the political spectrum, with each cohort including placements with Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green MPs. Interns gain an in-depth understanding of federal politics and the policymaking process, and outside the office, take part in a robust suite of leadership and professional development training. Our recruitment process and program aims to welcome and appropriately support diverse forms of leadership and experience and to be anti-oppressive — objectives that we will continue to reflect, learn and improve upon each year. 

Responsibilities:

Intern Recruitment and Placements (20%)

  • Plan and execute annual recruitment of interns for upcoming program year, adapting based on lessons learned and evolving program goals
  • Lead recruitment outreach, including identifying and pursuing new and strategic avenues for recruitment, particularly amongst communities and perspectives underrepresented on Parliament Hill and in the environmental sector
  • Lead interview and intern selection process, with support from Administrative Coordinator and Executive Director
  • Identify “best fit” matches for interns and arrange placements with MP offices, with support from the Executive Director
  • Arrange and approve intern work plans that ensure a minimum depth and breadth of political and environmental experiences for interns, and establish expectations around intern roles with partner offices 
  • Build relationships with MP partner offices, including pursuing new leads for future program years, and holding regular check-ins with MP office staff
  • Identify solutions to emerging issues, with support from the Executive Director

Intern Programming (35%)

  • Plan and arrange orientation and workplace readiness training
  • Plan and arrange ongoing leadership and professional development programming and networking opportunities for interns, with a focus on intersectional learning and building a well-rounded, holistic understanding of issues 
  • Oversee and support execution of, and communications around, an annual intern group project

Alumni engagement (15%)

  • Develop and execute a strategy and tactics to build connectivity and value of PIE alumni network (scope dependent on budget, tbc with the Executive Director)
  • Engage alumni (individually and as a network) to support program goals (e.g. new cohort orientation, GreenPAC events focused on/featuring interns)

Program Strategy and Administration (20%)

  • Act as primary liaison with interns (e.g. check-ins, issues support, etc.)
  • Track program expenses against budget, together with Executive Director
  • Develop and revise policies to support program as required, together with Executive Director
  • Support program fundraising efforts
  • Collaborate with other team members on initiatives, as assigned/as they arise, that related to the Program (e.g. communications projects, events)

Program Evaluation (10%)

  • Conduct mid-year check ins with interns and office partners; lead annual evaluation (including exit interviews, surveys, with interns, their supervisors and MP partners)
  • Report back to funders and Board of Directors on program results, learnings and recommended changes, together with the Executive Director
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen experience for interns and MP partners
  • Scope potential new directions for internship (e.g. placements at other levels of government, together with the Executive Director)
  • Identify and pursue strategic partnerships in support of program goals (e.g. other internship programs, organizations with similar objectives)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Creative and strategic thinker, flexibility to adapt to shifting program strategies and tactics and arising challenges and opportunities
  • Experience with program planning, implementation and evaluation is an asset
  • Strong judgement and problem solving skills
  • Experience managing and supporting people (e.g. teams, volunteers, students), preferably youth
  • Experience overseeing capacity building (e.g. building training and learning plans) and creating/engaging networks is an asset
  • Experience and passion for politics (particularly Parliament Hill experience), the environment and youth leadership is an asset
  • Experience with anti-oppressive, anti-harm, equity-centered policies and approaches
  • Professionally non-partisan (i.e. not a recent candidate for office, no recent lead roles with an elected official or political party)
  • Bilingual (French/English) 

Additional Information

GreenPAC supports and encourages diversity and equity, and we are committed to making staff positions accessible and welcoming to all potential team members, regardless of ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender or identity. 

We recognize that GreenPAC’s team and Board do not currently represent the diversity of the Canadian population and that this is a significant hindrance to our strength as an organization. GreenPAC is fully committed to changing this reality and is examining how our programs can contribute to the fight against systemic racism and oppression in Canada.  

Learn More about GreenPAC