Regional Organizers: 100 Debates on the Environment

Location: Anywhere in Canada

Preferred Starting Date: As soon as possible/Mid-July 

Compensation: $20/hour, plus GST/HST (where applicable)

Term: 12-week contract, up to 20 hours a week, to 250 hour max

Reports to: Program Manager

Positions: Three (3)

Closing Date: July 19th, 2021

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to  

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 individuals and community groups across the country – our Every Day Advocates network – to build local civic engagement with elected officials on the environment, such as town halls and all-candidates debates. 

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

In October 2019, GreenPAC coordinated the first 100 Debates on the Environment. Local community organizers held 104 all-candidates debates, launching a nation-wide conversation that brought climate change and environmental policy to the forefront of the election, fostered environmental leadership, and accountability in federal politics. With a high likelihood of a Federal Election being called later this summer, we’re getting ready to repeat the initiative. We’ll need to act fast when this happens and so, we are laying the groundwork now! The Regional Organizer will support the Program Manager in recruiting and onboarding community organizers in an assigned region of Canada and supporting them to organize Debates on the Environment in summer/early fall 2021. The Organizer will be assigned a region based on their location, network and/or community ties.

Responsibilities include:

Network Engagement (40%)

  • Expand GreenPAC’s existing network by engaging individuals and community-based organizations (i.e. community organizers) in the region assigned
  • Develop partnerships and relationships with regional civic engagement, environmental and community organizations, in support of project goals

Network Mobilization (40%)

  • Develop and implement strategies and approaches to motivate and mobilize community organizers in the assigned region toward project goals
  • Support community organizer’s planning of their debate by helping problem solve, ensuring they are familiar with tools and resources, etc.
  • Identify any gaps in network supports or regional needs and suggested solutions to the Program Manager

Communications (10%)

  • Support the roll-out of social media campaigns and other communications tactics to build awareness and support for the project
  • Support community organizers’ efforts to engage local media to raise awareness of their debates

Administrative/Other (10%)

  • In collaboration with the Program Manager, support project evaluation efforts (e.g. collect community organizer data through surveys)
  • Collaborate with team members through team meetings to share results, address issues, etc.
  • Other duties as required by the project/as assigned

Desired Skills and Experience

The following list includes desired skills and experience.  We do not expect any candidate to hold all of these and welcome you to tell us about how the skills and experiences you do hold are relevant to this role (including lived, professional, academic and volunteer experience).

  • Experience relevant to organizing (e.g. organizing with community groups, campaigns, election work, civil society or youth movements, or mobilizing volunteers toward shared goals)
  • Experience leading and/or supporting teams or groups of people (e.g. clubs, volunteers, community organizations)
  • Familiarity with technology use in online organizing, especially for dispersed networks (e.g. Slack, web portals, event platforms, CRMs)
  • Experience or skills to moderate and facilitate online gatherings (e.g. regional organizer meetings)
  • Organized, manages time well and able to move back and forth between strategy and day-to-day implementation
  • Takes initiative, motivated, nimble – able to work in a fast-paced, virtual environment 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and flexibility to adapt to shifting program strategies and tactics and arising challenges and opportunities
  • Strong interpersonal skills to manage relationships 
  • Passionate about the environment, climate action, justice, politics
  • Bilingual

Additional Information

GreenPAC encourages applications from applicants from equity-deserving communities, including BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ individuals and people with disabilities. GreenPAC will work with you to provide accommodations in all aspects of the hiring process if required. We are committed to making all positions accessible, welcome and inclusive for all team members, regardless of ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. 

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

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