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We're Hiring! MiningWatch Canada Is Looking for a Canada Program Co-Lead

Do you want to be an integral part of a dynamic and creative coalition working for environmental and social justice in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and mining-affected communities with great opportunities for learning?

  • Position: Canada Program Co-Lead (Quebec & Eastern Canada focus)
  • Term: Full-time, permanent
  • Location: Ottawa/Montreal region
  • Compensation: We offer a competitive salary of $75,000 per annum plus generous health benefits and 20 days' holiday (plus the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day)
  • Expected starting date: January 2022

About the Role

The Canada Program Co-Lead is responsible for co-developing and executing the Canada Program strategies and plans in support of MiningWatch’s organizational objectives in Eastern Canada, with primary responsibilities for Quebec (francophone). The Co-Lead works collaboratively with communities, partners and allies to ensure the effective planning, coordination, and implementation of program objectives. This position includes regular travel within Canada.

MiningWatch Canada has a small team with a shared management model. The Co-Lead is a co-management position with a range of shared institutional responsibilities.

Responsibilities

Movement Building

  • Network, build relationships, and facilitate learning opportunities with other organisations, community groups, Indigenous organizations, technical experts and activists, including through existing networks such as the Quebec Meilleure Mine Coalition and the Western Mining Action Network;
  • Bring MiningWatch’s work into national and international climate and energy transition networks, such as the Climate Action Network-Canada and the global Mining and Energy Transition Network;
  • Coordinate research and analyses of mining companies, project feasibility, and environmental impacts, in support of community engagement;
  • Support local, regional and international efforts to promote the Safety First guidelines for responsible mine tailings management;
  • Support efforts to maintain, grow, and promote the Find-an-Independent-Mining-Expert database project.

Policy and Regulatory Reform

  • Ensure existing laws and policies are used to their full potential;
  • Analyze and promote the reform of mineral development law and policy;
  • Collaborate with local and regional organizations to inform decision-makers and recommend regulatory changes;
  • Develop and implement specific campaigns targeted at governments and industry based on the above (eg. on mining and the renewable energy transition);
  • Engage with national and provincial governments through lobbying, multi-interest initiatives, and formal consultation processes.

Multi-interest Engagement

  • Participate in multi-interest research and policy initiatives with governments and industry representatives, including the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage Initiative (MEND) and the National Orphaned and Abandoned Mine Sites (NOAMI);
  • Participate in meetings, review materials, and bring forward proposals on issues.

Communications

In close collaboration with partners, allies, and our Communications Coordinator:

  • Produce high quality policy and advocacy materials for different audiences;
  • Develop and execute communications strategies to meet program objectives;
  • Respond to media requests and proactively engage with conventional media, social media, and independent media outlets.

Institutional Co-Management

As part of the co-management team:

  • Participate in collective decision-making as well annual work planning and strategic planning processes;
  • Support fundraising for MiningWatch’s programmatic work, contributing to proposal development, reporting and building relationships with institutional funders;
  • Assist with financial management of the allocated program funds and contribute to the annual budgeting process;
  • Work closely with a volunteer Board of Directors to provide strategic direction and ensure efficient operations for the organization.

Qualifications

  • Relevant post-secondary education and at least 5 years of relevant experience, preferably in the non-governmental sector in Canada
  • Demonstrated expertise in the areas of social and economic justice, corporate accountability, and extractive/mining issues
  • Excellent writing and oral skills in French and English
  • Experience working in Quebec or other francophone regions in Canada
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities or organizations in Canada
  • Good communication skills to engage with various target audiences and outlets
  • Strong organising skills, including strategic thinking and campaigning, building movements and coalitions, facilitation and shared leadership, chairing meetings, and working with groups
  • Solid institutional skills, including project management, relating to foundations and other funders, financial development and management, and Board support

Personal attributes

  • Demonstrated commitment to MiningWatch’s vision and mission
  • Self-starter; able to work independently as well as collaboratively within a small team setting
  • Dynamic person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, can meet tight deadlines and balance competing priorities

Application process

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, resumé, and two writing samples, one in French and one in English, as one document to Diana Martin at [email protected] by October 31, 2021.

Applications must include “Canada Program Co-Lead - Your name” in the subject line of the e-mail.

We thank all those who apply; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Selected candidates should be available for the first round of interviews from November 8-10 and the second round of interviews from November 17-19. 

Candidates should be legally entitled to work in Canada. MiningWatch will not provide relocation support to the Ottawa region. 

About MiningWatch Canada

MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Indigenous and labour organisations from across the country. The organization works to provide timely support to mining-affected communities and related organizations; do research and analysis of industrial mining and related policies and laws, in Canada and concerning Canadian mining operations abroad; to engage in related campaigns and movement building; and to advocate for greater protections for Indigenous peoples and affected communities, including women and mineworkers, as well as justice and reparations for harms from mining through changes to the policies, laws and economic conditions that perpetuate mining-related abuses and injustice.

MiningWatch is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build an inclusive and diverse team. We encourage qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Please advise if you require accommodation during the application process.