Communications Officer – The Transition Accelerator

Title: Communications Officer, The Transition Accelerator

Duration: Full time, 1 year contract to start

Location: Fully remote – anywhere in Canada

Compensation: To be negotiated

About The Transition Accelerator

The Transition Accelerator is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to creating positive, transformational system changes while moving Canada down viable pathways to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To achieve this, the Accelerator harnesses existing economic, social, and technological disruptions already affecting multiple industry sectors and regions. Using momentum underway in these sectors, it acts as a catalyst and convenes innovators, progressive industry, researchers, and key stakeholders into collaborative teams that advance Canada down credible and compelling pathways to a stronger future.  The Accelerator’s four-step ‘transition pathways’ methodology provides the intellectual foundation for our work and was developed with input from experts and practitioners across Canada and from around the globe.

The Accelerator works in two ways to build out credible, capable, and compelling pathways to realize transformative change in key sectors and regions. First, we mobilize knowledge, develop tools, and build collaborative relationships with government and other stakeholders to enhance understanding of a pathways approach, allowing these groups to make better decisions about the transition to net zero, and helping them apply the methodology and tools in their own sectoral or regional contexts. Second, we directly initiate pathway projects in strategically significant systems/ sectors. The Accelerator engages with innovators, progressive industry, and other stakeholders, to apply our 4-stage methodology to develop and advance net zero pathways.

By combining both approaches we can focus our core efforts, gain experience in pathway development across a range of contexts, while accelerating diffusion and scale up of the overall effort.

Values

Candidates for this position must reflect the values of The Accelerator. These values include:

  • Embracing a positive, forward-thinking attitude in an often-unstructured environment with multiple unknown variables
  • Working collaboratively with diverse, and sometimes opposed views
  • Grounding all work in evidence-based analyses
  • Embracing a multi-disciplinary and system-level approach
  • Focusing on innovation over the status-quo
  • A commitment to help drive change

About the Position

The Transition Accelerator is seeking a Communications Officer to support its communications goals by planning and executing strategic communications activities through a wide variety of channels.

Responsibilities

  • Reporting to and working with the Director of Communications, perform communications duties to support the Transition Accelerator’s “core” projects and initiatives (outside of consortia projects The Accelerator is involved in or leads, like Canada Grid and Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB.
  • Media and social media monitoring for relevant news and announcements
  • Compiling media clippings for key projects as required
  • Managing and posting on The Transition Accelerator’s social media accounts, engaging with stakeholders on social media, maintaining an up to date social media calendar of content, planning social media campaigns and strategies
  • Updating The Transition Accelerator website
  • Writing and editing communications materials such as op-eds, e-blasts, news releases, statements and more
  • Translating complex academic (and science-based) research and concepts into compelling communications materials
  • Liaising and coordinating with communications contacts from partner organizations and external service providers such as translators and graphic designers.
  • Organizing and managing the Transition Accelerator Mailchimp mailing lists and building and sending out Mailchimp emails
  • Assisting with pitching Transition Accelerator reports, initiatives and stories to media and coordinating media interviews
  • Planning and maintaining an editorial calendar of op-eds and milestones for planned media outreach
  • Plan, promote and run behind-the-scenes logistics for the Transition Accelerator’s webinar series and assist with the planning of in-person events as required.
  • Researching writers and building and maintaining media lists
  • Copyediting Transition Accelerator reports as required and managing The Accelerator’s report release schedule
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications, skills and personal traits

  • 4-6 years’ experience working in the field of communications/public relations
  • Fluent in both English and French (fully bilingual) and able to perform communications duties in both languages
  • Degree, diploma or postgraduate certificate in communications, public relations or related field
  • Strong interest in and understanding of current affairs related to climate change, Canada’s net zero commitment and Canada’s transition to net zero by 2050.
  • Ability to transform complex academic information into clear, compelling communications materials
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to effectively manage many competing priorities in a busy work environment
  • Strong writing and editing skills and keen attention to detail to identify and resolve errors
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a communications team and be accountable
  • Experience writing website or blog content
  • Experience writing news releases and successfully pitching news stories to media and garnering media coverage
  • Experience managing social media accounts including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and developing social media campaigns and calendars for all platforms
  • Experience updating websites and using Mailchimp to send emails, organize and maintain mailing lists and create and send mailouts
  • Basic graphic design or Canva skills are an asset
  • Experience with social media or digital media ad campaigns is an asset
  • Prior experience working on communications for clients/organizations with an environmental, climate change, academic, business or political focus is an asset.

Application

The Transition Accelerator is an equal opportunity employer. To apply for this position, please email your resume and a cover letter to jharris@transitionaccelerator.ca.