Canada’s federal government recently committed $1 billion to drive low-carbon innovation in communities across Canada. The funding will be managed and distributed by the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), an incredibly successful sustainability program run here at FCM, the national voice for Canada’s local governments. Needless to say, there’s plenty of exciting work happening on the GMF team, and it’s growing quickly.
Since 2000, we’ve used a major federal endowment to help municipalities across Canada get over 1,250 GMF-funded projects off the ground. These practical environmental solutions resulted in cleaner air, clean drinking water, more efficient energy systems, reclaimed toxic sites and more. So far, these projects have kept 2.5 million tonnes of GHG emissions out of our atmosphere.
We’re recruiting exceptional people to work with our GMF team and help Canada achieve its climate change goals. If you work with us, you’ll support Canadian municipalities as they launch greener community buildings, energy-efficient affordable housing and home retrofitting programs, to name a few. These projects make life more secure and affordable for everyone.
At FCM, we invest significant time and energy in making sure our staff have an outstanding organizational culture and work environment. Our collective efforts strive to build a workplace that fosters teamwork; respect; inclusivity; diversity; equity; and a healthy work environment that enriches the overall FCM experience.
GMF is already a Canadian success story and a national leader in sustainability. Now we're scaling up energy-efficiency and clean energy solutions nationwide.
Join us for this next chapter. Help us get it done.
The Manager, Policy and Research (Green Municipal Fund) works with a larger team of experts in municipal-federal policy making to provide rigorous and innovative policy analysis in support of the strategic objectives and priorities of FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF). Reporting to the Director, Policy and Research, the Manager, Policy and Research takes responsibility for consolidating and leading GMF’s proactive engagement with relevant federal and provincial/territorial departments and agencies and other stakeholders, working closely with issue-based experts across FCM to develop and maintain a real-time understanding of policy initiatives at the federal and provincial/territorial levels relevant to GMF’s sustainability initiatives in sectors including brownfields, energy, transportation, housing, waste and water.
- On a daily basis, monitors and assesses current and emerging federal, provincial/territorial and municipal legislative, regulatory, policy and program initiatives relevant to GMF’s sector priorities.
- Develops and maintains a database of policy solutions at the federal and provincial/territorial levels relevant to each GMF sector, and assess linkages with GMF capacity building and early-stage funding/financing offers.
- Plays a central coordinating role for GMF’s external engagement with federal departments on policy priorities, including the development of substantive and ongoing relationships with mid-level management (Director General or equivalent) and issue experts within government, identifying opportunities for engagement with senior-level federal decision makers on GMF priorities.
- Oversees an engagement strategy for external stakeholders including, but not limited to, provincial/territorial sustainability agencies, municipal finance corporations, and federal Crown corporations.
- In coordination with the Director, Policy & Research, supports GMF’s senior leadership team with medium- to long-term strategic planning and issue forecasting, leveraging issue-based expertise across FCM.
- Manages FCM’s representation on consultative mechanisms and multi-stakeholder forums established by federal departments and agencies relevant to GMF’s sustainability initiatives and sector priorities.
- Leads interdepartmental information sharing and coordination on infrastructure, housing and sustainability issues, and seeks opportunities to maximize the value, impact and relevance of research activities across FCM, through regular engagement with key managers and issue experts in GMF and FCM’s Policy & Public Affairs departments.
- Presents policy analyses and recommendations to various internal audiences, and supports team members in the preparation for, and delivery of, presentations to the GMF Council, FCM Board of Directors, standing committees, Executive Committee, and delegates at the Annual Conference.
- Analyzes the implications of external partnerships and sponsors for FCM as an organization and provides recommendations to senior management.
Knowledge and Experience
- Master’s degree in environmental science, planning, public policy, political science or public administration, or a combination of experience and education that would be considered equivalent;
- 5 – 7 years of related experience in policy development, project management or stakeholder relations in, or connected to, the federal, provincial and/or municipal environments with emphasis on the machinery of government, policy-making, and the delivery of public services in Canada;
- A minimum of 2 – 3 years’ experience in progressively senior roles managing policy staff and external consultants;
- Significant experience engaging in complex policy issues at the federal level;
- Strong research and analytical skills, including complex project management involving multiple stakeholders with often conflicting demands, issues of high political sensitivity, and significant strategic and horizontal impacts;
- Excellent communications and influencing skills including networking, negotiations and writing skills, the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams without direct authority, facilitate or lead meetings and make formal presentations to internal and external senior level audiences;
- Ability to develop and maintain a network of individuals and institutions related to policy areas of interest to municipal government in Canada;
- Able to manage multiple priorities and adapt in a quickly changing, fast paced and multicultural environment;
- The position regularly requires the incumbent to work beyond regular work hours, and to be “on-call” in response to quickly developing political events.
- The ability to communicate in written and verbal format in both official languages is preferred.
- Requires regular travel within Canada approximately once per month (cumulative of 4-5 weeks per year)
We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.