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Community Engagement Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Community Engagement Specialist will contribute to a multi-year project, supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program, which aims to understand and address the community-based impacts of corporate adaptation projects through an intersectional lens.

The Community Engagement Specialist will work to develop trust-based relationships with community stakeholders (local community groups, residents, industry groups, etc) impacted by corporate adaptation projects, and provide input and expertise to inform project activities and deliverables. This role requires experience in and a passion for community development, strong communication skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience working and engaging with equity-deserving communities (including but not limited to racialized, Indigenous, LGBTIQ2S+, women, lower socio-economic class, or other communities particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change such as Northern and rural) on climate, health and well-being, and social-related impacts. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong experience engaging with Indigenous communities. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and execute a community engagement strategy through a strong intersectional lens, informed by an understanding of the project issue areas. This would entail: 
  • Identify relevant communities that are impacted by select corporate adaptation projects and appropriate contacts for outreach. 
  • Conduct appropriate and culturally sensitive outreach to communities.
  • Facilitate open dialogue with communities and the Project Team through regular meetings.
  • Provide ongoing support and act as a touchpoint for communities and the Project Team.
  • Provide the Project Team with input and expertise to shape the project’s impact assessment framework and research methodology.  
  • Provide the Project Team with guidance and best practices on engaging with communities, particularly equity-deserving communities. 
  • Travel may be required to support on-site visits. 

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of community engagement principles and best practices.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong understanding and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion principles.
  • Strong alignment with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • French proficiency (spoken and written) would be considered an asset.
  • Equity, climate, and/or sustainability-focused background would be considered an asset. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., sociology, community development, communications) is preferred.
  • Mandatory 3-5 years of experience engaging and working with diverse communities, ideally with equity-deserving groups (including but not limited to racialized, Indigenous, LGBTIQ2S+, women, low socio-economic class, and any other intersecting identities, vulnerable communities such as Northern and rural).