Clean Energy & Climate Policy Programs Manager

Position Summary

Indigenous communities have been at the forefront of clean energy development across Canada for the past two decades. Increasingly, renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, advanced energy systems and green energy infrastructure projects with Indigenous participation are becoming major contributors through Greenhouse Gas reduction across the country. Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) is the national hub for Indigenous clean energy participation. ICE wishes to strengthen its capacity to provide strategic input and analysis into policies and programs at the interaction of clean energy and climate action being developed and implemented by governments (federal and provincial/territorial), major corporation and capital markets.

ICE’s Policy and Programs Manager will play a prime role for this function, working closely with ICE senior Coordinating Team, and managers/coordinators of ICE’s range of programs. This role is a unique opportunity to advance Indigenous-centered approach to decarbonizing Canada’s economy. The role will be a prime point of contact with major ICE relationships such as those with Indigenous Services Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada, among other organizations. ICE has a definitive viewpoint that the promotion of Indigenous clean energy and climate action through policies, programs, and the range of legislative, regulatory and fiscal mechanisms must be based on shared decision-making and program management equivalency.

We are an equity employer and encourage all interested people to apply. However, First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify. Travel within Canada and internationally may be required. Compensation commensurate with experience.


The below list represents our ideal set of qualifications. We encourage you to apply if most of these are a fit, even if there’s one or two that aren’t:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in a related field such as clean energy, public policy and management, climate change, economics, research energy systems or commensurate experience that would provide equivalent training.
  • Background understanding of Canada’s energy system and climate policy environment including carbon pricing is a strong asset, but we are open to candidates who feel they could transition to this work with facility.
  • A minimum of four years of work experience in the fields noted, and experience with clean energy-climate with or in Indigenous communities would be particularly valued.
  • Strong interrelationship skills for working collaboratively with Indigenous communities and peoples, and clean energy-climate action partners in governments, corporations and financial firms.
  • Clear comfort with both qualitative and quantitative information and research methods. You should be highly comfortable with analysis using different approaches.
  • Strong manager with a proven ability to lead relationships and assignments, including motivating a team of internal/external colleagues towards a common goal, and staying on top of competing priorities.
  • Strategic mindset as well as a ‘getting things done’ approach to clean energy and climate action projects through Indigenous leadership and project ownership especially to further connections with policymakers.
  • Technical literacy in terms of clean energy and climate action among the areas of renewable energy, energy efficient housing, advanced energy systems and green energy infrastructure
  • Financial skills in terms of budget preparation and reporting. Some exposure the government and corporate fiscal and funding arrangements would be a definite asset.
  • Skilled writer able to produce compelling written briefs, funding proposals and reports, especially ones that bring and amplify an Indigenous worldview integrating clean energy projects and initiatives, with demonstrable climate action, notably mitigation-focused greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
  • Ability to make engaging oral presentations to small and large groups, virtually and in-person
  • Willingness to travel occasionally anywhere in Canada.

ICE is committed to Indigenous inclusion in clean energy projects and climate action. As such, we highly encourage applications from members of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, persons and attach priority to the employment of Indigenous peoples. We also welcome applications from people from visible minorities, with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to help provide a diverse range of perspectives.

ICE – Community & Organization

ICE is a highly effective and nimble organization and we emphasize high-quality programs, and very professional services delivery and exemplary and respectful communications, embody respect of Indigenous Lands and Waters, Treaties; and commitment to effecting key recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), adherence to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). We also subscribe to the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). As a non-profit, ICE is governed by an Board with majority to 100% Indigenous membership, and a large Advisory Council which inputs and support ICE programs.

However, we are more than an organization, ICE is a community of Indigenous people and partners to advance Indigenous leadership and participation in clean energy projects across the country. We have strong management systems and structures, and a growing suite of programs and staff.

Since the COVID pandemic, we’ve moved to a remote work environment. Our main on-site office is located in Ottawa.

    Status: Full-time term contract 

    Location: Remote Work

    Applications Deadline: June 13, 2022