Director of Partnerships

Position Summary

Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, and multi-faceted Director of Partnerships. This is a key role that will lead the organizational mandate by ensuring effective partnerships to optimize impacts for Indigenous communities, and ICE. This position will be responsible for the development key strategic partnerships and liaise with the federal and provincial/territorial governments, private corporations, and energy markets to maximize clean energy opportunities for Indigenous communities and peoples.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter and experienced leader. The Director of Partnerships will develop and implement under the direction of the ICE Associate Executive Director, and in collaboration with other Directors, and ICE personnel, with a strong team collaboration practice, to increase the reach and impact of our ongoing efforts in advancing Indigenous Clean Energy’s focus areas.

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.


  • Build relationships and engage a variety of partners at ICE to consider, develop and implement policy and programmatic initiatives that foster Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s and global energy economies, and the process of Energy Transition to a low carbon future, and utilize innovations from the ICE Team and Network in this regard;

  • In conjunction with members of the leadership Coordinating Team and the broader ICE Team, seek to expand and diversify the funding base to increase ICE’s major initiatives and existing collaborations, including outreaching to non-traditional prospective supporters such as private corporations, and US and international foundations/philanthropy groups;

  • Staying appraised of all developments in the fields of government relations and stakeholder relations

  • Engaging with industry who have an interest in engaging with Indigenous communities across Canada to create awareness about the capacity that exists In the ICE community through the ICE Team, BOD, AC, Executive and Catalysts. These key ambassadors for the organization will have to be supplied with communications collateral to give an elevator pitch to potential funders at any given time.

  • Position ICE to be sought after when advice is needed about policy reform on clean energy, and Indigenous Peoples leadership. And, ICE being the main collaboration body to work on implementation of their programs with communities, where capacity building is required in the spectrum of clean energy opportunities.

  • Develop and implement a multi-year engagement strategy for ICE

  • Ensure academic partners are well served across ICE’s media, social and marketing channels

  • Represent ICE, when invited to speak at National, Global or local events to share perspectives and positions about Indigenous Leadership in clean energy.

  • Prepare briefing documents for senior management that support interactions with government and academic stakeholders; documents could include memoranda, presentations, environmental scans, letters, proposals, etc.;

  • Provide strategic advice to Management Team and the ICE Board of Directors, as required, about ICE’s partnerships, including emerging issues and opportunities relating to existing programming and new projects;

  • Ability to work with cross-functional departments to achieve goals.

  • Ability to support programs and advise on partnerships.

  • Ability to understand energy regulatory frameworks and the clean energy ecosystem (or a willingness to learn) 


  • Degree in Public Relations, Business Administration or a similar field; and/or at combination of education and at least 3 years’ experience in business, inter-government relations, partnership development or related fields pertinent to the position;

  • Understanding networks within Indigenous communities, or the clean energy sector, governments and public agencies;

  • Strong analytic skills (financial, planning, operational);

  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure;

  • Skilled in anticipating problems and proposing solutions;

  • Commitment to team systems a team-oriented working practices;

  • Familiar with how to apply brand concepts to both internal and external audiences;

  • Previous experience working with First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities would be a major asset;

  • Bilingualism will be considered an asset.


  • Able to travel both domestic and international locations;

  • Experience developing and managing budgets an asset;

  • Excellent relationship building skills;

  • Very strong communicator;

  • Detail oriented;

  • Excellent time management, organization and prioritization skills;

  • Flexibility to work extended hours on occasion.

The Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise … catalyzing collaboration. 

The ICE Social Enterprise is guided by an Indigenous Advisory Council which provides oversight and input to ensure programming brings the maximum benefits for Indigenous peoples. 


Status: Full Time

Location: Remote work with Occasional Travel

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Deadline to apply: November 29, 2021