The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit platform which
advances Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s energy futures economy through Indigenous leadership, and
broad-based collaboration with energy companies, utilities, governments, development firms, cleantech
innovators, academic sector, and capital markets.
Our Mission is to stimulate collaboration that facilitates leadership by, and meaningful collaboration with,
Indigenous peoples in the transition to a clean energy future.
This drives us towards our vision of a collaborative, community-driven clean energy future respects the
rights of Indigenous peoples and enriches their communities.
Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, and multi-faceted
Director, Strategic Partnerships and Communications. This is a key role that will lead the organizational
mandate by ensuring effective communications to optimize impact. 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 individual will also lead all external communications, and the
full capacity to produce communications collateral and materials, based on
strong writing and editing skills, and oral communications skills, to develop content for both traditional
and digital platforms that promote the Indigenous Clean Energy brand.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario the successful candidate will be a self-starter and experienced leader. The
Director, Strategic Partnerships and Communications will develop and implement under the direction of
the ICE 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.
- Develop and manage systems, material and practice that ensure that the ICE Brand, and the range
of Indigenous clean energy stories, impacts and opportunities are regularly brought to the
attention or senior and programmatic leaders with governments, the energy sector, Indigenous
organizations, private corporations, foundations and the financial firms;
- Build relationships and engage players noted above 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;
- Lead proactive communications that ensures that ICE, its programs, and the broad group of
Indigenous energy leaders receive coverage in the mainstream media, and on social networks on
a regular basis, nationally and regionally across Canada;
- Engage and respond to the ICE Team and Network, and lead in the
writing/preparation/production of a suite of communications collateral including written
materials, web platforms, Indigenous clean energy stories, videos, media releases, and other
- Provide support to ICE programs in relation to communications functions such as podcasts and
- Identify and leverage international media and exposure for ICE, its programs and Indigenous
clean energy leaders;
- Manage the administrative support function of ICE to promote effective team functioning;
- 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
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
- Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business Administration or a similar field;
- Understanding networks within Indigenous communities, or the clean energy sector, governments
and public agencies;
- Strong analytic skills (financial, planning, operational);
- At least 7 years experience in communications, clean energy, business, government relations,
Indigenous affairs or related fields;
- 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
- 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 amount of benefits for Indigenous peoples.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.