Director, Canada Climate Law Initiative

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

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Classification Title:
Administration, Level C

Business Title:
Director, Canada Climate Law Initiative

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Salary Range:
$75,507.00 (minimum) - $94,385.00 (midpoint) - $117,980.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

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Funding Type:
Grant Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Director will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Canada Climate Law Initiative (CCLI) according to the strategic direction set by the co-principal investigators. The three-year contract position will report to Dr. Janis Sarra, Peter A. Allard School of Law in years 1 and 2 and to Dr. Carol Liao, Peter A. Allard School of Law in year 3. The Director is responsible for managing an annual budget of between $250,000 and $500,000. Reporting to the Director are the full-time Communications Manager, three part-time Program Co-ordinators located across Canada, and law students employed by the CCLI.

Organizational Status

In Years 1 and 2 the Director will report to Dr. Janis Sarra. In Year 3 the Director will report to Dr. Carol Liao. Will also receive direction from Faculty PIs.

Work Performed

Strategic Planning
  • Implement the vision, mission, and strategic goals by leading the staff and institutional partners through the development of operational plans.
  • Oversee the implementation of the evaluations plan and governance practices.
  • Set annual targeted strategies and anticipated outcomes for the CCLI in cooperation with the co-principal investigators.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the co-principal investigators of internal and external opportunities and risks that affect the initiative as part of an annual plan review and on an ongoing basis as necessary.
  • Provide regular direction for the strategy of the initiative.
Program Management
  • Set operational benchmarks; create specific measures to evaluate the overall success of all projects.
  • Develop, monitor and provide regular metrics to the co-principal investigators on an ongoing basis.
  • Oversee all operational and administrative materials for the co-principal investigators and the CCLI Advisory Committee.
  • Assess, and implement new technologies and processes as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry and sector trends.
  • Liaise with co-principal investigators to create the Canada Climate Law Initiative Knowledge Mobilization and Policy Hub to mobilize action on climate governance, fiduciary obligation, and disclosure of climate-related financial risk, based at the Centre for Business Law (CBL) at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC.
  • Liaise with co-principal investigators to co-ordinate the policy activities of other stakeholder groups working on legislative reform of sustainable finance.
  • Manage the Canada Climate Law Initiative Knowledge Mobilization and Policy Hub in its continued collaboration with the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative at Oxford University.
  • Mobilize knowledge on effective climate governance by scaling up direct approaches to corporate boards of directors, pension trustee boards and boards of asset managers and financial institutions.
  • Liaise with government relations firms, government officials and dignitaries.
  • Signs applications and documentation that are legally binding on the part of the university.
Communications and Public Relations
  • Oversight and direction to the Communications Manager.
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for the initiative.
  • Establish and make use of working relationships with organizations and individuals in the field.
  • Support and oversee the development of communications strategies, communications materials, and messaging to effectively promote programs and expand reach.
  • Initiate, develop, and manage partnerships in order to reach strategic and operational goals.
  • In concert with the co-principal investigators, managing stewardship of the relationship of 55 Canadian Climate Governance Experts and manage the process of selecting ten new Experts, having regard to diversity of background, region, and expertise.
  • Ensure that the initiative has effective and compelling communications.
Financial Management and Fund Development
  • Oversee the budget of the Canada Climate Law Initiative; approves first instance expenditures, budget reconciliation and reporting to the funding foundations.
  • Manage creation of reports to funding foundations regarding metrics and benchmarks achieved on an annual basis.
  • Oversee the sound financial management and controls of the project; including budget preparation and forecasting.
  • Report on the initiative's finances biannually and annually.
  • Strengthen and ensure ongoing financial viability through fundraising and grant writing.
  • Oversight of stewardship with donors and partners and prepare effective grant applications.
  • Report on stewardship and fundraising activities.
Human Resources Management
  • Oversee the recruitment and daily management of the staff team: Communications Manager and three part-time Program Coordinators.
  • Determine all staff requirements and hire new staff as needed.
  • Recruit, motivate, develop, mentor and manage a high-quality team that includes remote and part-time employees.
  • Continually monitor professional standards of staff and ensure all employee performance evaluations are completed in a timely manner.
Supervision Received

Works with wide latitude. Receives direction from Faculty PIs.

Supervision Given

Directly supervises the Communications Manager and three part-time Program Coordinators.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Errors in judgment may impact the short and long term teaching, research and operational activities of the Faculty, such as a decrease in quality and effectiveness of the services provided. Errors could also effect the integrity and reputation of the Faculty and the University. Incorrect application of policies could result in potential loss in funding.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Knowledge of the Canadian climate and finance sector. French is not required, but definitely an asset. A minimum of 5 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. - Relevant work experience in a leadership role.
  • Experience communicating with boards of directors and C-suite executives.
  • Experience in fundraising, grant writing and building a donor base.
  • Experience in the development, management and evaluation of programs.
  • Experience with partnership development.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills with strong aptitude for building meaningful relationships with partners.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in financial oversight, including budget preparation and reporting.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and creativity.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Comfortable managing a remote team, which requires a knowledge of technology and collaboration tools.
  • Experience as a board director an asset.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.