Corporate Engagement Manager
Nature United is a national organization committed to re-imagining conservation across Canada. Our mission is to create solutions for people and nature by building diverse partnerships to protect lands and waters and to ensure nature is the foundation of healthy communities, economies and future opportunities. Our areas of focus are to advance sustainable management of lands and waters by supporting Indigenous leadership and authority and responsible resource use, and to harness the power of nature to address the climate crisis by advancing natural climate solutions.
Our organization is honoured to work with many Indigenous partners. We recognize and respect the Indigenous Peoples of Canada—First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nations—as the original rights-holders of the lands and waters in Canada. We have an ongoing commitment to continue to strengthen our awareness of the history and enduring impacts of colonialism, and to build partnerships based on reconciliation, as well as respect, equity, open dialogue, integrity and mutual accountability.
As an affiliate of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), what we do is informed by the best global science and supported by the leadership of the world’s largest conservation organization. Nature United is headquartered in Toronto and builds on the Conservancy’s long history of conservation achievements in Canada.
The Corporate Engagement Manager is a member of the Strategic Partnerships program of Nature United. They develop, coordinate, and implement corporate engagements across Canada that will deliver against Nature United’s conservation, funding and brand awareness goals. This role will be integral in the development and advancement of our corporate engagement strategy and achieving our program objectives. The preferred location is Toronto or Ottawa.
The Corporate Engagement Manager works collaboratively with the Conservation, Philanthropy and Marketing/Communications departments to develop and implement strategies for engaging companies; coordinates and conducts outreach to companies; manages and supports specific corporate engagements; and conducts analysis on behalf of and contributes to the Strategic Partnerships team’s functional priorities.
Responsibilities and Scope
- Collaborate with Conservation, Philanthropy and Marketing/Communications programs to develop and implement a Canada-wide corporate engagement strategy to meet Nature United’s conservation, funding, and brand awareness goals.
- Develop and manage relationships with corporate leaders in the finance/investment, tech, forest, agriculture, and other natural resource sectors. Serve as relationship manager to specific corporations and support other engagements.
- Develop and manage projects, serving as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinating the work of others.
- Ensure that all corporate engagement strategies and projects maintain Nature United’s commitment to respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities.
- With a team, design and manage major meetings/virtual events, including gatherings of corporate, government, and non-governmental representatives.
- Prepare and present project proposals and negotiate with external parties, persuasively conveying the mission of Nature United and our organizational objectives.
- Conduct research to inform the corporate engagement functional strategy and activities.
- Develop constructive and effective working relationships with external partners and with colleagues inside Nature United and TNC.
- Work in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and advisory capacity.
- May supervise administrative and professional staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
- Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development.
- May include fundraising activities.
- Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external laws and requirements.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination.
- Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government and/or program leadership.
- Experience in designing, implementing and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
- Strong communication and presentation skills. Able to communicate professionally with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and with different interests.
- Experience working with corporate or NGO partners, and government agencies.
- Demonstrated relationship building skills.
- Experience preparing and presenting project proposals and negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements or projects.
- Fluency in English.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Familiarity with Indigenous peoples’ rights and history in Canada.
- Master’s degree appreciated (MBA or other).
- Experience in developing and executing sustainability programs within companies. And/or work with the corporate sector around climate, nature, sustainability, Environmental Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), or sustainable investing.
- Familiarity with social, economic and political conditions and issues in Canada (national and/or sub-national).
- Experience managing projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions, coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization, to achieve optimal results.
- Experience preparing analyses to inform strategy decision making.
- Experience presenting to and communicating with executive levels in a corporate setting. Excellent presentation skills.
- Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with corporations, governments, partners, and colleagues.
- Experience conceiving of and implementing strategic initiatives.
- Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
How to Apply
To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://careers.nature.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the application deadline is 11:59pm ET on Friday, April 30, 2021. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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