Job Posting – Water Policy Coordinator, Healthy Great Lakes

Water Policy Coordinator, Healthy Great Lakes

The Canadian Environmental Law Association is seeking a Water Policy Coordinator for our Healthy Great Lakes program.

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is a non-profit, public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate for environmental law reforms. Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, CELA is one of 76 community legal clinics located across Ontario, 18 of which offer services in specialized areas of the law.

With funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, CELA’s Healthy Great Lakes program engages a broad network of individuals and organizations in shaping, implementing, and making use of laws and policies that protect and restore the waters of the Great Lakes, St Lawrence River and Ottawa River basin.

Job Title: Water Policy Coordinator, Healthy Great Lakes

Employment Term: This is a 9-month (early October, 2021 – June 30, 2022) contract position with a possibility of renewal based on funding. This is a part-time position, which initially consists of 1.5 days per week, working remotely and participating in meetings and workshops (some of which, depending on public health guidance, may require travel to in person events).

Reports to: Executive Director

Purpose of Position:
The Water Policy Coordinator will, in collaboration with the Engagement Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator, be responsible for achieving the deliverables and overseeing the strategic objectives in CELA’s Healthy Great Lakes program. This program includes priority initiatives related to ensuring safe drinking water for all, addressing lead contamination in drinking water once and for all, achieving virtual elimination and zero discharge of toxic chemicals, and seeking effective watershed- based & integrated decision-making.

Experience and Competencies Required:
Demonstrated commitment to community and/or legal work related to the protection and restoration of the waters of the Great Lakes, St Lawrence River and Ottawa River basin. Experience with water policy and legal frameworks in Ontario is essential. Computer literacy and ability to work remotely is essential. The ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing is essential.

Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience in or deep understanding of Indigenous legal traditions, ways of knowing, and relationships with waters.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
– Monitors for and conducts analysis of legislative and policy developments
– Conducts public outreach and community development activities
– Works in collaboration with the Healthy Great Lakes program’s Engagement
Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator
– Participates in and acts on advice from Healthy Great Lakes Advisory Committee

Salary commensurate with experience.

CELA encourages applicants from equity seeking groups, including but not limited to individuals who are of Indigenous descent, members of LGBTQI2S, persons with disabilities, members of racialized communities and women.

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume to Tracy Tucker at by 5pm(ET) on Monday, September 20, 2021. We thank all candidates in advance for your interest. We will contact only those selected for an interview. Please advise us if you require any accommodations.