Public Engagement Specialist – Action Prize, Ontario

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
David Suzuki Foundation
  • Community Outreach
  • Event Coordination
  • Program / Project Management
  • Volunteer Management / Coordination
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)$45,000 - 55,0002019-10-282019-12-20

Join the country’s most trusted environmental organization and become a force for good!

About the David Suzuki Foundation

We find solutions for living within the limits of nature. Through a combination of sound science and active public engagement, we seek to motivate Canadians to take action on the environmental challenges we collectively face. Our Foundation is an independent charity, supported by over 30,000 donors from across Canada and abroad. With headquarters in Vancouver and offices in Toronto and Montreal, we address issues from coast to coast to coast, in both official languages. With the support of scientists, academics, progressive businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations and tens of thousands of Canadian we aim to achieve this vision: That within a generation Canadians act on the understanding that we are interconnected and interdependent with nature, and with each other. You can learn more about us at

The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Position Title: Public Engagement Specialist – Action Prize, Ontario

Terms: Eight-month contract with the possibility of extension (34 hours/week) 

Location: Based at our Toronto office 

Reporting: Senior Public Engagement Strategist

  • Are you a public engagement specialist and networker extraordinaire looking for that next challenge to move you along on your career path?
  • Are you passionate about saving the planet and want to put your organizing and project management skills toward a good cause? 
  • Would you like to be part of a great organization that has a strong commitment to give a voice to citizen groups working towards ecological transition, in order to support protecting nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future?

We are a group of exceptionally talented, bright, and passionate people working at making a real difference in the world.  We are currently looking for a committed, collaborative and solution-orientated Public Engagement Specialist to work on our premier project, the Action Prize Contest.

The Project:

The Action Prize Contest reflects one of the Foundation's strongest commitments: to give a voice to citizen groups working towards ecological transition. This exciting initiative was first launched in Quebec in 2014 and highlights the impact that citizens can have in their communities!

You are someone who will successfully launch the Action Prize Contest in Ontario in the spring of 2020, connecting citizen groups and communities and promoting sustainable actions taking place across the province.

Your Responsibilities

  • Coordination of overall project including outreach to various stakeholders and key influencers in Ontario, management of applications, online voting and final awards.
  • Liaise with Montreal office Prix Action team lead to help prepare and execute project
  • Review and execute the project plan within the allotted timeframe
  • Work closely with digital and communications team to prepare all public communications for the project, including website content, emails, and social media advertisements.
  • Select, recruit and steward jury for the contest
  • Participate in coordination, planning and strategy sessions related to public engagement work at DSF
  • Plan award ceremony in winner’s region with key stakeholders and Dr. Suzuki
  • Work on other projects assigned as per team priorities

 Your Qualifications

 Skills, Experience and Knowledge Required:

  • You are a proven networked individual with 3-5 year’s experience in organizing using a distributed organizing model, with a focus in Ontario.
  • You have strong project management experience with an ability to work within tight timelines
  • You have extensive experience working with diverse stakeholders and across many sectors - connecting with everyone from municipal governments, to small community groups, to schools and the general public.
  • You are an independent person skilled at taking a project from inception to completion
  • You are a skilled and talented event planner
  • You have an ability to communicate effectively across many channels: email, advertising, social media, etc.
  • You are a proven team player, working successfully in a team environment
  • You work equally well in English and French (written and spoken)

 What You Bring to the Role:

  • Experience working in the Non-Profit sector
  • Connections to Indigenous communities
  • Digital and online communications experience
  • Experience communicating about environmental and/or social justice issues
  • Project management portfolio

 What You Get:

  • Being a part of a team of superstars
  • Generous benefit package
  • 4-day work week
  • Amazing work culture with smart colleagues that care
  • A chance to lead change and have an impact on the health of the planet
  • An experience working in an organization with a focus on technology

How You Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online and submit your application by going to .  The position will stay open until filled. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage women, First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.