Jobs @ TAF

Role summary: explore, analyze and help advance implementation of policy solutions to save energy and reduce carbon emissions in cities.

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Job Term: Full-time, one-year contract position with the possibility for extension
Compensation: Yearly salary is $44,000
Application deadline: August 29, 2017
Targeted start date: September 15, 2017

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) advances innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Decarbonizing our cities requires formulation and adoption of new policies and programs at all levels of government to accelerate implementation of technologies, practices, investments and other low-carbon solutions. While focused on the GTHA, TAF works with stakeholders across Canada to identify, implement, and replicate policies and programs with the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and emissions.

Working at TAF

TAF is seeking a highly organized, policy-savvy individual to coordinate TAF’s policy research and advocacy activities.

Talk to our staff and they will tell you that working at TAF comes with amazing advantages. We’re on the leading-edge of urban climate change solutions and our work makes a tangible difference. We build meaningful relationships with all kinds of stakeholders – from world-class thought leaders to the people who implement change on the ground. Our strong, dedicated team fosters healthy collaboration and learning. And as part of a small organization, we each see the value and impact of our work.

Position Responsibilities

This is a full-time, one-year contract position with the possibility for extension. The salary is $44,000. This position reports to the Director of Policy & Programs and the Grants Manager & Policy Advisor.

You will be responsible for the following key activities:

  • Low-carbon policy research and analysis. Research and assess key low carbon policy opportunities at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Lead preparation of policy submissions, background papers, and other communications products around select policy issues.
  • Sustainable finance policy and analysis. Research, assess, critique and help formulate key policies and programs at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, to accelerate investment in climate change mitigation, including opportunities for leveraging public dollars with private capital. Support TAF’s thought leadership in the area of innovative climate financing solutions.
  • Communicating the multiple benefits of low carbon policies. Working with TAF staff and external service providers, coordinate the assessment and communication of potential benefits of key policy options, including carbon emission reductions, economic benefits, and other societal benefits.
  • Stakeholder engagement. Liaise with key stakeholders Canada-wide, coordinate and support outreach events such as webinars, workshops and conference presentations, and build consensus on key policy issues.
  • Project management. Coordinate policy research and engagement projects undertaken by TAF and its partners including contract and budget management, procurement, scheduling, meeting minutes, development of project timelines and milestones, reporting and donor stewardship reports.

Do you have this background?

  • Completed an undergraduate degree in public policy, political science, environmental studies, planning , or a related field (graduate degree is an asset)
  • Research and analysis experience in environmental and/or energy policy
  • Experience or knowledge in the area of finance is an asset
  • Experience in project management and/or stakeholder engagement
  • Excellent communicator with demonstrated ability to translate complex policy and finance concepts into clear and compelling messages, both written and verbal

We Welcome Your Application

To apply please send your cover letterCV, and a sample of your writing to Jaime Klein at by 5:00PM on Tuesday August 29th, 2017. The writing sample can take any form. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  We thank everyone who applies.

Committed to employment equity, The Atmospheric Fund encourages applications from Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and other equity-seeking groups.

About TAF

Our Mission

TAF invests in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. We achieve our mission by:

  • Listening to local communities and offering support through our community grants program;
  • Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders to realize common goals, understanding that clean air and greenhouse gas reduction benefits our health, our economy and the sustainability of our region; and
  •  Financing entrepreneurs whose product or service can significantly reduce emissions in the GTHA, and developers and property owners who are making their buildings more energy efficient.

Our Vision

Our ultimate goal – reducing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 – informs all our actions. This target isn’t simply another milestone. It’s our vision for a climate-smart region that functions within its environmental means and is a leader on the global municipal stage.

Achieving the ambitious 2050 target of lowering emissions by 80% will benefit everyone.  We can realize a livable, prosperous city that embraces the green economy; a city where people spend less time commuting, less money on energy costs, and breathe cleaner air.

Our Track Record

Since 1991, TAF has worked with hundreds of community collaborators, and invested more than $60 million, helping the City of Toronto save more than $55 million on its energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below 1990 levels – exceeding the 2012 Kyoto target. Some of TAF’s multi-year projects include TowerWise Retrofit Project, Pumping Energy Savings, Building Value, LightSavers, Solar neighbourhoods, and Transform TO. For more information about TAF’s projects and partners, visit

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