Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Iron & Earth

Executive Director
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Job type: Full time staff position
Start date:  January 2021
Compensation: $35/hr at 40 hr/week 
Contract timeline: Permanent position


If you are excited to help forge a prosperous energy transition for our country and you have experience in the fossil fuel industry, don't miss this exciting opportunity to work with Iron & Earth! 

We are hiring a new Executive Director to take our organization to new heights. Our organization is poised for growth and recently emerged from our startup phase. With a solid foundation now in place, we require an exceptional leader who can begin to scale our organization's initiatives. 

The Executive Director will have a lot of flexibility to design their own strategies and work schedule. We’re seeking candidates with an inspiring vision for Canada's energy future and a passion for building community and empowering fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to build and implement climate solutions. 

The Executive Director provides oversight, overall management, planning, vision and leadership for Iron & Earth’s work including strategy, finance, resource development, human resources, constituency and stakeholder engagement, communications, and board development. The Executive Director employs an empowering approach when collaborating with team members to nurture an environment of shared responsibility and accountability for the organization’s work.


Iron & Earth formed around the lunchroom tables of the oilsands during an oil price crash, which resulted in over 100,000 oilpatch employees losing their jobs between 2015 and 2017. We realized that our trade skills were transferable to the renewable energy industry and recognized the urgency of diversifying into these technologies. Beyond the financial benefits, we were excited about the opportunity to help build a more sustainable energy future. So, in Spring 2016, we launched Iron & Earth to create a better future for ourselves, our coworkers, and the planet. Since then, we have built a membership of over 900 fossil fuel industry workers passionate about our vision and have carried out a wide range of initiatives. 

Iron & Earth is a worker-led not-for-profit whose mission is to empower fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to build and implement climate solutions. Our top-level goal is to help ensure a prosperous transition towards global carbon neutrality by 2050.

Our vision is that fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers will play a leading role in building the infrastructure and nature-based solutions required to reach global climate targets. Our vision of Iron & Earth’s role in realizing this future is that by 2050 we will have empowered thousands of worker members to establish chapters, develop projects, deliver training programs, shape policies, and host and participate in climate solution-related events around the world.

We recognize that the new economy must be grounded in a recognition of Indigenous peoples’ right to be self-determining over their own lands and resources, in accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and strive to work toward a new economy that reflects this principle.


This opportunity is perfect for a current or former fossil fuel industry worker who has an inspiring vision of how Canada’s traditional energy sector workforce and businesses can be mobilized to build a prosperous net-zero future. The core mission of the Executive Director is to maximize the positive impact of Iron & Earth and the extent to which Iron & Earth fulfills its vision, mission, pillars and values. The top-level-goal for the Executive Director is to provide effective leadership while deepening the organization’s impact through its four key pillars. 

Executive Director responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies to effectively scale the organization
  • Support the entire organization to successfully complete all current deliverables related to our range of initiatives
  • Develop innovative initiatives to help fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers diversify into climate careers
  • Secure funding to ensure resources are in place to continue the resilience and scalability of the organization
  • Work alongside the new Iron & Earth Industries CEO to develop and launch a social enterprise to scale the delivery of our training programs and generate revenue for our nonprofit activities
  • Support National Chapter Director to strengthen and expand our chapters across the country and eventually internationally
  • Lead Iron & Earth’s Climate Career Portal development
  • Lead Iron & Earth’s Net-Zero Pathways program development
  • Act as a spokesperson for Iron & Earth at key events and with news media 
  • Engage with decision-makers and elected officials to advocate for Iron & Earth’s policy priorities
  • Engage with stakeholders to establish strategic partnerships
  • Manage project budgets


Mandatory skills & experience

  • Experience in the fossil fuel industry, whether it be a white or blue-collar background
  • Ability to carry out the mission, objectives, and activities included above
  • Experience in a leadership position of a nonprofit or related organization
  • In-depth knowledge of nonprofit governance and general management best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding  for organizations doing social purpose work
  • Accounting, finance and project management skills
  • Track record of building or leading effective teams
  • Enjoy building and supporting teams
  • Personal values aligned with our organization’s mission, goals and philosophy  
  • Empowering leadership approach
  • Exceptional written and communication skills
  • Understanding of oil and gas, renewable energy industries and political landscape in Canada
  • Understanding of the importance of community building during the current energy transition
  • Enthusiasm about contributing to a work environment that continually seeks to take decolonial and nonracist approaches to everything we do
  • Exceptional written and communication skills
  • Must have access to a computer and reliable internet connection

Additional skills and experience preferred

  • Experience collaborating with Indigenous communities
  • Experience with campaigning, community organizing, or union organizing
  • Experience organizing events
  • Experience leading media relations
  • Experience with Google Suite and other digital tools
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications or related field
  • Experience in a startup
  • Entrepreneurial experience
  • Experience in government relations and stakeholder engagement

We especially encourage and welcome Indigenous candidates to apply. 


Salary and hours

Compensation: $35/hr at 40 hr/week. 


Remotely based with some opportunities to meet with members and team members in-person, pending COVID-19 restrictions throughout the period of the contract.

How  to apply

If you are interested in this position and meet the requirements, please:

  • Send us your resume and cover letter by midnight on November 18, 2020, to [email protected] in one PDF titled "Last name_first name_application" and the email title "Executive Director"
  • In your cover letter, please tell us about how your experience in the fossil fuel industry inspires you to support workers to build and implement climate solutions. Please also describe the skills and experience you would bring to this position's mission, objectives, and activities.

We will consider applications continuingly until the posting closes on November 18, 2020.

We thank all applicants for your interest in our organization and the time spent on your application; however, only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.