Employment Opportunity – Junior and Senior Energy Projects Lead

About Keepers of the Circle 

Keepers of the Circle is an Indigenous Hub operated by the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group (TNWSG), a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to promote the economic, cultural, and social equity of Indigenous women. The TNWSG was also mandated to establish culturally based programs and services to for Indigenous women and their families in the District of Temiskaming. In 2018, the mandate extended across the province with our appointment as the Ontario representative for the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Keepers of the Circle (KOTC) programming is focused on the restoration and retention of Indigenous languages and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge; economic security and self-determination; and creating culturally safe spaces for Indigenous women and families.  

About the Role

Keepers of the Circle is looking to recruit a Junior and a Senior Energy Projects Lead to build capacity and lead our clean energy and energy efficiency programs and training. We are offering two positions within our Energy Department to offer a pathway to grow skills and experience within the energy sector and support learning for those who may not have previous education or experience in the field. The Junior Energy Projects Lead position is open to a candidate who has a demonstrable interest in the field of renewable energy and is willing to take on this role as a learning and growth opportunity to further their skills development. As a Junior Energy Projects Lead, you will be mentored and learn from the Senior Energy Projects Lead as you support the development of various energy projects for Keepers of the Circle and our partnered communities. We are looking for a Senior Energy Projects Lead with greater experience and education within the energy sector to support our energy projects and take the initiative to build out upcoming energy projects. With the growing green economy, Keepers of the Circle is looking to expand training and programming to support Indigenous communities to pursue their energy sovereignty and security.

As the Energy Projects Lead, you would be responsible for managing and coordinating existing energy projects while also leading opportunities to expand our activities through engagements with industry and community partners. In alignment with Canada’s goals to be net-zero by 2050, we are looking to build capacity for our organization to support local communities to implement community-led energy projects. This includes arranging and delivering workshops and presentations to increase awareness of clean energy solutions, building pathways to design and implement localized energy solutions, and co-creating training curriculum and programs to support Indigenous Peoples to pursue careers in clean energy. These positions are in-person at our Kirkland Lake site and may require some travel depending on the project.

We strongly encourage you to self-identify if you have status or are a community affiliate.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Energy Projects Lead include: 

Develop and maintain partnerships with industry experts and organizations to support local, provincial, and national energy projects

Conduct community outreach with Indigenous communities to identify opportunities for partnership and community-specific training

Design and facilitate presentations and workshops to Indigenous communities around clean energy and renewable energy systems to promote organizational activities, trainings, career pathways, and improve overall awareness and knowledge of the sector

Conduct community energy mapping around localized energy solutions with local community partners

Oversee and coordinate Keepers of the Circle’s energy auditor training program

Explore and co-create training curriculum to support Indigenous Peoples to pursue careers within clean energy

Support Keepers of the Circle’s funding team to identify and submit applications to further develop our energy programs

Collaborate with other Sector-Specific Skills Development Leads and look for opportunities for alignment in activities and projects

Collaborate with the Skills Development Team to coordinate work placements and additional sector-specific trainings for members interested in careers in the energy sector

Advocate for the safety and inclusion of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in the workplace within the energy sector

Assist Program Practitioners to provide support for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people during their work placements in the energy sector and address any workplace environment challenges or issues that may arise with employers

Properly maintain documentation of partnerships and program/project progress and provide monthly updates and reports to the Executive Director

Act as a positive representation of Keepers of the Circle at all times

Other assigned duties to support the Skills Development Team at Keepers of the Circle

Requirements and Skills 

Excellent oral and written communication skills and is comfortable leading presentations and workshops

Strong interpersonal skills

Experience working with the Indigenous community and conducting community mapping

Organized and efficient with time management

Working knowledge of MS Office

Excellent problem-solving ability

Respect to diversity

Able to demonstrate a high level of professionalism

Ability to apply critical thinking to solve complex issues and identify strategies to create energy solutions that consider local realities and needs

A post-secondary degree in environmental science, energy management, energy systems, or experience in a related field or similar projects is an asset

Certified Energy Auditor Training or knowledge of energy auditing is plus

Management experience is an asset

Experience developing training curriculum or facilitating groups is a plus

Trauma-informed training is a plus

Ability to travel and a valid G license

Keepers of the Circle values the local community and preference will be given to recruit a local candidate who can be on-site at one of our site locations and has a thorough understanding of the Northern landscape

Even if you don’t think you meet the listed requirements, we still strongly encourage you to apply! We’re looking for an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about clean and renewable energy and is willing to learn and is open to gaining skills and development in the field of renewable energy.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility 

We advocate for the presence and contributions of all people regardless of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, language, marital status, nationality, physical appearance, political affiliations, perspective, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexuality, family status, socioeconomic status, or other such considerations, and intersectionality’s therein. As an Indigenous organization, Keepers of the Circle has an affirmative action policy that prioritizes the hiring of Indigenous Peoples and community affiliates. Please let us know of any specific requirements during the application process by emailing hr@keepersofthecircle.com – we are happy to work with you on accommodation requests.  

How To Apply 

Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 13th at 4pm EST. Please send your resume and cover letter to hr@keepersofthecircle.com with the subject title “(Select one: Junior or Senior) Energy Projects Lead Job Application – (Your Name)”.