Position Profile

Job Title:  Director of Industry Emissions and Markets

Work Unit:  Climate Change Policy

Ministry:  Alberta Climate Change Office

Competition Number:  1039666

Date:  December 2016

Position Summary


Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) includes a commitment to transition the province’s current regulation for large greenhouse gas emitting facilities, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, to an output-based allocation (OBA) approach. This new approach will drive best in class performance, improve transparency of performance and benchmarking, ensure comparability with international jurisdictions, and help maintain competitiveness of trade-exposed industries.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Policy Branch, the Director will provide a leadership role for the transition to the output-based allocation system, the primary priority for the Sector Standards and Carbon Policy team. The policy is complex and requires the Director and their team to identify and strategically address implicated issues and priorities, both within and external to government. This accountability will require the Director to maintain an understanding of key issues relevant to climate change-related policies across the Government of Alberta, nationally and internationally to ensure their consideration when implementing the output-based allocation system and other relevant provincial priorities.

The Director is expected to lead a team with significant technical expertise to provide strategic advice and conduct technical policy analysis related to various other facets of the Climate Leadership Plan. This includes, but is not limited to, implementation of Alberta’s methane emissions reduction initiative, the electricity sector transition, the oil sands emissions limit and Alberta’s carbon levy.

The Director will use his or her ability to be forward thinking and strategic to translate priorities into meaningful direction and plans for their team. The Director clearly articulates this direction and provides guidance to relevant staff to ensure the branch is well positioned to deliver on relevant priorities.

Finally, the Director will foster networks across the Government of Alberta (GOA) and with external stakeholders to inform and enable the work of the branch. They will work with other leaders across the Alberta Climate Change Office (ACCO) to coordinate and integrate efforts to advance the priorities of the CLP.

Specific Accountabilities


Lead development and implementation of Alberta’s Output-based Allocation Approach

  • Lead the development and implementation of Alberta’s output-based allocation approach to enable Alberta to transition to this approach by January 1, 2018.
  • Lead ongoing stakeholder engagement to inform implementation of the system, ensuring stakeholders have the opportunity to provide meaningful input on the transition from SGER.
  • Collaborate with other working groups and Ministries, as necessary, to assist/inform the implementation and development of the policy.
  • Provide strategic and technical advice to the Executive Director and other decision makers about the transition.
  • Seek direction from the Executive Director and other decision makers, as needed, to ensure alignment of approach across various levels of the Ministry.
  • Brief the Executive Director and other leadership on progress of the OBA development and implementation process, as required.

Provide strategic policy advise, information and analysis to inform priorities relevant to the Climate Leadership Plan.  

  • Provide analysis and strategic advice in support of development and implementation of the Climate Leadership Plan and related initiatives.
  • Effectively communicate progress, seek clarity, and brief senior decision-makers by providing accurate and timely updates, briefings and information about the development and implementation of priorities.
  • Identify linkages, issues and areas of concern across various policy initiatives (ministry, cross-ministry, federal or cross-jurisdictional) and recommend solutions accordingly.
  • Participate in internal and external engagement activities related to CLP and other relevant priorities as needed.
  • Work to integrate climate change mitigation and adaption policy.
  • Ensure cross-ministry alignment and effective partnerships and relationships, maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders to ensure successful development and delivery of programs.

Support Alberta’s interests at the regional, cross-provincial and national levels to integrate policy climate change mitigation policy.

  • Support Alberta’s input to federal climate change policy development processes.
  • Support Alberta’s engagement with other provinces and partners to ensure policies are informed by the learnings of other jurisdictions and are well communicated to others.
  • Explore and develop partnership opportunities with external stakeholders and governments, as appropriate

Manage and lead a team of professionals developing climate change policy in Alberta.

  • Provide effective leadership and support to a team of technical professionals.
  • Assure that resources are allocated in an equitable and efficient manner.
  • Provide effective performance management feedback.
  • Encourage growth, development and creativity in policy development and evaluation.
  • Coach and mentor staff, creating an organizational culture that embraces innovation and best practices.
  • Ensure the development of learning plans and integration of staff development opportunities across team.
  • Actively support a culture of holistic and broad thinking about team’s functions and how they impact current and future ministry priorities and operations
  • Collaborate with other branch leaders to foster staff development opportunities to enhance the capacity of the division to achieve its goals

Knowledge / Experience


The incumbent must possess significant expertise in policy and/or program development, preferably substantial management experience in environmental management, climate change policy, strategy, and/or program formulation.

A degree (masters preferred) in environmental science, political science, social science, business administration, or other related field plus extensive experience managing policy advisors, analysts, and managers in a complex environment.

The following knowledge, skills and experience are required:

  • Ability to lead and manage a number of priorities and processes simultaneously, with a focus on advancing the department's priorities and strategic objectives.
  • Ability to apply management principles, especially related to human resources, financial planning and communications.
  • Systems thinking and management skills to analyze complex issues and identify options or courses of action to address these issues.
  • Ability to build and maintain strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and negotiation skills.

The following knowledge, skills and experience are preferred:

  • Knowledge of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Knowledge of provincial and federal legislation and regulations related to climate change, including Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Climate Change and Emissions Management Act and Climate Leadership Implementation Act as well as other applicable legislation and regulations (i.e. Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Water Act, Alberta Land Stewardship Act) across the sustainable resources and environmental management-focused ministries.
  • In depth understanding of integrated nature of the climate change policy design system on the international, national, provincial and regional scales.
  • Thorough knowledge of roles, responsibilities and relationships across Government of Alberta, other agencies and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and issues management, including the Government of Alberta policy development process.

Leadership and Business Know-How


The position requires a high degree of collaboration within the ACCO, across Government Ministries and with external stakeholders.

Ability to manage relationships with external stakeholders - the incumbent will be regularly required to consult, negotiate, and communicate with senior representatives of stakeholder groups.

Excellent management skills, with ability to manage independently with limited direction.

Proven ability to drive to desired performance outcomes and ways of interacting in the team and with stakeholders.

Ability to provide leadership during times of increased stress on resources and on the environment during organizational change / building.

Ability to work collaboratively and provide leadership with a broad cross-section of government and non-government groups including environmental groups, other levels of government, industry and think tanks.

Project management skills to analyze issues, set priorities, address problems, request resources, manage resources, complete projects and manage meetings to maximize productivity.

Effective communication of Ministerial and Executive direction in the development of short and long-term strategic planning priorities.

Ability to communicate ideas to a variety of audiences through written and oral presentations and to anticipate how ideas communicated will be received.

Ability and flexibility to adapt leadership approach to address specific people and project situational challenges.

Ability to lead and motivate a team of professionals.

Problem Solving


Situations faced by the Director can be unstructured and without direct precedent, impacting provincial level priorities, policies and programs. Examples of challenges the incumbent is expected to address include:

  • Distilling critical policy risks and opportunities based on technical analysis of issues and policies, and communicating them to senior leadership to inform decision making process;
  • Influencing the work of other groups across government to ensure consistency across policies and initiatives;
  • Managing input and requests from external stakeholders to maintain the integrity of the policy process; and,
  • Maintaining network intelligence and knowledge of stakeholders’ perspectives to anticipate and inform how stakeholders are likely to respond to announcements, issues and actions by government.

The questions considered by the Director are broad and complex (e.g., what are the long-term policy levers to be addressed in order to facilitate accomplishment of CLP goals? What are the social, economic and environmental impacts of specific policy decisions?). The Director determines who to engage across a large spectrum of stakeholders, and how best to engage them so that the pathways are available for branch-staff to move through as part of their work. There is a requirement for creative and broad thinking / visioning to come to solutions. Creativity is applied to advising how policies and other work can be aligned with the stated climate change policy outcomes much of this work is nebulous although a process for exploration of options is employed so that decisions are based on sound evidence and analysis.

Strategic advice and recommendations are provided to the Executive Director, ADM and other ministry leaders; there must be confidence in the validity, accuracy, and rigour of the evidence that supports advice and recommendations (e.g., logic models, research and analysis plans).

Relationships / Contacts

Clients Frequency Nature and Purpose of Contact

Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister


As required, provide advice and strategic insight. Brief and provide updates.

Executive Director


Provide advice on or respond to issues, as appropriate; provide updates/receive direction on actions; raise awareness to strategic opportunities and threats of significance to engage Executive ministry attention.



Provide direction and communicate priorities. Communicate work plans. Vision setting and overall leadership; guidance for resolution of complex issues; leadership of employee engagement and development.

Office of the Deputy Minister and Office of the Minister

As required

Occasionally respond to queries for advice / information including updates on matters of importance to Deputy Minister or provide briefings (verbal / written) to Deputy Minister/Executive Committee.


Provincial and national organizations, industry representatives, industry associations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, technical experts


Obtain input, feedback on proposals, strategic directions, issues, priorities; Partnerships on provincial/national climate leadership initiatives; represent the GOA positions and perspectives on climate leadership.


As required

Provide advice and information as needed.

Consultants As required

Engage and oversee the management of contracts; review and approve deliverables.

Peers in other jurisdictions

As required

Liaise and share information; collaborate on initiatives.

Impact and Magnitude of Job (Scope)


The Director must develop and implement policies and programs that have impacts on all areas of society. The position will analyze the nature and objectives of our involvement, assess the different interests and objectives of our Minister, Executive Committee, and other key interested parties and, in collaboration with internal and cross-ministry officials. Decisions made by this position on the Climate Leadership Plan have impacts on various ministries and, therefore, coordination will be a critical task.

Policy must be developed in the context of national climate change policy actions and continental and international considerations and implications. If provincial policy is not aligned with existing and future federal requirements, Alberta may end up in a situation of meeting provincial requirements but failing to meet national standards, which can impact costs to industry and government.

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