Principal Climate Strategist

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at this exciting opportunity by listening to Chandra Tomaras, Director of Environment and Climate Resilience, in this exclusive podcast ( In the recording, Chandra provides our listeners with an overview of the important work the Principal Climate Strategist will do for our City. We also gain insight into the leadership qualities that will best position the incumbent for success. To view a transcript of the conversation, visit 


The Role:
Reporting to the Director, Environment and Climate Resilience, the Principal Climate Strategist is one of the subject matter experts for the Energy Transition and Adaptation program, and will collaborate with multiple stakeholders to update, implement, and maintain strategies of the program. 

With an impact on all City departments, services, infrastructure, external partnerships, and future development and redevelopment, this position is a technical expert with the ability and experience to manage a team of professionals dedicated to collaborating in the delivery of the Energy Transition and Climate Adaptation program.


Goals and deliverables:

  • Lead a team of professional scientists, analysts/advisors dedicated to the delivery of the City’s climate strategies 
  • Establish a supportive and accountable culture, and ensure exceptional client service to the organization
  • Provide leadership and direction for the group that will provide recommendations on the development of climate resilience planning processes, programs, and policies 
  • Coordinate and engage with City Council, internal stakeholders and citizens to establish and lead processes to ensure the program is clearly articulated 
  • Guide staff to work with stakeholders to develop strategic plans to achieve climate resilience outcomes and targets, while identifying touch points that will be impacted by the plans and frameworks and processes needed for implementation and change management
  • Research new national leading methodologies and processes related to climate resilience, when existing practices don’t exist
  • Actively participate in the development of strategies for the Section and Branch and in alignment with the City’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Climate Resilient Edmonton Adaptation Strategy
  • Establish and lead processes to continually explore and evaluate program risks and opportunities for Edmonton and update the program accordingly
  • Build new and innovative collaborative partnerships with external agencies, orders of government and community organizations
  • Anticipate business opportunities, influence policy, planning and initiatives, and foster a culture of accountability through performance measurement
  • Integrate multi-disciplinary teams to work collaboratively with stakeholders supporting corporate priorities 



  • Broad knowledge and understanding of climate change 
  • Knowledge, training and/or education in Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Urban Studies, Management and/or related disciplines
  • Experience in a leadership role within a large, complex organization
  • Experience managing the delivery of significant, complex and multi-dimensional projects
  • Expertise in climate change mitigation, adaptation planning and policy development
  • Experience managing change in a large complex organization



  • Masters Degree in a related field


What does success look like?

  • Think strategically to address large, complex issues, to manage emergent projects while steering dynamically
  • Build a respectful workplace culture through a values-based influencer approach and work collaboratively
  • Understand complex municipal subject matter and build influential relationships with external agencies, orders of government, community organizations, and internal departments and branches
  • Communicate with strong political acumen, strategic planning, issue resolution and decision-making skills
  • Present complex ideas to diverse audiences, build positive relationships and establish clear expectations 
  • Service excellence, embracing diversity and promoting inclusiveness
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Cultural Commitments of Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, fostering an environment for others to do the same. For more information on the City’s Cultural Commitments, please visit 
  • Demonstrate the foundational competencies, key behaviours and attributes of the City’s six leadership competencies: Courage, Inclusivity, Values-Based Influencer, Collaborative Networker, Systems Thinker and Creative Innovator. For more information on the City’s leadership competencies, please visit 


The City of Edmonton is committed to inclusive, respectful and equitable workplaces that represent the communities we serve. We continuously improve our systems, policies and practices to remove barriers and ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. We encourage applications from courageous leaders who intentionally promote respect and inclusion on their teams. To learn more, see the Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework ( and the Indigenous Framework (


The City of Edmonton strives to provide reasonable access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. If you would like to request an accommodation at any stage of the process, please contact 


1 Permanent Full-time position 


Talent sourced through this process may be considered for similar opportunities within the City of Edmonton.


Hire is dependent on Criminal Information Check satisfactory to the City of Edmonton; there may be a cost associated with this requirement.


Hours of Work: 36.9 hours per week, Monday - Friday. This position may be eligible for the Hybrid Work Program.

Salary: $104,609.00 - $149,441.00 Annually

Talent Acquisition Consultant: JM/MZ

Classification Title: PT4 - Economic Policy Analyst

Posting Date: May 3, 2024

Closing Date: June 2, 2024 11:59:00 PM (MDT)

Number of Openings (up to): 1 - Permanent Full-time

Union: Management

Department: Planning and Environment Services

Work Location(s): 8th Floor Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue   Edmonton T5J 0J4