Coal Transition Community Coordinator – Temporary 18 month contract term

Job Title: Coal Transition Community Coordinator
Term: 18 month contract term
Posted on: 04/02/2020,
Closing Date: 21/02/2020
Department: Corporate Services Division

Position Title:                    Coal Transition Community Coordinator
Reports to:                         City Manager
Business Division:            Corporate Services Division
Duration: 18-month contract term

The City is seeking a dynamic, motivated individual to assist to determine the economic impact of local resource-based industries. Under the direction of the supervision of the City Manager, The Coal Transition Community Coordinator helps to mitigate, define the needs and develop strategies to minimize the impact for workers, families and communities from the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining in the Estevan area, specifically the closure of Units 4 & 5 at Boundary Dam Power Station. Over the 2 year term, this position will work with multiple partners to develop a regional strategic plan with a focus on a regional vision and inter-municipal cooperation. Key recommendations will enable collaborative action in the region.

The Coal Transition Community Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Compile and maintain a community profile database.
  • Identify key stakeholders affected by the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining in the Estevan area or who may have an interest in the issue e.g. elected officials (e.g., mayors, councillors, MPPs), municipal/provincial/federal staff, public interest and ratepayers groups, media, members of the general public and other key stakeholders.
  • Research interests, demographics and unique features of the community (e.g., recent economic and growth trends and new facilities development).
  • Prepare a range of written documents and communication pieces to inform/educate stakeholders about the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining in the Estevan area.
  • Respond to written enquiries and document consultation process in reports for the purposes of regulatory proceedings including written products such as letters, reports, notes of the meeting, evidence for regulatory applications and hearings, news releases, newspaper ads, information panels and web copy in support of coal transition or community issues.
  • Attend relevant meetings and community issues.
  • Assist the Economic Development Board and City Staff in implementing community relations programs.
  • Prepare supporting documents and materials for discussions and meetings with key audiences (e.g., council presentation).
  • Organize public consultation activities, e.g., public information centres, community meetings and other community events in relation to the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining in the Estevan area.
  • Manage logistics with respect to venues, arranging staff attendance and the production and transport of supporting materials.
  • Provide a communications link between key stakeholders (e.g., municipal staff, elected officials, special interest groups, property owners) and the Economic Development Board.
  • Ensure information exchange is conducted in a timely manner and updates are provided on a regular basis.
  • Document all correspondence, written and oral in the database.
  • Respond to telephone or email enquiries from the general public and the media when they show interest or concern in matters related to the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining in the Estevan area or other activities or issues affecting Estevan and area communities.
  • Track all public contacts in the database.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of community relations/public affairs and specifically public consultation research and techniques.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Provide advice and operational support to the Economic Development Board and City Staff in the development of the strategic communications positions, consultations strategies, key messages and background briefing material.
  • Prepare and produce a comprehensive strategic plan for the Estevan and area communities transitioning from the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining in the Estevan area.


The Candidate:

The successful candidate has completed a university degree or equivalent in a discipline that includes public administration and corporate communications; specializing in public affairs and consultation to evaluate and interpret trends and public opinion patterns. A period of 8 years and up to and including 10 years is considered necessary to gain this experience. Coal Transition Community Coordinator requires experience in such fields as corporate communications, public affairs and media relations to be familiar with the preparation of public information centres, stakeholder meetings, the preparation of material for publication, documentation testimony at public hearings for public relations and public consultation programs. Familiarity with the City of Estevan and area, the responsibilities, contacts in the areas to be addressed, the developing and organizing of community relations programs are vital to this role. Good knowledge of English and communication skills to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with all levels of management, municipals officials, community leaders and the general public; in-depth experience in influencing and managing relationships with elected officials (provincial and municipal), community groups, and stakeholders is required. Finally, the candidate would be experienced in managing sensitive issues in an often highly charged, political/environment and identifying conflicting and emerging issues that may impact the communities.

If you share our passion for the development of our community and are ready to play a lead role in building a bright future, we would love to hear from you!

Please apply to:
Sheryl March, Human Resource Generalist
1102- 4th Street
Estevan, SK S4A 0W7
Ph: (306) 634-1841
Fx: (306) 634-9790


Thank you for considering this opportunity and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. If you are being considered for an interview or other assessment we will be in touch. Furthermore, if you are being considered for an interview and require special accommodations please let us know. Finally, short-listed candidates will be asked to pass a reliability check (which could include a criminal background check, driver’s license abstract, education verification, etc.).

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020. The City of Estevan offers a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package.