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Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) -- a Council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association -- is a...


Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) — a Council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association — is a plastics industry initiative committed to the responsible use and recovery of plastic resources. EPIC is dedicated to sustainable plastics recycling and to minimizing plastic waste sent to landfill.

EPIC currently seeks to fill two job positions outlined below.

Job Title: Coordinator of EPIC National Communications

Responsible to: CPIA/EPIC Vice President

Overall Responsibility: Develop an overall strategy for EPIC’s communications activities that would best capitalize on existing resources while exploring the creation of new communications vehicles. Specifically, the strategy will ensure EPIC’s communications are aligned with existing issues/concerns and include programs to:

a)Support EPIC’s pro-active advocacy with municipalities by providing the necessary communication materials and resources.
b)Expand the reach of EPIC’s teacher resources through electronic delivery.
c)Target EPIC’s communications vehicles to include health officials, brand owners and employees of the plastic industry and the public while maintaining a focus on EPIC’s existing key audiences — federal/provincial/municipal officials, politicians and media, NGO’s and teachers.
d)Manage the electronic delivery of EPIC’s communication activities with the dual objective of improving the effectiveness, cost efficiency and maximizing awareness of EPIC communications.

Key Job Responsibilities:

1)Develop and implement a strategic plan to capitalize on the delivery of EPIC’s communications program. This will involve:

-Reviewing data from EPIC recent opinion survey of targeted audiences and ensuring alignment of plan with their feedback
-Overseeing focus groups of brand owners to determine needs
-Confirming communication objectives for targeted audiences
-Devising overall communications strategy and plan to improve effectiveness in addressing issues/concerns and to maximize awareness of EPIC resources

2) Develop and implement components that will support EPIC’s municipal representatives and deliver EPIC’s municipal outreach in the various regions across the country. This will involve working with these representatives to determine needs, to establish deliverables and to develop any required communication materials, resources/web site tools. These communications materials will consist of, but won’t be limited to:
-development of fact sheets
-development of sample letters on issues
-development of pro forma presentations
-compilation of EPIC materials for use on issues
-development of new web site resources

3) Develop and implement components to expand reach of EPIC communications to health influencers, brand owners and employees of the plastics industry. This will involve spearheading the development (with potential to include writing of) of new electronic communication vehicles, as deemed necessary.

4) Manage information on the relevant areas of EPIC’s web site to ensure it is up to date, contains information of use to EPIC audiences and is assembled for ease of access and maintenance using CPIA’s information management system. This will include:

i.Maximizing use and currency of electronic lists for targeted audiences
ii.Working with other stakeholders to find opportunities to leverage EPIC’s existing resources
iii.Populating web site with information resources specific to plastics as environmental and health solutions

5) Assume the lead role in responding to media enquiries. Track and respond, as appropriate, to external media coverage and develop a strategy to deal with negative media coverage.

Qualifications:

Related work experience and knowledge/background of solid waste management issues;

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate
technical information clearly to non-technical audiences;

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, essential to effective networking and program delivery in a diverse multi-stakeholder environment;

Demonstrated leadership in working with others to achieve common objectives;

Proficient with computers, e-mail, Microsoft Office and conducting Internet research;

An asset would be knowledge of plastics and plastics technology.

Compensation and Employment Terms:

This will be a contract for services for one year with option for annual renewals subject to a standard cancellation clause of 60 days. Compensation will be a negotiated daily rate with guaranteed monthly minimums with flexible hours of work as required for meeting EPIC’s needs.

Send Resume and Letter of Interest to rgauvin@cpia.ca by October 1, 2004.

Job Title: EPIC Municipal Programs Representative (Ontario)

Responsible to: CPIA/EPIC Vice President

Overall Responsibility: In the province of Ontario, works with municipalities to reduce plastics going to landfill by engaging in pro-active advocacy to improve the efficiency of plastics recycling, to advance the acceptance of energy from waste options, and to increase the perception of the environmental and societal benefits of plastics among key audiences.

Nature of Work and Links: Primary work will involve developing and maintaining ongoing relations with municipal councilors and their staff and with key municipal waste management officials on how to effectively manage plastics at their end-of-life. Secondary audiences will involve networking with environmental and recycling organizations in the region as well as provincial and industry NGO organizations.

This will involve orientation about plastics and EPIC’s resources and tools.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Overall
Develop a strategic business plan for the geographic region in consultation with CPIA/EPIC Vice President which focuses on key issues and relevant municipalities at risk & the programs appropriate for each.
.
Use EPIC’s provincial plastics recovery strategies and integrated waste management approach as the framework for the development of the strategic business plan.

Implement, develop and maintain ongoing relations with elected municipal representatives and their staff and key municipal waste management officials. This would also include the preparation and delivery of presentations and submissions to council and to officials.

Suggest future product stewardship projects and identify potential partners relevant to municipalities and to the advancement of EPIC objectives.

Advise on ways to increase the awareness and effectiveness and EPIC communications vehicles and tools.

Specific

Audit targeted municipal recycling operations and suggest ways to improve plastic recycling using EPIC’s tools and resources.

Advise and assist municipalities and municipal associations implement successful and sustainable plastic waste management programs, including "All Plastic Bottle Collection Programs" & best practices for efficient and effective plastics recycling.

Provide information to key stakeholders on gasification and energy recovery
options for treatment of non-recyclable plastics.

Provide information on plastic recycling markets and facilitate links with them.

Support other programs specific to market segments such as used oil, dairy containers and others as appropriate.

Participate in regional Recycling Councils and other environmental and municipal organizations. This may include membership on the key committees and input their policy directions.

Become fluent in the workings of the EPIC/CSR IWM computer model and work with targeted municipalities on using the model in the developme
nt of municipal waste management strategies.

Provide technical information and advice concerning sustainable plastic recycling and waste management to companies, government, municipalities, NGO’s and the public. This in
cludes responding to inquiries on plastic waste management.

Maintain effective office services, including telecommunications and computer services, accounting and security, in order to meet all stakeholder needs.

Establish working relationships with education coordinators in the targeted municipalities and keep them informed about EPIC’s resources for teachers.

Suggest future product stewardship projects and identify potential partners relevant to municipalities and to the advancement of EPIC objectives.

Advise on ways to increase the awareness and effectiveness and EPIC communications vehicles and tools.

Leadership: A key approach is to “always be at the table” to advocate, assist, lead or participate in sustainable plastics waste management and recycling initiatives.

Will involve the EPIC/CPIA Vice President in key meetings at senior levels and regular briefings with EPIC/CPIA Vice President and EPIC committees.

Working Conditions: Networking with key municipalities is essential to achieving EPIC objectives. This networking often involves working independently to schedule and conduct teleconferences, face to face meetings, visits to municipalities requiring frequent travel within the region

The independent contractor will be required to supply a home office environment.

Qualifications:

Related work experience and knowledge/background of solid waste issues;

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information clearly to non-technical audiences;

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, essential to effective networking and program delivery with diverse audiences;

Demonstrated leadership in working with stakeholders;

Flexibility to travel to meetings as required by a job function;

Proficient with computers, e-mail, Microsoft Office and Internet research;

An asset would be knowledge of plastics and plastics technology;

At ease while working with elected and municipal staff at senior levels;

Demonstrated negotiating and diplomatic skills and experience in long term relationship building.

Compensation and Employment Terms:

This will be a contract for services for one year with option for annual renewals subject to a standard cancellation clause of 60 days. Compensation will be a negotiated daily rate with guaranteed monthly minimums with flexible hours of work as required for meeting EPIC’s needs

Send Resume and Letter of Interest to rgauvin@cpia.ca by October 1, 2004.


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