Co-Executive Director

As Youth Climate Lab’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Ana Gonzalez Guerrero, moves on to tackle her next adventure, YCL is looking for a new senior leader! The Co-ED will work hand-in-hand with YCL’s current Executive Director, staff and Board of Directors to sustain and scale YCL’s strategy, partnerships, operations and programs. Read on to learn more about YCL, the role and how to apply.

Location: Remote, Canada
Term: Full-time permanent
Ideal Start Date: November 1, 2021
Reports to: Board of Directors
Supervises: Managers of Finance and Operations, Programs, Design and Community and Business Development.

Find more information about the role here: Applications close on September 7th 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

If you are having trouble accessing this application, please email <[email protected]>.

Ideal Candidate

As an ideal candidate, you are driven, entrepreneurial, collaborative,innovative and level-up your leadership skills. You are passionate about furthering youth-led climate action and are inspired by the opportunity to work with a deeply invested team to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis. You excel at creating new connections and enjoy engaging with youth, diverse funders, partners, staff, Board members, and other stakeholders to sustain and scale the groundwork laid since YCL’s inception in 2017. 

What You Bring 

Required Qualifications


  • A post-secondary degree or a combination of entrepreneurial and/or lived experience in a related environmental, policy or business field
  • 3+ years managing projects, programs or organizations  
  • 2+ years managing teams of staff and/or volunteers, including delegating, managing workloads, addressing issues and supporting professional development  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Strong work ethic with a dedication to advancing youth-led climate action 
  • Entrepreneurial with developed strategic thinking skills—able to identify and capture new opportunities 
  • Commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) and decolonization 
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including listening, empathy, conflict resolution, negotiation, coaching and providing feedback 
  • Adept in relationship-building, facilitation and collaboration, including understanding stakeholders goals, strengths and weakness, and activating opportunities for support, mutual growth and accountability 
  • Excellent business writing and verbal communication skills in English
  • Persuasive—skilled at communicating a vision and inspire confidence across diverse stakeholders from youth to indigenous communities and governments
  • Creative and with appetite for experimenting with new and diverse groups 
  • Highly organized with knowledge of project management and budgeting best practices 
  • Flexible and comfortable with uncertainty and fast-paced environments 
  • Self-aware able to self-manage and ask for help when navigating stress and uncertainty

Desired Qualifications


  • Proven track record for generating revenue and/or fundraising
  • Experience working within the Canadian nonprofit sector and/or serving on a Board
  • Experience participating in strategic planning processes 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Well connected and respected in the climate action ecosystem 
  • Skilled at applying justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) and decolonization concepts and approaches
  • Strong understanding of business and financial management practices, including operational finance, budgeting, and return on investment (ROI) analyses  
  • Proficient in written and verbal French 


  • Access to personal computer and cell phone
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations
  • Be eligible to travel internationally 

*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.


Annual Salary: $55,000-65,000 depending on experience

Professional Development: Executive Coaching and a minimum of $1,000 for discretionary for professional development

Health and Wellness: $1,000 allowance 


You are joining a kick ass work team with a supportive, exciting culture with:

  • Flexible work schedules 
  • Unlimited personal days
  • 2-weeks vacation and 2-3 weeks off during holidays
  • Paid travel to conferences around the world—from the UN Headquarters in NYC to COP in Paris and Poland, Globe in Vancouver, SOCAP in San Francisco and more!

Awards & Recognition

Be in the spotlight for awards and keynote speeches. Past leaders and staff at YCL have won 30 Under 30 Corporate Knights, Clean 50 Emerging Leaders, and Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists. Likewise, YCL directors have spoken over 100 panels over the past 4 years.

How to Apply:

Youth Climate Lab has retained Alyssa McDonald to support the Search Committee in hiring for this role. For more information about this exciting leadership opportunity, please contact her at [email protected]. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. YCL is an equal opportunity employer. YCL and its executives are committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and to encouraging a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, developing and promoting volunteers and employees without discrimination or harassment. We believe that having staff who have different lived experiences and who are from different social locations is vital in demonstrating commitment to equitable representation.  Equal opportunity and inclusion are essential to Youth Climate Lab's mission and values. Youth Climate Lab does not discriminate in any area of recruitment, employment, or volunteer work including compensation, benefits, hiring, and promotions and terminations. We believe and are committed to treating  all volunteers and employees with respect and employment actions should be based on job-related factors. Employment actions must not be based on race, colour, religion, creed, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran or service member status, citizenship status when otherwise legally able to work, or any other characteristic protected by law.


August 11, 2021




Full-time Permanent




Youth Climate Lab