Analyst & Researcher, Community Energy Initiative
Position: Analyst & Researcher, Community Energy Initiative
Location: Vancouver, BC
Start Date: October, 2019
Position Status: Full Time (37.5 hours/week), Salaried. Initial one year contract with strong opportunity for extension.
Salary Range: Starting $58,000 – $68,000 annually, depending on experience. Generous benefits package available after three months.
Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising nonprofit powered by the vision of people and nature thriving together. We develop innovative economic solutions that enable rural and remote communities across Canada to share in the management and benefit of local resources – from forestry to fisheries to housing to energy. Our on the ground work and systems approach is entrepreneurial, partnership based and relentlessly practical. Learn more at ecotrust.ca
Ecotrust Canada’s Community Energy initiative is focused on designing and implementing solutions to Energy Poverty in British Columbia’s rural and Indigenous communities. We adopt a multi-faceted approach: advancing proactive, strategic policy research to build toward systemic change while simultaneously working directly with communities on the ground to advance clean heating system retrofits and other household energy efficiency projects.
Our Community Energy initiative is growing and we seek an Analyst & Researcher to lead the successful execution of research and policy analysis, and to conduct analysis of household energy efficiency projects with community partners. We are seeking a highly organized individual with strong analytical skills and relevant industry and policy experience.
- Work with the Community Energy team to review research activities completed to date and identify any remaining gaps in data and resource collection
- Lead research and report-writing activities including data collection, writing, and analysis as needed to successfully execute assigned research projects
- Identify and analyze potential policy solutions to address challenges identified in research
- Conduct thorough technical, quantitative and qualitative analyses of potential policies and other solutions
- Lead and manage additional research projects as required from inception to delivery
- Create high-quality project deliverables, including reports, presentations, and briefing notes
- Support the development of at least one convening event or set of focus groups to provide input on policy options
- Lead the development of research & policy reports incorporating key findings from policy research and convening events
- Support outreach to policymakers including development of meeting materials and coordination of meetings with key decision-makers
- Develop and maintain constructive relationships with government, industry leaders, technology providers, thought leaders, other NGOS, and First Nations
- Cultivate relationships with individuals who have the power to influence decision makers
Community Project Responsibilities:
- Complete analysis of household efficiency retrofit opportunities to identify potential cost savings, fuel use reductions, greenhouse gas savings, and other emissions reductions for partner communities
- Support the preparation of retrofit analysis & research ‘case study’ reports and presentations for community partners
- Support the development of communication materials to introduce potential retrofit opportunities to Community Partners
- Support the design of a realistic data gathering process for households participating in retrofit projects
- Support community engagement and project coordination activities as required
Skills and Qualifications
Candidates must clearly reflect, with examples, the following skills and experience in their application.
- Minimum of an undergraduate degree in Economics, Business, Law, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or a related field
- At least two years of experience conducting complex research and analysis and/or policy development.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative technical research, especially in the areas of household energy efficiency, energy policy, and social policy
- Demonstrated ability to identify clear and relevant policy goals in a new topic area, and to design and execute effective analysis to identify the most impactful policy options
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Self-motivated and results-oriented, with the ability to take initiative and work independently with minimum supervision
- Excellent communication (oral and written)
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel
- Understanding of Canada’s colonial history, its ongoing impacts on Indigenous communities, and commitment to Reconciliation
- Understanding of building science principles and/or willingness to complete necessary training to meet sector-specific technical job requirements
- Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and social change through educational, professional, and volunteer experiences
- Ability to communicate complex technical matters in plain language
- Ability and willingness to travel
Other Valuable Qualifications:
- A master’s degree in Economics, Business, Law, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or a related field
- Prior experience in the design, management, or procurement of energy retrofits
- Familiarity with energy conservation measures for residential buildings, especially heating system retrofit opportunities in British Columbia
- Experience in the successful execution of public-facing policy or advocacy research, especially in the areas of energy and/or social policy
- Experience in facilitation and/or chairing meetings and group processes
- Understanding of the role of the British Columbia government in energy policy decisions, the relationship between BC and utilities, and the role of BC ministries in policy decisions
- Understanding of the concept of ‘Energy Poverty’ and awareness of the challenges posed by high energy bills to rural and Indigenous communities
- Previous experience with RETScreen and/or other energy modeling software
Candidates 30 years of age and younger are encouraged to apply as they may be eligible for funding through the ‘Youth Employment in Natural Resources’ program.
How to Apply: To apply please submit resume, cover letter, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Analyst & Researcher, Community Energy Initiative’ in the subject line by noon on September 18, 2019.