Position: Project Manager, Community Energy Initiative
Location: Based in Coastal BC. Position is Remote.
Position Status: One Year Full Time Contract (Maternity Leave)
Salary Range: Starting at $58,000-65,000 depending on qualifications. Generous benefits package available after three months.
Application Deadline: September 13, Noon, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: October, 2022
How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the title ‘Project Manager Application’.
Ecotrust Canada’s Community Energy initiative is focused on designing and implementing solutions to Energy Poverty in British Columbia’s rural and Indigenous communities. Our vision is energy security for all – where nobody has to choose between heating their homes and feeding their families. We adopt a multi-faceted approach: advancing proactive, strategic policy research and regional engagement to build toward systemic change while simultaneously working directly with communities on the ground to advance heating system retrofits and other household energy efficiency projects.
Our Community Energy Initiative recently launched a new project supporting strategic capacity-building across rural and Indigenous communities in Coastal BC. The project involves training and mentoring local candidates from under-represented groups to become certified Energy Advisors in Coastal BC. Energy Advisors evaluate the energy efficiency of homes — including the building itself and the systems within it — and provide reports that offer guidance and recommendations about how to reduce energy consumption, expenses, and emissions, as well as improve household comfort and safety. These evaluations offer clear and valuable data to homeowners about their home’s energy efficiency and opportunities for improvement, as well as access funding to complete upgrades.
The initial training sessions are now complete and seven participants are now in the process of becoming certified Energy Advisors. We are hiring a Project Manager to cover a maternity leave, continuing the successful execution of this training program and supporting the implementation of retrofit projects. The successful candidate will provide coordination to assist Energy Advisor candidates throughout the remaining months of the training and mentorship program, and then support newly certified Energy Advisors to provide their services across the coastal region. This role will also play a significant role supporting other community-based energy efficiency project work, for example by coordinating energy efficiency installations with partner communities. The position will report directly to the Retrofits Program Manager.
As this role is focused on supporting the training of Energy Advisors and implementation of energy efficiency projects in rural and Indigenous communities, we encourage candidates for this position with lived experience in the rural and remote coastal communities of British Columbia. We also encourage candidates from groups under-represented in the energy industry (new Canadians, women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and persons with disabilities), and particularly encourage Indigenous candidates living in the region’s communities to apply.
Responsibilities – Energy Advisor Project
- Lead and manage the Energy Advisor (EA) training & mentorship program
- Serve as primary point of contact and develop relationships with trainees to ensure they are familiar and up to date with program tasks and requirements and feel supported throughout
- Lead coordination with project partners and project team to support effective project execution and respond to emerging training needs
- Lead coordination of travel and logistics for in-person EA training sessions, for community visits by certified EAs, and other community visits and workshops as required
- Lead development of promotional materials across the retrofit initiative and support EA trainees in promoting their offerings
- Coordinate among EA trainees, community representatives, and our partner service organization to facilitate EA visits that include evaluating multiple homes on the same trip (ie. bulk audits)
- Provide a point of contact for households interested in EA services, maintain an up-to-date list, and conduct outreach to interested households at the time of bulk audit coordination as appropriate
- Lead reporting on EA project to funders, and work in alignment with goals and protocols established in agreements and contracts with project partners
Responsibilities – Retrofits Coordination & Initiative Support
- Lead or support the coordination of community retrofit projects, community energy efficiency assessments, grant applications, and other retrofit project activities as assigned
- Support the Community Energy Initiative in planning, coordinating, and delivering events and workshops as required
- Support policy and research activities as required
- Actively promote Community Energy Initiative offerings and develop new relationships that can help grow our impact
- Complete all of the above in a regionally and culturally sensitive and informed manner that ensures the wellbeing of the community and individual partners and considers their goals in all areas
- Support the development and growth of the Community Energy Initiative’s overall impact by:
- Providing input to the overall strategic direction and day-to-day processes of the Community Energy initiative
- Supporting the identification of new potential partnerships with communities, government, and NGOs
- Supporting the development of opportunities for funding and investment to sustain and grow the initiative’s impact
- Undergraduate Degree in Community Planning, Public Policy, Indigenous Studies, Economics, Arts, Business, Natural Resources or other related fields, or 4+ years equivalent work experience in a relevant field
- At least two years’ experience in project management in a business, community environment, or related context
- Self-motivated and results-oriented, with the ability to take initiative and work independently
- Understanding of Canada’s colonial history, its ongoing impacts on Indigenous communities, and commitment to Decolonization, Reconciliation and justice-seeking endeavours
- Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
- Interest in working in energy efficiency sector and willing to learn related subject matter
- Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and social change through educational, professional, and volunteer experiences
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively throughout the Coastal BC region (est. once/month)
- Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends
- Lived experience in rural and Indigenous communities in Coastal BC
- Experience in community engagement, facilitation and/or leading group processes
- Understanding of building science principles and/or experience with energy retrofit projects
- Experience in managing and/or executing research & community engagement activities
- Interest in justice-based energy projects that improve access to affordable, clean energy
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘NRCan Project Manager Application’ by Noon on Tuesday September 13, 2022.