We’re Hiring! Program Manager, Embodied Emissions

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Program Manager, Embodied Emissions Centre of Excellence

About the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre and ZEBx

Seeded by a $21.7 million federal endowment, the Metro Vancouver Zero Emission Innovation Centre (ZEIC) is a purpose-built organization with a mandate to catalyze, accelerate and scale up market transformation across the region and make an important contribution to the zero-carbon economy across the province. ZEIC will advance urban climate solutions in the green building, transportation and renewable energy sectors through capacity-building, policy innovation, research, projects, impact investment, granting, partnerships and collaboration.

Working with diverse private, public and social sector players, the Centre will advance strategic priorities that help meet the ambitious 2030 and 2050 emissions-reduction targets of local, regional, provincial and federal governments and work with Indigenous Nations to support climate action priorities and initiatives. The Centre will focus on strategic agendas that align with the Province’s CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, Metro Vancouver’s Climate 2050 Roadmap for Buildings and the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. Equity, affordability, community health and well-being, environmental protection and economic development will be integrated into climate action programming.

A key program area within ZEIC is the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), which serves as an industry Centre of Excellence that strengthens the public, private, and civic capacities for zero-emissions buildings in Metro Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. ZEBx facilitates knowledge exchange between a variety of professionals in the building industry and maintains a community of practice through events, resource development and communications. ZEBx acts as a hub, interconnecting industry silos, and collaborates with industry associations, governments, utilities, researchers, educational institutions, suppliers and global experts.

The Opportunity

ZEBx is expanding its programming once again! We are developing a new program area focused on embodied emissions. As a result, ZEBx has an outstanding opportunity for a new program manager (PM). Embodied emissions are the GHGs generated by the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. BC and some of its local governments have signalled a clear intent to reduce embodied emissions. To make meaningful progress towards this goal, ZEBx, with financial support from Forestry Innovation Investments and the City of Vancouver, is launching an Embodied Emissions Centre of Excellence to help the building industry rise to the challenge.

ZEIC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants and candidates from diverse backgrounds and with non-traditional qualifications. As an organization, we care about and have policies to support equity, diversity and inclusion and a respectful workplace. ZEIC offers competitive salaries (commensurate with experience), generous group benefits and wellness days.

Position Overview

Working through the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) program area within ZEIC, the Manager of the Embodied Emissions Centre of Excellence is part of a cross-functional, inter-disciplinary team striving to advance policy evolution and harmonization, research, capacity-building, collaboration and market investments. Working closely with industry and policymaker leaders in the area of zero carbon buildings, the PM will help ZEIC accelerate the adoption of low-carbon building materials for new construction and retrofits, as well as the advancement of a circular economy for the building sector.

The PM will contribute thought leadership, program planning, implementation expertise, a spirit of innovation, creativity, teamwork, and collaboration to a growing team of highly motivated professionals. The PM will report to the Director, ZEBx and will lead initiatives involving cross-functional project teams that may include other staff from within ZEIC and/or external partners and contributors. The PM may have supervisory responsibilities and will manage external consultants and/or contractors.

Duties and responsibilities:

· Lead, coordinate, or support initiatives that advance a holistic view of climate action that includes innovative and pragmatic approaches to reducing embodied emissions and integrates, where feasible, co-benefits related to climate adaptation and resilience, equity, economic development among other benefiits;

· Develop and expand collaborations, partnerships and work cross-functionally with external organizations in public and private sectors to complete the program’s work plan (currently under development);

· Represent ZEIC at public events, meetings, workshops, consultations, networking events, and in external advisory groups;

· Work with ZEIC staff and external organizations to establish strategic priorities and annual work plans;

· Develop and manage external consultant contracts (including scopes of work, requests for proposals, and contract execution);

· Help build and grow the reputation of ZEIC and the program area as a credible, trusted, and effective resource for the industry;

· Develop, track, and report key performance indicators to assess the program’s effectiveness and impact;

· Develop and track budgets and progress for projects and initiatives;

· Organize and host online and in-person events;

· Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of case studies, articles, and other curated resources for different stakeholders;

· Seek and apply for funding opportunities;

· Assist with quarterly and annual reporting;

· Assist with promotion and communications as it relates to the program area;

· Stay abreast of current issues, trends and opportunities;

· Stay informed and track initiatives and programs led by other organizations that contribute to the goals and objectives of the program to ensure ZEIC program builds on existing and developing efforts;

· Supervise project teams and support staff within ZEIC, as required; and

· Other duties, as required.

Education and Experience Requirements:

· A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in planning, engineering, architecture or related field,

· A minimum of five years of experience managing programs or collaborative projects which included planning, design, implementation, outreach, engagement, and evaluation,

· A minimum of five years of building sector experience, preferably related to development, design or construction, or

· A relevant combination of the above-noted education and experience,

· Experience developing and managing work plans and program budgets;

· Experience designing, developing and implementing programs, evaluating program effectiveness, outcomes and adaptation strategies;

· Experience and demonstrated capacity to effectively engage and communicate with a diverse spectrum of building professionals, ranging from architects, builders, tradespeople to equipment suppliers, developers, industry associations, and government; and

· Experience developing project requirements for (and managing) consultants and contracts;

· Experience reading and understanding technical reports and construction project documentation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Advanced knowledge of embodied emissions, environmental product declarations and whole-building life cycle assessments,

· Strong knowledge of and experience leading engagement and change management initiatives,

· Strong leadership, collaboration and communications skills (both verbal and written),

· Strong interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills,

· Strong presentation and excellent report-writing skills,

· Strong organizational and project management skills to effectively deal with multiple tasks and competing priorities,

· Extensive knowledge of the building industry,

· Demonstrated commitment to addressing climate action with a passion for sustainability and zero-emissions buildings,

· Demonstrated capacity as a self-starter, quick-learner, and ability to work independently while functioning effectively in a team environment,

· Knowledge of the circular economy and waste management and diversion in the building industry is an asset.

Contract, Remuneration and Application Guidance

This is a two-year, temporary full-time position which may be extended if additional funding is obtained for the program area. If interested, you are invited to submit a résumé and one-page cover letter, outlining how you meet or exceed the qualifications required for the job. Please merge both your résumé and covering letter into one document.

The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $95,000. We ask all candidates to submit their salary expectation in their cover letter, the remuneration for this position will be commensurate with your knowledge, skills and experience. Please include a minimum of two references.

The position requires a hybrid work arrangement involving both work from home and office.  Occasional evening work may be required as part of program-related events.  Flexible work arrangements will be considered.

Open for Applicants Until Filled

We encourage all applicants to apply immediately as this job opportunity will remain open until filled. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.

Job Type: Temporary Full-time

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