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ZEBx Program Manager, Retrofits

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. We have successfully built a community of practice that exchanges knowledge of how to decarbonize the building sector.  As a hub for this community of practice, ZEBx interconnects a variety of professionals in the building industry and grows capacity through through events, resource development and communications.

In lockstep with the growing focus on building retrofits, ZEBx is expanding its programming once again! With increasingly stringent energy-efficiency requirements for new buildings and the growing number of new, all-electric buildings, the vast majority of the building sector’s future emissions will come from burning fossil fuels in older buildings. We have created a position for a program manager (PM) who will focus on deep emissions retrofits, primarily of large buildings. This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual with a passion for climate action, extensive experience in project management, business planning and stakeholder engagement, and a good knowledge of building operations, management and retrofits. If you want to make a difference in addressing climate change, apply to help us accelerate and scale up building retrofits.

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, wellness days and opportunities for professional growth.

Position Overview

As a member of the ZEBx team, the PM will be part of a cross-functional, inter-disciplinary team striving to advance zero-emissions buildings through building regulations and policies, outreach and engagement, capacity-building and collaboration. 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. As a PM, you will have the ability to help shape a dynamic organization that is supporting market tranformation of the BC building sector.

Working closely Metro Vancouver Regional District, industry leaders, the PM will help ZEBx accelerate and scale up building retrofits focused on electrification of mechanical systems, as well as energy conservation measures and resiliency improvements. To help achieve this objective, the PM will, among other tasks, lead the development of a retrofit accelerator.

The early stages of the role will be focused on developing and evaluating the retrofit accelerator scope, service delivery models, business plan, program design, and implementation plans.  The position will work closely with other ZEIC staff with expertise in finance, business planning, engagement and green buildings.  Beyond project initiation and the development of the retrofit accelerator program concept, the role will be be focused on leading implementation efforts with other internal staff and/or external partners and agents who may be part of the preferred service delivery model.  The PM will report to the Director, ZEBx and will have some supervisory responsibilities, including managing external consultants and/or contractors.

This is a temporary, full-time position with a three-year term, which may be extended subject to funding for ongoing implementation.  The position requires a hybrid work arrangement involving both work from an office in Vancouver (approximately two days a week) and from home. Flexible work arrangements will be considered.

The position is in Pay Band 10, which has an annual salary ranging from $80,000 to $120,000.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, evaluation and delivery of a Metro Vancouver-wide retrofit accelerator, including, but not limited to program scope and design, business plan, operational structure, sustainable revenue model and concierge-style program streams;
  • Develop an expertise in, and act as ZEBx’s specialist for retrofits of both small and large buildings;
  • Represent ZEBx at at public and private events, meetings, workshops, committees and advisory groups
  • Establish strategic priorities and annual work plans;
  • Develop and expand collaborations and partnerships with external organizations in public and private sectors to, among other outcomes, complete the program’s work plan;
  • Develop, track, and report budgets, work plan progress and key performance indicators to assess the program’s effectiveness and impact;
  • Develop and manage external consultant contracts (including scopes of work, requests for proposals, and contract execution);
  • 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;
  • Engage and communicate with a diverse spectrum of building professionals, ranging from property managers, building owners and engineers and tradespeople to financial institutions, industry associations, and government;
  • Assist with quarterly and annual reporting;
  • Assist with promotion and communications as it relates to the program area;
  • Stay informed of relevant issues, trends, opportunities, as well as initiatives and programs led by other organizations that contribute to the goals and objectives of the program; and
  • Other duties, as required.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in business administration, engineering, architecture or a related field;
  • A minimum of ten years of experience managing multi-stakeholder projects which included business case development and program design, implementation and evaluation;
  • A minimum of five years of building sector experience, preferably related to existing commercial or multi-family buildings;
  • Experience leading project and/or staff teams;
  • Experience with building retrofit projects, renovations and renewals;
  • Experience with community and stakeholder outreach and engagement;
  • Experience developing project requirements for (and managing) consultants and contracts;
  • A relevant combination of the above-noted education and experience;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership, analytical and critical-thinking skills;
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills to effectively deal with multiple tasks and competing priorities;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (both verbal and written);
  • Excellent presentation and report-writing skills;
  • Good understanding of sustainable revenue-generation strategies for start-up organizations;
  • Good understanding of grants, loans and other financial products that are available to non-profits and building owners;
  • Good understanding of market-level change management initiatives;
  • Demonstrated capacity as a self-starter, quick learner;
  • Proven ability to work independently while functioning effectively in a team environment

Application Guidance

Please merge both your résumé and covering letter into one document and include a minimum of two references.

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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