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Apply with Indeed here with cover letter and resume by Jun 4, 2023.

ZEBx Program Manager

Join us! We’re passionate about making progress on climate action and committed to making a positive difference in communities. Keen to join a caring, capable, and committed team doing great work on the path to Net Zero? Please apply with a cover letter and resume.

About the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre
Seeded by a $21.7 million federal endowment, the Zero Emission Innovation Centre (ZEIC) is a purpose-built charitable organization dedicated to market transformation and enabling zero carbon communities and economies across the region and province. ZEIC is part of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Network established by the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

ZEIC’s vision is that, together, we enable a new era of climate action and innovation for an inclusive, prosperous, and healthy zero carbon future in our region by 2050. We advance urban climate solutions in the green building, transportation, and renewable energy sectors through (1) partnerships and collaborations, (2) impact investment, (3) granting, and (4) education, training, and capacity-building.

Working with governments, Indigenous partners, industry, and others, we support ambitious climate policy, address barriers, and catalyze, accelerate, and scale innovation to strengthen equitable and resilient communities for current and future generations. To deliver impact, we:

  • Connect and activate partners, investors and action-takers;
  • Demonstrate and showcase viable solutions; and
  • Invest in capacity building and readiness to scale climate actions.

ZEIC’s strategic directions align with provincial, regional, and local climate action plans. Our programs help communities make progress towards their 2030 emissions reduction targets. Equity, long-term affordability, community health and well-being, environmental protection, and economic development are integral to how we develop and deliver our climate action programs.

About ZEIC’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange Program Area
The Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) is a program of ZEIC that specializes in the decarbonization of new and existing buildings. It serves as an industry Centre of Excellence that strengthens the public, private, and civic capacities for zero-emissions buildings in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. Working closely with industry and governments, ZEBx facilitates knowledge exchange between a variety of practitioners in the building industry and maintains a community of practice through events, resource development and communications. It acts as a hub, interconnecting industry silos, and collaborates with industry associations, governments, utilities, researchers, educational institutions, suppliers and global experts.

Position Overview
Working within the broader ZEIC building sector team, the ZEBx Program Manager will be part of a cross-functional, inter-disciplinary team striving to accelerate adoption of high-performance building targets by local governments through industry capacity-building initiatives, outreach, engagement and collaborative projects.

The Manager 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 position will report to the Director of ZEBx and building programs and will lead initiatives involving cross-functional project teams that may include other staff from within ZEIC and/or external partners and contributors. The position may have supervisory responsibilities and will manage external consultants and/or contractors.

This is a temporary full-time position for a 3 year term, with a possibility for extension subject to availability of funding for ongoing program activities. The position requires a hybrid work arrangement involving both work from home and office. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required as part of program-related events.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead, coordinate, and/or support initiatives that advance a holistic view of climate action that includes innovative and pragmatic approaches to reducing operational and embodied emissions in both new developments and retrofits buildings and integrates, where feasible, co-benefits related to climate adaptation and resilience, equity, economic development and among other benefits;
  • Develop new (and grow existing) collaborations and partnerships with external organizations in public and private sectors to complete ZEBx’s work plan;
  • Represent ZEBx 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 work plans;
  • Develop and manage external consultant contracts (including scopes of work, requests for proposals, and contract execution);
  • Build and grow the reputation of ZEBx as an unbiased, trusted, and central resource for the industry;
  • Develop, track, and report key performance indicators to assess ZEBx’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 a variety of technical and non-technical publications for different target audiences;
  • Seek and apply for funding opportunities;
  • Assist with quarterly and annual reporting;
  • Assist with promotion and communications as it relates to the program;
  • Stay abreast of current issues, trends and opportunities including initiatives and programs led by other organizations that contribute to the goals and objectives of the program;
  • Supervise support staff within ZEIC, as required; and
  • Other duties, as required.

Position requirements:

Education and Experience

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

A minimum of:

  • Ten years of building sector experience, preferably related to development, design and/or construction;
  • Five years of experience managing programs or projects with multiple stakeholders which included planning, design, budgeting, implementation, outreach, engagement, and evaluation; and
  • Three years of experience writing technical and non-technical reports related to the building sector.

Or a combination of the above-noted education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership, strategic thinking and collaboration skills,
  • Extensive understanding of the building industry, including the development, design and construction sectors,
  • Advanced knowledge of buildings, both Part 3 and 9, including mechanical systems, building automation systems, building enclosures and photovoltaic panels,
  • Strong knowledge of building decarbonization strategies for both operational and embodied emissions,
  • Strong knowledge of energy conservation and building resilience measures,
  • Excellent writing skills (with a credible, accessible and compelling style) as demonstrated through recent publications and relevant articles, blogs, publications or papers,
  • Solid grasp of the BC Energy Step Code, the new Zero Carbon Step Code, the energy and emissions requirements of the Vancouver Building Bylaws, as well as the proposed City of Vancouver regulations related to operational and embodied emissions limits for large buildings,
  • Strong presentation, communications, outreach and engagement skills,
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills to effectively deal with multiple tasks and competing priorities,
  • 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

Please apply on Indeed with cover letter and resume by Jun 4, 2023.