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Community Energy Program Manager

Company: Community Energy Investment Strategy for Waterloo Region
Location : Kitchener,ON
Job Description

Community Energy Program Manager
Full Time Temporary (3 Year Contract)

Position Overview
The Community Energy Program Manager (CEPM) is responsible for implementation of the Community Energy Investment Strategy (CEIS) for Waterloo Region, a collaborative undertaking by the Region, Area Municipalities, and Local Electric and Natural Gas Utilities.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership and coordination for the program, and serve as a champion for community energy investment projects. Specific roles include business plan and budget development, partnership facilitation, stakeholder engagement, promotion and awareness-raising (campaign and event organization), project initiation and support, grant application coordination, program monitoring, and progress reporting.

Key Responsibilities

Program Management – Develop annual work plans, with prioritized actions and budget implications, for approval by the Governance Committee. Work with partners and stakeholders to implement. Monitor, evaluate progress, and provide update reports.

Support Projects – Promote, develop and assess, from a technical and business perspective, project plans and proposals for key community energy initiatives involving multiple stakeholders. Coordinate discussions, and assist with solidifying commitments and securing resources.

Report/Advise – Prepare and deliver briefing materials, data reports, and presentations for Governance Committee approvals. Provide strategic advice and recommendations on issues involving multiple levels of consideration, impacts, and stakeholders.

Build Relationships – Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and project partners, including all levels of government, and private sector, not-for-profit, and industry organizations. Support the development and negotiation of agreements with federal, provincial, municipal, private, and non-government organizations.

Community Engagement and Support – Raise energy awareness through targeted outreach,  education, and by providing technical and business expertise. Work proactively with partners and stakeholders to advance community energy goals, and to coordinate communication efforts.

Research – Conduct research and studies (e.g. industry sector trends, development strategies, funding sources and programs).  Synthesize information to support and inform CEIS. Determine/recommend best course of action in response to challenges and issues.

Desired Credentials (Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Minimum undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, environment science/studies, business administration), graduate degree in same or Certified Energy Manager (CEM) considered an asset
5 - 8 years of relevant work experience
Combined technical (energy or engineering background) and business skill sets

Understanding of and familiarity with:

  • Systems design thinking
  • All aspects of energy (electricity, natural gas, transportation fuels, etc.) and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Community energy planning and energy management principles
  • The opportunities and challenges associated with distributed generation and renewable energy implementation
  • Facility energy efficiency projects and audits impacting energy/fuel consumption
  • Energy conservation and demand side management principles, programs and incentives

Successful track record of program management/implementation and partnership development, including experience leading initiatives with multiple stakeholders and competing interests
Demonstrated ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder committees/discussions towards progressive action
Proven expertise in developing innovative ways of engaging, influencing, and working with the community
Effective written and verbal communication skills particularly in terms of presenting and reporting to decision-makers
Applied research and data analysis skills using qualitative and quantitative methodologies to create and evaluate briefing materials, performance metrics, and project recommendations
Familiarity with municipal processes (e.g. planning and development approvals) along with good business and political acuity
Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality regarding strategic directions, initiatives, and stakeholder interests
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Time management skills to manage multiple tasks, and to determine and achieve mandated deadlines amid shifting priorities and competing demands

Work Environment
The Community Energy Program Manager reports directly to the CEIS Governance Committee, with day to day oversight by Grand River Energy (GRE), a joint venture company owned by the local electric utilities created to enable the local development of Distributed Energy Resource technologies. Work takes place within an office environment located in Kitchener, Ontario, with occasional travel for partner/stakeholder meetings and site visits.

Compensation is commensurate with education and experience, and includes a competitive benefits package.
The position is initially for a three year term and has the potential to be extended subject to funding availability and upon review/evaluation of the CEPM meeting the identified work plan goals and objectives.

Application Process
Interested and qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume including work experience, education and references to:
Jerry Van Ooteghem, Chair
CEIS Governance Committee
c/o careers@kwhydro.ca (Please state the position title in the subject line of your email)

Applications must be received by Monday, October 29, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you are selected to participate in the recruitment process for the position to which you have applied and require a disability-related accommodation, please communicate this at time of notification of interview process.

Personal information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for the purpose of this employment opportunity only.