JOB TITLE: PROGRAM SPECIALIST, CLIMATE INNOVATION FUND
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: TWO
LOCATION: CALGARY AND EDMONTON
A member of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network
Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) is a network of seven cities across Canada supported by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Modeled on The Atmospheric Fund in Toronto, the LC3 approach provides the capacity, capital, and risk tolerance necessary to remove barriers to the adoption of new technologies, policies, and financial tools that can significantly reduce urban carbon emissions. Alberta Ecotrust will participate in the network through the establishment of the Climate Innovation Fund, with programs provided in both Calgary and Edmonton.
The Climate Innovation Fund Program Framework
The Climate Innovation Fund’s mission is to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Innovation Fund is funded through a one time cash endowment of over $40 million to be deployed equally, in meaningful ways in Calgary and Edmonton. To do this, a robust program framework needs to be developed and implemented, covering the following areas:
Programming - through partnerships and collaborations, the Climate Innovation Fund will undertake studies, develop business cases, recommend policy changes, and provide services to the market to assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions.
Grantmaking - consistent with the LC3 theory of change and aligned with its result based management framework, grant programs will be developed to build capacity and catalyze the scale-up of emissions reduction approaches.
Direct Impact Investment - through the targeted allocation of the endowment funds, the Climate Innovation Fund will directly invest in projects that will result in direct emissions reductions and provide a market return.
We can do this with your help!
We want to provide programming that is relevant to the communities in which we operate while achieving the goal of reducing urban emissions. If you’re passionate about urban climate action, have strong business acumen combined with technical expertise in reducing greenhouse gas emissions we want your help in achieving our mission.
Program Specialist, Climate Innovation Fund
Your goal in this position will be to develop, implement, monitor, continuously improve and report on the Climate Innovation Fund Program Framework. Your role is to keep your finger on the pulse of change and advance compelling, impactful climate actions and support the communities and markets in which we operate in scaling up emissions reductions approaches. Applying your exceptional subject matter knowledge in urban emissions reduction combined with your skills in collaboration, research, financial analysis and program administration, your work will have a huge effect on the success of the Climate Innovation Fund.
This position is responsible for the following:
Providing technical analysis, including financial analysis and business case evaluation, of various opportunities to accelerate decarbonization in Calgary and/or Edmonton
Applying a multi-solving (systems) approach to optimize the co-benefits of emissions reductions including the application of a lens that does not create or exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities
Preparing (create and co-create) a variety of knowledge products including policy recommendations, white papers and other materials
Collaborating with the Alberta Ecotrust Investment Committee by establishing a project pipeline and contributing to technical and financial analysis to support potential direct investments
Supporting the Program Director in providing a secretariat function for the Executive Level Advisory Committees of the CIF
Researching and continual environmental scanning to inform future programming
Develop, implement and continuously improve the CIF Program Framework
Develop the detailed program specifications and maintain program manuals and procedures
Collaborate with stakeholders, including the Cities of Calgary and Edmonton to support the achievement of climate-related targets and goals
Develop an evaluation framework for CIF’s program offerings
Conduct quarterly and annual reporting in alignment with Alberta Ecotrust’s various obligations and contribution agreements
Maintain and grow the CIF network, including academic, public, private, nonprofit, and government partners