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Position: Climate Officer
Organization: McGill University
Location: Montréal, Quebec

Position Summary:

Reporting directly to the Sustainability Manager, the Climate Officer will be closely involved in implementing the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy, especially focusing on the climate-related initiatives. This will involve participating in the development of policies and programs tailored for students, faculty and staff to reduce McGill’s carbon footprint. The Climate Officer will be responsible for helping McGill reach carbon neutrality, enhancing climate literacy, and improving climate resilience. Finally, the Climate Officer will be supporting other climate related initiatives that are considered a priority by the University administration or emerging from a university plan, policy or program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of institution?level programs to reduce the University’s carbon footprint, especially targeting greenhouse gas emissions generated by air-travel and commuting.
  • Produce McGill’s yearly greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Use professional expertise to assess the key climate-related risks for the University and propose mitigation options in order to improve McGill’s climate resilience. Advise the University on the main climate-related risks.
  • Analyze and propose requirements to reduce the carbon footprint of major events on campus.
  • Engage with the academic community to enhance climate literacy throughout the McGill community.
  • Deliver and implement training programs to bring engagement, participation and commitment towards carbon neutrality.
  • Act as a liaison between various groups (students, staff or faculty) potentially involved in climate-related initiatives.
  • Foster the development of carbon reduction, carbon sequestration and carbon offset projects, in collaboration with key institutional partners.
  • Measure the impacts of those projects.
  • Keep abreast of best practices in other universities and large institutions (with regard to carbon reduction, sequestration and offsets). Gather information to guide decision-making processes.
  • Participate in the development of a multi-stakeholder Carbon Neutrality Working Group.
  • Represent the Office of Sustainability in various multi-stakeholder meetings related to matters of climate and carbon neutrality.
  • Work on other climate and sustainability-focused projects and activities as directed.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities

Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science or equivalent preferred. Knowledge of the higher education sector an asset. Graduate degree is an asset. Understanding of McGill’s greenhouse gas inventory, greenhouse gas coefficients, and knowledge of greenhouse gas reduction targets. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders. Demonstrated aptitude for systems thinking, with acute strategic and analytical skills. Superior interpersonal skills including ability to work effectively in a team environment. Proven talent for problem-solving. Demonstrated organization skills, with the ability to set priorities and multi-task. Capacity to navigate in a large and decentralized institution. Experience in developing and implementing climate / sustainability related programs. English & French, spoken & written. Previous applicants are welcome to apply.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree 3 Years Related Experience with Bachelor’s Degree / DEC III 5 Years Related Experience with DEC III

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 05) $63,140.00 - $94,700.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)


Executive Director, Sustainability

Deadline to Apply:


How to apply:

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McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, or 514-398-3711.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 9 2021    ID: 58604