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Position: Associate Director
Organization: Simon Fraser University
Location: Burnaby, Greater Vancouver BC

Union/Affiliation: Administrative and Professional Staff (APSA)

Pay range: $69,723 To $83,262 Annually

# of openings: 1
Position Grade: 10
Biweekly Hours: 72

The Associate Director is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the University's ongoing cyclical strategic planning process for sustainability. The Associate Director supports the University's strategic planning functions to integrate sustainability into all the university's strategic plans and ensure cohesiveness between SFU's Sustainability and related plans (e.g., Climate Adaptation Plan) and that these plans are aligned with global, national, and regional sustainability best practices, thresholds, and targets. The Associate Director works with Directors across all Vice-President portfolios to engage them in the development of the University's sustainability strategic plans and in the integration of sustainability goals into departmental and unit level plans. The Associate Director liaises with external planners within appropriate community, municipal, university, regional and provincial organizations and represents the University on planning committees in these areas. The Associate Director oversees the collection of data, identification of reporting tools and reporting out on key performance indicators. The Associate Director oversees the day-to-day operations and budget of the Office of Sustainability.


  • Master's degree in Planning and five years of related experience in community-based sustainability planning and evaluation, the implementation of sustainability initiatives, and communicating complex sustainability topics to a diverse set of stakeholders, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of sustainability issues and practices related to climate change, energy management, water management, green buildings, transportation, waste management, natural areas and land use, social justice, fair trade, social infrastructure, social innovation, gender and diversity, local economic development and natural capitalism.
  • Excellent knowledge of organizational culture and behaviour change strategies in large organizations.
  • Good knowledge of provincial and national environmental and social legislation (e.g., the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, Indian Act).
  • Good knowledge of sustainability rating systems and frameworks (e.g., AASHE STARS rating, Natural Step Framework, Embedding Project).
  • Good knowledge of BC Aboriginal history and current issues.
  • Excellent understanding of the framing and strategic communication and education of sustainability issues
  • Excellent knowledge of post-secondary institutional structure and culture in British Columbia and Canada.
  • Excellent knowledge of public agency laws, regulation and targets related to sustainability in British Columbia and Canada.
  • Good knowledge of intersectional anti-oppression frameworks
  • Excellent leadership, human resource management and financial management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral, written and presentation) and networking skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage large complex projects with multiple stakeholders and partners.
  • Ability to develop relationships and partnerships and to work collaboratively at all levels and areas within the organization.
  • Ability to exercise mature judgement, initiative, diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to develop and deliver training workshops and presentations.
  • Proficient in the use of standard office applications (e.g., MS Office).
  • Ability to arrange suitable transportation to various work locations.

Assignment End Date: May 9, 2019

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 5 2018    ID: 49041