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Position: Program Coordinator – Regional Sustainability Initiative
Organization: Sustainable Waterloo Region
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo Region,  Ontario

The Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Program Manager with the delivery of services to members of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR)’s Regional Sustainability Initiative through communications, best practice documentation, reporting, recognition and events.

The Regional Sustainability Initiative is Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) flagship program. We foster the development of the local clean economy by supporting organizations to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets. We encourage an overall approach to sustainability, with focus on carbon, waste and water operations.

The Regional Sustainability Initiative is a fully integrated environmental sustainability program that was designed by and for, Waterloo Region. The services and framework are designed to support local sustainability issues in a way that fits with the most common international standards.

As the Program Coordinator you would:

  • Develop and execute communications for the program including: electronic newsletter, event promotions, blogs, member portal updates, case studies, social media, meeting coordination.
  • Create member organization progress reports (ex. e-score reports, member specific reports).
  • Support member organization projects and green teams as assigned by the Program Manager.
  • Develop resources for and execute the annual Carbon Cleanse based on direction from the Program Manager.
  • Manage member carbon/waste/water/environmental impact assessment data within the program’s reporting tools.
  • Develop reports to internally measure and communicate program progress (ex. member engagement reports, member target tracking and impact reports, e-score analysis reports, annual survey reports).
  • Develop and update best practice documents for members (ex. green team guide, directory of sustainability projects).
  • Work with finance team on member invoicing.
  • Support events execution as required and requested by the events team.
  • Coordinate peer to peer sessions and other connection opportunities for member organization staff.
  • Support the Program Manager with content development for the organization’s Year-End Report.
  • Collaborate with volunteers on the completion of many of the above tasks.
  • Participate in team meetings including: Office Team, SWR Team, and program meetings (as applicable).
  • Other duties as required.

As a strong candidate for this role, you have the following skills, attributes, and experience:

  • University Degree in Environmental Studies, Business or relevant field of study.
  • Passion for environmental issues, community-based leadership, and Waterloo Region.
  • Team player with the ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience coordinating meetings and/or events.
  • Strong skills in numerical and qualitative data analysis.
  • Results-oriented and self-driven to succeed.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Impressive time management skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects of varying natures simultaneously.
  • Availability outside of 9 AM-5 PM for events and volunteer meetings.
  • Knowledge of greenhouse gas accounting, waste audits, and water foot printing, an asset.

Employment Details: This is a full-term permanent position

Compensation: $38,000 annually

Benefits: Team members can access a discounted bus pass and a benefits package is available for this role following three months of employment.

To apply please:

  • Submit your cover letter and resume to Yvonne (, with your name and the position title clearly marked in the subject line

About Sustainable Waterloo Region:

Sustainable Waterloo Region is a not-for-profit that works with local organizations to convert their sustainability interest into action. Our programs today include: The Regional Sustainability Initiative, TravelWise, ClimateAction, ChargeWR, and evolv1.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 11 2019    ID: 53068