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Position: ClimateActionWR Plan Manager
Organization: Sustainable Waterloo Region
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Cutting-edge community climate program in Waterloo Region seeks a highly organized change maker with impeccable relationship-building skills to lead and be the coordinating hub for all ClimateActionWR activities. You have a passion for community-based leadership and improving environmental sustainability. You are an experienced, results-oriented and versatile self-starter with a proven track record in project and financial management, preferably in the not-for-profit sector

  • Lead the implementation of key deliverables for the “80 by 50” project:
    • create momentum, and drive change toward a low carbon future;
    • support the creation and implementation of a community engagement strategy;
    • lead the planning and development of capacity-building activities and events with our eight municipal partners;
    • manage the long-term planning process and relationships with technical and community engagement consultants throughout the development of the long-term strategy;
    • lead the 80 by 50 project team and manage the work of the 80 by 50 Project Coordinator;
    • facilitate the planning phases and implementation of two pilot projects;
    • create and submit funding disbursement requests;
    • ensure impactful execution of stakeholder engagement activities;
    • plan and facilitate community workshop
  • Lead and support activities related to the current Climate Action Plan (short-term emissions reduction target of 6%):
    • strive to find, support, and launch new initiatives to lower our community’s carbon footprint;
    • execute the Implementation and Communications Strategy of the Climate Action Plan;
    • provide coaching and support for partnership development and action implementation and monitoring;
    • ensure milestones are on-track to achieve our community reduction target;
    • coordinate internal and external communications;
    • monitor annual budget and expenses;
    • lead the planning, execution and reporting of community engagement aspects of ClimateActionWR.

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

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or related area from a recognized university;
  • Demonstrated passion for community-based leadership and improving the environmental sustainability of Waterloo Region;
  • Ability to energize community members and create a sense of direction, purpose, excitement and momentum for change;
  • Outstanding relationship management skills in person and in writing;
  • Self-starter with proven project management skills (including budget development/management);
  • Experience working with local governments/on local governance issues;
  • Strong ability to prioritize and problem solve in a fast paced multi-priority environment, respond quickly to changing expectations, and report back on tasks completed;
  • Experience working collaboratively with a mix of staff and volunteers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including crafting strategic messages, leading meetings, and presenting to diverse audiences;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word;
  • Knowledge of utility and government conservation goals and programs, an asset;
  • Public Relations and media training, an asset;
  • Experience with Photoshop, HTML or Word Press, an asset.

Employment Details: This position goes to June 30th 2021 with the potential for extension pending funding.

Compensation: $47,000 annually

Benefits: Benefits Package (after 3 months), Employee Assistance Program (after 6 months), Regional Bus Pass, and Professional Development investment valued at 1% of salary.

To apply please: Submit your cover letter and resume to Yvonne ( as soon as possible, with your name and the position title clearly marked in the subject line.

View the detailed Job Description here.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 10 2019    ID: 53828