The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association
The Association, a 20-year-old registered environmental charity located in the stunning Northern Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, has received a one-year grant to work on building community capacity to take action on Climate Change. We are seeking an experienced Program Manager to work with the Project Steering Committee to engage the community in achieving measurable reductions in carbon emissions in transportation and buildings
Our overarching project objectives are to
- Develop our community’s knowledge, tools and motivation to act on climate change,
- Address local obstacles such as shortage of contractors to undertake energy audits and retrofits and
- Ignite action that will reduce carbon emissions, stimulate the purchase of electric vehicles and result in improved energy efficiency of buildings.
Specific objectives are as follows:
Transportation Objective 1: Conduct a nine month long multi-media campaign of outreach initiatives tailored to key influencers (e.g. local car dealerships) and the general public in order to stimulate community members’ appetite for owning an EV. Evaluating the campaign’s effectiveness will also be included as part of this objective.
Transportation Objective 2: By March 31st 2022, increase community members’ ownership of electrical vehicles to at least 15 EV vehicles.
Buildings Objective 1: Conduct a baseline survey to establish need/market for energy retrofits.
Buildings Objective 2: Build community capacity to conduct energy audits and install heat pumps by developing and implementing an action plan to increase supply of qualified local contractors.
Buildings Objective 3: Plan and conduct a nine-month multi-media campaign of outreach initiatives tailored to key influencers (e.g. HVAC Contractors, regional colleges and heating and cooling dealers) and the general public to stimulate an appetite for increasing energy efficiency by undertaking home and small business energy retrofits (insulation, windows and heat pump installation etc.).
Buildings Objective 4: With confirmed incentive funding from two local environmental groups, the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group and the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, secure commitment from twenty-five (25) homeowners and/or small business owners to have an energy audit by March 31, 2022.
Buildings Objective 5: Work directly with the Project Steering Committee to assist homeowners/ small business owners to facilitate implementation of specific recommendations from their energy audit.
Buildings Objective 6: Secure commitment from 5 households to convert from a propane heating source to a heat pump (air or ground source) thereby reducing carbon emissions by 15.8 tonnes.
Qualifications and Skills
It is expected that a person would need five years of progressively responsible experience to be qualified for this position.
- BA in Environmental Management, Community Development or Communications with specialities in
o Community engagement
o Mobilizing social change, and
o Designing and implementing social media campaigns including use of video channels
or equivalent environmentally-specialized post-secondary certificate(s) or degree
- Detailed understanding of climate change issues and passion to help people act on climate change
- Good understanding of construction and how to improve energy efficiency in existing residential and small scale commercial properties
- Excellent small group facilitation and one on one persuasive communication skills,
- Report writing skills including ability to use graphics to convey information in an engaging fashion
- State of the art technology skills
Preference will be given to candidates with strong ties and understanding of the Northern Bruce Community
- This position reports to the 4 person Project Steering Committee with day-to-day accountability through the Lead for Transportation, Biosphere Association Board Member Glen Estill and through the Lead for Building Efficiency, Rod Layman Chair, Bruce Peninsula Environment Group.
- Note: the successful candidate will have access to the expertise and networks of the Project Steering Committee and the Municipal Climate Action Committee.
Other Terms of Employment
Term: 11 month contract
Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000 depending on experience
Office Location: Candidates at this point will work from her/his home.
Application Deadline: April 5th, 2021
Desired Start Date: April 15th, 2021
Please email a letter of application to Elizabeth Thorn, Chair, Biosphere Board of Directors, and the Project Steering Committee which explains how you meet the required position qualifications and why you feel you would be the best candidate for this position. Also please include your CV.
Email address: email@example.com with copies to Project Steering Committee members
Glen Estill firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod Layman email@example.com
Mike Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org
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