The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association
The Association, a 20-year-old registered environmental charity located in the stunning Northern Bruce Peninsula, 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 and Municipal Climate Action Committee to engage the community to produce an actionable Climate Action Plan.
Our overarching project objectives are to:
• Develop our community’s knowledge, tools and motivation to act on climate change,
• Create a Climate Action Plan that encompasses a range of sectors and is broadly supported by the community
Specific objectives areas follows:
Note: Efforts are to be carefully documented so that we can become an exemplar for other rural communities.
Climate Plan Objective 1: Obtain agreement on scope of the plan, focusing on local action to reduce sources of carbon emissions and increase sinks with a goal to reduce fossil fuel consumption through electrification and increasing energy efficiency. Opportunities related to waste, commercial lighting, shifting process flow and promoting material substitution to less damaging materials are also to be examined. It is expected that different economic sectors may choose to work on different areas.
Climate Plan Objective 2: Identify current greenhouse gas emission sources and develop tailored engagement strategies to involve key stakeholders so as to build commitment to development of the community’s climate change plan, e.g. construction (Local Builders’ Association), agriculture, tourism, aggregates, institutions (school, hospital, nursing homes etc.) Municipality, culture and small business. Key stakeholders such as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and youth also must be involved in the process.
We envision that each stakeholder group will be engaged through peer-group-led discussions to share facts about climate change, to offer personal stories as to how peers came to believe that climate change action was critical, to gather climate action ideas, and to encourage appropriate action.
Climate Plan Objective 3: Implement an engagement strategy to gather data on current carbon footprints, obstacles, drivers, actionable ideas and identify potential economic sector champions.
Climate Plan Objective 4: Develop a Draft Plan to serve as the basis for widespread public consultation
Climate Plan Objective 5: Gather input and finalize the Community Climate Action Plan.
Climate Plan Objective 6: Develop a funding plan to begin implementation of recommendations.
Qualifications and Skills
It is expected that a person would need five years of progressively responsible experience to be qualified for this position.
Detailed understanding of climate change issues including
- ability to calculate carbon footprints for a variety of businesses
- knowledge of strategies to reduce carbon emissions
- knowledge of strategies to adapt to climate change and mitigate risk
- Ability to offer motivating examples of communities’ successful implementation of a Climate Change Plan
Passion to support people to act on climate change
Experience developing plans with executives and operational managers and preparing convincing fact-based business cases that ignite company executives to act on climate change
Project Management experience in complex multi-stakeholder environments
Report writing skills, including ability to use graphics to convey information in an engaging fashion
Excellent small group facilitation and one-on-one persuasive communication skills,
State of the art technology skills
Car and valid driver’s license with good driving record
BA in Business, Planning, or Environmental Management/ Sustainability
or equivalent environmentally-specialized post-secondary certificate(s) or degree
Preference will be given to candidates who have
· Strong ties and understanding of the Northern Bruce Community
· Experience in developing a Climate Action Plan or other formal planning document
Other terms of employment
Term: Full time, 11 month contract
$50,000 to $55,000 depending on experience.
Reporting Relationship: Position reports to the 4 person Project Steering Committee with day-to-day accountability through the Lead for Plan Development (Biosphere Board member Mike Campbell). Successful candidate will have access to the expertise and networks of the Municipal Climate Committee.
Office Location: Successful candidate at this point will work from her/hishome.
Desired Start Date: April 15th
Please email a letter of application to Elizabeth Thorn, Chair, Biosphere Board of Directors and Project Steering Committee, explaining 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: firstname.lastname@example.org with copies to Project Steering Committee members
Glen Estill email@example.com
Rod Layman firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Campbell email@example.com
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