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Manager, Climate Action and Environment

In 2019, New Westminster Council was the second municipality in Metro Vancouver to have passed a Climate Emergency Declaration, a call for action that will result in strong policies and programs being enacted to mitigate both corporate and community carbon emissions. The City has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a new Manager, Climate Action and Environment, to lead the new Climate Action Division within the Development Services Department. This is a permanent full-time exempt position.

Reporting to the Director, Development Services, the Manager, Climate Action and Environment focuses on the implementation of the climate change priorities as outlined in Council’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan as well as advancement of the City’s response to the Climate Emergency Declaration. The Manager executes the planning, implementation, messaging, and monitoring of projects and programs to advance the City’s climate leadership goals. The position also provides oversight on any technical advice to the design and operations of existing and proposed projects and programs so that successful outcomes are maximized and opportunities for innovation, inter-departmental synergies, carbon reduction, and cost control are identified and realized.

In addition to a small Climate Action Division included within Development Services, the Climate Action Division will also bring in full and partial secondments from across the corporation (Planning, Building, Engineering, Electrical and Parks) for a period of approximately 18 months in order to ramp up the City’s response to the climate emergency, in its beginning stages. The Manager will provide leadership and oversight to inter-departmental climate action and sustainability-related projects to ensure effective coordination, integration, project management, and implementation.

Key responsibilities of this position include:
  • Lead the City’s response to the climate emergency declaration.
  • Update the City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) by creating, managing, and analyzing emissions databases; identifying and prioritizing climate change mitigation actions; and implementing mitigation actions or adaptation priorities.
  • Update the Corporate Energy and Emissions Reduction Strategy (CEERS) by researching, developing, and implementing operational and institutional changes that will lead to operational savings and reduction of GHG emissions.
  • Prepare and manage community, corporate, and business GHG inventories, organize stakeholder consultations, coordinate policy research, and ensure the proper development of technical plans or specifications to implement capital projects and initiatives that have any carbon impact.
  • Develop and implement an Integrated Corporate and Community Electric Vehicle Strategy for the City.
  • Support and monitor key impacts of the Urban Forest Management Strategy.
  • Responsible for broader capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities and deliverables, as required.
  • Lead the coordination of climate action and sustainability initiatives across the corporation.
  • Lead the City’s participation in local, provincial, national and international climate and sustainability initiatives;
  • Manage budgets related to climate change work and coordinate budget submissions relating to the corporation’s response to the Climate Emergency Declaration it the 2021 budget process.

Key competencies for this position include:
  • Results orientation
  • Effective communication
  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • Planning and organization
  • Strategic thinking
  • Relationship building
  • People leadership
  • Adaptability

Qualifications for this position include:
  • University degree in the field of climate change and sustainability such as planning, engineering, clean energy, environmental science, or related discipline.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive sustainability-related professional experience; with a minimum of 2 years of management experience.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the areas of GHG emissions reductions, climate change adaptation and planning, sustainable development, asset management, and policy planning.
  • Previous experience developing a municipal community energy and emissions plan and/or a corporate energy and emissions strategy.
  • Proven ability to conduct comprehensive research and analysis, write and present policy papers and reports regarding complex sustainability planning and policy matters.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office, Excel, database management, and GIS.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with City staff, elected officials, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead inter-departmental project teams.
  • Experience managing staff in a unionized environment, including employee professional development and motivation, attendance management, work planning and effectively achieving results
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, collaboration, conflict resolution, record keeping, and report writing skills.

Apply by sending your cover letter and resume, quoting Competition #19-139 by November 15, 2019 to the Human Resources Department, City of New Westminster, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC, V3L 1H9, Fax: 604-527-4619 or e-mail to

The City of New Westminster welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.
We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

Location: New Westminster, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Environmental Services,Climate Action/Climate Change
Posted: October 24, 2019, 4:20 pm
Expires: November 15, 2019, 4:30 pm