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The City of Richmond is a diverse and dynamic community in pursuit of our vision
to be the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada.


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Imagine a career with the City of Richmond, a dynamic environment for growth and continuous improvement, fostered by our collective strengths and creativity. We are a vibrant, diverse cosmopolitan city, supported by a strong economy and recognized as leaders in innovation and service delivery excellence. The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community.

Sustainability Manager

Regular Full-Time

Job ID: 2018528
$104,272 to $130,340 Annually

The City of Richmond is currently looking to hire a Regular Full-Time Sustainability Manager to join our Sustainability team. As our Sustainability Manager, you will oversee district, community, and corporate energy and greenhouse emission programs as well as environmental programs. Additionally, this position will support project management, reporting, communications and policy and program initiatives that advance community and corporate climate action objectives initiated by senior management or Richmond City Council and/or as defined in the Community Energy & Emissions Plan. Example of key work activities include:

  • Leadership, Management and Strategic Planning – Maintaining the City’s national leadership position in climate action through policy innovation and thought leadership that deliver results. A resource for the manager will be a small team comprised of a Sustainability Project Manager and Corporate Energy Manager and, occasional summer students, managed by this position, in close coordination with the Senior Manager. A key role for this position will be ensuring that the community and corporate energy team delivers on management’s expectations for results and excellence. This will include coaching and encouraging innovation and creativity in team members. The Manager (and his/her team) is a key resource for information and resources (including regulatory changes, best practices, external funding and award opportunities) regarding low carbon and/or energy efficiency opportunities and challenges related to the City.
  • Climate Action Policy – Project managing the development of new policies and programs, typically policies that are more complex and with multiple stakeholders, by drawing upon the team and leading best practices; this work results in new or expanded energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction policies that move the City towards achieving its targets. This work will involve establishing and managing interdepartmental teams to consult on development and implementation of corporate and community climate action policies, plans and programs.
  • Performance Monitoring and Decision Making - Establishing criteria and performance metrics to guide problem solving, decision making, and reporting as a means to ensuring existing policies and programs, guidelines and customer service procedures are effective.
  • Advocacy - Monitoring or participating in consultations related to senior government policies, programs and regulations and authoring advocacy reports to Council or provide input on regulatory changes, as necessary.
  • Collaboration - Participate in the Regional Engineers Advisory Committee’s Climate Protection Subcommittee and BC Hydro’s Community Energy Managers cohort to represent the City’s climate action interests and to contribute to policy development and advocacy for issues of regional and provincial importance. In collaboration with the Senior Manager, this role will also engage with leading City’s throughout North America through the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners group to bring best practices to the City of Richmond.
  • Education and Communication – Developing and overseeing education, engagement and communications regarding new and existing community energy and greenhouse gas reduction policies and programs. This includes communicating and educating stakeholders and customers to ensure the intended policy results are achieved.
  • Support Coordination of Departmental Sustainability Initiatives and Reporting – The Manager will lead the development of reporting the City’s climate action progress, through sustainability and climate action reports. From time to time, the Manager will provide input, expertise and coordination in the development, implementation and reporting on the various City sustainability related initiatives including sustainable procurement, high performance civic buildings, electric mobility, civic fleet, solid waste reduction programs, long term financial management and sustainable urban development.
  • Other Management Functions – The Manager’s role includes a range of management functions including: managing outside consultants and staff work plans; establishment and administration of budgets for community and corporate energy management portfolios; drafting Council reports; commenting on reports from other departments; managing partnerships and funding with outside agencies (e.g. BC Hydro); developing and implementing programs; and participate in the hiring of new staff.

Position Requirements:
A university degree at the post-graduate level in a field related to sustainability in the areas of science, environmental science, environmental studies, planning, landscape architecture, architecture, design, engineering, business administration or equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a minimum 5 years of successful deployment of climate policy initiatives, project management and delivering programs related to sustainability/climate action, preferably within local government or consulting with local governments.

If you think this is a good fit for you, we invite you to apply today!
For further information regarding position details and to apply, please visit our website at Applicants will be required to upload a current resume and provide any supporting documentation relevant to the position (Word format). The closing date for Job ID: 2018528, Sustainability Manager is 11:59 pm, on March 22, 2019.

The City of Richmond is an inclusive employer committed to employment equity objectives and invites applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. If you are unsuccessful, please accept our appreciation for your interest. No telephone inquiries please.

Location: Richmond, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Sustainability
Posted: March 11, 2019, 12:35 pm
Expires: March 22, 2019, 4:30 pm