Employment Opportunity in Calgary
Position: Technical and Policy Advisor
The Pembina Institute is seeking a bright and resourceful individual with experience related to advancing sustainable energy policies and projects and who is committed to helping Canada transition towards a sustainable energy future.
The Pembina Institute works with communities/municipal governments in Alberta to develop and implement on-the-ground energy efficiency / renewable energy (EE/RE) projects and changes in municipal policy. This work also assists Pembina to advance policy change at the provincial and federal level. The Technical and Policy Advisor will support the development and execution of community- and provincially-based projects in Alberta. The Advisor will report to the Consulting Group Director and will work closely with Jesse Row, Senior Advisor. As a member of the Consulting Group in Pembina’s Calgary office the Advisor will support other members of the Consulting Group and the Policy Group on the full range of organizational policy change issues with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the reduction of GHG emissions.
What Can Pembina Offer You?
The Pembina Institute uniquely combines the public interest vision of a non-profit with the entrepreneurial culture of a small business and the intellectual rigour of a think tank.
We offer a work environment that allows you to undertake projects aligned with your personal values; that rewards good ideas and initiative; and that gives you the chance to collaborate with smart and experienced colleagues who are passionate about what they do.
You’ll also find opportunities to apply an unusually wide range of skills and perspectives to your work. For example, you will likely balance a number of different roles within Pembina, which may include researcher, analyst, project manager and strategist. Similarly, in working with our allies and with the public, you may find yourself positioned at different times as a content expert, a spokesperson, an advocate, or a facilitator. For candidates with experience and a broad skill set, there is potential for long-term career growth in this position.
The Technical and Policy Advisor position (in detail)
The successful candidate will work closely with senior staff at the Institute to develop and implement on-the-ground EE/RE projects and changes in municipal policy in Alberta and to support advancement of policy change at the provincial and federal level. The work of the successful candidate will focus on:
• Supporting the development and communication of opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy in Alberta – with a focus on the role of provincial and municipal governments.
• Supporting the development of a province-wide energy efficiency network, and working to sustain a provincial energy efficiency association.
• Supporting and/or leading energy and greenhouse gas planning with Alberta municipalities.
Specifically, you will be responsible for:
• Writing reports and other documents summarizing the potential of energy efficiency and other opportunities to reduce GHG emissions.
• Managing/directing small and large 2- to 5-person projects
• Communicating with clients
• Managing the development of relationships with stakeholder groups
• Supporting stakeholder engagement events
• Helping to identify and develop strategic project opportunities
• Developing new projects, enhancing client relationships and securing project funding
• Researching various aspects of climate and energy technologies, applications and policies
• Completing community energy and emissions plans
• Completing technical, financial and policy analysis of energy and emission reduction opportunities
• Developing strategic approaches to moving energy policies and projects at both the local and provincial levels
• Communicating lessons learned to local, provincial and federal decision-makers and stakeholders
What can you offer Pembina?
You should think incisively, write clearly and concisely, be at ease with numbers, and have sound knowledge about energy and sustainability issues. We’re looking for:
• an undergraduate or, ideally, a graduate degree in a relevant subject
• experience working for government, industry, a consulting firm or a non-profit in the subject areas listed in the position description
• demonstrated research skills, including an ability to quickly absorb, evaluate, and communicate new information
• experience with both technical and popular writing
• attention to detail (you should be able to produce accurate work with minimal supervision)
• experience and interest in strategic planning
• fluency in both English and French would be an asset
You should be a self-starter, and be able to identify and focus on the most strategic tasks when you have competing demands on your time. We’re looking for:
• demonstrated time management and self-organization skills
• demonstrated ability to lead and to coordinate projects
• demonstrated ability for managing multiple projects while remaining focused on priority tasks
• demonstrated work ethic and initiative
• willingness to accept additional tasks and responsibility
• ability to work with limited supervision at times
You should enjoy teamwork and be able to communicate and connect with a wide range of people; for example, an elected official, government employee, utility representative, a First Nation elder, or a quiet workshop participant. We’re looking for:
• experience with making presentations in public and private settings
• an instinct for tailoring your message to your audience
• a good sense of humour
Passion for Social Change
You should be passionate about creating social change and committed to sustainability in your own life. We’re looking for:
• work or volunteer experience related to social change, on energy or resource issues, in public advocacy or outreach, etc.
• familiarity with relevant topics such as natural resource management practices, environmental law, provincial and national politics, etc.
Flexibility and Resourcefulness
You should be well aware of, and comfortable with, the unique challenges of working in a medium-sized non-profit organization. We’re looking for:
• a demonstrated ability to find resourceful and practical solutions to capacity and time constraints
• experience in effectively handling administrative tasks, such as managing project budgets, workplanning and reporting
• prior experience with a non-governmental organization, or in a small business
Note: We encourage candidates with a range of work experience and a broad skill set to submit an application. This position has potential for long-term career growth.
Terms of Employment
• Compensation will be commensurate with skills, knowledge and experience level of the successful candidate within the ability of a non-profit organization
• Comprehensive benefits package
• Four weeks paid vacation
• RRSP plan
• 40-hour work week
• Flexible hours in accordance with organizational policies and procedures
Further terms of employment will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.
How to apply: • Email a cover letter (max. two pages) explaining your interest in working with the Pembina Institute and a resume outlining your skills, education and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org; in the subject line, please identify the position you are applying for and include your last name. • Please save your file as a PDF using the naming convention lastnamefirstletter-resume-PA-2013.pdf (example: smithm-resume-PA-2013.pdf) • Applications linked to online portfolios and/or other resources will also be accepted as long as they are accessible online and accompanied by a written resume and cover letter. • Application deadline: Midnight on Monday, April 29, 2013. • Preferred start date: Mid-May 2013 The Pembina Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.