Staff Opportunities

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ClimateActionWR Plan Manager

Sustainability Colab – IT Contract

ClimateActionWR Plan Manager

ClimateActionWR is a collaboration between local organizations and community members focused on climate change mitigation, and is led by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region. It coordinates the activities of the Climate Action Plan – establishing cross-sector dialogue, facilitating collaborative opportunities, and monitoring and measuring progress towards achieving our community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020.

Job Purpose:
The Plan Manager acts as the coordinating hub for all activity of ClimateActionWR. In particular this individual supports the execution of the Implementation and Communications Strategy of the Climate Action Plan, ensuring adequate progress is being achieved towards our community reduction target, creating momentum and driving change toward a low carbon future.

Full-time August 28, 2017 – June 30, 2021 (start date is flexible, duration is dependent on annual funding confirmations and has the possibility of further extension)

$47,000 annually

Benefits Package (after 3 months), Employee Assistance Program (after 6 months), Grand River Transit Monthly Pass

Work Location:
The Plan Manager will work between the Reep Green Solutions (Reep) and Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) offices in downtown Kitchener, with some travel to meetings and events throughout Waterloo Region.

The Plan Manager will report to and be co-supervised by the Executive Directors (EDs) of Reep and SWR, and maintain a close working relationship with the ClimateActionWR Management Committee (made up of the two EDs and four municipal representatives) where overall strategic priorities will be established.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Plan Manager is required to coordinate internal and external communication; create and monitor the annual budget and expenses; play the lead role in planning, carrying out, and reporting on community engagement aspects of ClimateActionWR; and act in a supporting role for partnership development, as well as action implementation and monitoring. The successful candidate will be an experienced and versatile self-starter with a proven track record in project and financial management, preferably in the non-profit sector. The position requires the Plan Manager to work a flexible schedule as events occur on the occasional evening/weekend.  For specific responsibilities, please see the Detailed Responsibility Overview.

2017/18 Priorities:

  1. Lead community and stakeholder engagement efforts to set a long-term community greenhouse gas reduction target
  2. Expand the number of organizations and projects that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community and contributing to our short-term reduction target
  3. Secure additional funding sources to augment long-term municipal funding

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or related area from a recognized university.
  • Demonstrated passion for community-based leadership and improving the environmental sustainability of Waterloo Region.
  • Self-starter with proven project management skills (including budget development/management) and multitasking capabilities.
  • Ability to prioritize in a fast paced multi-priority environment, respond quickly to changing expectations and report back on tasks completed.
  • Strong ability to problem solve in complex and dynamic environments.
  • Ability to energize community members and create a sense of direction, purpose, excitement and momentum for change.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience working collaboratively with a mix of staff and volunteers.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills: service-oriented and diplomatic.
  • Experience working with local governments/on local governance issues.
  • Knowledge of utility conservation goals and programs, an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the capability to craft strategic messages, lead meetings, and give presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Public Relations and media training, an asset.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Experience with Photoshop, HTML or Word Press, an asset.


Interested applicants please submit a cover letter and resume to Yvonne Stoll ( with your name and the position title clearly marked in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until August 18, 2017, but we will be coordinating interviews with qualified applicants as they arrive, so we encourage interested candidates to apply early.

A PDF version of this posting is available here.

Sustainability Colab – IT Contract

Sustainability Colab, one of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s partner organizations, is seeking a skilled web developer with WordPress expertise to take on a small project that would support organizations across Ontario in reducing their environmental impacts and embedding sustainability into how they operate. Sustainability Colab is looking to update and improve a web-based gamification tool that scores businesses on sustainability actions they have undertaken, and generates a graphical output of the top performers.

Contract value: $4,000 plus HST. Potential for additional contracts.

Timeframe: Work can be done part-time or full-time, but should be completed within four weeks of contract start.

Location: Flexibility to complete the work from wherever and whenever. Availability for periodic phone calls during the work day would be preferred, but there is flexibility with evening schedules if needed.

Application deadline: Please send a resume and brief expression of interest by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sarah Van Exan, Program Innovation Manager at:

View the full job posting here.