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Centre for Sustainability Excellence Research Coordinator

Team Social Coordinator


Centre for Sustainability Excellence Research Coordinator

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) is working on the development of an unprecedented and iconic building to be constructed in Waterloo Region – a Centre for Sustainability Excellence (working name only). This building will be both leading edge in its sustainable technology, as well as architecturally and philosophically unique. The Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE) will be a demonstration site, encouraging other communities and developers from across North America and around the world to come and see how the building works, to learn from our process, and to consider developing similar buildings.

The CSE Research Coordinator, Operations & Management will contribute to the development, upkeep, and management of the CSE Living Documents – seeking to define execution of the CSE vision related to building and tenant management – and other needs related to the CSE.

The CSE Research Coordinator, Operations & Management will work with our Program Development – CSE team, under the supervision of the Program Development Manager at Sustainable Waterloo Region.

As the CSE Research Coordinator you would:

  • Function as a primary writer of new content and editor of the Living Documents.
  • Collaborate with the CSE team to determine significance of research and scope of Living Document. Ultimately, the CSE Research Coordinator, Operations & Management will be influencing the messaging and value proposition to external stakeholders.
  • Keep track of project/program deliverables
  • Support the CSE team with other questions or tasks related to the Living Documents
  • Attend weekly/bi-weekly Program Development Team meetings (~one hour each)

As a strong candidate for this role, you have:

  • Outstanding research skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Exemplary writing skills
  • Interest in sustainable building management
  • Approximately 5 hrs per week to commit to this role

Team Social Coordinator

Everything that Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) does is powered by a passionate team of over 60 volunteers and staff. While we have high expectations of ourselves and one another, we have fun, laugh often, and also bring out the best in one another.

It’s sometimes easy for us each to get caught up in our daily to-dos though, causing us to miss out on opportunities to connect with one another and fully enjoy the benefits of being part of this team of like-minded individuals. The SWR Team Social Coordinator fills this gap, enthusiastically planning engaging team socials that bring team members together.

As the Team Social Coordinator you would:

  • Plan and facilitate 20 minute team building activities for one of our Tuesday team meetings each month
  • Plan and execute larger, low cost, weekend/evening team socials every second month (December holiday potluck, camping trips, wine and cheese nights, etc.)
  • Seek input from the broader SWR team on socials that would be of interest
  • Potentially manage a group of volunteers from other functional areas that are excited to help plan, but not manage, socials
  • Potentially make additional recommendations on how we can connect as a team on an ongoing basis

As a strong candidate for this role you have:

  • A passion for environmental sustainability and collaborative solutions
  • A high energy personality that gets others excited about participating
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to be creatively resourceful (many activities will run with little to no budget or require team members that participate to cover excess costs)
  • Approximately 15 hrs per month (including attending Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 SWR weekly team meetings), and at least 6 months to commit to this role