Senior Program Manager, Retrofit Accelerator

JOB TITLE: SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, RETROFIT ACCELERATOR

LOCATION: Calgary or Edmonton, or potential for remote placement

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
Alberta Ecotrust is a registered charity created through a unique partnership between the corporate sector and the environmental community in 1991. Leading boldly ever since, our programs have expanded to build bridges across sectors, communities, and cultures, focus on solutions and skills, and financially support hundreds of high-impact environmental organizations, programs and projects across Alberta. 

We increasingly utilize a co-benefits approach to ecosystem challenges, looking for outcomes that also include cleaner air, job creation in new economies, public health benefits, and energy-efficient affordable housing. Beyond grants, we are mobilizing and financing pathways to a sustainable, low-carbon future. Our environmental priorities include:

  • Nature-based Solutions & Conservation

  • Climate Resilience & Emissions Reduction

  • Circular Economy

Alberta Ecotrust respectfully acknowledges that our programs are delivered across the province of Alberta, comprising Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 territory, the traditional lands of First Nations and Métis Peoples. We increasingly utilize a multi-solving approach to ecosystem challenges and pathways to a low-carbon future and are committed to creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for all people interested in applying for our positions.

Senior Program Manager, Retrofit Accelerator

The Senior Program Manager, Retrofit Accelerator plays a key role on Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s Programs Team in launching the tactical operations of the retrofit accelerator (RA).  The Senior Program Manager, Retrofit Accelerator is responsible for coordinating and leading retrofit initiatives and providing evaluation and oversight of these initiatives.

The RA is a new program that will serve as a Centre of Excellence and retrofit support services for industry that strengthens the public, private, and civic capacities for deep energy retrofits in Calgary, Edmonton, and throughout Alberta. Over the next 3 years, the RA will be developed in partnership and collaboration with industry, government, and other key stakeholders. Over the long term, it is our vision that the RA will be a catalytic, amplifying member of the Alberta-based ecosystem of actors and community of practice that exchanges knowledge of how to accelerate the adoption of deep energy retrofits. 

We are looking for someone who is a passionate advocate for climate solutions, green buildings, and industry. All team members at Alberta Ecotrust care deeply about securing resources for environmental and climate solutions, love to work across sectoral boundaries, and are committed to thinking outside the box in finding collective solutions to complex and urgent challenges. 

Your goal in this position is to lead the development and implementation of the RA specifically through leading the coaching support services to the MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, Schools, and Hospitals), MURB (Multi-Unit Residential Building), and commercial building sectors to identify and undertake retrofits. Specific concierge services will include support for all phases of the customer journey.  The position will lead the development, monitoring, continuous improvement, and reporting for the RA. Your role will help build capacity in the building industry to advance deep energy retrofits.  This position will also manage and supervise the other Retrofit Accelerator Coaches and other positions as funding is available on the team and be the technical lead.

Applying your subject matter knowledge in deep energy retrofits, combined with your skills in capacity building, facilitation, collaboration, research, financial analysis, program administration, and reporting, your work will help build capacity and relationships across the sector.

This position is responsible for the following:

Project Management

  • Provide leadership of the retrofit accelerator, including managing program deliverables and project budgets and leading the delivery of retrofit projects as directed.

  • Create systems and procedures for the efficient collection and management of data.

  • Manage the establishment of specifications and procurement of retrofit goods and services.

  • Conduct and/or oversee technical review and quality assurance on design work and technical reports.

 Technical Leadership

  • Lead AEF’s technical research on buildings, including development of methodologies, data collection, analysis, collaboration with research partners, and documentation.

  • Provide technical guidance and analysis, including review of energy audits, technical materials, financial analysis, and business case evaluations. 

  • Research into approaches, technologies, and ECM (Energy Conservation Measure) implementation to move beyond shallow retrofits.

  • Lead measurement and verification (M&V) efforts on retrofit projects. Coordinate creation and execution of M&V plans as required and ensure accuracy of internal and external M&V processes from planning through reporting.

  • Coordinate and/or conduct analysis of data from building energy and IEQ systems.

  • In collaboration with the Alberta Ecotrust evaluation framework team work to develop a RA-specific evaluation framework, consistent with the national Results Based Performance Framework, Theory of Change, and key metrics methodologies.

  • Stay current with the latest developments in energy efficiency and IEQ research and technologies.

  • Research and continual environmental scanning to inform future programming.

  • Lead administration and reporting related to external grants, and other Alberta Ecotrust reporting requirements for the retrofit accelerator and other related funding.

 Communications Support

  • Support communications and knowledge transfer around AEF’s retrofit accelerator initiatives. This may include but is not limited to preparing and authoring white papers, blog posts, news articles, case studies, journal papers, and other publications documenting project outcomes, presenting at conferences and events, being available for media interviews, and sharing learnings with internal teams to maximize outcomes.

  • Support the development and implementation of project communications plans, in coordination with the Communications Team.

  • Partner and Collaborate on a daily basis with the Manager of Emissions Neutral Buildings and the Emission-Neutral Building Information Exchange (ENBIX) Team.

  • Partner with the ENBIX and Communications Team to synthesize, organize, and elevate various inputs and initiatives including (not limited to): training, events, podcasts, webinars, video content, case studies, studies, and general sector information.

  • Collaborate with the ENBIX Team to develop a training and educational consortium with different providers across Alberta to help support, expand, and amplify their offerings related to deep energy retrofits.

  • In collaboration with the Communications and ENBIX Team establish and ensure effective CRM usage including use of communication and query tools for building marketing lists and crafting messaging for emails and text messaging platforms.

 General

  • Manage and supervise the Retrofit Accelerator coaching specialists and other employees as funding allows on the team including facilitating progress meetings and work plan check-in meetings. Review work and provide coaching and feedback.

  • Represent AEF publicly in a manner consistent with AEF’s professional standards.

  • Maintain accurate and complete files to ensure reporting is accurate and audit-ready. 

  • Apply a multi-solving approach to optimize the co-benefits of deep energy retrofits including the application of a lens that does not create or exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities.

  • Assist in the development of funding proposals, campaigns, and other materials that support and fund the Accelerator.

  • Collaborating with the team to promote Alberta Ecotrust's culture of philanthropy internally and externally.

  • Manage procurement and external consulting contracts where required.

  • Participate actively as an AEF team member at staff meetings, retreats, and through ad hoc staff working groups.

  • Collaborate with other staff members to seek out areas of synergy among different program areas.

  • Contribute ideas and expertise to strategic discussions.

Skills and Expertise

You will report directly to the Director of Programs and work in close partnership with the Manager, Emissions Neutral Buildings. You will frequently collaborate with the Communications Team as well as the rest of the Alberta Ecotrust team. Alberta Ecotrust’s head office is in Calgary, however, the successful candidate can be located in either Calgary or Edmonton or potentially a remote placement.

A successful candidate will possess the following skills and expertise:

  • Post-secondary education in environmental studies, energy management, engineering, business, finance, economics, public policy, or a similar discipline.  An additional Master’s degree or MBA would be an asset.

  • 10 or more years of experience in project management including time managing complex, multi-year programs or projects, including planning, implementation, and evaluation; experience with retrofit projects preferred.

  • Experience and/or training in M&V is a strong asset. CMVP certification preferred.

  • Experience and expertise with deep energy retrofits and emissions-neutral buildings. This includes past experience with construction management, energy auditing, energy management, monitoring & verification of energy cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions, retrofit planning, renovation and/or building design.

  • Fully versed in qualitative and quantitative research methods, evaluation, instrumentation, applicable software tools, and data-gathering approaches.

  • General exposure to network development, event planning, capacity building, material or curriculum development, webinar hosting, and technical material development.

  • Financial acumen and understanding of the relevant metrics utilized in business case development in the field of energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, development, etc.

  • Experience and comfort with autonomous work in a dynamic environment. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication. 

  • Experience with various software and other technologies. 

  • Excellent skills in data reduction, analysis, and presentation.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Excellent administrative skills including organizing, meeting logistics, and committee communications.

  • Prior supervisory experience is an asset.

Workplace Culture & Position Location

Alberta Ecotrust provides a flexible schedule and an inclusive, positive, and collaborative team culture. A hybrid model is employed at Alberta Ecotrust with flexible office hours combined with remote working.  Travel between Calgary and Edmonton will be required as part of this position.

In Calgary, we have a casual workplace in a heritage building with lots of meeting space, a full kitchen, great access to transit, local restaurants, and the downtown core. In Edmonton, we have a co-working space at Work Nicer for individual workspaces, meetings, and collaborative spaces when needed. Our staff are extremely motivated to make a difference, and you’ll be part of an innovative team that gets to do interesting, meaningful work aligned with their shared values and desire to improve the world. 

Remuneration

This is a three-year term position with an option to renew or transition to a permanent position if additional funding is secured. The position has a 37.5-hour work week with every third Friday as an earned day off, with a competitive salary range of $90,000-$100,000, plus paid health benefits, three weeks vacation, Christmas break, and a day off for your birthday. 

1. Submit your application to Alberta Ecotrust via our online recruitment system by midnight on April 14, 2024. 

2. Please provide a cover letter and resume via the online system.

3. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed four pages.

Alberta Ecotrust is an equal opportunity employer that strives to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQ2SI, people with disabilities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by emailing a.linsky@albertaecotrust.com

Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank everyone who applies.