Branch Manager, Neighbouhood Energy Utility

City of Vancouver


Branch Manager, Neighbourhood Energy Utility

Requisition ID: 14593 
The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers.  With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

We are looking for a motivated Branch Manager to oversee the operations and expansion of the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (“NEU”).  The NEU delivers renewable thermal energy for heating and hot water to buildings in the False Creek area.  Its customer base has grown by more than 300% since it started operations in 2010, and the City is looking for an entreprenuerial and strategic leader to guide its growth as it expands to other areas of the city.  In addition, the branch manager has a key role in enabling investments in renewable energy infrastructure by other parties.
The NEU began operation in January 2010, and has a target to supply 70% of its energy from renewable energy sources (growing to 100% before 2030).  It was the first district energy system in North America to recycle waste heat from untreated sewage (third world-wide) with a capacity of 3 megawatts, and work is underway to add an additional 6 megawatts of sewage heat recovery capacity.  In addition, the system recovers waste heat from some of its customer buildings, and planning work is underway to identify future sources of renewable energy.  Meanwhile, the thermal energy network is being expanded to other areas including Mount Pleasant, the False Creek Flats and Northeast False Creek, and staff will be evaluating other potential expansion areas (growing from 5.5 million square feet of buildings served today to more than 20 million square feet of buildings in the years to come).
This position reports to the Director of Integrated Strategy & Utilities Planning, and works closely with other Branch Managers in Engineering Services, the Sustainability Group and other partners across the City.  Your ability to build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders will help you be successful in leading the development of new policy and regulatory enabling tools and negotiation of complex utility agreements to secure low carbon outcomes for new development areas in neighbourhood energy developments led by the public and private sectors.
The manager is accountable for a multidisciplinary staff group, including Professional Engineers, planners and other technical staff, human resource and labour management issues and employee and public health and safety.  The manager is also responsible for periodic reporting to a senior staff steering committee, which includes the City Manager and the General Managers of Engineering, Planning Development and Sustainability and Finance. 
As the ideal candidate you are highly motivated to contribute towards a zero emissions future, and capable of thinking strategically with a collaborative problem solving skillset to achieve ambitious outcomes.  You will bring a combination of technical competence, analytical, organizational, problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision making skills.  You have a proven ability to create and manage budgets, cost controls, scheduling and work planning and handle numerous projects simultaneously while demonstrating commitment to safety, quality and excellent service delivery.  You will also bring your vision and your ability to initiate best practices, benchmarking and continuous improvement and implement creative and innovative technical, policy or process changes while ensuring buy-in from staff and other stakeholders.  
In addition you are able to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports on complex or technical issues suitable to a variety of audiences including City Council. Your ability to use metrics and operational data to drive efficiencies and improve operations will help you be successful in this role.  As an excellent developer of teams you are able to maximize the engagement and contributions of the team to meet changing business needs and guide, motivate and manage a team of both union and exempt employees.
The successful candidate will have a degree in a related field or equivalent combination of training and experience along with a minimum of 10 years’ demonstrated success leading effective teams and developing, implementing and managing infrastructure or industrial projects and programs preferably in the renewable energy sector and community greenhouse gas emissions. Also, experience in stakeholder management, communications, risk assessment and mitigation, policy, law and contract negotiation will help you be successful in this role. 
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services 
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Posting Closes: October 26, 2019

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Engineering, Energy Management
Posted: October 3, 2019, 1:21 pm
Expires: October 26, 2019, 11:59 pm

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