Sustainability Engagement Lead
University of British Columbia
Sustainability Engagement Lead
Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Administration, Level A
Sustainability Engagement Lead
VP External Relations
VP External Relations
$57,260.00 (minimum) - $68,738.00 (midpoint) - $82,485.00 (maximum)
Desired Start Date:
"Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
The Sustainability Engagement Lead plays a leadership role in campus sustainability engagement. The Lead develops, delivers and supports programs that: a) help build a culture of sustainability on campus, b) encourage high impact resource conservation behaviours, and c) support implementation of university sustainability plans and policies, including the Climate Action Plan, Zero Waste Action Plan, and Engagement Strategy. The position manages and delivers behaviour change and peer-to-peer sustainability education programs; develops and implements strategies that engage staff, faculty and students; develops communications and outreach strategies to support engagement programs; and researches and remains current with literature and best practices in engagement strategies and behaviour change in the campus setting. The position is responsible for developing and managing programs including the Green Office and Sustainability Coordinator programs to enhance resource conservation in offices across campus through staff and faculty engagement, including building capacity and expanding the network of sustainability champions. The position also works with key campus stakeholders to provide broader support, guidance and coordination to programs including Sustainability in Residence, Green Labs and Zero Waste/Sort it Out.
Operates within Campus and Community Planning. Reports to the Senior Planning & Sustainability Engineer in Sustainability & Engineering, within Campus & Community Planning. The position supports and advises department staff, and may supervise one or more student interns. Also coordinates with senior staff from the UBC Sustainability Initiative, UBC Financial Operations, UBC IT, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Risk Management Services, Human Resources, Alma Mater Society, Building Operations, Energy and Water Services, other units in Campus and Community Planning, and UBC Robson Square.
Green Offices Program
- Develops and manages the Green Office Program and Sustainability Coordinator Program, including developing program plans, managing program budgets, and overseeing implementation and program delivery, including the following specific tasks.
- Develops and coordinates a communications and engagement strategy to enhance program impact, in collaboration with UBC communications staff and/or consultants.
- Leads and manages the network of staff and faculty Sustainability Coordinators in buildings across campus, including recruitment and orientation; volunteer coordination, retention, and recognition; support and advising; and event coordination.
- Designs and delivers annual and bi-monthly training programs to staff, faculty and participants.
- Designs and delivers behaviour change campaigns with internal and external partners to staff, faculty, students and program participants to enhance resource conservation.
- Reviews, evaluates and updates the program plan annually including setting metrics and targets, and facilitates the on-going monitoring and reporting on program implementation and impacts.
- Develops energy conservation behaviour change initiatives in collaboration with key stakeholders, liaising with and leveraging external programs such as Energy Wise/WCA.
- Manages the development of educational tools and engagement resources including web-based toolkits that support the program.
- Manages the Workplace Sustainability Fund including developing and refining fund guidelines and criteria, coordinating the fund selection process and overseeing successful funding recipients to ensure long term project success.
- Identifies new strategic partnerships with UBC units to further program goals.
- Bases approach on emerging best practices and in consideration of global trends in sustainability engagement in higher education.
- Manages student staff, providing direction to reach program goals.
Overall Sustainability Engagement Program
- Liaises and coordinates with other Sustainability and Engineering staff and other units on engagement initiatives, providing expert advising and guidance, contributing to program planning including Green Labs and Sustainability in Residence, and playing a key role in campus-wide behaviour change strategies and plans.
- Advises and supports operational units in the implementation of objectives outlined in Operational Unit Sustainability Plans to support achieving targets outlined in UBC's sustainability plans and policies. This may also involve the development of operations specific engagement programs aimed at reducing energy, water and waste.
- Provides guidance and input on overall sustainability engagement communications, including website design, content, and messaging.
- Reviews and researches engagement and behaviour change best practices and engagement program design, including liaising with other institutions, for energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable purchasing and sustainable transportation in order to inform program design.
- Represents Sustainability & Engineering engagement programs on UBC committees and to external peer organizations as appropriate.
- In partnership with Unit colleagues, assesses the effectiveness of established engagement and communications plans and processes, providing analysis and reporting recommendations for future improvements.
- Proactively identifies, initiates, and manages relationships and partnerships with other campus units, faculties, students, in order to identify and leverage opportunities for collaboration.
Zero Waste Engagement Program
- Manages the coordination and the development and delivery of engagement initiatives that promote zero waste at campus events.
- Manages student staff who lead the development and delivery of the zero waste events engagement program, including overseeing volunteer management program.
- Coordinates with Sustainability & Engineering staff, UBC Communications staff and consultants in the design of communication materials as needed.
Performs other duties as required.
Works independently on projects under the supervision of the Senior Planning & Sustainability Engineer. Work is reviewed against work plan objectives.
Supervise consultants on a project basis. Directs and advises department staff, as required. Supervise students (including Work Learn positions) that provide support and research capacity to program areas.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Decisions affect the delivery of behaviour change programs and initiatives, resource conservation and the potential cost savings resulting from behaviour change programs. Decisions can also impact on-going implementation of sustainability policies and departmental image.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Master's degree in a related discipline preferred. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in community based social marketing and change management practices and theories. Demonstrated experience in program management, and program development is required and experience in and volunteer management is preferred. Experience in project and budget management is required. Experience supervising student employees and consultants. Ability to cope with multiple priorities. Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to demonstrate working efficiently independently and within a team environment. Knowledge and experience of communications and engagement strategies such as email marketing, web content management (Drupal), social media (Facebook, Ning) and desktop publishing (In Design) an asset. Ability to coordinate and work collaboratively with others, such as student employees and consultants. Ability to exercise good judgment and set priorities is required. Ability to demonstrate creativity, tactfulness, perceptivity, attention to detail and versatility. Ability to make informed decisions without supervision. Ability to listen, learn, help and lead staff and stakeholders towards a common goal is essential.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.