Senior Project Manager - Zero Waste
Senior Project Manager - Zero WasteRequisition ID: 12124
The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world and transform Vancouver into a zero waste community by 2040. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity 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.
Main Purpose and Function
This two-year temporary Senior Project Manager position will lead the planning and delivery of zero waste actions for the purpose of helping move the City towards achieving its zero waste 2040 goal, with specific focus on developing opportunities to reduce and redistribute wasted edible food. The successful candidate will utilize their environmental planning and food supply chain knowledge and experience, to lead collaborations, build effective relationships and leverage opportunities with key internal and external stakeholders. This work supports various policies including Vancouver’s Zero Waste 2040 Strategic Plan, Greenest City Action Plan, Food Strategy, and Renewable City Strategy, as well as commitments made by the City through its involvement in the C40 Cities and Pacific Coast Collaborative.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Working with a high degree of independence, carry-out all work required to fully develop recommended food waste avoidance options, and edible food waste rescue and redistribution system improvements, including best practice research, feasibility, risk, operational and triple bottom line analysis, and implementation plan development.
- Exercise leadership abilities and effective communication skills with internal and external stakeholders to develop a foundational understanding of interests, develop collaborations, and grow strong working relationships across various sectors, including regional and senior government, academia, not-for-profit and for profit organizations, and the community.
- Participate in collaborative research, planning and policy development projects across departments and with external partners such as the National Zero Waste Council and Pacific Coast Collaborative Food Waste Working Group.
- Apply proven project management skills to develop and oversee schedules, track milestones and critical path issues, and ensure deliverables are provided on time and within budget.
- Research, analyze and evaluate qualitative and quantitative environmental, economic, social and policy best practices, recommend performance indicators, model waste reduction and diversion potential, estimate costs and benefits, identify areas of risk and risk mitigation measures, and prepare business cases.
- Coordinate and execute all aspects of pilot project and program development, including research, planning, and evaluation of performance, operational impacts and feasibility.
- Prepare technical, financial and policy reports and presentations with recommendations to stakeholders, management and Council.
- Facilitate working groups, and lead alignment and cross-coordination among City business units with respect to the City’s zero waste objectives.
- Represent the interests of the Engineering Services Department in media relations such as live interviews, and article content, as required.
- Define the scope and objective of community based social marketing, education and outreach programs, determine audience(s), develop content and work with Corporate Communications on design and delivery.
- Develop, shape and advance project and quality management standards through a project management framework developed for the Engineering Services Department.
- Develop and manage professional services contracts, and oversee the work of consultants and junior staff, as required.
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/Science/Planning, Resource and Environmental Management, Business/Public Administration or Civil/Environmental Engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in solid waste prevention and management, or environmental/sustainability policy development, planning, or program/project management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge and experience in any of the following areas would be an asset: policy, planning and programs related to food waste avoidance/reduction, food rescue and redistribution, or food security.
- Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or eligibility to certify is a strong asset.
- Familiarly working in the public sector environment is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated working knowledge of solid/zero waste and sustainability policies, principles and leading practices, the food supply chain, and project management, business case and program/system evaluation and planning tools.
- Experience in building and maintaining strategic relationships, coordinating stakeholders or working groups, identifying interests and developing consensus.
- Experience in preparing requests for proposals, evaluating proposals, and ensuring projects are completed on time and on budget.
- Ability to coordinate program activities, develop, implement and maintain project schedules, and recommend strategies and processes.
- Ability to report, monitor and complete basic analysis of project costs and sound knowledge of budgeting and standard costing procedures as related to municipal programs and operations.
- Experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as those used in analyzing waste quantities, composition and flows and forecasting waste generation.
- Ability to develop project requirements and commission environmental studies, lead research, identify information gaps and evaluate and utilize findings.
- Ability to converse with, advise recommendations, write reports and deliver/facilitate presentations to all levels of colleagues and peer groups, senior management, government boards, Boards of Directors and the public.
- Ability to prepare electronic documentation and present work results, conclusions and recommendations in graphical and written form.
- Experience in working with communications experts developing content for print, web, social media and traditional media and responding to media requests.
- Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgement and resolve conflicts arising within the project team.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other employees, project stakeholders, and external agencies, including resolving situations of conflicting interests.
- Experience directing and supervising the work of staff and consultants.
***A current and valid class 5 BC Driver’s License is a requirement of this position. The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities***
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: January 2019
Position End Date: January 2021
Application Close: November 25, 2018
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.