[sust-mar] Low Carbon Buildings Coordinator, contract, EAC, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Position: Low Carbon Buildings Coordinator (part-time short-term leave replacement)
Organization: Ecology Action Centre
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Term: 22.5 hours/week, $22.50/hr, 6-months, possibility of extension


The Ecology Action Centre is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. We are grounded in community, and are a strong voice and watchdog for our environment. We work to catalyze change through policy advocacy, community development, and building awareness. We take a holistic approach to the environment and our economy to create a just and sustainable society.

EAC’s Energy Action Team inspires Nova Scotians to prosper in a future that is free of fossil fuels, where energy is used as efficiently as possible. Through education, consultation and advocacy with the public and government, we work for a just transition into this future.


The Low Carbon Buildings Coordinator is responsible for the energy efficiency and green building campaigns and projects of the Ecology Action Centre. They will coordinate research to support the development of green building policies, especially those referenced in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The Low Carbon Buildings Coordinator interacts with all levels of government, advocating for stronger energy efficiency policies including net zero energy ready building codes and deep energy retrofits. They will also interact with the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes and local building code stakeholders and will work to strengthen the network of low-carbon building advocates across Atlantic Canada.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Energy Conservation Coordinator, the Energy Campaign Coordinator, and Energy Action Team volunteers, and will report directly to staff directors.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Advocating for low-carbon building policy at municipal, provincial, and national level;
• Interacting with and influencing the Canadian and Nova Scotian Building Code Process, through the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes;
• Meeting with government officials to discuss low-carbon solutions associated with the building sector;
• Building relationships with low-carbon building stakeholders across Atlantic Canada;
• Planning public and private events to promote low-carbon building, together with volunteers and other stakeholders;
• Writing press releases and doing media interviews;
• Supporting funding proposals and/or reports to funders;
• Participating in and supporting the collective work of the Energy Action Team, including:
• Research and support for various projects, creating content for media, social media, and internal and external publications;
• Identifying and supporting the pursuit of fundraising opportunities;
• Meeting with regional, national, and international organizations and networks;
• Supporting the overall work of the Ecology Action Centre; and
• Other duties as required.

• Understanding of basic building science (e.g. moisture management, energy management, thermodynamics).
• Understanding of building policy at the municipal, provincial, and national level.
• Understanding of local energy efficiency programs and incentives.
• Experience in organizing, planning and/or supporting advocacy campaigns in either a professional or volunteer capacity.
• Experience organizing and facilitating community events or workshops, and general event planning.
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
• Experience and comfort with public speaking.
• Project management skills: ability to work independently and as part of a team, effectively manage multiple tasks, and use time efficiently.
• Interest in and knowledge of energy systems and how they affect, benefit or harm people at the community level, and the relationship between climate change and social justice.
• Available some evenings and weekends and willing to travel.

• Experience with and understanding of building codes.
• Experience working for a non-profit organization, First Nation Band, co-op, labour organization, or community enterprise.
• Experience working with underrepresented people, such as Indigenous communities, African-Canadian communities or other communities of colour.
• Experience working with volunteers.
• Experience working with governments on policy matters.
• Experience managing projects and budgets, developing funding proposals, and/or writing funding reports.
• Class 5 Driver’s License an asset.

• 22.5 hours/week at $22.50/hour, with 4% vacation pay
• 6-month contract, with possibility of extension
• This is an on-site position at our Halifax office, which is located at 2705 Fern Lane in our renovated, energy-efficient green office building.
• The first floor of our building is designed to be universally accessible. We have a ramp at the front entrance with automatic door openers, a permanent ramp to the back door, a stair lift in the foyer between the split levels, and an accessible gender-neutral washroom. There is a good turning radius for wheelchairs on most of the first floor, including our primary meeting room and several work spaces.
• Our staff work in shared offices, with a moderate noise level, and good natural light.
• This job involves extended viewing of a computer monitor. We strive to keep our office scent-free.


Please submit your application via email to employment at ecologyaction.ca with “APPLICATION –Building Efficiency Coordinator” and your name in the email subject line. All applications should be in the form of a single .pdf document with required elements in the following order: cover letter, resume and three references.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Attention: Emma Norton, Energy Conservation Coordinator

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Interviews will begin the week of May 6, 2019.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from individuals in traditionally marginalized groups such as, but not limited to: African Nova Scotian and other racialized people, Indigenous people, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer people, and persons with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter or application if they are a member of a marginalized community.

The Ecology Action Centre was founded in 1971 and is one of Nova Scotia’s largest environmental organizations. The Centre always welcomes new members and volunteers: http://www.ecologyaction.ca


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