Senior Green Building Planner II – Energy Benchmark Reporting (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 23577 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

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

Main Purpose and Function

The Senior Green Building Planner will lead a multi-departmental and ambitious work plan to develop and introduce annual energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) benchmark reporting requirements for existing commercial and multi-family buildings in Vancouver.  They will also provide technical and policy expertise in support of the implementation of the Zero Emissions Building Retrofit Strategy and the Climate Emergency Action Plan.  They will be involved in all phases of related projects including regulation design, planning, IT systems and data management design, support program design, industry/utility partnerships, and handover/closeout as appropriate.

They will assemble and oversee project teams and secure internal or external resources to successfully deliver the assigned projects and is responsible for a timely delivery of the projects within budget and to a high level of quality.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

Reports to and receives project assignments from the Senior Green Building Planner responsible for implementing the Zero Emissions Building Retrofit Strategy.   The Senior Planner – Energy Benchmark Reporting consults and works closely with staff in Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability; Development, Building and Licencing; Supply Chain Management; IT;  MetroVancouver; BC Government Ministries; BC Hydro; FortisBC; building owner/professional associations, and others to advance project objectives while seeking to address these key partners’ requirements while meeting Council’s directions. The successful applicant will also work closely with building designers, suppliers, contractors, and consultants to understand challenges and develop solutions.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Manages projects and plan development of medium to high technical and political complexity, including development and implementation of: policy and regulations to apply city-wide internal systems for permitting and compliance; and training programs for staff and industry.
  • Plans out projects in detail, identifying project scope, budget, schedule, risks, key stakeholders, and project organization.  Documents project plans in a Project Charter document.
  • Assigns work (including deliverables, timelines, budgets, and quality expectations) and oversees project teams to successfully deliver projects. The team members could be Sustainability staff, other City employees, staff from partner organisations, and/or temporary staff or consultants for the project.
  • Leads policy, technical, business case, or behavioral research and analysis; stakeholder engagement; consultant contracts; communications strategies; development of processes and/or compliance tools.
  • Builds and sustains key internal and external partner relationships ensuring their requirements are identified/addressed or negotiates compromises on behalf of the City as required.
  • Identifies both project risks and opportunities, actively managing the former while developing recommendations to leverage the latter. 
  • Represents the City on Regional, Provincial and National working groups
  • Makes effective recommendations involving significant policy or regulatory change impacting the building industry to senior management and Council
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Experience leading complex projects with significant impacts upon multiple stakeholders with varying interests is required.
  • A degree in Planning, Architecture, Engineering, or related field is preferred.
  • A post-secondary degree in planning recognised by the Canadian Institute of Planners and a minimum of two years’ professional experience in the planning field OR an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience with energy efficiency in complex building design, construction, and/or operations complemented with policy development experience that combines work in both the private and public sectors

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in  energy benchmarking programs, systems and data management, ideally including the introduction and/or implementation of benchmark reporting requirements at a municipal or provincial/state scale
  • Expertise in commercial and multifamily building energy management
  • Extensive knowledge in the technical, business and operational challenges, benefits and best practices associated with energy efficient retrofits and operations of HVAC systems and building envelopes
  • Familiarity with the BC Building Code and/or Vancouver’s Building By-Law requirements and references standards as they pertain to energy use of new or existing Part 3 buildings
  • Proven ability to develop and lead internal and stakeholder consultation and engagement processes
  • Proven background in leading public procurement of professional services
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight timeframes and with limited supervision and direction. 
  • Ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, negotiate compromises and secure support from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to prepare clear, well written reports, and records that support technical decision making as well as policy and regulation development work. 
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and build relationships with senior representatives in the public and private sectors. 
  • Analytical skills to independently reach sound decisions and resolve complex problems based on an assessment of the costs, benefits, and health/safety risks involved 
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, develop and implement regulatory requirements. 
  • Ability to perform thorough, complete and accurate work with limited supervision and direction. 
  • Ability to manage projects crossing multiple departments, issues and stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify and recommend new ideas aimed at improving service delivery.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: March, 2021

Position End Date: April, 2022

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR 31: $48.78 to $57.70 per hour

Application Close: February 14, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through 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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