Sustainability Specialist (Policy Analyst) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 27317 


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 & Function 

The City’s Sustainability Group has an exciting temporary opening for a Sustainability Specialist. The Sustainability Specialist is part of a team focused on achieving Vancouver’s aspiration of becoming the greenest city in the world and reducing the City’s carbon pollution by 50% by 2030 in response to the Climate Emergency. The position will manage projects on behalf of, and provide support and advice to, staff throughout the City in order to achieve the targets set out in the Climate Emergency Action Plan, Climate Adaptation Strategy, and Green Operations Plan.

The Sustainability Group’s mission is to tackle the urgent challenge of climate change by eliminating carbon pollution [before 2050] and adapting to a changing climate, while creating equity and long-term ecosystem health for the people of Vancouver

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

The Sustainability Specialist will perform a range of tasks including undertaking best-practice research and contextual analysis, and designing and implementing projects and programs in relation to the Sustainability Group’s mission and goals

  • Lead and project manage complex cross-departmental sustainability projects to develop new policy, plans, regulations, and programs that help the City achieve its sustainability targets.
  • Support the development, implementation and monitoring of internal and external stakeholder engagement processes
  • Develop business cases and make recommendations to management
  • Deliver and facilitate presentations to public and professional audiences – the Sustainability Specialist will, from time to time, be called upon to represent the Sustainability Group at public events and meetings on sustainability-related topics.
  • Track and report on project and program progress
  • Conduct research studies related to sustainability issues, strategic business services, public accessibility or other corporate wide matters; prepare and coordinate surveys and analyze survey results; perform historical and statistical research and analysis for new and on-going policy related projects.
  • Prepare reports for presentation to Council and/or presents reports to Council as well as reports for both internal and external audiences.
  • Conduct correspondence with various interest groups, stakeholders, the general public and other departments; consults with external groups; gathers feedback; makes presentations; responds to questions and inquiries.
  • Liaise with a variety of internal and external contacts such as CLT, staff in the legal department, representatives of local and provincial agencies; participates with other staff on interdepartmental projects; as required, provides policy advice to senior staff and committees. 


Education and Experience:

  • Completion of a university degree in a related discipline (planning, environmental science, engineering), preferably at the post-graduate level and considerable related experience in local government OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Minimum three years of sustainability-related professional experience
  • Experience planning, implementing and monitoring public engagement is preferred.
  • Formal project management training or experience is preferred.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with a range of environmental sustainability issues
  • Experience and knowledge of intersectional equity and integrating equity processes into work projects and programs
  • Demonstrated ability to catalyze change within an organization while building and maintaining positive relationships
  • Considerable knowledge of research techniques and analysis used in developing policies and regulations
  • Background and expertise in Greenest City, Climate Emergency, Climate Change Adaptation and Green Operations focus areas
  • Familiarity with designing and applying community engagement approaches
  • Experience working on projects with a municipal partner or within a municipal or other government setting
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to sustainability
  • Considerable knowledge of the policies, principles and regulations governing departmental activities
  • Good knowledge of municipal regulatory issues governing licensing or zoning or intergovernmental issues affecting public services 
  • Ability to research, develop and analyze policies and regulations, to evaluate the implications of proposals and to identify problems and recommend solutions
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical and narrative data, to prepare comprehensive reports and present recommendations to senior management and Council
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written, oral and graphic form and to conduct presentations and deliver comprehensive project reports
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various community groups, stakeholders, the general public, government officials, Council and other external and internal contacts at all levels.

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

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2021

Position End Date: May, 2022

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-29 $44.83 – $53.01 per hour

Application Close: March 21, 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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