Climate Change Data Coordinator
Position Title: Climate Change Data Coordinator
Department: Climate Change Initiatives CAOs Office
Reports To: Manager, Climate Change Initiatives
The Climate Change Data Coordinator will join the Climate Action Initiatives Team in the CAOs Office to lead corporate and community climate action efforts across the organization and track and monitor their success. As the Countys climate change data expert, the Coordinator will contribute to the development and implementation of changes to County policies, procedures and physical assets that will lead to GHG reductions, long-term positive financial impacts, and reduced vulnerability to climate change impacts.
The Climate Change Data Coordinator will be responsible for broader capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities around corporate climate action to share with municipalities as required. The Coordinator will calculate, track and report on energy and emissions data corporately and community-wide with the goal of facilitating continuous improvement.
Building Energy Data and Benchmarking
Gather and verify accuracy and completeness of all available building energy data (from utility bills, interval meters, building automation systems etc.)
Select and implement an energy data management system that facilitates data entry, required reporting, data visualization, benchmarking, and ongoing analysis of building performance.
Use RET Screen or similar tool to benchmark and analyze building performance. Identify underperforming buildings and potential opportunities for improvement in building operations and/or infrastructure.
Communicate with staff and external building users to understand building operations and connections to energy use. Identify opportunities for operational changes. Develop strategies to minimize the impact of operational changes and potential retrofits on building users.
Liaise with external building energy and data managers and networks to understand best practices.
Corporate Baselines and Implementation Pathways
Liaise with departments and municipal staff to review capital plans for buildings and other assets to identify opportunities for energy efficiency upgrades and risks of stranded assets.
Lead the development of annual Energy and Emissions Reporting and periodic Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan updates required under O. Reg. 507/18 (Broader Public Sector: Energy Reporting and Conservation and Demand Management Plans) to reflect updated building analysis. Lead the development of a NetZero Buildings Plan for County-owned facilities as part of the ECDM Plan update.
Establish and facilitate cross-departmental collaboration through the establishment of committees and working groups to identify cross sectoral impacts and opportunities. (e.g., the impact of fleet charging on building electrical usage)
Develop measurement and monitoring protocols, and KPIs in accordance with the Canadian Federation of Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection framework for tracking implementation of Going Green in Grey, Grey Countys Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP).
Develop a data collection strategy for corporate climate risk assessment and a corporate climate adaptation plan.
Develop an approach to implement a Climate Lens across corporate operations and capital work.
Assist the Climate Change Initiatives Manager to develop funding applications, RFPs, and manage consultants to implement corporate climate action.
Report progress on corporate climate action to senior management, Council, municipalities, and community groups through reports, presentations and briefing materials as required.
Community Metrics and Modelling
Research best practices, recommend metrics and develop a data collection strategy to baseline and track progress towards community climate action goals.
Research, collect and analyze data from a variety of sources, such as Statistics Canada, MPAC, Hydro One, GIS, and other external and internal databases, to model County wide trends and impacts of community climate action based on the chosen metrics.
Model the GHG impact of community climate action using Canadian Federation of Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection framework and other resources as needed.
Develop a data collection strategy for community climate risk assessment and a community climate adaptation plan that aligns with corporate data strategies and policies.
Prepare program reports for management and Council and participate in committees as assigned.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Manager, Climate Change Initiatives.
Comply with Provincial and County occupational health and safety legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Usual hours of work are thirty-five (35) per week, Monday to Friday. Overtime is required to deal with the demands of the position, such as evening meetings that are convened for the public and committees convenience, plus normal operational and statutory deadlines, and peak periods.
Occasional off-site meetings are required; must have valid drivers license and access to a vehicle for travel if required.
Internal Working Relationships
Discusses plans, priorities and receives general policy direction from the Manager and other senior staff outside the Climate Change Initiatives team in the CAO Office. Works with staff and/or department heads in other County Departments. Prepares and presents reports to Committee of the Whole or associated task forces.
External Working Relationships
Staff of member municipalities, neighbouring counties/municipalities, as well as Provincial Ministries, Conservation Authorities, farm organizations, and business associations. Solicitors, consultants, developers, contractors, special interest or user groups, businesses, and the general public.
Knowledge and Skill
Well-developed leadership skills and demonstrated ability to foster collaboration and consensus
Post-secondary degree in Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Science/Studies, Energy Management, Sustainability, Geography, Planning, Engineering, Information Systems such as GIS or a related field.
Minimum of three years experience in a related area, preferably in a municipal setting.
Strong knowledge and experience in the areas of GHG emissions reductions, climate change adaptation and energy data management; experience preparing Broader Public Sector Energy and Emissions reporting an asset.
Ability to coordinate the collection of data and synthesize, analyze and communicate information from multiple sources.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills including writing successful grant applications, analytical skills and demonstrated knowledge of Federal and Provincial climate change policies and legislation.
Demonstrated knowledge of climate change issues and sustainable development principles and practices within the context of municipal government.
Demonstrated presentation, project management and administrative skills with ability to develop recommendations for a wide range of climate change initiatives.
General knowledge of public policy, practices and current issues affecting local government with a broad understanding of the two-tier municipal governments.
Ability to respect confidentiality, and to communicate effectively and courteously with all levels of staff, external government agencies/authorities, elected officials, media, the development community, business groups, farm organizations, special interest or user groups and the general public.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office products; experience with Geographic Information Systems software or web applications and Power BI would be considered an asset.
Experience conducting GHG inventories; experience with GHG software would be considered an asset.
Knowledge of RETScreen Software or equivalent is considered an asset.
LEED Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified RETScreen Expert
(CRE) or be working towards one of these designations, would be considered an asset.
Experience with asset management planning or software would be beneficial.
Interdisciplinary background is an asset as the position requires working across many departments and sectors.
A valid drivers license (minimum G2 Class) and access to a vehicle for travel if required.
Impact of Error
Judgement errors could cause potential harm to the public image through failure to exercise diplomacy when dealing with the public or government officials. Errors in judgement, miscommunication and breach of confidentiality would result in unfavourable relations between staff, council, and the public and a loss of trust in the Countys Climate Change Action Plan. A misinterpretation of County policies or provincial guidelines could directly impact public safety or the natural environment.
Technical errors could lead to higher legal and administration or materials costs. Errors in judgement or data interpretation may place the County in a position of liability from a financial and environmental perspective.
Staff management errors could reduce departmental and program effectiveness, increase costs or liability, decrease employee involvement or morale, lead to negative public relations, and inconvenience the public, businesses, or farm organizations.
Candidates who demonstrate a high level of responsibility, self-discipline, and effective communication skills may be eligible for remote work arrangements. However, due to occasional in-office requirements, candidates must reside within a reasonable driving distance of the County Administration office in Owen Sound. The specific distance and commuting expectations will be discussed during the onboarding process.