Now Hiring: EcoSociety’s Energy Planning Director

Start Date: December 1, or as soon as possible
Salary: $52,000-$58,000 annually
Job type: full-time, two-year contract, renewable depending on funding
Location: West Kootenays, location is flexible

Since 1994, West Kootenay EcoSociety works to preserve wild places, air and water for future generations; to take action to reduce the crisis of climate change; and to promote sustainable local food systems. If you are passionate, organized, and have a strong background in policy and government relations, we want you to join our team as our Energy Planning Director.

West Kootenay EcoSociety aims to secure commitments, by 2020, from all West Kootenay municipalities and regional districts to reduce community-level GHG emissions and transition to 100% renewable energy in their communities by 2050. The emission reductions and renewable energy goals would include the sectors of transportation, heating and cooling in buildings, waste management, and electricity in all public and private-owned infrastructure.. Already two municipalities, Nelson and Slocan, and the Regional District of the Central Kootenay have made this commitment.

Working with our staff, volunteers, and local governments, the Energy Planning Director will collaborate with West Kootenay local governments committed to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050 to develop a joint regional-municipal pathway to 2050 strategy with implementation milestones, including projects and emissions reductions targets. The pathway to 2050 strategy will include identifying challenges and solutions to overcome barriers, regulations, deregulations, incentives, and provincial-level policy. They will coordinate the formal collaboration process, work with local government representatives from staff and elected leaders to develop the joint strategy, seeking their ideas and inputs individually, in small groups, and organize periodic full local government facilitated development and review strategy sessions. This framework will include trainings and meetings with other city energy planning experts leading the transition, so this region can learn lessons and adapt them to local context. They will coordinate consultants and modelers to provide analysis, insights, workshops and networking for the strategy development.

Beyond 2020, the EcoSociety’s Energy Planning Director will work with municipalities in the region to define and refine strategies, assist in implementing upcoming milestones, monitor and evaluate project and strategy effectiveness, connect staff and councilors with emerging experts and successful technologies, and engage residents and businesses in the region to ensure continued support for fossil-fuel phase out and 100% renewable energy phase-in across communities.

This position involves lots of regional travel and some work on evening and weekends.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Energy Planning Director will:

  • Work with local governments to formalize a collaboration framework with clear communications, deliverables and accountability measures;
  • Build relationships with experts outside the region to deliver trainings and workshops;
  • Facilitate meetings and relationship building with local governments and key stakeholders;
  • Research and draft policy with local governments within framework agreements;
  • Research funding opportunities for implementation;
  • Work with consultants and modelers to input into strategy and
  • Have working knowledge of the PCP Milestones, and the 100% RE Building Blocks toolkit from 100% Renewables;
  • Work with EcoSociety’s advisors and other NGO partners to advocate for best 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency practices;
  • Host community consultations in collaboration with local governments;
  • Have many in-person conversations with community members on EcoSociety’s initiatives as an EcoSociety ambassador;
  • Track relationships in EcoSociety’s database;
  • Develop and post content on EcoSociety’s website;
  • Participate in organizational fundraising;
  • Run project on budget;
  • And participate in organizational planning and staff activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Passion for working to fulfill EcoSociety’s mission and the just transition to 100% renewable energy;
  • At least 4 years of experience working with governments and/or utilities, local government relations experience preferred;
  • At least 4 years analyzing, drafting, and/or communicating policy in the areas of energy, infrastructure, transportation, corporate administration, community development, planning, asset management and/or environmental services;
  • Experience working with municipal bylaws, official community plans, and other municipal-level planning and implementation measures;
  • Completion of postsecondary degree;
  • Strong understanding of climate and energy policies and issues;
  • Outstanding facilitator, with demonstrated track record of successful facilitation of key stakeholders;
  • Connected to local community or strong desire to build connections in the community;
  • Outgoing personality, excellent listening skills and drive to connect with people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Team player and problem solver, but must be able to work independently;
  • Experience working in campaign setting;
  • Experience working for non-profits;
  • Experience working with media and external communications;
  • Experience managing budgets successfully;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Expert-intermediate knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Google Drive, email management;
  • Experience using databases and managing data;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends;
  • Valid drivers’ license;
  • And willing to make a 2-year commitment to this position with the EcoSociety

The successful candidate will work 40 hours per week. Location is flexible, the successful candidate can work from home or out of the EcoSociety office in Nelson, BC, but will be expected to spend at least one day each week in the Nelson office. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

To apply: If you meet the requirements and are really excited about this position, submit your cover letter and resume in pdf format to Please ensure subject line reads “EcoSociety’s Energy Planning Director Application.” Interviews will be done on a rolling basis. We thank all those who apply but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

EcoSociety is an equal opportunity employer.