STATEMENT OF INTENTION
We encourage applications from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences, recognizing the immense value that diversity brings to our team. We're on a journey of learning and growth, continually striving to create a more inclusive and equitable environment. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented communities, including Black, racialized, and Indigenous Peoples, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, newcomers to Canada, and People with Disabilities, to apply.
In our pursuit of fostering an environment where everyone feels seen and respected, our search partner P4G extends an invitation for you to openly share information about your unique experiences and preferences within your cover letter or resume, including pronouns if you wish.
We are committed to providing accommodations for individuals with disabilities at every stage of the hiring process. We recognize that there is always more to learn and improve upon in our journey towards greater inclusivity and humility.
ABOUT THE TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW
The Town of New Glasgow, nestled along the scenic riverside of Northern Nova Scotia, stands as a vibrant and pivotal commercial center for Pictou County. Here at New Glasgow, we take pride in our dynamic and flourishing financial and professional sectors, upholding a longstanding tradition of excellence that permeates entrepreneurship, education, social leadership, athletics, entertainment, and all levels of government. Our town is a testament to history, adorned with architectural gems that narrate the past. We continuously expand our offerings to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors alike. New Glasgow presents an ever-growing array of amenities, including vibrant arts and culture centers, a diverse selection of restaurants and entertainment venues, and an abundance of lush parks and trails. These facets converge to cultivate a thriving community and bolster our local economy.
THE TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW IS GUIDED BY KEY STRATEGIES THAT DEFINE OUR COMMITMENT TO PROGRESS:
As an employer in New Glasgow, you'll be part of a community that embraces growth, diversity, and progress. Join us in shaping a future filled with opportunities, both for personal and professional development, in a town that treasures its heritage while embracing a forward thinking vision.
Investment in Infrastructure: We believe in the power of well-maintained infrastructure to drive growth and prosperity.
Commercial Development: We actively promote a business-friendly environment, fostering economic expansion.
Environmental Stewardship: We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing our natural surroundings for current and future generations.
Downtown Revitalization: We are invested in revitalizing our town center, making it a vibrant hub for all.
Cultural Diversity: We celebrate diversity and actively work to build an inclusive community.
Strategic Partnerships and Regional Cooperation: We believe in the strength of collaboration and actively engage in regional initiatives.
Health and Safety: We prioritize the well-being of our residents and employees, ensuring a safe environment for all.
The Creative Economy: We recognize the vital role of creativity and innovation in driving economic growth.
THIS MOMENT , THIS POSITION
Reporting directly to the Director of Community Development, you'll play a pivotal role in leading New Glasgow's climate and sustainability initiatives. Collaborating closely with departments and consultants, your primary responsibility is to implement the Town’s Corporate Climate Action Plan and the Community Climate Action Plan. This involves conducting thorough research and analysis to drive sustainability initiatives, monitoring emerging trends, and offering strategic recommendations to align land use policies and services with our sustainability goals. Additionally, you’ll oversee the budget to ensure corporate plans remain aligned with sustainability-driven priorities and asset management plan.
As a key member of the Town team, you'll provide ongoing sustainability training for staff, manage the program governance of the Community Climate Change Advisory Committee, and represent New Glasgow at events, conferences, and seminars. Your collaborative approach will extend to working with other units to craft regional sustainability strategies, amplifying our collective impact in advancing sustainability efforts for New Glasgow.
- Participate as a member of the Town team, offering comment and advice on matters regarding sustainability and climate change, coming before the Chief Administrative Officer and/or Council.
- Provide strategic leadership, planning, management, supervision and direction, encouragement, and training, to all employees under supervision of the Environment and Sustainability Lead.
- The development and implementation of the Town’s Corporate and Community Climate Action Plans.
- Develop an annual business plan for the Town of New Glasgow’s environment and sustainability action work.
- Optimize resource allocation and incorporate these suggestions into the annual budgets for Community Development, to be presented to the CAO and Town Council.
- Attend Council and Committee of the Whole Council meetings, when requested by the Director of Community Development and/or Chief Administrative Officer to give reports on the Town’s environment and sustainability work, or other matters/issues being considered.
- Good public relations and communications in dealing with citizens at large, particularly in matters dealing with Town climate programs, services, and events, but also in matters pertaining to the Town operations.
- Stay updated on environment and sustainability initiatives in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and at the federal level— Analyze and report on their effectiveness, benefits, and recommend potential applications for the town's sustainability efforts.
- Participate in relevant events such as seminars, conferences, professional development and meetings, subject to budget and policy approval, to enhance knowledge in Environment and Sustainability work.
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
- Implement and Update the GHG Emissions Reductions and Climate Adaptation plan for the Town of New Glasgow (Climate Adaptation) In conjunction with other internal municipal departments or external consultants.
- Develop and promote the adoption of municipal operational and institutional changes that will ensure GHG Emissions Reduction and Climate Adaptation long term for the municipality.
- Conduct research and analysis to implement municipal GHG Emissions Reductions and Climate Adaptation initiatives, including public education programs and stakeholder consultations.
- Identify and recommend emerging planning and sustainability trends, policies, and practices from other areas to align with the Town’s priorities and sustainability plans regarding the land use bylaw, department policies, and municipal services.
- Develop and manage an annual budget for environment and sustainability initiatives; ensure that the financial management conforms to the Town’s financial policies, processes, and requirements.
- Support reviews of the Town’s recommendation reports, corporate plans and policies, from the perspective of the Town’s environment and sustainability priorities and objectives.
- Assist with various Town planning projects and initiatives, including the Corporate Climate Change Action Plan, Community Climate Action Plan, and Active Transportation Plan, as well as organizational planning reviews.
- Manage project staff and external consultants as well as departmental staff in areas of environment and sustainability planning.
- Lead the establishment, delivery, and evaluation of program governance systems and policy instruments, including the Community Climate Change Advisory Committee and related Town of New Glasgow policies.
- Lead design and planning activities of the PACE program, including the elements related to the respective Climate Action Plans; support design activities carried out by other team members, program partners, and consultants.
- Manage program evaluation, including performance indicators and outcomes per funding agreements, and participate in reporting as needed.
- All other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Development.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic and forward thinking professional who possesses a deep passion for environmental stewardship and sustainability. This individual has a strong academic background in environmental science, sustainability, or a related field— ideally holding a master's degree. They bring to the table a proven track record of successfully designing, implementing, and managing sustainability initiatives within organizations, demonstrating a tangible impact on reducing carbon footprint and promoting eco friendly practices.
Their ability to develop and execute comprehensive sustainability plans, including carbon reduction strategies, waste reduction programs, and renewable energy initiatives, is crucial. They have exceptional communication and leadership skills and possess a keen understanding of regulatory frameworks related to sustainability and climate change— ensuring compliance and identifying opportunities for innovation and improvement. Above all, they are a passionate advocate for sustainability, capable of inspiring others to join in the journey towards a more environmentally responsible future.
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
- Completion of post secondary education in engineering, environmental science, environmental planning, urban planning, building science or equivalent.
- Strong knowledge and experience in the areas of GHG emissions reductions, climate change adaptation, sustainable development, and asset management.
- Demonstrated understanding of climate change issues and sustainable development within the context of municipal government.
- Strong research and analytical skills (e.g., ability to conduct rigorous research, summarize findings, and present recommendations).
- Excellent writing and communications skills (e.g., ability to write succinct reports and prepare communications materials to a wide range of audiences).
- Experience with GHG software and conducting GHG inventories for an organization.
- Good knowledge of computer tools.
- Strong ability to multitask, with attention to detail.
- Understanding of the program development process and how to implement new initiatives, including planning, costing, team building, implementation strategies, and building in feedback and evaluation techniques.
- Strong project management capabilities.
SALARY: $60,000 – 70,000/yearly
Group benefits (Health, Dental, Life Insurance, LTD, AD&D).
Defined Benefit Pension Plan.
Professional Development and Training Opportunities.
LOCATION: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Applications will be accepted until 25th September, 2023
Please be sure to include a cover letter that speaks to your experience, but we also want to get a glimpse of your personality.
Don’t be generic, be yourself.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- We closely review all applications and read each cover letter (we promise).
- If you are selected as a top candidate, expect an invitation to chat with a Lead Placemaker from P4G. This is someone who treats the recruitment process non-traditionally. We want to get to know what inspires you.
- Selected candidates will proceed to a virtual interview with the Lead P4G Placemaker and 2-3 organizational representatives.
- Finalists may participate in a second-round interview or skills activity (virtual or in person).
- P4G will check employment references and assist in presenting an offer to the successful candidate.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $60,000.00-$70,000.00 per year
Work Location: In person