Sustainability and Climate Action Officer
Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Research, the Sustainability and Climate Action Officer serves as a lead and key advisor on sustainability and climate action for the Research Enterprise. This position will:
• Lead and be responsible for facilitating and coordinating engagement of researchers and graduate students to advance sustainability efforts;
• Liaise with researchers to implement sustainable research methodologies, providing insight, support and advise;
• Encourage partnerships and collaboration opportunities across the university;
• Promote best practice on sustainability and climate action which may include preparing and delivering presentations on grant opportunities and strategies for success;
• Analyze existing policies and procedures.
The Sustainability and Climate Action Officer will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with external agencies to provide support and recommendations on sustainability and climate action, including:
• Serving as the point of contact for inquiries from external stakeholders on climate action and sustainability;
• Providing support and direction to external partners, providing recommendations on best practice nationally for sustainability and climate action;
• Recognizing opportunities for leveraging relationships with external sectors and the University of Regina.
Serving as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS), this position will participate in the development and implementation for the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan for Sustainability.
Working in collaboration with the Research Office, this position will assist researchers with grant applications and funding opportunities. This position will support the efforts of the University of Regina in our goal to become a known leader in environmental sustainability.
• Master’s Degree in Environmental Systems Engineering, Environmental Studies, Biology, Geography Social Sciences, or related combined with 5 years’ experience working in a research environment with a focus on sustainability and climate change.
• Demonstrated knowledge of environmental management policies, issues, and initiatives.
• Demonstrated experience preparing grants and contracts for sponsored research funding.
• Demonstrated understanding of applicable University research and government regulations.
• Membership in national or international sustainability- or environment-related societies or similar organizations or demonstrated leadership at municipal, provincial or national level in the area of sustainability.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex issues to diverse audiences both internally and externally.
• Strong interpersonal skills including influencing and problem solving skills with an emphasis on the ability to establish collaborative relationships to increase support for sustainability and climate action initiatives.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and to work with shifting priorities and schedules.
• Knowledge of campus wide technology and software.
• Demonstrated understanding of applicable University research and government regulations