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Director, Energy Planning & Innovation, Office of Sustainability

Job ID: 22747

Updated: July 21, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Office of Sustainability is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director, Energy Planning and Innovation.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Sustainability, the Director, Energy Planning & Innovation leads energy innovation and climate action planning, policy and reporting, internal green building advisory services, energy efficiency projects and energy management practices. This works encompasses over 10 million square feet of existing buildings across four campuses, including energy innovation and strategy for new and existing buildings and supporting infrastructure. These efforts support the university in meeting the institutional goals to achieve carbon neutrality and to be a Canadian leader in healthy, high performance green buildings.

The Director provides strategic leadership in developing long-range energy optimization and climate action plans, business cases and grant proposals, Working collaboratively with directors in other business units, the position leads the implementation of the Energy Demand Management Plan in alignment with the ISO 50001 energy management system to build an operational culture and practice of energy optimization in building operations.

The Director leads a high performance team of internal engineers and technical specialists and liaises directly with external consultants and stakeholders. The Energy Planning and Innovation team comprises three interdependent focus areas:

  • Energy Performance Services: including near and long-term planning of energy efficiency programs; oversight of design, implementation and commissioning of approved programs; measurement and verification of programs; and institutional greenhouse gas tracking and reporting.
  • Energy Management Services: including optimization of the Energy Management Information System for advanced energy analytics and optimization of ongoing building performance; continuous improvement of energy management and building management systems, data governance practices, and standard operating procedures to support robust planning and reporting.
  • Green Building Services: including development of policy and standard operating practices to advance sustainability in new buildings and retrofit projects; sustainability and certification consulting services including standards such as Zero Carbon Building Standard and LEED; and capacity building programs for internal staff.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Annual business plans, work plans, operating budgets, and human resource responsibilities are completed in a timely manner in alignment with institutional policy and protocols.
  • The Energy Planning and Innovation unit staff demonstrate a high degree of engagement, professionalism and respect in the workplace; their work is aligned with a multi-year strategy for advancement of the Institutional Sustainability Strategy and Climate Action Plan. Continuous development and improvement of team competencies and unit operational practices are achieved.
  • Long-range and near term energy innovation and GHG reductions plans are in place. Annual reporting requirements in alignment with data governance protocols are fulfilled and annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories are complete and in alignment with recognized GHG reporting standards.
  • Annual Utility Reduction Programs: Current-year program is on time and on budget, following-year business case is approved and funding source confirmed, past-year programs demonstrate projected utility cost avoidance and greenhouse gas emission reductions following approved measurement and verification protocols.
  • The Energy Demand Management Plan is continuously advanced in aligned with the ISO 50001 energy management standard and in partnership with Facilities Management and Facilities Development.
  • The Energy Management Information System is continuously improved to enable robust energy analytics and energy planning and reporting, and to support energy managers in ongoing optimization, monitoring performance of energy conservation measures, building operators in ensuring occupant comfort and energy efficiency, and to support faculty and students participating in the Campus as a Learning Laboratory initiative.
  • New buildings are developed in alignment with the goals of the Institutional Sustainability Strategy and the Climate Action Plan and attain their sustainability performance targets and third party certification of performance.
  • Cross-functional working groups are positively engaged in development and delivery of energy innovation projects and building an operational culture of energy optimization. An effective occupant engagement strategy for energy optimization is operationalized.
  • Facilities is prepared for compliance with emerging regulation and practices continuous improvement to maintain alignment with industry best practices.
  • The university demonstrates tangible progress towards the goals of the Institutional Sustainability Strategy and key performance indicator targets in energy, water, and GHG reductions.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Professional degree in Engineering, preferably mechanical, is preferred. A Master in Business Administration or Planning is highly desired. Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designations are preferred. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier certification and LEED accreditation with designation in building design and construction or existing buildings are an advantage.
  • Fifteen years directly relevant experience in the fields of energy management, energy systems design, energy project development and implementation, and greenhouse gas accounting is required. This must include a minimum of eight years experience leading existing building energy retrofit design and implementation, and a minimum of five years direct experience with energy audits and re-commissioning/retro-commissioning. A combination of public and private sector experience and experience in a university or municipal setting is an advantage.

Demonstrated proficiency in the following is required:

  • Leadership : Ability to achieve positive outcomes by encouraging, supporting, coaching, developing and mentoring others.
  • Communication: Exceptional oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated experience with authorship of technical and concept-based reports including briefings for executive-level leaders.
  • Executive Judgment: Understands, and is sensitive to, the confidentiality of information gathered and exercises sound judgment in discerning how information is conveyed.
  • Flexibility: Willingness to try alternative approaches, open to the ideas of others. Tolerance for ambiguity, shifting priorities and complex situations; an ability to work positively under pressure.
  • Functional Knowledge: In-depth breadth of knowledge in energy planning and management practices; advanced comprehension of mechanical systems, central control and monitoring and metering systems; greenhouse gas emission quantification and verification; business case development including technical, risk management and financial considerations; project and budget management. An understanding of the ISO 50001 standard.
  • Innovativeness/Initiative: Ability to be creative, challenge and demonstrate initiative to generate improvements and foster positive outcomes in complex organizations and with limited resources.
  • Interpersonal: Superior interpersonal capabilities to interact effectively with diverse populations within student, faculty and staff communities exercising tact, sound judgment, and good decision making skills.
  • Problem Solving: Familiarity with objectively thinking through impacts of initiatives in a public sector setting. Ability to think strategically while applying strong analytical skills.
  • Project Management: Exceptional organizational, project management, and administrative skills including and ability to conceptualize, organize, and direct multiple concurrent projects and programs. Experience with Micro-soft project and/or other project management tools, superior working knowledge of the micro-soft office suite and excel in particular, and with Quality Management System practices.

Application Deadline: August 21st, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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