Climate Change Policy Analyst position at Metro Vancouver

December 14 2017

Policy Analyst
Position Information
Location: Vancouver   Department: Parks, Planning & Environment Competition #: T10105

Closing Date: 12/21/17

Employment Duration: Regular Full Time


Join us in our commitment to provide services and solutions to one of the world’s most livable regions.  We deliver service excellence in the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing, and community engagement to over 2.4 million residents.  We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability.  We offer competitive salaries; excellent benefit packages; a municipal pension plan; employee wellness programs; and varied opportunities for professional growth and development.


Nature of Work:

This position is based in the Air Quality and Climate Change Division of the Parks, Planning and Environment (PPE) Department and will primarily assist in the development and implementation of new climate policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver. This is specialized technical research work involving the analysis of demand side management programs, policies and best practices.  The incumbent evaluates policy options, participates in the development of strategies and prepares studies and reports; provides support for the implementation of existing outreach and awareness initiatives; provides technical assistance and establishes and maintains liaison with a wide variety of internal and external contacts; maintains, updates and expands existing databases; and directs the work of consultants and staff on a project basis.


Assembles, researches, analyzes and interprets data related to national, provincial, regional, municipal and corporate programs, policies and best practices concerning climate change; evaluates policy options regarding climate change mitigation, air quality, renewable energy, clean transportation, electric vehicles, low carbon buildings, and eco-industrial networking; participates in the development of climate change and air quality strategies; prepares reports, briefings, recommendations and draft policy proposals for review by a superior.

Provides technical assistance and information; promotes awareness of policies, objectives and programs; prepares newsletters; provides and/or develops content for promotional and educational materials and presentations; reviews documentation such as consultant reports and educational materials.

Maintains, updates and expands existing databases and develops customized programs and new routines; researches, analyzes and evaluates reliability and validity of new data sources and recommends inclusion of same into existing databases.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff, consultants, commercial enterprises and associations, municipal and other levels of government and non-governmental organizations; represents the M.V.R.D. on various committees and task forces; designs, organizes and conducts seminars, workshops and presentations.

Directs and/or coordinates the work of consultants engaged in technical and research projects; may assign, check and coordinate the work of research and clerical staff engaged in projects.

Prepares project budget estimates and, upon approval, monitors contract budgets.

Performs related work as required.


University graduation with a degree in statistics, economics, environmental science, resource management, business administration or related discipline included or supplemented by courses in computer science plus sound related experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of national, provincial, regional and corporate programs, policies and best practices related to demand side management issues.

Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of researching, evaluating and analyzing data related to issues under review.

Considerable knowledge of sources of data and current literature, trends and developments in fields related to the work.

Sound knowledge of by-laws and legislation related to DSM programs and of applicable departmental objectives, rules and regulations.

Sound knowledge of economics and business administration related to the work performed.

Sound knowledge of the methods, principles and practices of operating computer and peripheral equipment and software applications related to the work.

Ability to collect, analyze and interpret statistical and narrative data and to prepare clear and concise studies, reports and correspondence.

Ability to prepare recommendations regarding policy and implementation strategies under the direction of a superior.

Ability to maintain, update and expand applicable databases.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to make presentations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and to represent the GVRD on a variety of committees, task forces and workshops.

Ability to direct and/or coordinate the work of consultants engaged in technical and research projects and to assign and check the work of clerical or research staff.

Ability to prepare project cost estimates and monitor contracts.

Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia.