Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer

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The Halifax Climate Investment Centre (the Centre) is a new organization tasked with administering the Low Carbon Cities Canada https://lc3.ca/ efforts in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

The Centre is a subsidiary of EfficiencyOne https://www.efficiencyone.ca/

EfficiencyOne isn’t just an organization; it’s a movement. We come to work every day because we want to help people build a better world, and we believe we can contribute to a more prosperous, sustainable future.

The Position

EfficiencyOne is seeking a visionary leader who can combine long-term, strategic thinking with day-to-day management to develop and lead the successful operation of the newly created Halifax Climate Investment Centre as part of the Low Carbon Cities Canada efforts in Halifax. This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will work closely with the Board of Directors.

 Low Carbon Cities Canada is a partnership between seven of Canada’s largest cities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Canada cannot reach its climate targets without reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its cities, yet many promising urban low-carbon solutions fail to progress from a proven concept to full-scale implementation. The Halifax Climate Investment Centre’s purpose is to accelerate urban climate solutions and play an important role in shaping Halifax’s future in reaching its full GHG emissions reduction potential while also contributing to the low carbon economy.

 The incumbent is an outstanding people-person, with exceptional leadership qualities and written and verbal communication and presentation skills. They are passionate about climate change and the need to move to the low carbon economy and to net-zero by 2050. They understand the importance of financing products in assisting in this transition and the role of addressing local climate change risks and opportunities for global impact.  The incumbent thrives on community engagement, is well-versed in project management/investment with a strong aptitude in financial markets, and driven to see results. The Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer is ambitious, goal-oriented, a self-starter, and has the ability to “look around corners” to anticipate future opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage, monitor, and be accountable for the successful operation of the Centre and reporting on compliance and fund results. This includes managing a small team and supporting their positive professional growth and development.
  • Lead the strategic planning process and implementation with input from the CEO, Board of Directors, Advisory Group, Investment Committee and others as required.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, establish an Advisory Group and act as its Chair.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, recruit an Independent Investment Committee member for the Investment Committee of the Board and sit as a member of the Investment Committee.
  • Act as a thought leader who embraces the opportunity for the Centre to play a central role in scaling urban low-carbon solutions.
  • Identify, recommend and negotiate direct investment opportunities to accelerate GHG reductions including loans (including senior debt, subordinated and other debt, and warehousing), debentures, mortgages, performance contract financing, purchase order financing, options, debt securities and loan guarantees.
  • Develop and implement strategies to leverage the initial endowment to secure third-party capital for investment in projects and the Centre.
  • Lead all aspects of risk management, including the assessment and mitigation of market, credit, and operational risks.
  • Lead the development and execution of requests for proposals (RFPs) for new project investments as required.
  • Develop and maintain relationships/partnerships with the community and other stakeholders, key influencers thought leaders and advocates as well as like-minded external organizations to advance the Centre’s purpose and offerings.
  • Act as the Centre’s primary spokesperson.
  • Promote and explain the Centre’s vision, strategy and objectives to community and government stakeholders as well as to potential investors and partners.
  • Work with Halifax Regional Municipality on its climate change mitigation priorities.
  • Act as the local representative on the Low Carbon Cities Canada Executive Committee, by liaising with other Centres and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to share learnings and improve GHG reduction initiatives.
  • Provide prudent fiscal management of the Centre’s resources, including tracking and monitoring the performance of investments to ensure sufficient return to fund Centre operations.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, keeping them abreast of all external and internal issues that could affect the organization.
  • Provide subject matter expertise related to the Centre’s GHG reduction programs and investment activities.
  • Stay abreast of sustainability trends, financing products, and legislation that directly impacts the Centre’s operations, strategy, and long-term plans.

Qualifications

  • Ten years’ experience in a senior operations leadership role leading a collaborative team in the private, public or non-profit sector, preferably in the climate change and/or energy field involving investing, philanthropy, fundraising, and sustainable climate financing.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable finance community, existing and developing sustainable finance and/or climate-focused funds, nationwide foundations, and environmental philanthropic efforts.
  • Experience in holding accountability within a formal governance structure and working closely with a Board of Directors.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills, and a clear and articulate communicator who is at ease speaking to senior leaders and diverse audiences with a strong ability to build relationships and connect with others.
  • Experience in integrated strategic planning, direction and management of staff and external partners in a complex environment with a focus on evidence-based decisions.
  • Project management experience including the coordination and completion of projects involving multiple stakeholders on time within budget and scope.
  • Excellent understanding of urban GHG reduction efforts, opportunities, and challenges.
  • Positive “can-do” attitude, hands-on, results-driven, and independent thinker coupled with a demonstrated high degree of initiative and a strong personal desire to effectively contribute to significant local GHG reductions.

 

More about the Halifax Climate Investment Centre and EfficiencyOne

The Halifax Climate Investment Centre is a new organization, created to administer Low Carbon Cities Canada activities in Halifax.

 The Centre has an independent Board of Directors and is a subsidiary of EfficiencyOne, a non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As Canada’s first energy efficiency utility, EfficiencyOne has successfully created and implemented a range of energy efficiency initiatives, both independently as well as through partnerships with various organizations under the Efficiency Nova Scotia brand. Under this brand, activities over the last ten years have contributed to 25% of the GHG emission reductions in Nova Scotia. Named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers six years in a row, and an Atlantic Canada Top Employer in 2019, 2020, and 2021, EfficiencyOne will further add to its successful track record by overseeing this new subsidiary.

 The Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer must be an exceptional person; one who has all the above qualifications and displays compassion, confidence, and humility. If this describes you, please submit your resume and a letter by clicking ‘apply’ explaining clearly how your background and experience will meet the needs of HCIC.  If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Jody Bayers at (782) 414-9855.

EfficiencyOne is committed to fostering a culture that is supportive and values others; one that is grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, persons of minority sexual orientations , and gender identities.

 
 
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