Policy Research Associate, Clean Heat, Efficiency Canada (Grant-Funded Opportunity)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15/02/23; 15/02/2023

About Efficiency Canada
Efficiency Canada is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre. It is the national voice for an energy-efficient economy and envisions a future where Canada uses energy efficiency to its fullest potential. This means maximizing the benefits of energy efficiency to result in a sustainable environment, a productive economy, and a just and equitable society.

Efficiency Canada is made up of a small group of mission-driven and passionate advocates for a better world. Our core values of sustainability, inclusivity, resourcefulness, and people have created a strong work culture that enables us to achieve our mission. We invest in our team, empowering them to make decisions and contribute meaningfully.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed as received and the position may be filled prior to the posting end date.
















About Carleton University

Carleton University is situated on unceded Algonquin territory and bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Ottawa, Ontario. The university is just minutes from the heart of our nation's government and G-7 organizations and this capital advantage provides opportunities for staff and faculty and students to make a positive impact in our community and around the world.

As one of the 2023 Top 100 Employers in Canada and one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for nine consecutive years, Carleton University is one of Canada’s most resourceful and productive hubs of learning and research, fuelling a rich talent pipeline that is supporting social and economic renewal. The university’s smart, caring and connected community inspires and empowers individuals to become change leaders who drive impact in the world while challenging conventional modes of thinking and doing. At Carleton, we are committed to fostering an innovative, equitable and welcoming work environment. Carleton is also a nationally certified Healthy Workplace and is a recipient of the Canada Awards for Excellence, Healthy Workplace Order of Excellence and Platinum Level Certification for Mental Health at Work.

The university’s Strategic Integrated Plan 2020-2025 is an ambitious vision for the future, anchored in Carleton’s strengths and student-centric, community-engaged values.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Efficiency Canada is looking for someone to lead policy research on regulating heating systems. Canada’s Emission Reduction Plan says it will use “regulatory standards and an incentive framework to support the transition off of fossil-fuels for heating systems”. The Clean Heat Policy Research Associate will lay out the policy pathway for switching to decarbonized and energy efficient space and water heating and creating the tools advocates need to call for change.

Your work will involve compiling existing technical and policy-based knowledge on heating systems in Canada; analyzing municipal, provincial, and international policy systems and their interaction with federal policy; and creating a resource kit for efficient and clean heat activists. You will also monitor Canada’s appliance and equipment standards and regulations; and have an opportunity to work closely with international clean heat experts.

The Clean Research Associate will be part of Efficiency Canada’s policy research team, and work closely with a larger team of coalition builders, organizers, and communicators. You will manage your own projects and should be comfortable adapting to complex and changing policy environments. You should be motivated to get into the details of what is required to achieve a zero-emissions and inclusive future in Canada with a desire to use research to influence policy change.


● Excellent oral and written communication skills.
● Ability to understand and communicate technical information related to mechanical equipment and building science.
● Knowledge of mechanical/HVAC contractor sector.
● Ability to synthesize policy information across jurisdictions to provide a coherent message for policymaker and activist audiences.
● Project management skills.
● Highly organized and flexible with the ability to manage multiple priorities, tasks and relationships in a professional environment.
● Analytical and problem-solving skills to research and summarize information.
● Critical thinking and discernment to assess and scope areas for improvement and an ability to offer creative solutions.
● Demonstrated technical skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams).
● Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and collaborators.
● Ability to work independently, with the comfort to ask for help, when needed.
● Passionate commitment to the mission and objectives of Efficiency Canada.

Nice to have
● Experience in the non-profit or not-for-profit sector.
● Experience working in a start-up or growing organization.
● Bilingualism in both English and French.
● Data visualization skills (e.g., Tableau, R, Power BI)

Education and Experience:

.● Post-secondary education in public policy, economics, law or engineering or a related area and/or background in policy analysis demonstrated through working experience.
● Previous experience in project management preferred.
● Previous experience with stakeholder outreach, convening, and presentations, preferred.

HR Note:

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications. Please note that applicants may be required to complete an employment test as part of the selection process for this position. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Human Resource Advisor assigned to this competition as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Important Note Regarding Pandemic Related Operations:

This position is regularly required to work on campus. Due to the ongoing dynamic nature of Covid-19, you may be required to work temporarily remotely due to public health requirements. If this happens, you will work with your direct manager to set up a remote work environment including discussing appropriate technology and requirements. You are required to follow all directives to set up a safe and confidential workspace in a remote location and ensure all Carleton property (intellectual and other) is safeguarded. If required to work remotely, you will be notified by your manager when working full time physically onsite will resume.

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