RA - Stakeholder Engagement (Jemtrud lab)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Position Summary:

ReCONstruct is a five-year, $6M applied research project to develop a scalable, turn-key mass building climate retrofit program within Quebec in response to the climate emergency. Deep building climate retrofits can help to reduce the impact of climate change on existing buildings and improve resiliency during extreme weather events, as well as contributing to power grid stability through reduced mean and peak loads. The project is funded through an NSERC Alliance grant with Hydro-Québec and the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles du Québec.

ReCOnstruct is led by Prof. Michael Jemtrud, the Chair in Architecture, Energy, and Environment at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill. The multi-disciplinary team includes researchers at Carleton University’s Center for Advanced Building Envelope Research (CABER) and the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) , the University of Toronto’s Daniels School of Architecture, and Hydro-Quebec's Energy Technology Laboratory (LTE) . They have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, building science, data and computer science, urban planning, and the social sciences. The project will address the obstacles to mass deep climate retrofit deployment by engaging with stakeholders from a range of sectors including construction, manufacturing, building maintenance, ownership and management, finance, and policy.

The research will be driven and informed by a series of pilot project retrofits through which exemplar retrofit proposals will be developed and tested. The realization of these projects will demonstrate the feasibility of deep climate retrofits and serve as a catalyst to build the capacity needed in the regional professional and industrial sectors to deploy them at a massive scale. ReCONstruct currently intends to focus on specific building types with a high potential for impact, including schools, community centres and public multi-unit residential buildings.

ReCONstruct is looking for a motivated and bilingual candidate to lead public communications for the project, lead community consultation and stakeholder engagement, and become a primary point of contact for pilot project partners. The successful applicant will work closely with the project’s leadership team, ensuring that objectives, responsibilities, timelines, and deliverables are clearly understood and articulated amongst all parties. They will be responsible for organizing, facilitating, and leading the analysis of both stakeholder and community engagement. Additionally, they will work closely with the leadership team to craft thorough and accessible written and visual communication material in both French and English, supported by existing members of the team with strong communication skills.

Responsibilities will include: Coordinate external communications with public sector partners, NGOs and non-profits, external research collaborators, and other organizations across the building retrofit and sustainable AEC field; Take a leadership role in the planning and organization of public events, including symposiums, conferences, and partner meetings; Collaborate with the project leadership, McGill communications department, and partner organizations, on media opportunities for researchers and pilot projects; Coordinate with partner organizations to ensure all published material is approved and meets their standards of quality prior to distribution; Work with our various research teams to develop visual communication material, ensuring visual cohesion of all content across the project; Visually communicate complex information and relationships; Prepare, support, and deliver internal and public presentations; Prepare concise and accessible written summaries of the research for consumption by non-experts in both French and English; Prepare updates and e-newsletters for project partners and affiliated organizations; Coordinate translations of details or technical documents with McGill and Hydro Quebec resource departments

Work with our stakeholder engagement team on developing material for public distribution; Manage the project’s website and online presence; Identify and develop new communication strategies.

Applications must include the following documents attached: 1 page cover letter including your interest in the project, your professional goals, and a summary of relevant experience; Curriculum Vitae; Contact information for 2 professional references.

Hourly Salary:


Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)


MacDonald Harrington


Associate Professor

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