Director, Operations Program, CanREA 

Who We Are 

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) works to ensure that wind energy, solar energy and energy storage play a central role in transforming Canada’s energy mix, leveraging the synergies among these technologies to provide clean, flexible, and affordable energy solutions. We are an industry association representing close to 300 member companies in our advocacy work at the provincial and federal levels. CanREA is dedicated to moving the needle on legislation and regulation governing the electricity sector, to create a more sustainable future for Canada and future generations. 

The Role 

CanREA is looking for a Director, Operations Program, to join our team on a full-time, permanent basis. Reporting to the Vice-President Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, our ideal candidate will be responsible for maintaining and growing CanREA’s activities within CanREA’s Operations Program. The program provides value to CanREA members, in support of the operations and maintenance of the wind energy, solar energy and energy storage facilities throughout Canada. The Director will focus on construction through to maintenance to end-of-life decommissioning. These activities encompass both business and technical issues and include, among other things, a focus on: asset management, site operations, health and safety, workforce development, construction, installation, and decommissioning. 

Salary Range

$88K – $95K 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Policy and Regulatory Tracking, Research and Advocacy 

  • Serve as the primary liaison with Canadian renewable energy generation and storage owners, operators, equipment manufacturers, supply chain, constructors, and independent service providers with respect to operational issues. 
  • Lead CanREA’s National Operations Caucus and Steering Committee. 
  • Lead CanREA’s National Working Groups/Committees on Operations related issues and/or oversee leadership of committees by junior staff. 
  • Lead efforts with regards to data collection, retention and analysis including standards and related research.  
  • Lead CanREA’s work with the research community regarding operational related issues. 
  • Negotiate and manage external contracts and consultants to support the operations program priorities as required.  
  • Manage the EHS and Workforce Coordinator in accordance with the organization’s culture, policies, and procedures.  
  • Work on strategic planning and Operations Caucus development. 
  • Work with CanREA’s Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, and Directors and Managers within the Policy Team, to advocate and inform on relevant operational issues and other technical matters. 

Strategy and Leadership:  

  • Work in close collaboration with the Senior Director, Electricity Transition Hub, and the Policy Team, on issues related to the organization’s future development and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget. 
  • Prepare updates and strategic advice to CanREA’s Policy Team and Management on issues relating to Operations issues and other technical matters. 
  • Collaborate with the full CanREA team to support the achievement of organizational outcomes, including the pursuit and retention of CanREA members and increasing interest and participation into the operations activities of CanREA. 
  • Support the Business Development team in pursuing new revenue streams and opportunities for collaboration with members, stakeholders, governments and relevant agencies. 

Relationship Management:  

  • Build and maintain positive relationships, partnerships, and networks with CanREA’s FTM and BTM members, and other relevant key provincial and national stakeholders to support the implementation of CanREA’s Operations Program goals and objectives. 
  • Work in close collaboration with CanREA’s Policy Team members and other internal teams. 

Communications and Events:  

  • Provide regular reports to the National Operations Caucus, Operations Caucus Steering Committee and National Working Groups and Committees. 
  • Consolidate and maintain, in collaboration with the Communications Team, the information resources on Operations on the CanREA website. 
  • Write or contribute to quotes, stories and articles as required for CanREA’s Operations-related publications and webinars. 
  • Support CanREA’s Events team by leading development of content for CanREA’s Annual Operations Summit and aspects of CanREA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition as well as other in-person and virtual events. 
  • Support CanREA’s Communications Team by responding to, or providing support for, media requests of CanREA on technical matters. 
  • Represent CanREA at various conferences or stakeholder meetings and events. 

Other duties may be assigned as required.  

Qualifications:  

  • University degree in a relevant area of study (e.g., engineering, business) or an acceptable combination of education and relevant experience. 
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in a technical or business capacity in the electricity sector and a demonstrated knowledge of the electricity sector–must be comfortable relating to both business and technical issues.  
  • Experience leading and delivering results through teams is essential. 
  • Experience working with or for membership-based associations an asset. 
  • Renewable industry knowledge and renewable assets operations experience and knowledge is a strong asset. 
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them to both internal and external stakeholder audiences in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. 
  • Ability to balance independence with productive teamwork, thanks to your strong work ethic, conscientiousness, time-management skills, organizational abilities, emotional intelligence and two-way communication skills. 
  • Ability to work well under pressure, maintaining discretion, tact, good judgement, respect for others and a sense of humour, even when moving at top speed or adapting to changing priorities and deadlines. 
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. French (written and spoken) is an asset. 
  • Experience working in a remote capacity, and continued ability to do so, is required.  

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary plus potential for annual performance bonus. 
  • Employer-matched RRSP contributions. 
  • Competitive health & dental plan. 
  • Three weeks paid vacation. 
  • Paid time off Dec 20 to Jan 1. 
  • Financial support for setting up ergonomic home office. 

Please note that CanREA has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees. 

Location 

Our team has moved to an entirely remote working arrangement. Occasional travel (10-15%) is anticipated in future. 

To Apply 

Please submit your resume with a cover letter indicating why you are uniquely qualified for this position.  

We thank all applicants for their interest in CanREA, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

CanREA is an equal-opportunity employer with policies and practices intended to build an inclusive and accessible work environment. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please include this in your cover letter and all efforts to provide the appropriate accommodation will be put into place.