Employment Opportunity - Community Energy Planning Coordinator

Posted 2020-02-12
Written by Reception
Category Employment

3-year term position

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1997 to help communities, consumers, producers, regulators and policy makers to work together to reduce the costs of environmental impacts of energy and utility services in the Northwest Territories (NT). The AEA is supported by various territorial departments and agencies, and does fee-for-service work in the private sector. The AEA is currently recruiting a COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING (CEP) COORDINATOR. 


This position could be located at any AEA office. It will also involve significant travel to NT communities.


The AEA is a non-profit organization whose mission is:

To promote and facilitate the adoption of efficient and renewable energy practices by all members of NWT society.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working together with the AEA team, the CEP Coordinator’s role is to work with the Community Energy Planning Team to achieve the project objectives.


Liaising with team lead, local community champions, AEA staff and possibly subcontractors to achieve the project goals by:

  • Providing expert advice and knowledge on current “northern best energy practices” in the fields of community energy planning, renewable energy and energy efficiency to NT communities;
  • Preparing CEP workshops and course materials;
  • Maintaining and improving the AEA “CEP Toolkit for Northern Communities”;
  • Networking with other communities and organizations in Canada and abroad in order to keep up to date on current best practices in community energy planning;
  • Facilitating the relationship between NT communities and potential CEP funding sources.

The position will require travel to other NT communities.


The following are required qualifications:

  • Northern (NT) cross cultural competency and strong communication skills;
  • Experience organizing and holding meaningful community engagement in smaller NT communities;
  • An ability to work with the public and co-workers in a respectful and professional manner;
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, energy awareness, as well as a strong personal interest in energy and climate change issues;
  • An ability to assume responsibility without direct supervision, to make decisions, exercise initiative and judgment, prioritize work assignments and meet deadlines while working within a team environment;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Ability to travel.

The following are preferred qualifications:

  • Project management experience;
  • Facilitation training and experience;
  • Post-secondary education in related studies;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in a related position, (equivalent knowledge and experience acquired through work experience will be considered);
  • Ability to speak, write or understand any of the NT’s Indigenous languages in addition to English.

Working Conditions

Time is split between in-office work and time spent in the field supporting and overseeing project deliverables. The incumbent spends about 30 to 60 days per year in communities outside their home.  Extensive travel.

Physical Demands

There is limited physical effort required for this position; however, the incumbent will need to be comfortable travelling by winter roads and/or in small aircrafts at different times of the year.

Environmental Conditions

A major amount of the work is completed indoors. Some extreme weather may be experienced on site and during community visits.

Sensory Demands

There is a need for attention to detail. Awareness of and respect for cultural differences where the cultural practices may be unknown.

Mental Demands

The incumbent may be away from home about 12 times per year traveling to NT communities for periods of up to 5 days in unfamiliar communities with limited amenities resulting in a disruption of family and social life. 


The AEA offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package that includes a defined contribution registered pension plan, a group insurance plan and annual professional development.

Applicants must be residents of Canada.

Competition closes Friday, February 28, 2020


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by email to:

Arctic Energy Alliance
#101–5102 51 St., Yellowknife, NT X1A 1S7
​Jennifer Wicks, Human Resources, Jennifer.Wicks@aea.nt.ca


We thank all applicants that apply, but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.