Looking for next year’s Common Energy Leaders- apply for a position!

Common Energy is a student-led organization whose mission is to bring UBC beyond climate neutral.  In other words, we believe that the UBC community of students, faculty and staff should work together to create solutions for a sustainable future.  We envision a campus that does more to solve the climate crisis than it does to cause it.

Common Energy UBC is now entering its 6th year and we are ready to see it evolve to the next level!  If you or your friend is looking for a leadership role in a dynamic organization – and have the passion, experience and skills it takes – consider applying for a Coordinator position.

We are looking for people to fill in the following positions:

  • Dialogue Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Tangible Solutions Coordinator
  • Training Coordinator / Assistant Director

Please apply by filling out this form by Saturday, March 19.  Position descriptions are below.

If you are interested in getting involved, but are unsure whether Common Energy is right for you, or if being a coordinator is for you, we are happy to meet and discuss this with you. Note that while we have a set structure in place, we want our structure to fit the people, more than our people fitting into our structure. If you have an idea that you think Common Energy should take on and you would like to lead it, we are happy to talk about it with you!

Please contact Angela Willock at angelawillock (at) gmail (dot) com to request a meeting, and she will be more than happy to have a chat.

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Position: Dialogue Coordinator

The Dialogue subgroup seeks to work the social cogs of integrative and holistic solutions building for sustainability. In action, this means providing forums for people from different disciplines, generations and backgrounds to come together to discuss climate solutions and find collaborative, inclusive ways forward. In its first two years, the Dialogue team has co-organized two NOW! Climate Action Conferences, held discussion circles, started a Green Drinks Chapter, and coordinated a sustainability training workshop for AMS Club sustainability coordinators with the Education team.

Common Energy is seeking an enthusiastic individual to lead Dialogue into its third year. Although there is room to develop new initiatives, it is expected that the Dialogue team will plan a third annual NOW! Climate Action Conference and continue to organize UBC Green Drinks every month. Other ideas for next year include lecture/debate series, discussion groups, climate-focused all-candidates debates, world cafes for student club coordination, etc.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with existing Dialogue members and CE Director to complete an action plan over the summer
  • Recruiting and orienting volunteers in coordination with other Common Energy sub-groups during September
  • Leading team to achieve the goals set in the action plan by facilitating weekly meetings, and bottomlining initiatives (i.e. you must take ultimate responsibility for getting things done)
  • Sitting on Common Energy’s Steering Committee; Attending 2-3 two-hour meetings each semester; Planning and executing Common Energy member strategic events
  • Meeting with the Director for weekly one-hour check-ins for reporting, info sharing and feedback

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Organized and reliable
  • Knowledgeable about climate change, the UBC sustainability movement and goBEYOND
  • Forward thinking
  • Experience working with student groups in a leadership role
  • Experience facilitating action planning and project implementation
  • Effective time management and personal sustainability skills

Note that these are preferred qualifications.  If you do not meet all of them, but still feel you would be a strong candidate, please still apply.

Other Notes About the Position
Preferably, the successful candidate will be available for goBEYOND’s week long training gathering at the end of August: Youth Action Gathering

Time Commitment: 3 to 8 hours a week (depending on the week) Sept. – April, and a few hours a month during the summer for action planning and preparation

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Position: Education Coordinator

The Education subgroup seeks to enhance climate change and sustainability education at UBC. This task primarily involves tackling academic issues and integrating sustainability into curriculum, but it can also involve outreach and awareness building for sustainability issues on campus. Previous initiatives include harnessing student support to lobby administration to pass the UBC’s Sustainability Academic Strategy, several goBEYOND Teach-ins, a sustainability training workshop for AMS Club sustainability coordinators and a sustainable clothing workshop.

Common Energy is seeking an enthusiastic individual to lead Education in the 2011-2012 academic year. Although the team will be developing new initiatives, it is expected that the Education team will implement goBEYOND Education programming and stay connected to the BC campus sustainability education movement through goBEYOND. Some ideas for next year include revamping the Rethink award, running DIY skills building workshops, and working with departments like the USI Teaching and Learning Office and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology to organize sustainability education initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with existing Education members and CE Director to complete an action plan over the summer
  • Recruiting and orienting volunteers in coordination with other Common Energy sub-groups during September
  • Leading team to achieve the goals set in the action plan by facilitating weekly meetings, and bottomlining initiatives (i.e. you must take ultimate responsibility for getting things done)
  • Sitting on Common Energy’s Steering Committee; Attending 2-3 two-hour meetings each semester; Planning and executing Common Energy member strategic events
  • Meeting with the Director for weekly one-hour check-ins for reporting, info sharing and feedback

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Organized and reliable
  • Knowledgeable about climate change, the UBC sustainability movement and goBEYOND
  • Forward thinking
  • Experience working with student groups in a leadership role
  • Experience facilitating action planning and project implementation

Note that these are preferred qualifications.  If you do not meet all of them, but still feel you would be a strong candidate, please still apply.

Other Notes About the Position
Preferably, the successful candidate will be available for goBEYOND’s week long training gathering at the end of August: Youth Action Gathering

Time Commitment: 3 to 8 hours a week (depending on the week) Sept. – April, and a few hours a month during the summer for action planning and preparation”

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Position: Tangible Solutions Coordinator

Originally, the idea behind the Tangible Solutions subgroup was to implement multi-stakeholder infrastructural solutions in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the university. While this idea is evidently quite appealing, after several years of running the group, we realized that such change in the context of a student group with limited capacity and no direct sway over university decision-making was unrealistic.

With this is mind, we have decided that Tangible Solutions will be a non-mandatory, plastic group. This means that Tangible Solutions will only run on the condition that there is a motivated individual with a concrete project and plan to lead the group. The group will also be “plastic”, in the sense that it is open to be used for any type of project that fits with the mission of Common Energy, and relates to “Tangible Solutions” (though this name can change, depending). It could be a project with physical implications (e.g. building an Earthship), or a project that seeks to strengthen/inform/propel/aid the sustainability plans and solutions of the university, or something else. The sky’s the limit.

With all this in mind, if you are a keen, motivated UBC student who wishes to find a place to run a sustainability initiative you are excited about, want support for it, and can lead a team of volunteers to achieve it, here is your opportunity. The following position description should hold for the most part, but can be tweaked to accommodate new leadership and organizational experimentation. We are open to the innovative ideas you might have.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the CE Director to complete an action plan over the summer
  • Recruiting and orienting volunteers in coordination with other Common Energy sub-groups during September
  • Leading team to achieve the goals set in the action plan by facilitating weekly meetings, and bottomlining initiatives (i.e. you must take ultimate responsibility for getting things done)
  • Sitting on Common Energy’s Steering Committee; Attending 2-3 two-hour meetings each semester; Planning and executing Common Energy member strategic events
  • Meeting with the Director for weekly one-hour check-ins for reporting, info sharing and feedback

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Organized and reliable
  • Knowledgeable about climate change, the UBC sustainability movement and goBEYOND
  • Forward thinking
  • Experience working with student groups in a leadership role
  • Experience facilitating action planning and project implementation

Note that these are preferred qualifications.  If you do not meet all of them, but still feel you would be a strong candidate, please still apply.

Other Notes About the Position
Preferably, the successful candidate will be available for goBEYOND’s week long training gathering at the end of August: Youth Action Gathering

Time Commitment: 3 to 8 hours a week (depending on the week) Sept. – April, and a few hours a month during the summer for action planning and preparation

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Position: Training Coordinator/Assistant Director

This person will be responsible for working with the CE Director in developing training opportunities for Common Energy members. Access to knowledge- and skills-building opportunities are vital to the ability of students to make effective change. The Training Coordinator/Assistant Director will be responsible for ensuring that Common Energy members are properly equipped to take on the challenges that face them. This person may or may not sit on a subgroup team.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the CE Director to complete an action plan over the summer
  • Consulting Common Energy members on their training needs
  • Working with the CE Director and other goBEYOND campuses to organize regional training conferences
  • Working with the Common Energy Steering Committee to orient and train new members during September
  • Acting as one of Common Energy’s Global Lounge representatives (whose responsibilities conveniently overlap with some of the existing responsibilities of this position)
  • Assisting the CE Director in implementing goBEYOND programming and any other relevant tasks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Experience in student organizations
  • Interest in training, professional development and networking
  • Knowledgeable about climate change, the UBC sustainability movement and goBEYOND
  • Forward thinking
  • Organized and reliable
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills

Note that these are preferred qualifications.  If you do not meet all of them, but still feel you would be a strong candidate, please apply anyways.

Facilitation experience is an asset but is not required.  The Training Manager would not necessarily have to give any workshops himself or herself.  Common Energy has a wide network of experience people who can provide training.

Other Notes About the Position
Preferably, the successful candidate will be available for goBEYOND’s week long training gathering at the end of August: Youth Action Gathering

Time Commitment: 3 to 8 hours a week (depending on the week) Sept. – April, and a few hours a month during the summer for action planning and preparation

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