MaRS Discovery District
Project and Partnership Coordinator (Energy)
Posted: October 7, 2013
Job Title: Project and Partnership Coordinator (Energy)
Company Name: MaRS Discovery District
Position Type: Full-time Contract
Location: ON - Metro Toronto
Application Deadline: 2013-10-31
Category: Project Management
Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District is one of the world’s largest urban innovation centres, cultivating high-impact ventures and equipping innovators to drive economic and social prosperity in Canada. MaRS supports entrepreneurs in the sectors of media and technology, cleantech and healthcare by providing them with advice, education and market research, and connecting them to talent, customers and capital. An independent registered charity, MaRS also works with private and public sector partners to create solutions that open market access for ventures and generate social impact.
About MaRS Data Catalyst
MaRS Data Catalyst is a unique and challenging program to bring together data partners from the government, commercial, academic and not-for-profit sectors to accelerate new innovations. Within the energy sector the program is working, together with the Clean Energy Institute, to lead a cross-industry partnership to enable the smart reuse of energy data to accelerate Ontario’s development of globally leading energy policies and a cluster of cleantech companies and community programs. For more information, visit www.datacatalyst.marsdd.com.
The Project and Partnership Coordinator is accountable for managing pilots and related projects and contracts with third party suppliers and project partners to support the Green Button program. The Green Button program is being undertaken to enable appropriate consumer access to and use of electricity consumption data in Ontario. The Project and Partnership Coordinator will provide critical project and contract management coordination, analysis and communication support to the pilots being conducted and will participate in internal and external cross-functional teams to coordinate activities to support the Green Button project. In addition they will ensure communications material is prepared and available for wider industry, technical community and public to understand project progress and drive adoption.
Key Job Responsibilities:
Project and contract management
- Establish project delivery, contract and execution structures to ensure delivery from all project participants and MaRS internally.
- Reach agreement on the detailed activity and deliverables needed for realization across partners and then adjust proactively and keep all participants on track.
- Undertake the day-to-day management of third party suppliers and partners through contract development, execution, management and tracking milestones to implement pilots. This will involve working closely with internal and external stakeholders and partners to manage these contracts and related activities.
- Accountable for ensuring invoicing and accounting processes are followed between all partners and project funders / sponsors.
- Drive the ongoing feasibility and impact assessment process including coordinate data collection between electric utilities (LDCs) and Service providers within tight time-frames.
- Be a central point of contact to proactively coordinate activities, data and communication across partner organizations to address dependencies and troubleshoot / resolve pilot project and contract delivery issues within tight time-frames, able to work across technical, business and contract issues.
- Participate in and lead relevant working groups and committees with membership from collaborating partners.
- Implement contract based cross-organizational technical and business activities as per timelines that need to be coordinated between the pilots implementation partners (electric utilities), third party application vendors, the Ministry of Energy and the measurement and verification third party.
Communications and reporting
- Effectively communicate as per project plan to ensure clarity across project participants providing regular internal reporting on progress to all partners and then wider market place and to manage outside interest groups.
- Communicate key pilot activities and the dependencies between the other subcommittees that fall under the Energy Data Access Project Working Group to implement the GB CMD pilots in Ontario.
- Support wider communications around the Green Button Connect My Data pilots, including their launch, pilot recruitment, the development of FAQs and best practices and measured outcomes from the implementation of the GB CMD pilots in Ontario.
- Synthesize the results/learning from the pilots and tracking efforts into reports to inform Green Button standard refinement and adoption in Ontario, including the drafting of internal reports and guiding the drafting of publically available final reports.
- Manage development of guidance documentation for the rest of the industry.
- Guide and support the preparation of communications collateral on time and of a high quality to enable delivery of the Green Button Communication Plan.
- Project management deliverables: project charters, project schedules, risk registers, etc.
- Contract management deliverables: drafting contracts, implementing contracts, contract tracking, payments, coordination amongst partners / service delivery agents and undertaking analysis based on results.
- Communications deliverables: drafting internal reports, guiding and providing content to technical writer for public facing reports and providing input for the activities to be undertaken under the communications plan.
- MaRS Discovery District staff at all levels, particularly members of the Data Catalyst, Clean Energy Institute, Cleantech Advisory Services, and the Market Intelligence Program teams
- Government ministries and regulatory bodies
- Senior staff in project partners including utility companies, technology companies and standards bodies
- Private industry energy leaders
- Business community and industry associations and standards bodies
Education / Experience Requirements:
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science, Business, or equivalent, with relevant management, systems development or business development experience in the energy industry
- Minimum 3-6 years relevant industry experience
- Excellent project management skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Strong commercial/business acumen and good understanding and experience with commercial contracts/SLAs, contract management and financial analysis.
- Familiarity with the energy industry structure and utility companies, or other regulated industries.
- Familiar with the “language” and terminology of the utility and IT / technology industries as well as government, finance and academia
- Highly developed analytical and interpretive skills, conceptual thinker, able to solve complex problems
- Familiarity with large scale data and web service deployments and the use of relevant data and web services standards. Experience of systems interoperability testing and issues.
- Able to effectively lead and manage a virtual team across organizational boundaries
- Ability to multi-task, comfortable working in a fast-paced, high energy environment
- Superior interpersonal skills with organizational and leadership skills including influence, diplomacy and negotiation
- Strong communications skills — oral, written, and presentation skills
- Maturity and high level of personal integrity
- Consummate professional, able to represent the organization in all circumstances
- Self motivated- able to work independently or as a team member
- Proven driver of change in a positive way
- Personal accountability and commitment to achieving and exceeding goals and objectives
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are asked to forward their resume and cover letter to email@example.com by October 31, 2013.
We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.