Director of Professional Development


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Architecture September 14, 2018 Passive House Canada Victoria, BC, Canada

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Passive House Canada is seeking a global leader in the design of high performance Passive House buildings possessing project experience, technical expertise, and vision.

Reporting to the CEO on strategic initiatives and the Director of Operations on program delivery, and in collaboration with other staff, the Director of Professional Development will lead the vision and development of Passive House Canada’s education programming and partnerships.

More specifically, the successful applicant will lead a national professional education program with the objective to transform the building industry, focusing on high-performance design and construction training for architects, designers, technologists, engineers, builders, developers, government officials and others.

This individual will oversee the development and delivery of academic, professional and trades education required for Canada to successfully implement its national buildings strategy, playing a key role in providing Canadians with high performance buildings offering the multiple benefits Passive House is known for.

We are looking for a leader familiar with the realities and dynamics of project teams; and how team leadership and project delivery models impact project success. The selected individual will be adept at anticipating emerging needs in workforce training in a rapidly transforming market, advising governments on programs to meet those needs, and connecting with the global community of experts.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience and skills as a designer of Passive House buildings, being innovative and taking initiative, possessing the ability to prioritize activities and work with minimal supervision. Professional registration in Canada and familiarity with Canadian building regulations is not required, but a passion for and expertise in high performance buildings is a must!

The position has several key functions:  

  • Ensure Passive House Canada continues to lead in providing critical solutions for the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. By implementing international best practices, we provide Canada with the high-quality learning experiences required to support market transformation;
  • Oversee and lead the education program team. The Director of Professional Development will liaise with all staff and supervise the Education Program Manager and the Education Program Coordinator, work with the education committee and oversee the team of 15 (and growing) instructors;
  • Elicit industry and government feedback and set the direction for the education program;
  • Initiate discussions with academic institutions interested in developing high-performance training programs. These programs may include degree or certificate programs and trades training;
  • Liaise with government and industry to develop suitable training programs;
  • Combine an intimate familiarity with industry capacity and challenges with technical research and knowledge to identify ongoing educational requirements.  Provide this information to the Education Committee and use their input and advice the develop priority topics for curriculum development;
  • The Director of Professional development is responsible for the development of curriculum (after subject areas are identified), program management and some outreach;
  • Engage with government and industry to advance program opportunities;
  • Support and oversee the development of an on-line learning platform;
  • In supervising the Education Manager, the Director of Professional Development will ensure key objectives are met by the program;
  • Become our 16th instructor, teaching courses within your area of expertise from time to time;
  • Remain current on local design and construction approaches as well as available high performance building products and services;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with high performance building educators internationally to ensure our program incorporates global best practices; and
  • Assist with other duties as may be required from time to time.

Desired knowledge, skills and experience:  

  • Professional Architect or Engineer with a graduate or postgraduate degree from a recognized university;
  • Certified Passive House Designer with at least 5 years’ applied experience in the design & construction of large Passive House buildings.
  • Preference will be given to registered architects with suitable experience and expertise;
  • Familiarity with prefabrication approaches, large wood construction, and the application of design and construction tools such as BIM, while not essential, would be beneficial;
  • Academic or research credentials relating to high performance buildings;
  • Ability to work in both official languages is a plus;
  • The ability to translate technical knowledge to the development of training curriculum;
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills along with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with a wide range of individuals; and
  • Willingness to travel across Canada.

Closing date: September 23rd, 2018