University of Waterloo

Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

Requisition ID 2022-8945
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$58,542 - $73,178
Job Category
Parking Services
Job Location : Location


Term: 18 Months


The Sustainable Transportation Coordinator will support Waterloo’s efforts in the development of a campus-wide Sustainable Transportation Plan (STP), and will support early implementation of actions. The STP will add detail to and formalize actions and strategies from directions articulated in the Campus Master Plan, Environmental Sustainability Strategy, and Climate Action Plan. It will look to create supportive infrastructure, programs, policies, and incentives to encourage students and employees to walk, cycle, take transit, carpool, and use electric transportation, as well as avoid travel. The position will engage all stakeholders, including academic and operational units, in a structured planning process for development of the STP, and support implementation of both existing and early identified actions.


The position reports to the Director, Campus Services, with a co-reporting relationship to Director of Sustainability.


University of Waterloo infrastructure comprises of over eight million square feet of space, more than eighty major buildings, and three distinct campuses supporting state of the art teaching and ground-breaking research.


Responsibilities will align with the Plant Operations goal of contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.


Strategic Planning

  • Provides technical leadership in various UW transportation related sustainability initiatives, establishing ambitious targets and implementation strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of our University
  • Works closely with Plant Operations to develop a Sustainable Transportation plan for UW

Data Analysis

  • Conduct extensive research to understand best practices for the development of a STP or equivalent (i.e. Transportation Demand Management Plan) for a large institutional setting
  • Analyze data collected through the University of Waterloo/Region of Waterloo biennial travel survey and other relevant sources of information (Parking Data, student surveys, etc., transit data, etc.) to create detailed profiles of commuting patterns for the campus
  • Using existing data and projected population increases and other institutional and regional trends, develop base case scenario for long-term transportation modal and resultant infrastructure and resource needs
  • Connect information from leading peer institutions through semi-structured interviews or other means to understand best practices, common challenges, and critical success factors
  • Create a list of common best practices, including infrastructure, programs, policies, and incentives that can be used in various contexts to enable long-term sustainable transportation against the base case, including linking to their materiality and change potential based on survey data and existing preferences and constraints of the campus

Financial and Operational Analysis

  • Evaluates capital project needs for all aspects of parking operation
  • Models financial commitments of parking operation
  • Identifies various approaches to parking fee structure
  • Analyzes impact of various parking fee strategies on lot utilization and revenue
  • Completes transportation related analysis required to support UW Campus Master Planning
    Facilitation, Consultation, and Integration
  • Lead a structured engagement process to receive feedback from various parts of the campus community on the visioning, development, and implementation of the TMP
  • This process could include focus groups, town halls, open houses, additional surveys, or other consultations for the wider community, as well as targeted consultations with core departments and user groups
  • Iteratively integrate feedback received into project planning and plan development
  • Design mechanisms for continuous feedback and engagement beyond the development of the TMP

Drafting and Revising

  • In consultation with key project stakeholders, and based on all research and feedback received, create key pathways and actions that will need to be integrated into the TMP, including development of cost estimates for implementation, on both capital and operating costs
  • Develop business cases for expenditures, including both financial costs/savings and benefits such as emissions reductions, health and wellness, mobility and accessibility, and reputation
  • Articulate phasing approaches for implementation of identified actions and pathways
  • Iteratively integrate feedback into revisions of the plan

Implementation Support

  • Support parallel implementation of “quick win” actions that are emergent throughout TMP development research and consultations, including developing business and operational plans, funding requests, and procurement as necessary
  • Support management of existing programs and services related to sustainable transportation, including for example EV Charging, secure bike parking, corporate transit passes, carpool management, and more
  • Develop a list of funding sources that can support implementation of all TMP actions, from local through national levels
  • Create business plans and submit applications for internal and external funding to implement actions identified through the TMP, and lead implementation as actions and funding are approved
  • Assist in development of relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines as appropriate to support TMP implementation

Engagement and Outreach

  • Design and implement digital outreach strategies to increase awareness of and participation in all existing sustainable transportation services.
  • Coordinate or host events, booths, or other activities to educate on and encourage active and sustainable transportation, in collaboration with other campus stakeholders
  • Develop simple communication materials to promote the TMP and its actions to a wide variety of audiences
  • Liaise with other stakeholders as necessary at the city and regional levels within which Waterloo operates, as well as the local Transportation Management Association, to integrate campus planning with other community initiatives, including infrastructure development, micromobility programs, and community campaigns and targeted outreach


  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities


  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in transportation engineering or planning
  • Training or courses in transportation demand management, environmental policy or practice are assets
  • Minimum three years professional work experience related to transportation planning or transportation demand management preferably in government or institutional setting
  • Experience developing quality funding proposals working with various stakeholders to gain approval
  • Deep knowledge of transportation planning and demand modeling principles
  • Intermediate-level skills in Microsoft Excel (graphing, pivot tables, descriptive statistics), Word (report writing and editing), and PowerPoint (presentation design)
  • Intermediate-level skills with mapping software such as ArcGIS or equivalent
  • Ability to lead independent research and develop cost analysis
  • Exceptional facilitation skills demonstrated through developing or leading planning sessions, workshops, or other similar activities
  • Excellent relationship management skills evidenced through participation in collaborative partnerships and multi-stakeholder planning processes
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills, both fluent and written
  • Graphic design skills are an asset

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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