Sustainability Specialist

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Preparing for a Sustainable Future

Gensler is one of the world’s leading architecture, design and planning firms, with staff in locations around the world. No client is too small or too large. Our work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for innovation and enduring success. Our integrated sustainability delivery model provides complete sustainable design services including, strategic visioning, energy and daylighting analysis, and third-party certification coordination.

Your Role

As a Sustainability Specialist at Gensler, you will join a highly creative, collaborative team dedicated to innovative problem solving and design excellence. You will work with the Northeast Sustainability Consulting team in providing a full spectrum of sustainability advisory and support to clients and project teams, from marketing through post-occupancy.

What You Will Do

  • Manage the certification process and provide design guidance on projects pursuing LEED, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, Fitwell and/or Net Zero Building Certification. Additionally, you may lead or participate in consulting engagements that provide sustainability strategies for a wide range of world class clients and projects ranging from commercial interiors to ground up buildings and real estate portfolios.
  • Work with clients and design teams to establish sustainable design and project certification goals, employing feasibility analysis or other methods to facilitate goal setting.
  • Design and facilitate work sessions with clients and design teams to build consensus on sustainable design solutions.
  • Coordinate with project design teams to provide sustainable design guidance and technical support, and certification process management, participating in client meetings when necessary.
  • Coordinate integration of Revit, IES, energy modeling, daylighting and other technical analysis in projects where needed.
  • Coordinate the work of multiple consultants and supervise the work of project team members.
  • Establish and manage project fees, staffing, and client invoicing.
  • Ensure quality control and consistency across all projects.
  • Identify and maintain awareness of current and emerging technologies, tools, and methods as they impact the delivery of green building design.
  • Track Federal, State, and local regulations and incentives and provide guidance to clients.
  • Ensure sustainable design projects status are integrated into Gensler Digital Library  Ensure that lessons learned are shared across projects.

Additional Opportunities for Leadership

  • Work with Gensler’s firmwide sustainability leaders to support sustainability practices, from evolving project specifications and internal education programs to developing new sustainability service offerings.
  • Stimulate internal knowledge and interest in new innovations, technologies, and approaches, educating staff in their use and application.
  • Lead Business Development for Sustainable Design, Consulting, and Project Certification Opportunities.
  • Provide Thought Leadership in Sustainable Design (externally and internally).

Your Qualifications

  • Strong leadership, communication, and relationship management skills.
  • Significant interest in and aptitude for sustainable design, certifications, project management, and client relationships.
  • Bachelor or Master degree in sustainable building, architecture, engineering, interiors or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • LEED Accreditation required, additional accreditations a plus.
  • 5+ years of post-graduate experience in a similar role.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and relationship management skills.
  • Strong knowledge of building systems, project management, and consultant coordination (current expertise or interest/aptitude to build expertise quickly).
  • Strong knowledge of LEED and certification project management, gained through directly relevant project experience and education.
  • Ability to perform technical analysis is a plus (e.g. energy and daylighting simulation, specification writing, materials selection, cost and life cycle studies, etc.).
  • Strong writing, speaking, organizational skills, and technical presentation ability.
  • Able to mentor, teach and train effectively.
  • Innovator, ability to create and successfully implement new programs.
  • Ability to synthesize new information quickly.
  • Self-directed.
  • A sense of humor and a knack for innovation and problem solving, and a collaborative, solutions-oriented working style.

Technical Skills

  • Proficient user of LEED Online, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and InDesign.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, and other project management tools such as Smartsheet or Teams Planner, or willingness to learn.
  • Familiarity with digital collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, and willingness to learn others such as Miro and/or Mural.

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities. Our annual base salary range has been established based on local markets.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.