Regional Sustainability Specialist, West Coast

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Regional Sustainability Specialist, West Coast
Department: 30 – Sustainability
Location: Seattle, WA
Job ID: 1347
Salary: $82750 – $129000 Per Year
Employee Referral Bonus: Employee Referral Eligible

Location: Los Angeles office preferred, other West Coast PE office locations considered,

Job Title: Regional Sustainability Specialist, West Coast

Firm Description:

Perkins Eastman is a global architecture and design firm guided by the belief that design can have a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives. With more than 1,100 employees in 24 locations around the world, we collaborate seamlessly across borders, barriers, and disciplines to connect people and ideas. Whether conceiving of new healthcare models, reviving a local landmark as a boutique hotel, or helping communities become more resilient, we are united in a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the human experience. If everything is design, everything we do is HUMAN BY DESIGN.


Regional Sustainability Specialists are members of the Perkins Eastman firmwide sustainability team that focus their support and efforts on a specific region, in this case, the West Coast. The firmwide sustainability team focuses on sustainability efforts including the education of staff, reporting on sustainability metrics, the development of sustainability resources, greening the firm’s operations, and creating a case for sustainability for all of Perkins Eastman’s clients. The team also supports research initiatives related to sustainability, including measurement of indoor environmental quality factors.

In addition to providing support on firmwide sustainability initiatives, the regional sustainability specialist will assist with sustainable projects across the firm, focused primarily within their region. Projects vary from small interior fit-outs to large master planning exercises and tasks, including sustainable strategy identification and goal setting, third party certification documentation (LEED, WELL, etc), climate analysis, project performance analysis, and local code and legislation assessments.

The Regional Sustainability Specialist position has been specifically developed to address the growing demand for local sustainability expertise.

Job Responsibilities:

  • General Responsibilities
    • Develop and implement strategies to improve internal sustainability knowledge, culture, and engagement within the West Coast region
    • Work daily to embed sustainability into all aspects of PE’s culture and work.
    • Serve as a resource for all West Coast offices as a subject matter expert around a variety of sustainability topics – particular focus around resilience, wellness, and decarbonization is of interest.
    • Develop West Coast specific strategies, communications, and marketing material to help build PE’s reputation around sustainability throughout the region
    • Participate in and present at regional and national conferences that are identified as a priority for our West Coast presence around sustainability
    • Be an established thought leader in the industry through conference presentations, white papers, etc.
    • Develop and present educational materials around a wide range of sustainability topics, specifically developed for the West Coast region.
    • Assist in implementing firmwide sustainability goals within the West Coast region
    • Stay up to date with current, West Coast-specific, sustainability-related building codes and public initiatives.
    • Up to 15% travel to other offices anticipated.
  • Project Responsibilities
    • Lead and guide sustainability focused project work including third party certification documentation and performance analysis for projects of a variety of types and sizes.
    • Advance high-performance design strategies and systems integration in support of sustainable design certifications.
    • Guide the production of effective visualizations and illustrations of projects for presentation to clients, public authorities, and partners.
    • Engage in business development, assist with marketing pursuits and proposal development, and participate in client interviews.
    • Conduct research centered on how building performance affects occupants.
    • Develop region-specific actionable sustainable strategies and guidelines.

Qualifications and Key Skills

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Sustainability, Architecture, interior design, Urban Planning, or a related field. At least one built-environment specific degree is required.
  • 5 to 9 years of experience in the sustainability field recommended, preferably within the West Coast region.
  • Passion for sustainability and green building.
  • Extensive knowledge of sustainable design strategies, material selection, and technologies required.
  • Concentration on sustainability during undergrad or graduate program highly recommended.
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent graphic presentation skills, and the ability to present in front of large groups.
  • Intellectual curiosity, eagerness to engage with others, and willingness to contribute to a healthy workplace culture.
  • Experience with the LEED rating system, for both new and existing construction, and managing a LEED project is preferred.
  • Experience with Net Zero projects and associated impacts for both new and existing construction is preferred.
  • Knowledge of rating systems and standards, such as the WELL Building Standard, Passive House, Fitwel, or others, is preferred.
  • Experience with performance analysis software such as COVE.Tool, ClimateStudio, and Ladybug/Honeybee for Grasshopper is preferred.
  • LEED accreditation or comparable sustainability credential required.

Type: Perkins Eastman current hybrid work policy allows for 3 days in the office, 2 days remote per week. In person, in-office presence will be a critical component for the success of this role.

Compensation may vary based on the job level and your geographical work location.

  • Salary Range: $82,750 to $129,000 annually

What We Offer:

We offer comprehensive benefits, medical, dental, vision plans, 401K, life insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO), company paid holidays, professional development, commuter benefits, FSA and HSA.

Perkins Eastman is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and a participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


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