Sustainable Development Program Manager Posted Mar 05
Port of Seattle , Seattle, WA
There are two (2) positions available through this recruitment effort. One position will focus on Maritime and Economic Development related capital projects and operational decisions. The second position will focus on the capital development projects and operational decisions within our Aviation Division at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Please indicate your preference in your cover letter/resume for applying to either or both roles.

Develop, implement, and manage Port of Seattle’s new Green Building and Sustainable Design Program to serve the Port in achieving the Port’s Century Agenda goals, objectives and strategies. This position will lead green building and sustainable design efforts, integrate the Port’s sustainability goals into all aspects of project development, delivery, maintenance, and operation, and train and support port staff and tenants.

Maritime Position - This position will be part of the Port’s Maritime Environment and Sustainability Department, a passionate team of 25 scientists, planners, and specialists that manage all the environmental programs for the Maritime and Economic Development Divisions. The Port is in middle of one of its largest capital delivery programs to redevelop or build new infrastructure along the Seattle waterfront. This position is critical in ensuring sustainability decisions are made as part of this program. This position will be located at P69 in Seattle.

Aviation Position – This position will be part of the Port’s Aviation Environment and Sustainability Department, a passionate team of environmental scientists and specialists that manage the environmental programs for Sea-Tac Airport. This position will lead a new innovative program to analyze and reduce environmental impacts from the Airport’s capital development projects through energy efficiency, advanced materials, and renewable energy. The Airport’s five-year capital development program includes a new north terminal, cargo facilities, and sustainable transportation strategies. This position will be located at Sea-Tac Airport.

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Development:
Work with key stakeholders like project team members, sustainability professionals, architects, engineers, and other experts to identify, research, and evaluate sustainability ideas that could be applied to capital development projects and Port processes. Key tasks include but are not limited to evaluating sustainable materials, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, stormwater, and/or other innovative or resource conservation-oriented concept.

Analyses, Measurement, Verification, & Reporting:
Analyze and quantify lifecycle costs (e.g., total cost of ownership) and benefits of potential building and infrastructure strategies related to project construction and operational costs, energy efficiency, and carbon emissions. Evaluate key assumptions and inputs into building energy models and estimate sustainability benefits. Track project outcomes, monitor sustainability impacts, award sustainability recognitions, and help ensure the Port meets sustainability goals. Convert highly technical information into understandable recommendations, briefings, and presentations.

Program Implementation and Leadership:
Act as technical lead and resource to incorporate green building and sustainable design strategies into Port project delivery, including calculating energy use/impacts, carbon emissions (both operational and embodied), resource conservation, transportation impacts, and equity impacts. Engage with and assist stakeholders throughout project delivery process to ensure successful green building and sustainable design outcomes. Recommend and achieve environmental certifications (e.g. LEED, Envision, Salmon Safe and other rating systems as applicable), where appropriate.

Education and Research:
Work with project sponsors and teams to set environmental sustainability targets or goals for projects. Support project teams’ development of briefing materials for Port management and Commission. Train key staff on green building and sustainable design principles.

Advanced subject matter expertise in current and emerging green building concepts, sustainable design principles and trends. Maintain a current working knowledge of industry best practices, emerging trends, innovation opportunities, building codes, legislation, and green building and/or sustainable design certification programs. Knowledge of local and national funding sources and grant acquisition.

Strong technical and analytical skills. Effective at clearly communicating complex issues to diverse audiences, verbally and in writing, including engagement with senior management, elected officials, and external stakeholders.

Ability to develop, manage, and lead environmental programs, deliver large and small capital projects, manage budgets, and/or conduct complex analyses to inform sustainability recommendations. Ability to evaluate environmental, equity, and financial trade-offs related to green buildings.

Combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Architecture, Sustainability or a related field; and

Five (5) years of experience managing environmental, engineering, or related sustainability programs.


Master’s Degree in Environmental or Physical Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Sustainability or related field;

Eight (8) years of experience managing or supporting environmental programs related to green building or sustainable design; and/or

Certified LEED or Envision professional, Certified Energy Manager, ASHRE Certified in building design or modeling and/or other related equivalent credentials.

EEO Statement
The Port of Seattle is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, knowing decisions concerning the employment relationship will be made without regard to age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, regulations and ordinances.

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