City of Seattle Sustainable Building & Energy Specialist, Sr. in Seattle, Washington

The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is an executive office, reporting to the Mayor, that focuses on policies and programs that address Seattle's environmental challenges while creating vibrant communities and building shared prosperity.

OSE is seeking an individual with a passion for addressing climate change and the skills to address both the big picture and the details of achieving sustainable, energy-efficient, and carbon neutral buildings in Seattle's public and private sectors. The work is part of OSE's larger effort to implement the City of Seattle's Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlines how the City can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 while furthering vibrant, sustainable and equitable communities.

Reporting to the Sustainable Buildings Program Manager, you will coordinate closely with OSE and other City staff to align work with existing policies and initiatives and with those under development. You should demonstrate a wide range of skills, from program management to technical expertise, and be skilled at communicating and coordinating with a wide set of audiences and stakeholders. OSE prioritizes racial equity and environmental justice in our work to protect Seattle's environment and the successful candidate will share OSE's commitment.

Job Responsibilities:

This position will participate in all aspects of OSE's ongoing work to meet the City's CAP goals in the building sector as well as the goals of our Race and Social Justice Initiative, with a focus on the following primary functions:

(1) Manage the Sustainable Buildings Policy for City-owned buildings and develop new approaches and policies to ensure the City's municipal facilities are sustainable, efficient and resilient in their design and operations and that the City is on track to achieve a carbon-neutral building portfolio.

  • Manage implementation of the existing policy, including project tracking and reporting.
  • Work with capital departments to provide resources and assistance related to sustainable building.
  • Maintain and improve tools and resources, including the Capital Green Toolkit.
  • Identify and develop policy refinements and updates to ensure the policy remains current and to put City facilities on a path to achieving net zero emissions.
  • Coordinate with the City Facilities Resource Conservation Advisor on alignment of the Sustainable Building Policy with Resource Conservation Management goals and actions.

(2) Participate in the development and implementation of sustainable building and building energy efficiency/GHG reduction programs and policies.

  • Immediate priorities will include program support for the Tune-Up Accelerator, a grant funded program that provides technical and financial assistance to commercial building owners required to meet the Seattle Building Tune-Up mandate. Primary duties will involve assistance with grant billing and reporting, and tracking program participation.
  • Additional and future priorities may include the Tune-Up mandate, expanding opportunities for sustainable development, tune-ups for small commercial buildings, commercial and multi-family retrofits, and moving existing buildings toward clean energy sources.
  • Provide content expertise for outreach and communications.
  • Provide general support for Building and Energy team projects and activities.

(3) Conduct analyses and performance tracking to refine targets, evaluate potential policies and monitor progress toward the City's climate goals, including preparation of the City's GHG inventories.

  • Under the direction of the Climate Program Manager, conduct the annual local government operations GHG inventory and oversee preparation of the biennial community GHG inventory.
  • Maintain OSE's EUI building targets tool and utilize for policy analyses.
  • Other analyses and data management as relevant.

Education: A Baccalaureate degree in planning, urban design, environmental studies, public administration or related field (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Experience: At least three years of experience in planning and research related to land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation; or other work directly related to City planning and development activities.

Additional Information:

Desired ## Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree, or equivalent experience, in architecture, planning, building science, environmental studies, engineering, or a related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in planning, design, teaching, research, program development, project management, or policy analysis related to sustainable building, building energy efficiency and resource conservation, and/or climate mitigation or resilience in the building sector.
  • Demonstrated proficiency gathering, analyzing, and presenting data using Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent communications skills, including experience communicating on priority issues to internal audiences, elected officials, and community stakeholders, and the ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to manage ambitious projects with creativity, problem-solving, and technical rigor.
  • Strong organizational and program management skills.
  • Ability to work independently under limited supervision.
  • Strong analytic abilities, with careful attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience with GHG inventory accounting methods and protocols.
  • Demonstrated track record working in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and collaboration. Application Process To be considered for this position, you must submit your completed application and upload both a cover letter and resume.

The Office of Sustainability & Environment values diverse perspectives and life experiences. People of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions please contact Yoshiko Grace Matsui at

Job Title: Sustainable Building & Energy Specialist, Sr.

Job Number: 2017-01010

Salary: $40.16 - $46.80 Hourly

Location: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Shift: Day

Department: Office of Sustainability and Environment

Bargaining Unit: Not represented

Closing Date/Time: Tue. 08/01/17 4:00 PM Pacific Time