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Director of Sustainability

JCJ Architecture, Inc.
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Employer Sector
Technology, ICT & Telecoms
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
ESG & Sustainability, Sustainability

JCJ Architecture is a full-service planning, architectural and interior design firm working with public and private sector clients nationwide. JCJ has offices in Boston, Hartford, Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, & Tulsa. With more than 85 years of practice and a reputation for stability and sound business practices, JCJ has consistently been ranked in ENR's top 500 design and top 100 Green Building firms.


At JCJ Architecture, we see design as a collaborative process and work to balance owner/client goals, functional objectives and physical context alongside project scope, constraints and opportunities. Across the practice, our employee-owners work to create places that strengthen communities, businesses and institutions and to design environments that help organizations and individuals thrive.

The firm's portfolio of experience, comprehensive services and collective knowledge are captured in two overall categories - commercial project types & institutional project types.


- 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) (Company-funded retirement plan)

- Highly competitive benefits

- Pay for Performance Philosophy

- Incentive Compensation Program

- J.E.D.I mission

- Employee social events

- Employee Assistance Program

- Employee Referral Program

- Educational assistance


Director of Sustainability

A passionate individual for architecture and sustainability and an influential member of the senior leadership team of the firm, the Director of Sustainability will further evolve sustainability within the firm's practice and support integration of sustainability into the full portfolio of JCJ projects. Individual will leverage knowledge and expertise to lead JCJ's inhouse Sustainability Working Group and provide sustainability thought leadership across our all offices.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate education and adoption of sustainability design best practices; support project teams in developing appropriate sustainability strategies and on methodologies to achieve goals; enable and support post occupancy evaluations and lessons learned.
  • Establish firm-wide standards and processes related to sustainability; work across director level functions that have responsibility for project delivery, design, documentation and technical standards and information technology.
  • Collaborate with teams to plan and implement sustainability approach for all project that uses metrics such as EUI to track performance on projects.
  • Assist teams with reporting for AIA 2030 Challenge, manage firmwide response to the AIA 2030 Challenge.
  • Manage sustainability reviews of the project, monitoring quality and compliance with contract deliverables, including specifications; facilitate solutions to address design, documentation, and construction challenges.
  • Enable in-house analysis of thermal performance, daylight / sunlight, embodied carbon, etc.
  • Advise on developing scope and fees for sustainable aspects of projects; assist in writing and review of sustainable aspects of marketing proposals and provide support for award submissions.
  • Serve as Sustainability consultant to project teams; manage the project sustainability certification process.
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration and represent the firm at external events as a speaker.
  • Coordinate training and mentorship on sustainability to all levels of staff.
  • Research and disseminate sustainability knowledge across the offices, via virtual and in-person meetings.
  • Facilitate discussions with clients and assist teams and work with clients in establishing sustainability goals.
  • Build upon existing and update firm-wide Sustainability Action Plan; expand the existing tools and processes in support of wider adoption of green design principles and achievement of sustainability goals.
  • Collaborate with project teams to right size the approach to sustainability for each project, aligning approach with project vision, scope, schedule, and budget; produce projects that have a positive impact on the clients and communities that we serve.
  • Manage certification process for third party rating systems including: LEED, WELL, LBC, etc. including working as a certification project administrator, and communicating with clients, designers, consulting engineers, and contractors.
  • Other projects as assigned.

Job Requirements and Qualifications


  • 4-year degree required, Master level degree preferred in Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science or related field.

Training Requirements (licenses, programs, or certificates):

  • Licensed Architect/Engineer/Building Scientist preferred.
  • LEED specialty accreditation required with additional accreditations preferred (WELL, LBL, etc).


  • 10+ years professional experience in architecture or applying sustainable design practices in the built environment; candidate must have experience in LEED project management and building performance modeling.
  • Well organized individual with demonstrated communication, coordination, and management capabilities; ability to be effective in working independently, as an advisor to project teams and as a member a firm-wide practice-based leadership team.
  • Ability to manage a varied portfolio of work and to exercise solid judgement around the broader adoption and implementation of sustainability across a national design practice; Experience coaching, facilitating, mentoring professional staff at all levels and points in their career.
  • Experience in presenting and writing on the topic of sustainability; demonstrated effectiveness in representing sustainability in project interviews, project kick-off meetings and sustainability charettes.
  • Proven capabilities in developing sustainable design strategies that balance project parameters and help clients realize their goals; experience troubleshooting project needs and value engineering process.
  • Strong knowledge of energy codes, energy efficient construction and technical interventions to upgrade existing buildings; demonstrated results in achieving project qualitative and quantitative objectives.
  • Understanding and analysis of carbon emissions (including CO2 equivalents) and embodied carbon.
  • Technical understanding of industry processes and software being used to develop and analyze building energy and thermal performance, WUFI/dewpoint analysis and daylight analysis; ability to evaluate new products and systems; experience in effective integration of new tools and processes.
  • Direct experience building and leading a team & team initiatives
  • Facility in Adobe Suite, Sketchup, Revit.

JCJ Core Competencies

Promotes mutual respect, collaboration, and teamwork at all levels. Establishes and nurtures an environment that recognizes, accepts, and embraces diverse backgrounds, strengths, resources, and talents of our employees.

Integrity & Ethics

Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, conveys good news and bad.

Adaptability & Flexibility

Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs. Shows ability to be flexible and resilient.

Growth & Development

Challenges self to continue to grow professionally, continuing to develop skills, and all JCJ Core Competencies, to the highest extent possible.

Other Information

Special Information

Travel to work sites and other offices may be required.

Ability to work overtime.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee is often required to sit; may be required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

$120,000 - $150,000 Annually


If you are passionate about design and believe you can make a strong contribution to a stable and growing firm, please apply!

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