The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) develops and implements citywide environmental policies and programs that propel our city toward a sustainable, equitable, and carbon neutral future. OSE prioritizes racial equity and environmental justice when considering and implementing climate policy. The Job The Office of Sustainability & Environment is seeking applications for the job of Building Technical Compliance Lead. In this job, you will serve as the point person for commercial building energy efficiency regulation under SMC 22.930, which includes providing building operations and maintenance technical assistance, code interpretation, and review of building tune-up submittals to confirm compliance with Seattle law. You will report to the Energy Benchmarking and Tune-Ups Program Manager and focus on the following areas:
Operating the Building Tune-Ups help desk
Implementing building energy policies and programs
Providing technical review of building energy benchmarking reports and tune-up alternative compliance and report submissions
Leading updates to the Directors Rules and working with the Program Manager to propose ordinance changes to enhance policy effectiveness
Developing curriculum and providing training for building engineers and energy efficiency professionals
Creating articles and publishing a quarterly e-newsletter
Using the Seattle Race and Social Equity Index to identify and proactively communicate with owners of facilities in priority areas that need support in order to comply with regulations Job Responsibilities To be successful in this job, you are committed to:
Prioritizing Racial and Environmental Justice
Addressing climate change
Continually evaluating policies and programs for better, more consistent, and more nuanced approaches
Listening and providing clear communication (orally and in written form) based on the needs of the individual or group
Enhancing the work of the team and the city To be effective in this job, you can:
Interpret code making accurate and consistent judgments
Understand building energy and water operations and maintenance best practices
Think strategically weighing ramifications, evaluating solutions, and making thoughtful and equitable recommendations
Adjust your writing based on the audience and setting creating curriculum, handouts, guides, FAQs, articles, e-newsletters, reports, etc.
Analyze information and data - for issues, trends, and gaps that need to be addressed
Adapt agilely - to changing priorities, policies, and new information Qualifications In addition to the skills and experience listed above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of experience, training, or education which provides an equivalent background required to perform the job): Five 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 OR Four 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 AND An Associate degree in urban planning, architecture, or engineering, applied science, environmental studies, public policy, communications, or related field OR 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 AND A Bachelors Degree in urban planning, architecture, or engineering, applied science, public policy, environmental studies, communications, or related field Additional Information The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services. To be considered for this role, please complete the application fully and attach the following:
A PDF of your current resume
A cover letter which explains the experience you would bring to this job and how it aligns with your values If you make it to the interview stage of the assessment process, we currently plan to ask for a writing sample. Questions? Please contact Kate Moore at Who may apply: This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research organization, develops policies to reduce energy waste and combat climate change. Its independent analysis advances investments, programs, and behaviors that use energy more effectively and help build an equitable clean energy future.
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