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Director of Sustainable Design & Resiliency

NYC Health + Hospitals
New York City, New York, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
About NYC Health + Hospitals

Empower Every New Yorker - Without Exception - to Live the Healthiest Life Possible

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the United States. We provide essential outpatient, inpatient and home-based services to more than one million New Yorkers every year across the city's five boroughs. Our large health system consists of ambulatory centers, acute care centers, post-acute care/long-term care, rehabilitation programs, Home Care, and Correctional Health Services. Our diverse workforce is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible.

Job Description

Under the general direction and supervision of the Senior Director, the Director of Sustainable Design & Resiliency will bring an in-depth knowledge of sustainable building materials and eco-friendly construction practices to every capital project, and will use a "whole building" systems-oriented approach that examines how to integrate architecture with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to maximize combined health, environmental, climate benefits and reduce carbon footprint. The ideal candidate will be addressing a gamut of topics from site design through water and energy efficiency, material and resource conservation, indoor environmental quality, and climate-resilient design and construction strategies by working with cross-functional teams throughout.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

• Integrate sustainable design strategies and assure sustainable thinking is at the core of capital projects. Ensure zero carbon and climate mitigation strategies such as utilizing less toxic building materials, highly efficient heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, low-consuming electrical and water systems, and designs employing natural light, landscaping, and building orientation to improve energy and occupant efficiency are embedded in all new construction and major renovation projects.

• Develop objectives, scope narratives and financial summaries (including payback analysis) in support of obtaining LEED certifications. Provide oversight and direction in conducting LEED gap analyses. Ensure large renovation and new construction projects comply with Local Law 31(less energy than similar buildings) & 32 (more stringent LEED requirements), and provide periodic data to Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice when requested.

• Manage and provide support for the NYC Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines pilot program. Guide and advise design teams by providing climate-proof and resilient design input to ensure environmentally friendly and future-proof design strategies are incorporated into the major renovation and new construction projects.

• Serve as the internal leader and "go to" expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and communicating and educating others on these topics. Challenge and peer-review energy, water, and sustainability ideas from external consultants.

• Collaborate with various entities form OFD & individual facility management teams to strengthen and improve infrastructure reliability and mitigate with climate change impacts via sustainable design, green construction planning, and up-to-date engineering standards and guidelines.

• Work closely with the Energy Management Program to coordinate, and implement state of the art HVAC technologies to reduce, monitor, and optimize H+H's Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions related to new buildings and large renovation projects. Provide support and assistance for reporting the emissions impact of certain capital projects to the OMB annually.

• Prepare written analysis of findings and recommendations for building-related sustainability solutions and present them to management, along with recommendations for improvement.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A Masters Degree in Business Administration, Science, Health Care Administration, Engineering or related discipline from an accredited college or university or a license as a Professional Engineer or registration as an Architect; and,

2. Eight years managerial experience in Capital Program or budget work in the construction field including four years experience in budget administration and management of health care facilities; or,

3. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Department Preferences

Preference will be given to qualified candidates with the following knowledge, abilities, education, experience and/or skills:

• Good understanding of the climate impacts and vulnerabilities of the built environment and familiarity with best practices in net-zero energy/emissions and resilient building design.

• Thorough knowledge in certification standards (LEED, BREEM, WELL etc.) and application to healthcare and commercial building projects.

• Prior experience in managing multiple sustainability design projects and delivery in a collaborative environment. Able to provide directions on projects and team members independently.

• Proven ability to prioritize oneself and the work of others to meet deadlines and provide high quality service to clients.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Excellent writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading skills.

• Energetic, outgoing personality to inspire project teams

• Strong communication and engagement skills with experience facilitating stakeholder engagement, writing public-facing and technical reports, and presentation of complex ideas clearly and effectively to diverse audiences

• Responsible, accountable, dependable, and committed to excellence on all levels

• Experienced in undertaking complex quantitative and qualitative analysis of climate change and sustainability issues, and preparing comprehensive reports

• Demonstrated knowledge of strategies and systems related to occupant wellness, energy efficiency, daylighting, indoor air quality, materials assessment, stormwater management, and other common topics.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint as well as the ability to use a project management software.

• The WELL Building Standard Certification and/or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification preferred.

• A Baccalaureate Degree in Planning, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Engineering or Public Policy/Administration, or have similar qualifications combined with relevant experience.

• 7 years of industry-specific work experience related to the position description

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