Sustainability Leader

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Dec 5 '19Posted on:

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At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm.  We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.

Success at SOM Means

  • Ideas:  We believe in a meritocracy of ideas.  We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.  
  • Knowledge:  We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning.  We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.
  • Product:  We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.
  • Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work.  Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.
  • Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration.  A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.
  • Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop a team of sustainable professionals that will collaborate with design studios to create new architecture informed by sustainability and SOM’s long-standing excellence in interdisciplinary design.
  • Provide essential research, report writing and presentations on a variety of High Performance Design topics.
  • Serve as a sustainability champion within the office, firm and project team.
  • Represent SOM within the industry and externally as a thought leader.
  • Collaborate with contractors, cost estimators and others to ensure specified strategies are cost effective from an early stage and add to the internal database of cost metrics.
  • Review documents for all compliance with approved program requirements of the client.
  • Confer with clients, consultants, contractors, and others during various stages of project development.
  • Coordinate work on assigned projects, with architectural team and other disciplines.
  • Perform a variety of technical analyses on energy, daylighting, façade performance, thermal comfort, renewables, carbon, and water.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Inspires and leads others by example, participates in staff mentoring and training, clearly defines team member expectations and responsibilities, empowers others, and delegates where appropriate based on team members’ recognized abilities and potential.
  • Develops and/or manages, in collaboration with team members, a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule.
  • Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities.
  • Contributes to the implementation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments and the associated development of staff knowledge.
  • Contributes to the development of standards, policies, and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, environmental design, or other technical field that allows engineering licensure. Alternatively, an architecture license with demonstrated knowledge of engineering and building physics.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Licensed in state of practice.
  • LEED Accreditation.
  • 7+ years of experience performing independent research on state-of-the-art technologies, environmentally preferred alternative materials and integrated design strategies for high performance design, from conception through construction to operation.
  • Demonstrated basic knowledge of heat transfer and HVAC design.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainability rating systems, life cycle and carbon footprint assessment, energy modeling, shading and daylighting analysis, and overall sustainable design strategies and analysis methods.
  • WELL Accredited Professional preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with building Energy simulation tools such as Energy Plus, IES, daylighting simulation tools such as Radiance, Diva and computational fluid dynamic software programs is preferred.

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.

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