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Director, Special Projects (Sustainability Consulting -- Built Environment)

International Living Future Institute
Seattle, WA
  • Expired: January 13, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.
Company Description

The International Living Future Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze the transformation toward communities that are culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative. ILFI's flagship program is the Living Building Challenge, the world's most ambitious and holistic performance standard for resilient, healthy, and green buildings. ILFI offers other certifications, transparency labels, education, and events that enable organizations and individuals to communicate their commitment to a healthier world.

We believe that the building industry can shift dramatically far faster and more radically than many assume. We also believe that the industry can and should address ecological impact, social impact, health impact and cultural impact as intersecting issues. Living Buildings are beacons for change, data points for skeptics, inspirational stories for young people, and test beds for innovation. We seek to affect change in the building industry by envisioning a Living Future and showing it's possible to embody that future in practice and policy.

Job Description

STATUS: Full-time, exempt

REPORTS TO: Andrea Cooper, VP, Special Projects

LOCATION: Remote within the United States

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is seeking an experienced individual to join the Special Projects team as a Director of Special Projects. This role will work closely with clients in their efforts to pursue ILFI programs and advance ILFI's mission to achieve a culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative future. ILFI is looking for an experienced leader in sustainability for the built environment ready to create innovative and transformative solutions for regenerative buildings.

ILFI's Special Projects group catalyzes and provides support to project teams and projects that do not fit the typical mold for certification at ILFI. The Special Projects Group offers consulting services, client-facing engagements, charettes, industry capacity-building support, and technical guidance as it pertains to ILFI's standards and programs. By supporting and catalyzing these unique and groundbreaking projects, the Special Projects Group supports ILFI's mission to transform the architecture and building industry into one that is ecologically restorative. The Special Projects team works closely with universities, tech companies, global enterprises, and government agencies to collaborate on innovative sustainability solutions. The custom support offered to clients includes design and operations standard support, custom certification pathways, portfolio scale alignment solutions, and pilot approaches for new project types.

  • Foster positive client relationships through direct support of portfolio and project level consulting; while managing client deliverable schedule, deliverable development, and staff resources for assigned contracts
  • Develop custom program resources, including documentation requirements and certification process tools, for Special Project clients
  • Inform the evolution of ILFI programs through direct support of cutting-edge projects, piloted certification pathways, and innovative approaches to regenerative building design
  • Assist the Vice President of Special Projects in identifying staff resources, developing time estimates for project tasks, and confirming time tracking for our Special Projects contracts
  • Coordinate with the business development lead when new potential Special Projects clients and projects are identified


We know that you may not have all the skills and experiences listed below and encourage you to apply if you meet the majority of the qualifications.
  • 10+ years of experience within the green building, green communities or green manufacturing industries, or similar, specifically experience in client support and consulting.
  • Demonstrated project management experience in managing client needs on multiple related, simultaneous projects
  • Experience with whole building energy simulations, life cycle assessment, product specifications, material health and ingredient reporting, and/or building system design and assessment; as well as experience with standards development or implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of stakeholders representing different organizations, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Demonstrated ability to manage an internal support team including workload forecasting/capacity, deadlines, and deliverable quality expectations for assigned clients
  • Familiarity with ILFI's philosophy, certifications, and labels.
  • Master's degree in architecture, building science, engineering or other relevant area; extensive professional experience beyond the minimum required in a directly related field may be equivalent

  • Experience supporting a project pursuing certification with ILFI
  • Demonstrated experience with multiple sectors of the building industry, use types, construction methodologies, and development types
  • Experience with Salesforce or a similar CRM platform
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite software applications, specifically Adobe InDesign and Illustrator
  • Living Future Accreditation and/or LEED Accreditation

Additional Information

Our mission at Living Future is to build a future that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. We are committed to that vision within our organization and work to create a team that is equitable, inclusive, and diverse by hiring and supporting staff from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are committed as an organization to foster better cultural competency, equity, and diversity within our culture and policies and work to support staff in every phase of their career.

The starting salary range for this position is $81,000-90,000 and is supplemented by ILFI's generous benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents as well as employee life insurance, short-term disability, and a 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% match after six months. Annual time off benefits include three weeks of paid annual leave, 12 days of sick leave, and paid volunteer time.

ILFI offers a collaborative, team-oriented and mission-driven hybrid workplace, headquartered at the Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA with staff distributed across the United States and Canada. All staff are currently working from home, with the option to work in the Bullitt Center for Seattle-area staff. We offer a $50/month stipend to offset home internet costs.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. The position will remain open until filled. We will begin reviewing applicants on Dec 1, 2022.

International Living Future Institute


Seattle, WA
98122 USA