Senior Sustainability Manager

Who We Are

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to advancing sustainable and resilient communities. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.

Job Purpose

The Senior Sustainability Manager will provide sustainable design project management and third-party certification efforts. The Senior Sustainability Manager will serve as a subject matter expert on green building, sustainability, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the company and clients. 

The successful candidate will be a project manager for green building and sustainability projects, staff oversight, and support business development. The position reports to the Sustainability Deputy Director and is based in the home office. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead major sustainability projects, including maintaining schedule, budget, client relationships, and managing project elements including tracking project milestones and prepare project manager reports; and supervising preparation of deliverables and ensuring quality control.
  • Manage multiple staff and mentor junior staff in technical, administrative, client management, and business development skills.
  • Skilled in developing sustainability goals for projects; developing goals and design strategies, researching technical criteria and data to support design decisions and integration of strategies for achieving high performance design.
  • Participate in project team meetings to facilitate intra-disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
  • Lead business development initiatives, including proposal preparation and facilitating teaming.
  • Perform significant client contact and coordination with other consultants, individuals must have demonstrated ability to work towards consensus on difficult issues. 
  • Possess strong organizational skills, including the ability to track and manage multiple tasks and priorities, as well as the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Assist in the development of the Sustainability group as a team, fostering professional camaraderie, identifying opportunities for growth/expansion, and leading hiring efforts.
  • Develop relationships with internal and external clients through personal contacts, participation in conferences and presentations. 
  • Maintain significant professional qualifications and participate in appropriate professional organization activities.


Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in in engineering, architecture, environmental, sustainability or closely related field


  • minimum of 7 years' of experience 
  • LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty
  • Experience managing LEED projects with a minimum of fifteen (15) completed LEED certifications
  • Familiarity with other third-party green certification systems (Green Globes, WELL, Fitwel, Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings)
  • Proficient knowledge of design process and documentation developed for design phases
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable design concepts and strategies
  • An understanding of carbon management in the built environment 
  • Effective project management skills, task management and follow-through
  • Adept change agent dedicated to improving processes
  • Experience with proposal development
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (presentation/training ability)
  • Proficient with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Suite 
  • Demonstrated active involvement in professional organizations

Desired Qualifications

  • Green Globes, WELL AP or other rating system accredited professional preferred
  • Experience implementing and documenting the federal Guiding Principles program
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Revit, BIM, or Bluebeam
  • Proficiency with EC3 Tool or other embodied carbon management tools

Physical Requirements

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

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer 
  • Physically able to conduct building and construction site visits 

As a condition of employment, Straughan employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except those for whom are legally entitled to an accommodation. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted as part of the interview/hiring process.

Straughan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.