Director, Energy & Carbon/

U.S Green Building Council
United States

This role is eligible for remote work.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a global, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., working to improve environmental sustainability, human health, and resilience in the built environment through its programs and rating systems including LEED. Today, people in over 150 countries and territories live, work, and learn in LEED certified buildings, communities, and cities that protect health, climate, and natural resources, and enhance quality of life.

USGBC is seeking a Director of Energy & Carbon to join our Technical Development Team. The Technical Development Team is responsible for executing the ongoing maintenance and evolutionary development of the of the LEED Rating System in a manner that hastens market transformation towards a more sustainable future. The body of work associated with this ongoing effort is achieved through collaborative engagement with internal and external subject matter experts, dedicated Technical Advisory & Working Groups, and various advisory committees. This team provides essential stewardship of the LEED Rating System, ensuring that a position of market leadership is maintained, and the integrity of the consensus-based development process is preserved.

The Director of Energy & Carbon’s primary focus will be helping to define the future of energy and carbon for the LEED Rating System.  They will champion efforts addressing decarbonization, energy use reduction, energy and carbon efficient design strategies, and renewable energy sources on a global scale. Considering the increased global focus and sense of urgency in areas related to energy and carbon, as well as significant advancements in related technologies, we believe this is a an essential and very exciting opportunity to join the Technical Development Team.



  • Provide positive leadership, direction setting, and oversight for the team supporting ongoing development of the Energy & Atmosphere credit category.
  • Establish systems and tools for monitoring individual and team performance.
  • Provide input for strategic decision making and execute vision from senior management
  • Execute decision making authority within the Energy & Atmosphere credit category
  • Provide input for budget development and ongoing management.
  • Work collaboratively with other LEED credit category teams (e.g. Materials & Resources) to ensure maintenance of a balanced, cohesive, and cogent rating system
  • Represent USGBC in public speaking engagements, preparing technical content for presentations, responding to occasional media inquiries, and liaising with various stakeholder groups

Technical Development 

  • Manage and provide thought leadership, subject matter expertise, vision, and direction for the development of the Energy & Atmosphere credit category of LEED.
  • Work directly with the Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG) to set the strategy for the next generation of LEED buildings in areas including:
    1. Decarbonization
    2. Energy Efficiency
    3. Refrigerant Management
    4. Renewable Energy
    5. Grid Integration and Energy Storage
  • Facilitate technical reviews, conduct research, and build consensus on technical solutions that enhance the usability and implementation of the rating system worldwide
  • Provide expert guidance in coordination with other departments to support projects pursuing LEED certification
  • Stay abreast of new and developing industry issues and trends
  • Aid in the creation of new EA programs, and optimization of existing programs, such as:
    • LEED rating systems and associated support materials and tools
    • Marketing materials, advocacy, and educational products
    • LEED Addenda, including LEED Interpretations


  • Bachelor’s degree in building sciences, mechanical engineering, or other relevant engineering discipline. Master’s degree preferred
  • Technical knowledge and at least five 5 years of work experience in one or more of the following areas: HVAC&R systems design, building energy modeling, energy efficiency, renewable energy, building commissioning, and/or carbon accounting
  • At least 3 years of professional experience supporting LEED projects in a technical or project management capacity
  • Experience working with relevant stakeholders in the commercial and industrial sectors such as clients, vendors, account reps, and cooperatives to develop energy efficiency projects
  • Basic understanding of building design and construction process and/or building operations
  • General understanding of high-performance green building/community design, construction, and operations
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission


  • LEED Accredited Professional, or ability to obtain LEED AP credential within 12 months of hire
  • Excellent analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with a diverse array of individuals and constituents
  • Ability to distill complex technical information into succinct, clear language


  • Full Time, permanent, salaried, benefits-eligible, exempt status
  • Location: Remote or Hybrid in-office at 2101 L Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm EST, 40 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • USGBC is an equal opportunity employer


Employees work for an established mission-based and member-driven nonprofit organization with a compelling vision, nonprofit competitive compensation that includes 401k matching, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive health insurance, employer sponsored Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA), generous paid leave, in addition to a renewal leave of six weeks for employees celebrating monumental employment anniversary.

The headquarters office is a LEED Platinum commercial interior space in a LEED certified building in the LEED Platinum certified central business district in the first LEED Platinum certified city, Washington, DC. The office serves as an example for green design and construction products and practices. It is close to public transportation and incorporates many healthy and environmentally friendly features, including an on-site gym, rooftop lounge and healthy snacks for staff.

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