Director - Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

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United States


The Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications for the Directorship of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (“Building”), a state of the art teaching and learning community under development in the center of Georgia Tech’s campus. This 40,000 square foot Living Building will be a meeting point and an incubator for advancing new ideas related to interdisciplinary thinking on sustainability. This project will be a cornerstone for progress in learning and awareness to rapidly accelerate progress in the Southeast’s regenerative, sustainable development movement. The Building will certify and operate under the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge standard.

Georgia Tech is a dynamic institution committed to creating interdisciplinary solutions to the grand challenges facing our nation and our world. The Institute is involved in a broad set of activities that span the breadth of sustainability issues through a wide variety of exciting research, teaching and outreach opportunities.

Job purpose:

The Director is charged with programmatic and operational oversight of the Building and its immediate environs, and will have ultimate responsibility for coordinating efforts to ensure the operation and certification of the Building under the Living Building Challenge 3.1 standards ( Reporting through the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Director will be supported through a matrix partnership with the Office of Campus Sustainability to enable administrative, event, and programmatic support of activities within the Building. The Director will work directly with the Operations and Maintenance Program Manager, who oversees building performance, systems and vendor management to ensure the building performs as required and meets LBC certification. The Director will also have a dotted-line reporting relationship to the designated Faculty Engagement Lead appointed by Institute leadership. Together, they will develop and co-chair a Living Building Advisory Council to guide programming, courses and research focused on advancing the knowledge and awareness of sustainability in its broadest sense and regenerative design specifically within the community, region, and nation through the Building. The Director will develop key partnerships with campus units and organizations with roles and leadership in various aspects of sustainability, such as: Serve-Learn-Sustain, CEISMC, Colleges and Schools, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Strategic Energy Institute, the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, the Student Government Association, SGA Green Alliance, and sustainability-focused student organizations.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for providing the communications, operational leadership, and development of the Building, partnering with other Institute leaders in sustainability practice, education and research and representing the Institute internally and externally.
  • Build effective partnerships and relationships with faculty, staff, students, surrounding communities and key Atlanta institutions and establish effective linkages with campus organizations that may have sustainability initiatives in process or as part of their overall strategy.
  • Inspire community partners, industry partners, and regional leaders in the Southeast building industries to consider the most advanced concepts in sustainable building design and operations.
  • Ensure certification and operation of the Building under the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge standard, version 3.1.
  • Inspire policy makers to champion sustainable development and make it easier to utilize these concepts by refining building codes as needed.
  • Strengthen the capacity of regional architects, contractors, materials suppliers and craftspeople to advance concepts of ecological design.
  • Through partnerships with academic experts, researchers, and off-campus leaders, facilitate the ongoing use and development of the Building as a leading-edge platform for testing and demonstration of new technologies, practices, and programs, creating a space to share successful solutions and motivate others to make change.
  • Develop philanthropic and grant opportunities to pursue programmatic and facility growth and relevance.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Work Experience: Eight to ten years job related experience
  • Certifications: N/A
  • Skills: This job requires advanced knowledge of sustainability, demonstrated ability to design and deliver programming, and strong interpersonal and public speaking skills. Ability to work independently in a matrixed environment and develop partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred Education: Master's degree, Doctorate of Philosophy, or Juris Doctor
  • Preferred Work Experience: N/A
  • Preferred Certifications: Certifications or licenses related to “green”, sustainable, or regenerative building
  • Preferred Skills: Preferred skills include familiarity with regenerative building techniques, design, construction, and/or planning industries; experience with policy development and/or advocacy, and experience with higher education and/or non-profit foundations.

Impact & Influence: This position will interact on a regular basis with: Institute executive leadership and management teams, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders This position typically will advise and counsel: Institute leadership, faculty, and staff This position will supervise: N/A

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