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Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Buildings

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Campus Services


Job Summary

The Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Buildings will focus on managing and supporting implementation of the University's Sustainable Building Standards (SBS) and will be part of the team developing the University's climate action strategy. Working collaboratively with staff from Harvard's Schools and Units, the position will directly support capital projects of all sizes and develop resources and tools to achieve Harvard's Sustainable Building Standards (which take a holistic approach to sustainability), Harvard's Healthier Building Academy requirements and decarbonization. This position requires deep knowledge of building certification systems, especially Living Building Challenge (LBC) and LEED, sustainable design strategies, building systems, and collaboration skills to work with many stakeholders toward common goals.

Position Description

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Work with OFS Senior team to programmatically manage the Sustainable Building Standards (SBS), including Harvard's Healthier Building Academy (HHBA), and continue to develop tools and resources to support capital project teams on implementing the SBS.  
  2. Work with staff from Schools and Units and design teams on capital projects to achieve the SBS. 
    • Provide guidance and support on third-party sustainable building certification and knowledge sharing of strategies and approaches used on other capital projects.
    • Support green building zoning and energy code coordination needs on University-wide sustainability and climate goals.
    • Education on HHBA and management of project-level material research, indoor air quality, etc.  
  3. Review and comment for sustainability on project documents (e.g. drawings and specifications) at major design phases (e.g. schematic design, design development, construction documents).  
  4. Develop communication and program development strategies such as designing case studies and other knowledge sharing mechanisms. 
  5. Perform other duties and work on special projects as needed. 
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience is required.  
  • 8 years of experience in implementing capital projects (e.g., design and construction) to achieve sustainability goals and third-party sustainable building certifications and sustainability program management and implementation. 
  • Experience and working knowledge of third-party sustainable building certifications, especially Living Building Challenge and LEED.   
Additional Qualifications and Skills

Additional Qualifications/Skills:  

  • Working knowledge of sustainable design strategies, implementing sustainable building certifications through design, construction and final certification; experience writing sustainability specifications and conducting design reviews of project documents (e.g. specifications and drawings) against sustainability goals.  
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders and design team members to ensure sustainability goals and sustainable building certifications can be achieved across capital and operational projects.  
  • Relationship building and stakeholder engagement.  
  • Experience using transparency declarations and certifications (e.g., Cradle to Cradle, HPDs, Declare labels, and EPDs, etc.) to evaluate products against sustainability goals for health and climate is preferred.  
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts, Boston and Cambridge energy codes, green building zoning and building performance standards is preferred.  
  • Commitment to valuing diversity, equity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment.  
  • Requires some occasional work outside of normal business hours (including but not limited to meetings and events).  

Technology Skills Required 

Proficiency in the use of computers, including MS Office suite and SharePoint site management and development. Ability to learn Harvard systems quickly. 

Working Conditions

Emergency Status Designation: This role is considered non-essential and may be eligible for flex-work arrangements in accordance with departmental policies and manager approval. 

Work Format: Hybrid

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

About the Harvard Office for Sustainability:  

Harvard University has a long commitment to confronting the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development through its research, teaching, and institutional action. The University-wide Office for Sustainability (OFS), created in 2008, plays a pivotal role in bringing together students, faculty, and staff to use the campus as a living laboratory for piloting and proving solutions that address intergenerational well-being and lead to a sustainable future. Our efforts are driven by a University-wide Sustainability Plan and climate goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.¿ 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Office for Sustainability team to focus on the built environment and implementation toward the achievement of Harvard's Sustainable Building Standards and voluntary and regulatory climate goals. OFS is a fast-paced, dynamic, and evolving organization that looks for talented, experienced individuals who are proven collaborators and thrive in this environment.  Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.  

Visit the Harvard Office for Sustainability website for more information. 

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
360059 Admin Offcr/SrIndiv Contrib

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Office for Sustainability

Salary Grade

Office for Sustainability

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Employment, Identity

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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