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WSP USA Associate Vice President – Building Energy & Climate Solutions (Built Ecology) in Boston, Massachusetts

Associate Vice President – Building Energy & Climate Solutions (Built Ecology)

Req ID 15135

Associate Vice President – Building Energy & Climate Solutions (Built Ecology)

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

This Opportunity

WSP, an award winning and innovative multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, is looking for an Associate Vice President – Building Energy & Climate Solutions for the Built Ecology team in Boston, MA . Our team works closely with organizations, owners, developers, architects, and tenants from around the world on large, complex projects with a focus on sustainability, health, resilience, user experience, and operational efficiency in the built environment.

Built Ecology is WSP’s national Built Environment Sustainability practice, providing a broad range of services including sustainability strategy and planning, target-setting and workshop facilitation, high-performance design assistance, computational building performance analysis, building certifications, energy and GHG master planning, and building performance verification. We work across a wide range of project types and scales, from master planning and district infrastructure to building design and construction, to ongoing performance and operations. Built Ecology has been directly responsible for driving many leading projects across the globe, including LEED Platinum buildings, Living Building Challenge and WELL projects, Net Zero energy and water projects, EcoDistricts, corporate programs, and improvements for large building portfolios. Our solutions are typically innovative, integrated, data-driven, and practical.

Our team brings a structured approach while also identifying unique opportunities on each project. We influence strategic decisions to achieve sustainable outcomes in buildings, neighborhoods, and organizations.

Your Impact

  • Direct, facilitate, and support multidisciplinary project team to establish high performance, general sustainability, and Net Zero goals, including leading and overseeing the development of various technical models beyond basic whole building energy modeling

  • Work closely with MEP design teams and project managers to lead the exploration of sustainable design solutions early in the project design and define a pathway to exceeding local codes and stretch codes

  • Utilize energy and GHG modeling tools to complete carbon modeling and develop net zero carbon roadmaps

  • Interpret climate information and building use typologies to inform building design strategies

  • Provide LEED and other certifications strategy and advice, particularly around energy and IEQ aspects

  • Develop and provide quality control reviews for Built Ecology deliverables related to energy and climate strategy, planning, analysis, and implementation

  • Contribute to the development and improvement of our project delivery standards, to ensure a high quality of work is consistently delivered by the national team

  • Strengthen WSP’s relationships with existing clients and develop new clients

  • Have a leadership presence in the industry and support business development

  • Lead an integrative approach to problem-solving by learning and including other experts and disciplines within WSP

  • Manage and support staff development, including in the areas of energy and climate.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a building design or building science discipline, including Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Building Science or similar.

  • 10+ years of experience in sustainability, energy, and climate consulting for buildings

  • Familiarity with IECC and ASHRAE requirements, Building Performance Standards and stretch codes focused on energy efficiency and electrification

  • Experience managing staff and supporting staff development

  • Ability to read and understand architectural and engineering drawings, specifications, and design documents

  • Knowledge of mechanical system architecture and components

  • LEED Accredited Professional

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineer or Registered Architect

  • Experience with energy modeling (IES-VE, OpenStudio, EnergyPlus), load calculations, and district systems

  • Experience coordinating green building, healthy building, and building performance certifications

  • Experience with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Science-based Targets, and other climate-related reporting frameworks

  • Knowledge of mechanical systems and building physics for data centers, hospitals, laboratories, advanced manufacturing, and battery energy storage systems

Ideal candidates will exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Passionate about creating a sustainable, healthy, resilient, and equitable built environment

  • Expertise in high-performance MEP systems and facades, building science, and building performance standards

  • Committed to collaborating with and supporting the growth of our integrated national team

  • Presents ideas and solutions that are clear, concise, comprehensive, creative, and compelling

  • Uses integrative thinking and problem-solving


Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: 10%

  • Job Status: Regular

  • Employee Type: Full

  • Primary Location: BOSTON - SUMMER ST

  • All locations: US-MA-Boston

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.