Building Performance Studio Director

Position Opening

Official Title: Building Performance Studio Director
Duration: Full Time
Start Date: Immediate
Location: Position can be remote or in-person in Pittsburgh, PA
Salary Range: $41 – $48 per hour, commensurate with experience, with overtime pay


Situated at the intersection of sustainability and the built environment, evolveEA (evolve environment :: architecture) is an award-winning firm committed to advancing low-impact, healthy and durable triple-bottom-line solutions. We are problem seekers who use facilitation and sustainability frameworks to determine and implement appropriate sustainability solutions to buildings, campuses and communities. We work in collaboration with clients and stakeholders to find innovative approaches and solutions.

Established in 2004, evolveEA is the Pittsburgh region’s foremost green building and sustainability consultancy, having managed the successful certifications of over one hundred LEED projects, including a diversity of clients internationally. We pride ourselves on a supportive and inviting office culture where all of our team members contribute in meaningful ways. We are B Corp certified, Just certified, carbon-neutral and are committed to equity in our work.


An Opportunity for Growth and Impact

evolveEA is responding to an increased and sustained demand and interest in sustainability.  We seek a Building Performance Studio Director to join our multidisciplinary team to manage and secure green building certifications, as well as participate in sustainability strategy for buildings, organizations, campuses and communities.  We are looking for a motivated, proactive, and detail oriented team member who understands the ins and outs of green building  design, construction and operations. This position is an opportunity to shape green buildings and sustainability consulting projects that are socially equitable, resilient, and environmentally sustainable.

The Building Performance Director is responsible for helping determine appropriate sustainability frameworks and goals for building inception, design, construction and operations; managing and supporting team members; providing leadership for our building performance consulting sector; and managing green building projects seeking certification under rating systems, particularly USGBC LEED, but also with exposure to Living Building Challenge, WELL, WELL Health Safety Rating, Net Zero and Energy Star certifications. The position will use evolveEA’s body of successfully submitted and certified projects as a resource and will work with our ongoing district planning and sustainability work. The individual will report to the principal level and must be a quick learner, good with people, and have strong quantitative skills.


Duties to be Performed

  • Will oversee and support team members working on sustainability consulting projects.
  • Contribute directly to firm strategy related to building delivery and operations consulting.
  • Work to market and write proposals with responsibility to expand markets.
  • Act as a studio lead, overseeing all building performance projects for quality and consistency
  • Will oversee project invoicing and personnel allocation.
  • Manage and support LEED and Green Building certifications for various projects simultaneously.
  • Lead project meetings and have direct interaction with project team members, including owners, architects, engineers and contractors.
  • Streamline and standardize the documentation of projects. Perform and oversee calculations. Write narratives and review submittals.
  • Occasionally visit construction sites.
  • Help establish project sustainability goals and participate in and lead design workshops.
  • Communicate with rating organizations regarding questions, reviews and rulings.
  • Utilize tools such as Portfolio Manager, LEED User, and LEED Online.
  • Evaluate and use energy models, lighting models, and other engineering models performed by others.
  • Research current green building design and construction standards and sustainability best practices.
  • Write summaries of work for internal and external promotional and educational efforts.
  • Generally take part in and nurture evolveEA’s internal office culture.
  • Regularly write blogs or white papers pertaining to thought leadership.
  • Any other activities deemed necessary by the principals for the wellbeing of evolveEA.

Necessary Qualifications


  • Have been responsible for and managed LEED certifications from start to finish
  • Ability to write proposals, interview and solicit work
  • Minimum 5 years experience working with sustainability projects
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in LEED management and documentation
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Understanding of the design and construction process and industry
  • Understanding of the various LEED rating systems and desire to learn more


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field


Desired Qualifications (but not required)


  • Have performed LEED reviews
  • 8+ years of experience in LEED management and documentation
  • Experience with business development
  • Understanding of Passive House concepts
  • Ability to perform energy models


  • Understanding of or ability to perform energy modeling
  • Understanding of ESG reporting
  • Understanding of LCA processes
  • IT skills, computer savvy
  • Public speaking skills
  • Employee management experience
  • Understanding of building mechanical, electric and plumbing systems
  • CEM training and/or ability to perform energy audits
  • Perform Life Cycle Assessments and Greenhouse Gas Inventories
  • Experience working with Energy Star
  • Experience managing the writing of proposals
  • Experience contributing to or managing climate action plans, community or campus-wide sustainability projects, and/or organizational strategic sustainability projects


  • Masters Degree in quantitative or sustainability-related field including but not limited to Architecture, Building Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Sustainable Business
  • Past attendance at conferences related to our work
  • WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP, Living Futures Accredited (LFA), or other design + construction professional credentials

Software Proficiency:

  • AutoCAD and Revit (BIM)
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications
  • LEED Online
  • LCA
  • Daylight simulation
  • Cove Tool


Position Benefits

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Generous health care benefits
  • Educational stipend
  • Reimbursement for successfully completed exams and certifications
  • Bonuses as firm performance allows

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete our employment application below. A work sample or portfolio submission is optional for this position.

Our Process:

  • Application submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2024
  • Applicants of interest will be notified by email of an opportunity to proceed to an interview, or potentially be asked to clarify or confirm their status or qualifications before being invited to interview
  • First Interview with evolveEA Associates (virtual)
  • Second Interview with evolveEA Principals (in-person)
  • Final response

This position has an anticipated start date sometime in July 2024. The position will be filled once a suitable candidate is selected.  An interview will be required. evolveEA reserves the right to remove or modify this position to reflect our strategic needs and personnel strengths.


Commitment to Equitable Hiring

evolveEA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or genetics.
evolveEA offers a comprehensive benefits package including flexible PTO, professional development reimbursement, health insurance including vision and dental, and retirement benefits after the mandated employment period.
Salary commensurate with experience. We are seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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