Project Director, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change - 1382
Arlington, VA

Project Director, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change - 1382

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Project Director, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, for our Arlington, VA office.  The following locations will also be considered:  San Francisco, CA; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Portland, OR; Bethlehem, PA; or any other WSP USA office location. This role will specialize in carbon markets to support the company’s growing Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change offering. 

The successful candidate will lead client-facing engagements in the design, implementation, and management of carbon market sourcing programs. Candidates should be passionate about sustainability and resilience, self-motivated and self-directed, collaborative, and able to produce high-quality work products.  Be involved in projects with our Climate Resiliency and Sustainability Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges. 

Your Impact

  • Managing client relationships and directing client delivery teams.
  • Leading business development activities with existing and prospective clients. 
  • Develop carbon offset , removal, or supply chain reduction (“carbon instruments”) or  criteria that establishes client prerequisites and co-benefit preferences and aligns with leading frameworks such as SBTi and Net Zero.
  • Develop technical specifications and manage request for proposal for clients sourcing carbon instruments or developing carbon removal programs.  
  • Complete technical due diligence of carbon instrument proposals, including avoidance and carbon removal project types.
  • Evaluate buy-side options for participation in carbon markets including short- and long-term procurements and direct project investment.  
  • Interact with carbon registries, programs, and GHG standards organizations to advise on protocols and program requirements.
  • Identifying and evaluating opportunities for carbon abatement; analyzing renewable energy purchase options.
  • Developing and managing sustainability programs, in addition to related strategies and policies. 
  • Designing sustainability performance targets including science-based and net-zero GHG targets. 
  • Contributing to sustainability disclosures and other communications aligned with leading frameworks (e.g., CDP, GRI, SASB, TCFD).
  • Researching leading sustainability programs and initiatives, including new carbon removal technologies. 
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability, Energy, Environmental Studies, Business, Public Policy, or a related discipline.
  • 7-10 years of related professional experience including experience with sustainability, energy, and/or management consulting.
  • Demonstrated expertise leading carbon instrument frameworks including Gold Standard, VCS, and CAR.
  • Experience with sourcing carbon instruments for leading organizations.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, maturity, credibility, confidence, and integrity.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate results via Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and related software and craft compelling presentations and reports.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects/project teams concurrently, and manage time efficiently.
  • Ability to collaborate remotely across geographies and platforms.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Knowledge of evolving carbon removal types including soil carbon, biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS), and direct air capture.

Compensation and Benefits: WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. Expected Salary (Colorado):  $76,400 - $155,900

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