Employment Opportunities

Vice President, Markets & Sustainability

Organization: American Wood Council
Office: Washington, DC

Wood products are poised to be a substantial part of reducing carbon emissions through the built environment, and this position will be instrumental in making significant and long-lasting national changes. The Vice President, Markets & Sustainability will lead the wood products industry in dynamic discussions that inform how carbon is reported and credited in codes, standards, government procurement, regulation and legislation. They will also help advance the industry’s broader sustainability efforts, coordinating and partnering with organizations, NGOs, trade groups and others.

To be successful in this role, the vice president will be a collaborative team player who is goal-oriented, and able to create, develop and implement a strategic plan. They will manage all aspects of AWC’s implementation of industry-wide climate and carbon principles, collection and analysis of life cycle inventory data, reporting of environmental attributes of wood products, and participation in the development of green standards and rating systems.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead AWC’s green building/sustainability initiatives
  • Identify and act on emerging climate and carbon issues and their impact wood product markets
  • Ensure that green building standards correctly recognize the environmental attributes of wood products
  • Ensure representation on technical, advisory, and other related committees consistent with AWC’s mission
  • Plan research and seek grants in areas that will further the sustainable, renewable, and carbon/climate benefits of wood construction.
  • Coordinate closely with partner organizations and associations, as well as other third parties to advance the environmental attributes of wood products.
  • Manage staff who are actively involved the development of rules, regulations, and domestic and international environment/sustainability standards
  • Provide technical support across AWC to support advocacy and communications efforts
  • Provide regular and accurate reporting to members on achievements and threats to wood products and wood construction
  • Develop and oversee department budget
  • Manage consultants and contracts according to terms of their agreements.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities To:

Membership

  • Establish forums for communicating activities of staff to Association members, including working groups to provide technical assistance and development of policies on green building standards
  • Serve as staff executive to the AWC Green Building Committee
  • Organize conference calls and meetings with members to gather direction, develop policy, and involve them as appropriate
  • Provide regular reporting to AWC Board of Directors, Softwood Lumber Board and other stakeholder groups as needed
  • Communicate membership decisions to appropriate staff

President and CEO

  • Ensure AWC’s programs are consistent with the highest professional standards and meet the needs of members
  • Keep the President and CEO informed on all matters requiring action, and supply sufficient information upon which decisions can be based
  • Conform to AWC Strategic Plan and develop annual Action Plans and metrics to ensure continued relevance of programs and services to members, as well as exploring new services and programs that serve members needs

Staff

  • Supervise assigned staff to assure Action Plans and metrics are executed to the fullest extent possible.
  • Ensure responsive and consistent implementation of industry policy across all staff
  • Oversee staff and consultants developing the industry’s life cycle inventory data collection platform.
  • Coordinate with the VP of Codes and Regulations to integrate approaches to technical aspects of sustainability across areas of responsibility
  • Provide technical support to advocacy and communications staff on sustainability/green building policies and positions
  • Supervise and develop teams using available staff to carry-out policies and positions of the Association

Public

  • Serve as spokesperson and assist in developing responses to media inquiries, editorials, and other news stories
  • Represent AWC and the industry as a public speaker in conferences and other relevant events
  • Ensure that, through demeanor and professional development, AWC continues to be respected and trusted by designers, regulators, and the wood products industry

Industry

  • Participate and lead AWC engagement in relevant consensus standards development processes, such as, ANSI or ASTM
  • Serve on technical and related advisory committees or councils as appropriate
  • Provide technical support on advocacy efforts related to state and federal legislation and regulation impacting wood construction
  • Assure development and implementation of effective product acceptance programs by providing mechanisms for coordinating wood industry green building and carbon activities, for identifying common technological needs, and for recommending uniform positions and approaches to product related issues of common interest
  • Develop and present technical arguments in support of changes proposed in the U.S. model building codes and non-industry standards

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE:

Required:

  • Expertise in life cycle assessment (LCA) tools, environmental product declarations (EPD), carbon accounting, and other related methodologies
  • Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science, Sustainable Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architecture or similar major
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience; including experience in a leadership role
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, using good judgment and sound problem-solving skills
  • Must be available for domestic travel

Desired:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) or Architect (AIA)
  • Experience developing and supporting public policy initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical details and industry messaging to multiple audiences through writing and public speaking
  • Understanding of construction materials and wood products, including their environmental and sustainability attributes
  • Intermediate computer knowledge/skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to perform online research; and the aptitude to use other software systems

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

At AWC, we value diverse backgrounds and capabilities and invite all talented individuals to apply to be part our team and support our mission. In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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