Project Manager, Sustainable Organizations

Brightworks Sustainability LLC Published: October 27, 2021
Portland, OR
Second Location
Berkeley, California 94704, United States
Job Type
Consulting / Corporate Sustainability / Certification / CSR/ Envir Mgmt Systems /
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About Brightworks Sustainability

One of the first sustainability consulting firms in the United States, Brightworks Sustainability has enjoyed a position of leadership and innovation in sustainability since its founding in 2001. We help our clients establish and implement operational sustainability programs that reduce their environmental footprints, advance their sustainability journeys, and increase their operational performance.

Brightworks’ creative and multi-disciplinary staff offer expertise in the following areas:

  • Sustainable and Healthy Buildings
  • Sustainable and Healthy Materials
  • Energy Analysis and Optimization
  • Building Performance, Operations, and Maintenance
  • Corporate Sustainability and ESG Programs

Leaders in their industries, our major clients include Apple, Bank of America, Brookfield, Facebook, The Green Cities Company (Formerly Gerding Edlen), GUCCI, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Uber, and UCLA, among others.

Your Experience As A Member of Brightworks’ Team

Our team members routinely cite the following aspects of their experience at Brightworks as most valuable to them:

  • Making a difference
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Learning and growth
  • Amazing colleagues
  • Great clients and projects
  • Recognition for performance
  • Competitive compensation

You will be treated as an important strategic contributor, and you will be expected to make important contributions to the business while growing professionally, intellectually, personally, socially, and financially.

A certified B Corp since 2010, Brightworks Sustainability is committed to benefiting society while serving its customers.  From 2012-2017, Brightworks received B Corp’s “Best for the Environment” honor.  From 2018 to the present, Brightworks has received B Corp’s “Best for Workers” honor.

Compensation / Total Rewards

Our salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience.  Additionally, we provide generous employee benefits that include:

  • Flexible schedules
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life and short-term & long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • A funded professional development budget
  • 401(k) plan with many sustainable & socially equitable fund options
  • Company 401(k) match
  • Sustainable commuting subsidy
  • Employee Fitness Benefit

Equal Employment

We are committed to an inclusive workforce that fully represents many different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints. This is demonstrated by the representation of women in leadership roles, as well as a workforce that is strengthened by the significant contributions of our many employees from a variety of backgrounds, including our Latinx, LGBTQI+ and AAPI communities. We remain dedicated to enhancing our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Belonging (IDEB) strategy that fosters connections and creates a welcoming environment for all. 

We invite and encourage ALL diverse candidates to apply to join our team.

About This Position

Brightworks Sustainability is seeking an experienced, qualified Project Manager to join our team. A Project Manager at Brightworks Sustainability supporting our Sustainable Organizations practice has experience managing and consulting in the sustainable design and construction, maintenance, and operations of green buildings. Projects include evaluations of corporate material impacts, stakeholder engagement, carbon neutrality roadmaps, as well as exposure and practice with other sustainability frameworks related to the management and reporting of institutional organizations and corporate real estate portfolios (GRI, CDP, TCFD, SASB, UN SDGs, GRESB, LEED, and BREEAM). Experience with environmental reporting, public speaking and corporate communications is a plus.

The employee filling this position will work closely with client project teams. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated capabilities to meet client expectations, manage sustainability projects, coordinate with internal resources and external partners, and participate in the ongoing refinement and expansion of a sustainability consulting practice. This position reports to a Brightworks Sustainability Principals and will be working closely with Brightworks Sustainability Senior Project Managers to support project needs.


  1. Manage multiple projects including developing schedules, tracking milestones, and overseeing compliance of applicable third-party program guidelines (e.g., GRI, CDP, TCFD, GRESB, LEED, and BREEAM).
  2. Review documentation by others for completeness, clarity, and quality.
  3. Interact with project team members during all project phases. Document and communicate discussions and resolutions with project team members to align deliverables with project scope.
  4. Directing and overseeing the work of junior staff, taking responsibility for all aspects of a project to deliver high quality results on schedule and within the budgeted project cost.
  5. Work on corporate accounts and maintain a positive client relationship.
  6. Keep abreast of the latest advancements and strategies in areas of specialty such as social equity, renewable energy, carbon reduction and offset programs, regulatory and voluntary reporting programs, and data analytics and management platforms.
  7. Keep abreast of the latest in environmental, social, governance, and economic sustainability trends.
  8. Follow company quality processes to deliver projects that exceed our client expectations resulting in long term relationships beneficial to the client and company.
  9. Perform analyses for evaluating project performance against third-party standard sustainability metrics.
  10. Provide input to the senior staff to help win projects and meet the company’s profitability criteria.
  11. Support the senior staff in drafting proposals to help win projects and meet the company’s profitability criteria.



  • This person will have the ability to evaluate complex projects for compliance with sustainability program goals and performance thresholds and communicate results in clear and convincing presentations.
  • Must retain a credential designation/certification related to a third-party sustainability framework such as GRI, TCFD, SASB, LEED, and BREEAM.

Note: The best candidate will be familiar with multiple sustainability frameworks/rating systems and strategies, as well as online data management portals such as LEED Online, GRESB Portfolio, Measurabl, and Energy Start Portfolio Manager.

Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience with the design, construction, and/or operations of buildings seeking improved sustainability performance AND a minimum of 3 years of experience with supporting reporting of environmental, social and governance impacts.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in architecture, engineering, management, and work experience and specialized training in building systems design and operation.
  • Proven project management experience in sustainability consulting, architecture, engineering, construction, real estate operations, or environmental reporting with demonstrated abilities to manage multiple complex projects with various stakeholders and technical detail.
  • Clear, diplomatic communication and presentation skills – written, spoken, and by phone.
  • Skilled at using Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint) 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialized training or advanced degree in sustainability reporting, business, communications, policy, asset management, construction management, architecture, engineering, or building operations.
  • Familiarity with other graphic or analysis programs such as InDesign, Sketch-up or Photoshop.

Note: This position is not eligible for sponsorship.


  • This position will be located in one of Brightworks Sustainability’s offices.
  • Note: All Brightworks employees are currently working remotely until further notice. All onboarding and training will be conducted remotely. 

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