Director, Randall Lewis Center for Sustainable Development

  • ULI
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Environmental Real Estate Renewable Energy Research

Job Description

Director, Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate

Washington, DC

About the Organization

ULI is a global research and education nonprofit organization whose mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. It is the oldest and largest network of cross disciplinary real estate and land experts in the world, with over 45,000 members. For more information on the organization, please visit,


About the Department

The ULI Centers and Initiatives team is comprised of the Center for Real Estate Economics, Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate, Terwilliger Center for Housing, and the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative. ULI Centers and Initiatives help advance the ULI mission through a combination of convenings, research and publications, technical assistance to communities, and other activities. By engaging, informing, and inspiring ULI members and their partners to create more healthy, equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities, the Centers and Initiatives team is addressing humanity’s most urgent challenges and helping to create a future in which all people can prosper. For more information on the department, please visit,


The ULI Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate includes ULI's programs on climate mitigation and a path to net zero (Greenprint), climate adaptation and resilience, and health and social equity. Greenprint is a research center and worldwide membership alliance of real estate leaders committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net zero carbon operations by 2050. The ULI Greenprint team leads ULI’s mission priority net zero campaign, as well as the majority of our research on climate mitigation and emerging real estate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics.


Core areas of focus for Greenprint center on reducing carbon and increasing building value across the built environment, to support the industry as it accelerates decarbonization to net zero. This includes the development of research reports and resources on the business case for high-performance green buildings, the convening of market leaders to advance sustainability in real estate, and the promotion of results to the broader ULI membership and real estate market at large.


About the Position

This Director position serves a critical role on ULI’s Sustainability team to drive the generation and implementation of research projects, support the community of practice, and strategize long-term planning for ULI’s work on decarbonization of the real estate industry and emerging topics in ESG.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President (SVP), Sustainability, the Director will shape and execute Greenprint’s annual research program, as well as broader research in the ULI Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate.

 Specific responsibilities include driving ULI’s decarbonization and net zero research agenda and programming, as well as support the Greenprint community of practice strategy and membership growth, in collaboration with Greenprint staff:

 ·         Content creation: Lead research, development, creation, and promotion of new content that adds value to Greenprint and broader ULI membership on topics such as (but not limited to) new innovative technologies, sustainability reporting guidance, community sustainability collaboration, and case studies on successful net zero achievements.

·         Thought leadership: Remain current with the latest trends and thinking on sustainability in real estate development and finance. Share this knowledge internally and shape ULI’s leading-edge views on decarbonization best practices, technologies, and business cases for enhancing investment performance and mitigating risk.

·         Program implementation: Set up and conduct meetings with ULI members and outside experts to research and disseminate ideas that are relevant to the Institute. This may include organizing forums; developing event programs; identifying speakers and participants; developing supporting materials; and implementing follow-up actions.

·         Business development: Continue to grow Greenprint’s research and thought leadership work. Assist the Senior Vice President, Randall Lewis Center, in attracting sponsorship and grant funds to augment the program budget. Seek opportunities to expand the impact of the center through the creation and implementation of new programs that deliver value to ULI members and advance the Institute’s mission.

·         Account management support: Serve as a supportive point of contact for Greenprint real estate members in day-to-day program activities that relate to ULI’s research priorities. Work with members to elevate sustainability best practices, organize content and convenings to advance members’ sustainability programs, and identify ways to deliver more value for their Greenprint membership.

Application Process

ULI has a robust benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, vacation and a retirement plan. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Expand HR Consulting (EHR) has been retained to conduct the search. To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume, following the application link.

 ULI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran or active military status, alienage or citizenship status, arrest or conviction record, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or partnership status, familial status, unemployment status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or any other status protected by applicable law.



·         Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a field related to sustainability, urban planning, business, environmental studies, real estate, engineering, public administration, or other related degree. Professional recognition of sustainability proficiency (for example, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–Green Associate [or higher] accreditation) preferred.

·         A minimum of 7 years of program coordination experience, preferably with a focus on sustainability in the real estate industry.

·         Ability to design and manage large, complex research projects and manage junior researchers in support of a larger research plan for the center. 

·         Design and programming for high-profile events commensurate with major sessions for ULI Annual member meetings and major district council events.

·         Extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise at the intersection of real estate and/or sustainability and decarbonization issues (including real estate development and finance, land use planning, and policy).

·         Broad knowledge of building science to achieve net zero and the impact of climate change on real estate and land use.

·         Stakeholder management and member relations ability (facilitation, building consensus, and keeping members active and engaged in program activities).

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills, with an ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

·         Experience in research, education, and outreach projects, preferably for the real estate audience.  

·         Effectively communicates and engages across teams and within own team of direct reports.

·         Strong facilitation skills, and an ability to work across staff and members, as well as managing program activities across departments, often with partnerships with broader coalitions.

·         Ability to lead small group workshops as well as support ULI technical assistance panels.

·         Experience planning and managing senior-level account relationships, either in a business development, consulting, or program implementation setting.

·         Media training: experience serving as a spokesperson for programs and working with the media.

·         Experience in the management, governance, and operations in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations is preferred.

·         Experience with energy and sustainability software platforms is a plus.

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, web design (WordPress), general design (InDesign), and business development software systems a plus.

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