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Ghafari Lead Sustainability Specialist (Architecture) in Dearborn, Michigan


The Lead Sustainability Specialist is responsible for providing sustainable design leadership and coordination, energy and environmental analysis for planning, architecture, and interiors projects, as well as oversight for certification under sustainability, health, and wellness standards such as LEED, BREEAM, WELL and fitwel. Contribute to marketing pursuits and participate in a broad range of sustainable consulting services.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage sustainable design analysis, conceptual energy modeling, and sustainable consulting services.

  • Manage consulting with multiple internal design teams on LEED, WELL, BREEAM, fitwel and sustainable projects.

  • Assist clients, designers, engineers and contractors with sustainable design research and implementation.

  • Manage consulting with clients on building and non-building projects and collaborating on firm wide sustainable design and consulting projects. Projects may include various LEED rating systems, WELL and fitwel. Projects may include development of sustainable design and operations guidelines, policies, and procedures.

  • Goal setting and benchmarking projects under Ghafari’s sustainability commitment.

  • Manage implementation of Ghafari’s sustainability plan.

  • Prepare materials for sustainable design awards.

  • Support sustainable design education and provide mentorship of such within the Ghafari organization.

  • Foster and support a green workplace through sustainable work practices and operations.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor degree in architecture, mechanical or environmental engineering, interiors or sustainable design required; Master’s degree preferred.

  • 6+ years’ experience desirable.

  • LEED credential required, specialty credential highly desirable.

Additional Skills

  • Proficiency in MS Office and the Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Proficiency with AutoCAD/Architectural Desktop, Revit, Sketch-Up, and/or related software.

  • Ability to interpret and apply results from energy and environmental performance analysis: Conceptual Energy Modeling; Daylight Analysis; Renewable Energy Systems and Lifecycle Analysis (LCA).

  • Ability to interpret and apply results from Design Analysis software, such as: Revit Insight, Grasshopper, DIVA, Honeybee, Ladybug, Tally, WUFI, THERM, HEAT3.

  • Ability to interpret and apply results from Energy Analysis software, such as: EnergyPlus, eQuest, IES.

  • Knowledge of sustainability, building science, integrated design and 3rd party certification processes.

  • Proven presentation and communication skills to both team and client.

  • Experience with management of team/resources to undertake multiple projects or facets of various projects.

  • Strong organizational skills to manage documentation and information and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work in team environment and work on multiple projects simultaneously.


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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Job ID 2021-1553

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Architecture