Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

 

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting – made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder – with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP USA has an immediate opening for a Project Director with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Carbon Markets to support the company’s growing Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change Division. See wsp.com/advancing sustainability for a description of our team and capabilities.

The individual 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. This position could work out of WSP’s offices in either San Diego or San Francisco, CA; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL, New York, NY; Portland, OR; Bethlehem, PA, or Seattle, WA. Other WSP office locations or remote options can be arranged for the preferred candidate.

Your Impact

  • Managing client relationships and directing client delivery teams
  • Leading business development activities with existing and prospective clients
  • Develop renewable energy and carbon offset criteria that establishes client prerequisites and  preferences and aligns with leading frameworks
  • Develop technical specifications and manage request for proposal for clients sourcing renewable energy and carbon offsets or developing carbon removal programs
  • Leading the development of renewable energy and carbon market strategies to achieve decarbonization and net zero goals
  • Communicating changes in renewable energy and carbon markets to a range of audiences.
  • Complete technical due diligence of carbon offset 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
  • 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 and market innovations
  • 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

In recognition of the full strategic suite of services offered by Advisory Services, the following degree requirements apply:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; degree(s) in sustainability, energy, environmental studies, business, public policy, or related discipline
  • 7 to 10 years of professional experience in sustainability, energy, or ESG management
  • Demonstrated experience with sourcing, developing, or assessing renewable energy credits and carbon offsets 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
  • Demonstrated expertise with leading carbon offset frameworks including Gold Standard and VCS
  • Demonstrated knowledge of evolving carbon removal types including soil carbon, biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS), and direct air capture
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects/project teams concurrently, and manage time efficiently
  • Ability to collaborate remotely across geographies and platforms
  • Demonstrated high-level of self-leadership with attention to detail, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to apply technical knowledge to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, computations, statistical analysis and arriving at the most effective, economical, and logical solution.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in sustainability, energy, environmental studies, business, public policy, or related discipline preferred.

WSP Benefits: 

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings.

Compensation:
Expected Salary (all locations): $81,500 – $145,200

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.

Expected Salary (Colorado only): $81,500 – $136,290

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and/or offer for this position within the state of Colorado, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.

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Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: N/A – No travel required
  • Job Status: Regular
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: PORTLAND – 1300 SW 5TH AVE
  • All locations: US-CA-San Diego, US-CA-San Francisco, US-CO-Boulder, US-IL-Chicago, US-NY-New York, US-OR-Portland, US-PA-Bethlehem, US-WA-Seattle

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES:

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand.  Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.