Senior Program Manager, Building Engineering

companyHarvard FAS
locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Senior Program Manager, Building Engineering

Campus Services


Job Summary

The Senior Program Manager, Building Engineering will be part of the team executing the University’s climate action strategy by partnering with members of the University community to co-create, and drive implementation of decarbonization planning for buildings across campus. They will inform the planning and implementation of energy efficiency/recovery and decarbonization projects with the Schools and Units. This position requires deep technical knowledge of buildings systems and design, energy consumption and decarbonization strategies within existing buildings of all sizes and uses, and collaboration skills to work with many stakeholders toward common goals.

Position Description

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Work with OFS Senior team to drive, develop and manage the continued implementation planning for buildings to meet Harvard’s voluntary and regulatory climate goals.  
    • Analyze building energy data, identify opportunities, and develop prioritization analytics across a diverse building portfolio to identify projects, opportunities and KPI’s to measure progress across Harvard’s large and diverse building portfolio. 
    • Recommend and manage energy and greenhouse gas targets for buildings and portfolios. 
    • Develop and define strategies and measures for energy efficiency and/or decarbonization appropriate to building use, scale, and age. 
    • Develop resources and tools to support building decarbonization implementation. 
  • Support capital and operational planning, implementation and projects in collaboration with Schools and Units. 
    • Stay up to date on and evaluate new systems, equipment and emerging technology for building systems focused on energy reduction and decarbonization and make recommendations for their use and appropriate building types. 
    • Work with stakeholders to identify opportunities to pilot new systems, equipment and/or technology and support the implementation, followed by assessing and documenting outcomes to inform future projects and share knowledge. 
    • Define, monitor, and evaluate KPIs to measure progress. 
    • Relationship building and stakeholder engagement.  
  • Develop communication and program development strategies such as designing case studies and other knowledge sharing mechanisms, e.g. teams and partners are aware of new systems, equipment and emerging technology for building systems focused on energy reduction and decarbonization. 
  • Perform other duties and work on special projects as needed. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required.  
  • 8 years of experience in building engineering, commissioning and/or energy management and program management and implementation. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Additional Qualifications/Skills:  

  • Working knowledge of building energy systems and design of those systems including laboratory/science buildings, energy management, conservation measures and master planning, and greenhouse gas inventory.  
  • Ability to evaluate new systems, equipment and emerging technology for existing building systems and appropriate building types focused on energy efficiency and decarbonization.  
  • Ability to work at a macro and micro scale with multiple stakeholders to develop implementation plans and capital and operational projects and align colleagues around a shared goal to deliver results.  
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts, Boston and Cambridge energy codes, green building zoning and building performance standards is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of incentives programs is preferred.   
  • Commitment to valuing diversity, equity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment.  
  • Requires occasional work outside of normal business hours (including but not limited to meetings and events).  

Technology Skills Required 

Proficiency in the use of computers, including MS Office suite. Ability to learn Harvard systems quickly. Experience with energy modeling, python or similar scripting languages and BMS/controls systems are preferred. 

Working Conditions

Emergency Status Designation: This role is considered non-essential and may be eligible for flex-work arrangements in accordance with departmental policies and manager approval. 

Work Format: Hybrid 

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

About the Harvard Office for Sustainability:  

Harvard University has a long commitment to confronting the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development through its research, teaching, and institutional action. The University-wide Office for Sustainability (OFS), created in 2008, plays a pivotal role in bringing together students, faculty, and staff to use the campus as a living laboratory for piloting and proving solutions that address intergenerational well-being and lead to a sustainable future. Our efforts are driven by a University-wide Sustainability Plan and climate goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.¿ 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Office for Sustainability team to focus on the built environment and implementation toward the achievement of Harvard’s voluntary and regulatory climate goals. OFS is a fast-paced, dynamic, and evolving organization that looks for talented, experienced individuals who are proven collaborators and thrive in this environment.  Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.  

Visit the Harvard Office for Sustainability website for more information. 

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

General Administration

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

360059 Admin Offcr/SrIndiv Contrib

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Office for Sustainability

Salary Grade



Office for Sustainability


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Employment, Identity


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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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