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Director of Green Building Certification

Lexington, Kentucky
13 Sep 2023


Paladin is seeking a Director of Green Building Certification to help deliver quality services for our company's client construction projects. As a Director of Green Building Certification, you will be responsible for delivering high quality sustainability initiatives, certification goals, and results for new and existing buildings. The Director of Green Building Certification will be responsible for leading, managing, and holding accountable the Sustainability Team including development of processes, delivery of projects and oversight of production, and planning and achievement of revenue targets.   




Paladin is a boots-on-the-ground solutions partner for building owners. We focus on three key services:

      Building Commissioning

      Direct-to-Owner Engineering for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems

      Sustainability Consulting





Our Mission & Values

Paladin exists to steer successful outcomes by serving building stewards. To fulfill this mission, we focus on sustainability consulting to define aspirational goals, engineering to develop the ways to achieve those goals, and commissioning to verify those goals are achieved. We are emission-reduction focused looking to pragmatic applications of technology and practice in support of building excellence. Our values reflect the team and culture enabling us to improve ourselves, our customers, and our communities one step at a time. 


Guiding Principles:

Our team embodies these traits, in their character, in their actions, and in the way we treat others:

1.      Fire in the Belly: "We work with people we like doing something we love. We have fire in the belly to get up and make a difference. This is the type of getting checkmarks, making it happen, busting through roadblocks action that snowballs into impact." 

2.      Joy Givers: "We have kindness, gratitude, and appreciation for others that work with and around us.  We laugh and tell Dad-jokes inviting all into our camaraderie. Our kids notice that our workplace feels like a family, so we know it's a great place to be."

3.      Calls a Spade a Spade: "We are willing to come to the table and address the things that need to be said. We search for the causes behind the symptoms to help solve the issues and make things better." 

4.      No Bluffing: "We represent the truth with facts and integrity." 

5.      Humbly Confident: "Rather than superstars, we have exceptional helpers who use their gifts and talents to better the industry and those around them. Showing grace with others in their mistakes and acknowledging our own limitations."

6.      Grit: "We persevere over the long-term. We make that last mile count and cross the finish line puffing 'I knew I could, I knew I could.' " 








The primary objectives of the Director of Green Building Certification position are:


1.      Lead the Sustainability Department comprised of support team working to achieve client's objectives. 

2.      Drive new sustainable project initiatives by identifying project goals, targeting methods for positive feedback, and enhancing Paladin's offerings to clients. It's critical that the Director of Green Building Certification should be a self-starter in this role. 

3.      Service assigned Paladin Client Accounts through consulting, deliverable preparation, modeling, and relationship development. The focus is on being a key strategic partner with our project teams while servicing them to ensure project success and further opportunities for revenue


Job Description/Industry Experience:

The ideal candidate for this role must have at least 8 years of sustainable design and construction, energy and/or related building modeling experience. Experience within Construction, Commissioning, Building Engineering, Building Maintenance, and/or Building Sustainability strongly preferred. Whole Building Lifecycle Assessment is essential. 


Responsibilities Summary:

  1. Develop accurate models and deliverables to support emissions reductions, energy cost reductions, and similar targeted outcomes. 
  2. Maintain project budgets to deliver analysis and sustainability deliverables in a correct and timely manner. 
  3. Utilize strong verbal and communication skills
  4. Be a team player and leader who works well with other departments and functions


Administration & Planning:

  1. Manage the production of the deliverables in a high-quality manner consistent with stated standards and compliance paths for certification programs, where applicable. 
  2. Provide weekly reports on assigned metrics, projects, and communications to demonstrate actions that drive completion of production goals per month.
  3. Develop an annual professional development plan that outlines strategies to meet assigned goals.



  1. 8+ years in sustainability in relevant industry and vertical market experience
  2. Strong analytical skills
  3. Strong relationship-building skills
  4. Whole Building Lifecycle Assessment experience
  5. LEED AP Required. Green Globes Professional and other designations preferred.


Sales Skill Set Summary - Requirements:

  1. Initiative: 
  2. Makes things happen - vs. HOPING or WATCHING things happen. 
  3. Recognizes technical issues and concerns independently and creates proactive plans to maintain performance and deliver assigned tasks on time. 
  4. Job Knowledge: 

a.      Possesses the knowledge to perform in the sustainability role at Paladin and applies experience, techniques, and skills to work assignments. 

b.      Understands the requirements of the sustainability role - and can perform the associated functions successfully and independently

  1. Productivity: 

a.      Performs work assignments and responsibilities in an efficient and timely manner. 

b.      Builds viable, technically accurate models and sustainability documentation deliverables

  1. Communications: 

a.      Shares relevant information orally and/or in writing with clarity, effectiveness, and timeliness. 

  1. Company Core Values: 

b.      Embraces and embodies the Company's Core Values

  1. Customer Focus: 

a.      Drives to provide excellent customer service to both internal and external customers. 

b.      Professionally interacts with customers and makes meeting customer needs a top priority.    

  1. Dependability: 

a.      Accomplishes the position's goals and objectives. 

b.      Produces quality building modeling and/or sustainability deliverables on time, respects deadlines, arrives to meetings on time, participates in meetings and projects and completes action items timely and in line with quarterly expectations.

  1. Flexibility and Adaptability: 

a.      Handles a wide range of project assignments. 

b.      Adapts to changing conditions in the business, in the client needs, in the certification deliverables, and in the approach to modeling.   

c.      Accepts and supports new ideas and changes easily.

  1. Judgment/Decision Making/ Problem Solving: 

a.      Analyzes problems, assigns proper priorities and determines the correct actions to take.

b.      Prioritizes correct activities and resources to meet the goals. 

  1. Detail Orientation: 

a.      Takes high levels of attention to detail to improve the accuracy of deliverables and reduces rework and/or inaccurate projections. 

  1. Teamwork: 

b.      Interacts well with others on their extended team. 

c.      Effectively contributes, listens to others, and is respectful in email and verbal communications

d.      Exhibits situational awareness and appropriateness of content and conversation in perspective of company and departmental priorities. 




This position reports to the Operations Manager and serves on the Leadership Team of Paladin, Inc. collaborating with other departments for delivery of high-quality projects across the spectrum. 


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  • Job Reference: 1112392940-2
  • Date Posted: 13 September 2023
  • Recruiter: Paladin, Inc.
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Salary: On Application