Head of Sustainability - National Architecture Practice

Newly created role with a leading national Architecture practice to inspire the sustainability vision, and develop strategies and objectives. Provide advice on key projects and maintain open communication across all offices. This is a fantastic opportunity to positively influence change and advocate zero carbon strategies on a macro level.
  • Salary: A$145,000-170,000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Sydney
  • Sector: Strategic Appointments
  • Job Ref: 54218

About this role

Our client is a leading National Architectural with a well established reputation for success across a variety of sectors. The Head of Sustainability role is a is a hands-on role which will provide leadership to the practice nationally to drive the Environmental Sustainable Design agenda which aims to provide best practice design outcomes to reduce and mitigate both the embodied and operational carbon emissions in all projects.

The Head of Sustainability will also assist the studio ESD teams through the provision of advice on key projects and maintaining open national communication.

Key responsibilities:

  • To inspire the practice's sustainability vision, and develop strategies and objectives
  • To develop a Sustainability Action Plan which will under-pin all studios’ sustainability objectives and respond to their obligations as an Architects Declare signatory.
  • To maintain statements to be used across a number of platforms, including a ‘Mission Statement’ / ‘Sustainability Ethos’ for website, and text for EOIs/RFTs, and competition/award entries.
  • To maintain the Environmental Management System to reflect the vision statement and SAP objectives so that emission reduction strategies and socially sustainable outcomes are embedded into every project.
  • To provide knowledge and understanding of the available Sustainability rating tools and software programs and their relevant project application and to identify the relevant training required to support their use across the Studios.
  • To liaise with ESD consultants to provide the practice's project leaders and clients with advice on specific project related sustainability goals. 
  • To advocate for their ESD credentials to new and existing Clients and at external events.
  • To identify relevant research subject matter and to liaise with the R & D team.
  • To identify and support the ESD representative in each studio who can provide early ESD advice on all projects.  Chair monthly reps. meeting and provide project based ESD feedback when required.
  • To define the relevant content and support the curation of the in-house ESD knowledge sharing ‘hub’ to enable all staff to access best practice solutions and expertise
  • To ensure the practice maintains its status as a Carbon Neutral operation
  • To monitor and understand the implications of the continually changing legislation and certification requirements


Knowledge and experience:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills including the ability to strategise a national ESD response and explain complex technical issues to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience with both public and private sector clients, specifically in the sustainability, low-carbon and resource efficiency, climate change fields.
  • Strong design sensibility and experience in delivering integrated Sustainability Initiatives
  • Passion for Environment and Sustainability issues 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to build effective relationships
  • Self-driven with strong organisational and time management skills
  • Adaptable and forward thinking
  • Has experience with, or a good understanding of relevant analytic tools and software



  • Degree in Sustainability
  • Architectural background



  • Work with a talented and passionate team committed to outstanding design outcomes across Australia 
  • Use your expertise to make a genuine difference
  • Shape a newly-created role
  • Join a lively work culture, with team events and activities
  • Commute to a central location in the CBD
  • Celebrate Fridays with drinks and talks

Misty Waters

Bio: Misty worked in her early career as a registered architect and then a practice manager. She brings over 18 years' experience within the industry. She has worked for small and large practices including eight years as practice manager at Bates Smart. She has used her extensive knowledge to advise and support leading firms and government agencies in Sydney on their recruitment requirements. Misty is now mainly focused on senior/ strategic appointments.

+61 (0)2 9212 0230

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