Senior Associate, Sustainability


The Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance (CSEP) is seeking a Senior Associate to support implementation of key programs, undertake research, and coordinate activities across our center’s climate mitigation and resilience programs.

The person hired for this position will report to the Vice President for Content, Urban Resilience. This position will initially be a one-year to 18-month engagement, through December 2020, with the potential for an extension or a renewal.

ULI’s Urban Resilience program provides Institute members, the public, and communities across the United States with information on how to be more resilient in the face of climate change and other environmental vulnerabilities. The program seeks to provide technical assistance, advance knowledge, and catalyze the adoption of transformative practices for climate adaptation, including best practices in building design, urban development, and land use policy.

The Urban Resilience program’s portfolio includes research, convenings, outreach, partnerships with ULI’s network of district councils, and technical assistance projects for cities. Recent areas of focus have included climate risk and real estate investment, extreme heat and the built environment, and coastal resilience.

ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance is a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

Core areas of focus for Greenprint center on reducing carbon and thus building value across the built environment. This includes the development of research reports and resources on the business case for high-performance green buildings, the convening of market leaders to advance sustainability in real estate, the analysis of portfolio-wide benchmark performance of ULI Greenprint members, and the promotion of results to the broader ULI membership and real estate market at large.


  • Serve as a core research resource, working with research and report leads to research and write reports and other publications.
    • Conduct interviews, write up case studies, locate images, etc.
    • Research responsibilities are likely to include the creation of Greenprint reports around the business case for carbon reduction, through such topics as creating a blueprint for green buildings, or a toolkit for incorporating sustainability in real estate development, as well as contribution to the Developing Urban Resilience website (
  • Provide background policy and community research to technical assistance projects for communities and regions for the Urban Resilience program.
    • Work is likely to include desktop research on existing land use and development policy, demographics and environmental risks, assistance with recruiting and project management of on-site workshops, and editing of report outputs.
  • Support the engagement of ULI Greenprint real estate members in ensuring that sufficient value-add and thought leadership are being provided to this group.
  • Support the implementation of climate mitigation and climate adaptation advisory activities, workshops, and convenings by identifying expert panelists, making local arrangements, preparing summaries, supporting impact evaluations, etc.
  • Support internal coordination with ULI staff, member leaders, and members, and lead internal team coordination efforts.
  • Limited administrative responsibilities, such as printing program materials, submitting invoices for payment, tracking budgets, scheduling meetings, and other duties as assigned.
  • Travel within the United States as required. A reasonable expectation would be three trips a year, each with a duration of two to three days.


  • Two to three years of related experience.
  • A strategic thinker, a strong writer, a problem solver, and an excellent communicator.
  • Comfortable engaging with ULI members and partners.
  • Interest in or experience with sustainability, climate change, green buildings, resilience, urban planning, real estate, or related topics.
  • Able to maintain keen attention to details, timelines, and various moving project pieces.
  • Strong research and writing skills—ready to be a major contributor to ULI research reports, case studies, and toolkits.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in graphic design programs such as Adobe Illustrator or InDesign a plus.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, urban planning, real estate, and/or a related field.


To apply, please follow the link below. Please submit a résumé and a letter of interest.

EOE/m/f/d/v. No relocation reimbursement is offered at this time.

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