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Associate, Commercial Water Conservation

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Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc
1109 1st Ave Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 206-343-9759

Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.
Associate, Commercial Water Conservation
Position in Oakland Office

Cascadia Consulting Group develops and implements innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Founded in 1993, we work with private- and public-sector clients to advance sustainability through recycling and materials management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, and water and natural resources management. The Cascadia team brings both expertise and creative thinking to research and analysis, strategic planning, program design and implementation, and outreach and evaluation. With offices in Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, we serve clients across the country and abroad. Our mission is to pioneer a sustainable future, making a positive difference for our clients, our global community, and the environment.

Cascadia hires individuals who value a collaborative, fast-paced work environment, who can think creatively and communicate effectively, and who will work hard to get the job done well. Consulting is about taking initiative, problem solving, and serving clients, so we seek staff with those skills. We offer a flexible working environment and provide excellent benefits. The firm is a multiple recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

Position Description
Cascadia is currently seeking an Associate for its Oakland office, with particular expertise in water conservation and facility operations. This position is responsible for managing projects and securing new business in Cascadia’s Resource Conservation Programs practice area and includes serving a range of clients from private sector companies to local governments to industrial facilities.

Primary Responsibilities
 Direct and manage projects focused on best practices and innovations in water technology and commercial water conservation systems. Related tasks include developing project scopes, budgets, timelines, and staffing plans; implementing projects on time and within budget; communicating and coordinating with internal and external team members and clients; and producing high-quality work products and deliverables.
 Conduct water audits and in-field water assessments using a suite of tools.
 Provide technical assistance and conduct site visits to identify opportunities and examine records/data.
 Prepare reports based upon inspections and inspection tools.
 Identify and secure new projects and opportunities aligned with commercial, industrial, and institutional best practices related to water conservation, including participating in proposal writing and presentations to prospective clients.
 Supervise and provide direction to assigned staff, ensure supervisees meet annual performance targets and development goals.
 Contribute to a working environment conducive to team effectiveness, quality, creativity, and positive morale across Cascadia offices.
 Research and stay abreast of industry trends and developments. Participate in relevant professional group meetings and conferences.
 Occasional travel, including field work and meetings or other activities outside standard work hours may be required.

Minimum Qualifications
 Experience-based knowledge of a range of water conservation strategies and systems. Understanding of established best practices, new developments, and innovations in the field.
 Experience implementing and evaluating water optimization and water reuse strategies.
 Working knowledge of technical cost savings analysis and reporting regarding water use and conservation.
 Familiarity with a wide variety of commercial water consuming processes and equipment, including cooling towers, medical vacuum pumps and sterilizers, single pass HVAC units, commercial laundry systems, reverse osmosis, restaurant equipment, food processing equipment, high-efficiency restroom fixtures, fleet washing, and/or industrial product rinsing.
 Experience using ultrasonic water meters, inline meters, motor loggers, conductivity meters, and other equipment to accurately characterize usage patterns and verify potential and/or realized water savings.
 Proficiency in operations and water facility management, including equipment monitoring and maintenance.
 Must be organized, self‐motivated, able to set work priorities and act independently with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications
 A minimum of 3-5 years professional experience working water conservation and management is required. Five or more years of direct project management experience in the sector is preferred.
 Experience providing technical assistance and/or commissioning services.
 Experience developing and managing to project budgets.
 Experience supervising and providing leadership to junior staff.
 Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
 Experience working with diverse communities and reaching multicultural audiences.
 Excellent organizational and documentation skills, and great attention to detail.
 Strong communication skills and ability to interact well with diverse customers, clients, partners.
 Proficiency with Microsoft office, with advanced Word and Excel analysis capabilities.
 A minimum of a two-year technical degree; a four-year college degree is preferred. Advanced degree or certification in a relevant field is also welcomed.

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is also eligible for performance-based bonuses. We offer a generous benefit package including health insurance, 401K with an employer match, life insurance, long-term disability, transportation subsidies, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation. This position has opportunities for growth and progressively increasing responsibility. Cascadia provides opportunities for flexible employee work schedules.

To Apply
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate Associate, Water Conservation - [Your Name] in the subject line. Cover letters should address your ability to meet primary job responsibilities, relevant experience, and interest in the position. Please state where you learned about the position. Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 23, 2015.


Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc
1109 1st Ave Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 206-343-9759