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Sustainable Building Manager


The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a Sustainable Building Manager. The Building Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the stewardship, maintenance, and building operations at FCNL's three Capitol Hill properties: FCNL's 11,000 square foot green office building at 245 2nd Street, NE the adjacent 3,500 square foot residential property, 205 C Street, NE, in which the Quaker Welcome Center is located, and additional office space at 518 C Street NE.

FCNL’s office building was renovated in 2005 to make the building safe and to witness commitment to environmental sustainability. This was the first building on Capitol Hill to obtain LEED Certification. The building has geothermal wells for heating and air-conditioning and was built with renewable materials, including floors and drywall. A green roof is also maintained on this building. The renovation of the 205 C Street NE building was completed in 2017. It is a historic structure that will continue to function primarily as residential property and which also provides program options for FCNL in the Quaker Welcome Center. The continued growth of FCNL staff requires additional office space and the organization has leased 4,000 square feet in an office building three blocks from the 245 2nd Street NE office building.

The Position

The Sustainable Building Manager provides day to day operational support for the physical health and safety of employees and guests. On an on-going basis, the Manager assesses the conditions and up-coming needs to keep building spaces operating at appropriate effectiveness.

  • Oversee all aspects of day-to-day building operations for all three spaces as clean, safe, well-maintained and environmentally sustainable work spaces for employees, volunteers, committee members, tenants and visitors. This includes development and management of operating budgets and management of vendors for maintenance, security, inspections and other needs.
  • Ensure that buildings and spaces are secure, that access to building (fobs) are current and keys for all spaces are available as needed.
  • Oversee building maintenance and repairs and develop schedule of major repairs and renovation in the future. Actively work with vendors to achieve best possible results and to keep costs reasonable. The office building is in need of important but not urgent maintenance. Coordinate summer deep cleaning and rearrangement of staff as necessary to accommodate Young Fellow program.
  • Continuously identify and implement changes for energy systems and utilities in order to reduce carbon footprint and save money for the organization.
  • Analyze and adjust current vendor arrangements as needed, e.g., heating and air conditioning system maintenance, elevator service, waste disposal, landscaping, cleaning services, security and furniture procurement. Recommend and implement best practices for sustainable building management.
  • Assess current HVAC systems and other energy uses to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of systems and equipment.
  • Monitor solar collection arrays and roof gardens to assure functionality so that the maximal positive environmental impact is achieved.
  • Track and interpret benefits of sustainable building practices for legislative and educational programs.
  • Supervise the building operations at 205 C Street NE, including the tenant rental floors and the Quaker Welcome Center, to maintain and maximize the environmental features which have been installed and to ensure that the building usage is sufficiently supported.
  • The space at 518 C Street NE is part of a separately managed building, so the Building Manager will work with owner maintenance and building operations department. All internal furniture, environmental and staff needs will be resolved by the sustainable building manager.

This position reports to the Associate Executive Secretary for Business Operations. This position is supported by the Office Coordinator, who is responsible for the reception desk, supply inventory maintenance and catering functions.

Experience and Attributes

  • Five or more years of experience as a Building Manager (or similar position) in an organization which owns its own buildings, managing all aspects of building maintenance, repairs, and management of rental property.
  • Knowledge of and experience in sustainable building practices.
  • Experience developing and managing operations and capital project budgets for leadership approval.
  • Proactive problem solver and familiarity with using technology to support efforts.
  • Self-reliant and able to take initiative.
  • Systematic and well-organized; attends to details and meets deadlines.
  • Assertive and able to facilitate group processes to develop good cooperation efforts in a small but complex organization.
  • Consultative, collegial, a problem-solver and problem-preventer.
  • Familiar with Friends organizations, concerns and practices; comfortable working within a faith-based organization.
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, shifting rapidly from one to the other; completes tasks competently.
  • Comfortably handles logistics and administration of events planning.
  • General interest in legislative issues and public policy; comfortable with FCNL statement of legislative policy.
  • Ability to handle light physical tasks, including lifting boxes and moving furniture.

Compensation and Work Expectations

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5 hour work week. In addition to being present during business hours, the individual in this position is required to be on-call, so additional time may be spent dealing with after-hour emergencies, moves and other projects. Some compensatory time will balance evening and weekend work. Benefits include health and dental insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; and a generous retirement plan.

The Organization

FCNL works for social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. Since 1943, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has endeavored to bring Quaker values to bear on national policy through Congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, educational activities, publications, email and social media, a robust web site and grassroots lobbying. FCNL witnesses from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better.

In the last decade, tens of thousands of new people have been drawn to join the FCNL network to learn more about federal policy issues, lobby their elected representatives, and help to rebuild our democratic system. Today, our nationwide network of some 60,000 includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 people from across the country and employs a staff of 48.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume online via Foster Thomas. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.