Position Description

Assistant Vice President - Sustainability
Location Pasadena, CA
Job Function Other
Employment Status Regular, Full-Time
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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE) is an urban office REIT uniquely focused on world-class collaborative science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations. Alexandria pioneered this niche in 1994 and has since established a dominant market presence in key regions, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle. Alexandria is known for its high-quality and diverse tenant base. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A assets clustered in urban science and technology campuses that provide its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success. For additional information on Alexandria, please visit www.are.com. 

As a mission-driven company, Alexandria is dedicated to improving the health and vitality of our local communities and the world.  Our ESG strategy is focused on tackling climate change, catalyzing positive societal change and demonstrating integrity and transparency.  Our sustainability mission is to make a positive impact on society by developing and operating efficient and healthy buildings, reducing carbon emissions, mitigating climate risk, and advancing human health and nutrition. 

The AVP – Sustainability, is a key contributor to the strategic direction and execution of Alexandria’s corporate sustainability strategy, creating value through achievement of environmental and social outcomes.  The position works within Alexandria’s Sustainability team and collaborates with key internal stakeholders from corporate functions to regional development and asset services teams all in support of program delivery. We are open to having this position be located in any of our Alexandria locations. 

The Company is an equal opportunity employer. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions, marital status, registered domestic partner status, family-care status, veteran status, military status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Offer expertise and provide support for initiatives to meet the Company’s sustainability goals.
  • Contribute to Alexandria’s climate change strategy, including developing new greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy goals, advancing the company’s approach to management and mitigation of climate-related physical and transition risks, and furthering the company’s TCFD disclosures.
  • Develop guidance, practices and tools to facilitate regional implementation of:
    • Low carbon and sustainable design, construction in development and redevelopment projects;
    • Low carbon and sustainable operations and maintenance in the existing portfolio; and
    • Healthy buildings strategy leveraging the Company’s proprietary Fitwel for Life Sciences scorecard.
  • Contribute to the ongoing collection, management and analysis of all quantitative and qualitative information to be audited and included in financial and non-financial disclosures.
  • Manage ongoing ESG reporting and disclosures, including GRESB, CDP and CSA to identify gaps and track areas of opportunities for enhancing performance.
  • Develop and maintain internal quarterly internal KPIs and roadmap on progress toward the Company’s goals.
  • Collaborate with the Company’s Regional and Functional Teams to coordinate and enhance the Company’s sustainability plan.
  • Support the Company’s ESG principles for short and long-range business, capital and operations planning.
  • Champion a culture of sustainability through ongoing organizational communications and education.
  • Build effective partnerships with external organizations to support the Company’s sustainability efforts.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, finance, real estate, energy, sustainability management, environmental affairs, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in managing sustainability programs in a real estate organization
  • Experience with greenhouse gas accounting
  • Experience with ESG disclosures, reporting frameworks and rating, including but not limited to, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), MSCI, ISS and Sustainalytics
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Independent, analytical thinker
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a diverse, cross-functional team
  • Ability to travel to Alexandria offices on an as-needed basis
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