Environmental Lead/ Development or Project Management

Real Estate Development Seattle, Washington


Position at Vulcan

About Vulcan:

Vulcan was founded in 1986 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. It includes Vulcan Real Estate, an award-winning developer renowned for sustainable commercial, residential, and retail projects across Puget Sound. Vulcan’s multidisciplinary team also provides a diverse range of asset and project management support to the Paul G. Allen Estate and Trust, and advises the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation on its portfolio of charitable work investing in wildlife conservation, ocean health, vibrant communities, and the arts.

Vulcan believes in diversity and recognizing all voices, and we are working to weave equity and inclusion into the fabric of everything we do. We are actively investigating and applying best practices in equity and inclusion to our recruiting, hiring, retention and benefits programs. 

Position summary

The Environmental Lead will serve as Vulcan Real Estate’s (VRE) point of contact and manager for all tactical and strategic regulatory, business, and legal issues relating to the environmental remediation required by Vulcan’s development work. It is anticipated this work will require approximately 50% of your time. The other 50% of your time will be spent working within the team to manage other activities that complement your background.  Such activities may include development related tasks such as managing acquisitions, investment analysis, securing entitlements, design, leasing, OR construction related activities such as supervising construction contractors and design consultants.

Applicants with environmental experience in the regulatory, legal, development, or project management fields are encouraged to apply. Interest and experience in real estate development and/or construction activities is highly preferred.

Environmental Lead responsibilities (50%) include:

  • Establish a transition plan with current Environmental Lead that includes a close collaborative working relationship that informs an understanding of policy, protocols and project specific matters impacting the real estate portfolio
  • Establish strategic leadership role within VRE in the Environmental Oversight area to include:
    • Subject matter expertise and vision across the VRE portfolio
    • Establish and embed best practices across the portfolio through leadership, education, and training of current and future project leaders
    • Communication with senior leadership on environmental matters, risks, policy, and outcomes
  • Oversee Project Managers/Underwriting Managers with regard to Environmental work:
    • Selecting environmental consultants in collaboration with the development and construction team leads who will administer the RFP process under the EL
    • Sign-off on the best path for regulatory closure for specific properties with reliance on info provided by Project Managers and external consultants
    • Review/validate Project Manager’s environmental budgets used in pro formas
    • Tracking consultant activities across the portfolio not tied to specific projects but to be supported by the asset management team (where applicable)
    • Tracking overall environmental budgets and commitments across the portfolio to be supported by the project development and construction team
  • Lead review of third-party reports to ensure consistent environmental strategies. Sourcing and scoping of reports to be done in collaboration with project team leadership:
    • Acquisitions
    • Leasing
    • Lending
    • Dispositions
  • Manage/Execute Strategy for Washington DOE engagement:
    • Act as primary senior Vulcan relationship contact with the NW Regional Office
    • Manage expectations for development timeline with DOE
    • Advocate for best path to regulatory closure on developments
    • Act as Primary contact for projects in the formal program
  • Manage external legal resources advising on specific properties:
    • Review proposed investigations and attorney work product
    • Cost recovery from adjacent properties
    • Negotiations of Agreed Orders
    • Joint defense agreements
    • Litigation strategy and analysis

Other development activities (50%) may include:

  • Manage real estate development process for commercial and/or residential projects
  • Manage entitlement process for designated real estate development projects
  • Assemble, contract with, and manage design consultants
  • Coordinate with Vulcan finance, leasing, construction, and property management group members in support of potential projects, corporate initiatives, and development projects
  • Analyze development feasibility of potential acquisition and development opportunities 
  • Prepare project schedules, annual budget, and strategic plan for assets and initiatives under their responsibility
  • Develop concept level construction budgets and schedules
  • Draft RFPs and assist with negotiation of major construction contracts
  • Establish roles/responsibilities for design/construction teams
  • Review schedule and identify critical path and risk exposure. Oversee corrective actions/recoveries.
  • Manage/approve payment applications/loan draws
  • Review construction documents for consistency with contract specifications/user requirements and participate in constructability review/VE process
  • Oversee construction/schedules and administer/manage construction contracts
  • Lead weekly construction meeting and ensure timely and thorough communication of information among team members
  • Manage LEED, Salmon Safe, Vulcan RE DEI Guidelines, and other project specific initiatives


  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Significant experience in development related environmental work
  • Ability to manage other aspects of development and/or construction
  • Exceptional organizational and leadership skills
  • Familiar with regulatory process and workings of various departments within the Department of Ecology
  • Ability to understand project schedule and manage critical path items
  • Ability to establish protocols with consultants for remediation activities
  • Ability to present complex information clearly and briefly. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven success with supervising employees, contractors, and consultants to attain project goals


  • Knowledge of Seattle and Bellevue marketplace.
  • Graduate degree in environmental field, construction management, real estate, architecture, or engineering.

Required computer skills:
MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
MS Project  


Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university and ten years of substantial experience with legal, regulatory or project management in the environmental field and/or development project management, land use regulation and permitting and/or construction management.

We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity

To be successful, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, political ideology, or veteran status, or other protected class. 

Vulcan requires all U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, except for those with an approved medical or religious accommodation. All new employees are required to provide proof of vaccination status or proof of qualification for a medical or religious accommodation upon hire.

If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or your recruiter.