• Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits

Organizational Overview

Southface Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is leading the way toward a sustainable, equitable and healthy built environment for all. Since 1978, our programs have closed the gap between environmental awareness and action by promoting scalable resource efficiency and clean energy solutions for homes, workplaces and communities. Our practice of regenerative placemaking amplifies real-world strategies to create a built environment where the synergy between ecological and human needs supports both health and well-being while creating resilient, equitable and thriving communities, striving to achieve a low-carbon future.

Position Overview

The Building Performance Engineer will provide vital technical expertise and support to various programs offered by Southface. Specific responsibilities of this role may include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform, manage, and review complex resource efficiency audits and reporting (ASHRAE level 2 equivalent)
  • Using Southface protocols, perform, manage, and review indoor air quality assessments and reporting
  • Consult with internal and external clients on sustainability issues related to building systems, performance and occupant behavior
  • Set up, populate, and monitor ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts for data integrity and support energy assessments
  • Perform energy modeling analysis and reporting for certification requirements, conceptual design analysis and refinement and performance evaluations
  • Design reviews for certification programs, such as BIT Building, LEED and EarthCraft
  • Perform research and analysis on novel practices and holistically integrated technologies for the built environment and report on the results
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new mission-based services and programs.


  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in the fields of mechanical or electrical engineering
  • Minimum of one year of experience in a relevant field or internship
  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainable environments, resource efficiency, resilience and other similar strategies for improving people's lives
  • Experience in conducting and leading resource efficiency assessments
  • Field experience in design, construction, retro-commissioning, building controls, and HVAC and/or lighting design is preferred
  • Research and technical report writing experience
  • Experience with solar design tools is preferred
  • Ability to manage and prioritize project deadlines
  • Collaborative and positive demeanor
  • Demonstrated commitment to Southface's mission
  • Valid driver's license is required

Physical Requirements

Performing fieldwork involves extensive navigation in and around construction sites, buildings, attics and sites, as well as climbing ladders. Therefore, an applicant must possess physical dexterity, endurance and balance to safely and effectively accomplish this work.


Southface offers a competitive health and benefits program:

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • 17 days of Paid Time Off annually (prorated in your first year)
  • 14 paid holidays annually (Office closed December 24 through January 1)
  • Medical insurance benefits
  • 403(b) retirement plan with Southface match
  • Professional development opportunities, including building certification credential trainings
  • Continuing education
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Organizational culture that highly values the contributions and character of its employees

Hours of Work

Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with flexible options. Occasional weekend or evening hours.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter and two-page (maximum) resume via our online application portal at

Please, no telephone inquiries.

Where permitted by applicable law, must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered.

Pre-employment background checks will be conducted on final candidates.

Southface is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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