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Director, Engineering

National Institute of Building Sciences
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Feb 12, 2023

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Structural Engineering
Position Type
Director, Engineer
Organization Type
Government, Non-profit

Director, Engineering Department


Whether in your home, office or out in your community, the walls that surround you must be safe, structurally sound, and sustainable. It’s our job to make that happen.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports advances in building science and technology. We were established by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383. Congress recognized the need for an organization to serve as an interface between government and the private sector – one that serves as a resource to those who plan, design, procure, construct, use, operate, maintain, renovate, and retire physical facilities.

We bring together experts from throughout the building industry, design, architecture, construction, and government. We lead conversations to ensure our buildings and communities remain safe, and we work to seek consensus solutions to mutual problems of concern.


Reporting to the Vice President of Engineering, the Director will provide both technical and management support for a variety of projects, including but not limited to related work under the Building Seismic Safety Council ( and Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (

 The position requires a professional who possesses a strong engineering background, and broad knowledge in codes, standards, planning, natural hazard (flood, wind, seismic, wildfire) mitigation, lifelines and other structures. Documented and demonstrated ability to interface with Federal government and building industry constituents and code groups is essential to the position. Excellent writing and communication skills are required, as is experience with writing technical reports and presenting at a professional conference.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Management and technical support a range of projects including respond to request for proposal (RFP) and support/lead the proposal development Project management from inception to closeout, including utilize reports, data pulls, spreadsheets, and other database tools to track overall project performance and deliverable schedule, manage subcontractors, lead and support project meetings Create final work products, support final report publication and related outreach activities

Provide technical, administrative/management, and liaison support for various national technical committees and project groups Serve as a NIBS subject matter expert/representative in related areas with the ability to conduct literature reviews, develop briefing information, and present at meetings and conferences Support other NIBS project groups, as well as the NIBS Board and Senior Leadership on projects/new business opportunities critical to the Institute’s mission and strategic plan




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Specific skills include: 

  • Excellent writing and communication skills (technical report, journal articles, proposal writings, conference presentations, etc.) Strong ability to work in and lead diverse, multidiscipline project teams Experience interfacing with Federal government and building industry constituents and code groups is a plus Experience in technical proposal development is a plus Experience with national professional organizations and related committees, such as AISC, ICC, ASCE, NEMA or similar organizations, is a plus


Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, structural engineering, or related filed is required. Master’s degree is preferred; minimum of 5 years related experience


NIBS offers a competitive benefits package including fully paid health care premiums for medical, dental, and vision.


If you feel you are a great fit for this role, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirement to today!

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