City of Boston

BERDO Review Board Manager

Posted Date 5 months ago(9/8/2022 9:08 AM)
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Environment Department
Regular Full-Time
Environment Department
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Mayor Wu's administration is committed to a Green New Deal for Boston by reducing planet-warming pollution while creating economic opportunities for everyone, especially those from marginalized communities who often suffer the worst impacts of climate change. In October 2021, the City passed the Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO 2.0), which set carbon targets for medium- and large-sized buildings to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and created a new Review Board to provide oversight and ensure that BERDO 2.0 is implemented equitably. The Review Board will review and approve portfolio compliance, individual compliance plans, and hardship compliance plans; make recommendations for regulation updates; impose penalties; make recommendations for expenditures from the Equitable Emissions Investment Fund, and conduct other oversight needs of BERDO 2.0. Community-based organizations will nominate two-thirds of the members of the Review Board, and its members will represent a broad range of expertise.


The BERDO Review Board Manager will staff the newly established Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) Review Board, provide administrative and technical supervision to the Board, develop regulations and policies with the Review Board, and manage disbursement of funds from the Equitable Emissions Investment Fund. The Review Board Manager’s role will be to actively support the Review Board in successfully fulfilling its mission of ensuring equitable implementation and community oversight of BERDO. Prior to the seating of the Review Board, the BERDO Review Board Manager will draft and revise regulations and lead aspects of the rulemaking process, including stakeholder engagement. The BERDO Review Board Manager will report to the Carbon Neutrality Program Manager in the Environment Department.


  • Acts as an administrative technical advisor to the Review Board.
  • Processes applications, prepares agendas, conducts staff review, prepares decision letters, and administers enforcement as directed by the Review Board.
  • Develops and implements BERDO regulations and policies.
  • Prepares annual reports on Review Board compensation, Equitable Emissions Investment Fund disbursements, and other metrics.
  • Designs and facilitates equitable stakeholder engagement processes for regulations development. 
  • Organizes and facilitates technical trainings and develops technical resources for Review Board members on key topics.
  • Serves as Staff liaison between the Review Board, the Air Pollution Control Commission, and other groups and government agencies.
  • Coordinates with the Environment Department’s Climate and Environmental Planning Team and is responsible for understanding and communicating the City of Boston’s climate mitigation and adaptation policies and strategies to applicants before the Review Board.
  • Fosters relationships with various community groups.
  • Develops and issues requests for proposals for work with consultants.
  • Manages process for seating and compensating Review Board members.
  • Schedules Review Board and working group meetings.
  • Supervises interns and fellows as needed.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


  • Five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in policy, urban planning, community organizing, engineering, architecture, or a related field.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. A master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for an additional (1) year of the required experience.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and facilitation skills with experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and in equitably incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences with cultural competency. Additional languages preferred.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Experience with public commissions and open meeting law, racial equity and environmental justice, building decarbonization strategies and technologies, and environmental energy and policy preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Energy, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Commitment to advancing social justice and equity in the City of Boston to improve the lives of all residents.
  • Knowledge of climate change, with a particular understanding of its connection to racial equity, climate justice, and the resident and community health implications, preferred.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston Residency Required.




Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-9

Hours per week: 35


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