The American Wood Council is looking for dynamic and versatile engineers, architects, or code officials who are passionate about a sustainable, and resilient built environment. Our experts work every day to ensure that the buildings in which we live and work are safe. To achieve this, AWC contributes to the development of sound building codes, standards, and regulations to demonstrate that wood products can safely and efficiently meet or exceed the minimum requirements for use.
Innovations in wood products manufacturing have positioned mass timber to be the material of choice for taller buildings – that will also connect occupants to nature, creating more enjoyable spaces. The advancement of building codes, standards, and industry guidelines requires continuous improvement to address the high level of building safety inherent in modern building codes. The next decade will present unparalleled opportunity to be part of the growing excitement around this unprecedented change. Success will require an educated and informed community of code officials and design professionals, to which you will contribute. As an employee of AWC, the ideal candidate will have the determination to pursue the development, adoption, and implementation of building codes at all levels of government. Through your demeanor, character, and professional conduct you will be respected and trusted by stakeholders in the various code development communities. You will have the opportunity to contribute to a global effort to advance the use of the most preferred renewable and sustainable building material. We are committed to not only what is permissible using wood, but also to what is possible using wood.
The selected individuals will be assigned to the southeast or midwest region, and should live in one of these states: AL, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MS, NC, ND, OH, OR, SC, SD, TN, WA, WI
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Represent the manufacturers of traditional and engineered wood products in the development of appropriate provisions in codes, standards, and other national, state, and local regulations, including state legislation, that reflect sound public policy and result in safe, sustainable, and resilient buildings.
Ensure the continued product acceptance by providing the latest technical information on wood design and construction, including credible performance data, to state, local, regional, and national code-developing bodies, regulatory officials and agencies, legislators and legislative committees, designers, builders, and other user groups.
Provide expert technical assistance to united stakeholders for opposing proposed and existing restrictions in building codes, standards, and other national, state, and local regulations, including state legislation, which unduly restrict the use of wood in construction.
Support stakeholders and allied groups on initiatives related to wood construction, including green building, energy conservation, fire safety, materials-related health matters, and structural safety.
Perform in-person and virtual education and outreach with code official associations within the assigned region in support of the code requirements that affect wood products.
Manage own schedule, arrange work travel, set up logistics and facilitate meetings
Bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering, architecture, or related field (post-graduate preferred)
Holds the ICC Certified Building Official designation
Minimum 10 years of experience in code administration or enforcement, preferably with a governmental jurisdiction
Extensive experience in the development, adoption and enforcement of model building, fire, energy, or green construction codes
Ability to network and build working relationships with code officials, architects, engineers, and builders
Excellent public speaking skills and a demonstrated ability to testify at public hearings in support of industry initiatives
Must be available for domestic travel of approximately 30% (including local travel and overnight trips)
Registration as a professional architect or engineer
History of involvement with state and regional chapters of the International Code Council
Experience with conflict resolution and experience developing alternative methods to demonstrate code compliance
Excellent professional and technical writing skills
Demonstrated ability to work both individually and as part of a team
Equal Employment Opportunity:
At AWC, we value diverse backgrounds and capabilities and invite all talented individuals to apply to be part our team and support our mission. In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
About American Wood Council
The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides over 450,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products.
U.S. wood products companies are under pressure from the economy, environmental regulation, and competing materials. In the face of these challenges, no single company can achieve the changes necessary to ensure a level playing field and survival. Now, more than ever, strength is found in numbers.
The American Wood Council (AWC) provides an organizational structure for wood products companies and associations to work together on building codes and standards, green building policy issues, and... a focused set of environmental regulations. Working together, the industry can have the resources, clout, and credibility to achieve policies that can secure a strong future for the wood products industry.