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The successful candidate for Permitting Manager, Wind position will report to the Vice President of Permitting and Real Estate and could be based out of Richmond VA or NY Office; remote is also an option. Duties will include management of permitting and land use entitlement of wind projects, environmental due diligence, coordination with AHJs, attending public hearings, and supporting early environmental diligence. The position involves coordination with wind developers, real estate SMEs, engineers, grid integration, execution, community relations and other groups within AES. The successful candidate will have the aptitude to succeed in managing multiple projects and supporting business development efforts in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The Permitting Manager will lead a permitting team, and partner with cross-functional teams in activities leading to the successful execution and delivery/hand-off of new wind projects to the Execution Team for construction. Specific duties will include:
Manage a team of permitting SMEs and provide mentoring and training to direct reports Secure land use and any state/federal permits for new and acquired wind energy generating facilities across multiple local, state, and federal jurisdictions for projects in PJM, NYISO, NEISO, MISO and SPP. Manage technical and environmental studies for wind energy development. Identify and implement novel mitigation strategies to reduce project cost and impact. Successfully negotiate project design and mitigation measures with local, state, and federal regulators to ensure project success while understanding project constraints. Manage contractors, vendors, and consultants to maintain project timeline and budget. Obtain required permits and seamlessly transfer to the Execution team Project Manager (PM) and Compliance Permitting Manager for construction management. Provide ongoing support to the PMs, as required, throughout the construction and some aspects of the operations process. Act as a representative for AES in meetings with the community, elected officials, and regulators. Assist in cost reduction initiatives, vendor development, and invoice audits.
Desired Skills and Expertise:
Undergraduate or graduate degree in environmental sciences, geography or related field.
5+ years proven track record of permitting expertise in development, preferably in utility-scale wind environment.
Ability to manage a team and provide strong mentorship in all aspects of the permitting and entitlement process
Knowledge of state siting and permitting processes and state regulations within the PJM, NYISO, NEISO, MISO and SPP RTOs, and state and federal permitting requirements (NEPA) across the country.
Project and case management skills including a strong aptitude for managing and prioritizing multiple projects and deadlines.
Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written correspondence.
Experienced in environmental analysis, diligence, and environmental regulations.
Knowledge of wind energy construction process; renewable energy projects/assets evaluation and acquisition.
Knowledge of and ability to obtain local discretionary and ministerial permits. Understanding of local requirements, processes, timelines, and costs in project jurisdictions and share information for project budgets, plans, schedules and third-party EPC Agreements.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, project management software, ESRI ArcGIS and Google Earth preferred.
Self-starter, very self-reliant and capable of operating with minimum supervision.
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