AES Sr. Manager, Stakeholder Relations (East) in Arlington, Virginia
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The Senior Manager of Stakeholder Relations will support AES’ renewable energy portfolio in PJM and parts of SERC. This position will partner with cross-functional teams to execute project-specific and regional stakeholder relations strategies supporting business and project success.
Desired locations: Washington DC, Arlington VA, Richmond, VA.
As a member of AES Clean Energy’s External Affairs team, the Sr. Manager of Stakeholder Relations, PJM will lead all stakeholder engagement for AES’ large pipeline of clean energy projects throughout the PJM territory. This position will lead and handle community and stakeholder relations as the face of AES for its existing and future pipeline of projects, across technologies, and across all states in PJM. This position must communicate optimally and advocate to social organizations, government officials, public and private institutions, regulatory agencies, and informative institutions while representing AES throughout PJM competently and expertly.
Identify, establish, and cultivate mutually helpful relationships with key stakeholders in local communities across PJM where AES is pursuing clean energy projects, working collaboratively with relevant departments (External Affairs colleagues, Development, Permitting, Commercial etc.)
Serve as the primary spokesperson for AES in the community and at hearings
Align Stakeholder Engagement efforts with AES’ PJM Market Strategy
Lead the AES PJM Stakeholder Relations team as it expands over time, immediate management of a Stakeholder Relations Manager, Virginia and Stakeholder Relations Analyst, PJM
Develop and execute a strategic state-level Stakeholder Relations plan and project outreach plans and budgets that meet or exceed contract and regulatory requirements, align with the company’s brand positioning, and support AES development efforts across the region
Establish AES’ regional Social Impact Strategy as it relates to philanthropic giving and strategic partnerships within local communities
Assist in Stakeholder Relations tasks relating to project development and permitting
Proactively mitigate risks at the community level and coordinate with External Affairs counterparts to mitigate risks at the government and regulatory level
Track local policy, actions, and news related to or that could impact AES or its projects throughout PJM
Manage third-party vendors hired to assist with strategies to implement the Stakeholder Relations Plans and development activities
Develop and maintain relationships and memberships with relevant external community trade, interest groups, and local organizations
Coordinate in-person and virtual events, including community meetings, and oversee all event-related tasks, from planning to execution
Support communication needs within PJM, including drafting content and messaging, identifying and supporting local marketing opportunities, submitting award nominations, etc. in close coordination with the Communications team
Work with the Communications team to identify and execute local media opportunities and function as a local spokesperson for projects
Identify and communicate local sentiment, priorities, risks, and concerns to the internal team, ensuring that AES’ messaging is specifically tailored and relevant to the local community
Create and maintain accurate records of all contacts, key stakeholders, and interactions on a project and portfolio basis, ensuring maintenance of stakeholder tracking through Quorum; report on outreach and stakeholder management efforts as part of Corporate Sustainability and Investor Reporting
Extensive travel will be required to develop relationships with local leaders in priority project communities
Undergraduate or postgraduate degree, preferably in external relations, business, communications or equivalent
7-10+ years of experience in public affairs, stakeholder relations, communications, business development or a similar field
Familiarity with energy development in PJM, preferably renewable energy
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, working on multiple projects with internal and external key stakeholders
Extensive network of contacts and relationships in PJM with key stakeholders
Experience in project or land development and permitting in PJM
Experience with community relations in PJM
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
Knowledge of renewable project development, utilities, interconnection, permitting, contracting
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Self-starter, very self-reliant, and capable of operating with minimum supervision
Willingness and ability to travel frequently throughout PJM, and to AES offices
Exemplify our Values of Safety First, Highest Standards, and All Together
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