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ITC Holdings Permitting Specialist (All Levels) in Des Moines, Iowa

JOB SUMMARY

Intermediate Level

Serve as subject matter expert on local, county, state and federal permits for capital projects. Analyzes proposed capital projects for potential utility permit conflicts and determines which permits and approvals are needed to construct company multi-million-dollar capital infrastructure plan. Plans, controls and directs permitting activities with all local, county, state and federal agencies. Serves as intermediary between internal ITC representatives, external project coordinators, permitting agencies and municipal representatives. Effectively communicates permit status and stipulations to internal and external parties.

Senior Level

Provides environmental planning and permitting expertise for multiple capital projects. Serves as subject matter expert on state and federal environmental permits for capital projects. Analyzes proposed capital projects for potential permit conflicts and determines which permits and approvals are needed from state and federal agencies to construct the company multi-million-dollar capital infrastructure plan. Familiar with the current environmental laws and regulations applicable to constructing infrastructure projects. Build relationships and networks across the RTO with state and federal agencies, environmental NGO’s and other utilities environmental staff. Manages their work independently while working in a team environment with other ITC departments and consultants in the utility and environmental industry. Main point of contact for the company with the regulatory permitting agencies and should have strong written and verbal communication skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Intermediate Level

  • Serves as subject matter expert on local, county, state and federal permits for capital projects

  • Analyzes permit applications, survey/engineering drawings, ESRI maps, ordinances, violation notices and documents required to apply for and secure permit approvals for capital projects

  • Research, analyze and prepare documentation for required permits for building and executing large scale utility infrastructure projects

  • Negotiates with local, county, state and federal permitting agencies to secure approval for all capital projects

  • Serve as ITC's representative for remediation of permit violations for all capital projects

  • Independently develops, maintains and utilizes relationships with outside permitting agencies; such as DEQ/EGLE, DNR, MDOT, FAA, county and drain road commissions, municipal engineering departments, public works, etc., to receive permit approvals in a timely fashion

  • Collaborates with internal departments to ensure all permits are secured to legally complete capital project work and outside agency asset relocation requests

  • Communicates permit status and stipulations to internal and external parties

  • Proactively gather information from local, county and state agencies on their infrastructure projects that potentially may impact ITC overhead and underground assets

  • Prepares maps, drawings and manages permitting fees for permit approvals

  • Effectively administers the use of resources, including outside agents that may be utilized.

  • Independently develops, maintains and utilizes internal relationships with other departments and employees to facilitate effective progress

  • Ensures that the company's capital project permits are properly acquired, recorded, maintained and organized within appropriate systems

  • Monitors, tracks and implements permit requirements and timelines to effectively meet project goals

  • Conducts field visits to view existing electric transmission facilities as necessary to secure permits

  • Ensures leadership is kept apprised of actions, issues and progress on projects

  • Develops and prepares reports as required and/or requested

  • Constantly seeks out and identifies opportunities for improvements to ITC systems and processes; initiates action to implement new processes

  • Manages multi-disciplinary teams relative to permitting

Senior Level

  • Coordinates compliance with federal and state environmental regulations, NEPA and other laws relating to the protection of natural resources.

  • Understands the implications of environmental regulations for the company and the project timelines, budget, liability and project viability.

  • Supports the company during agency consultation and participate in negotiations of permitting matters with regulatory agencies and stakeholders.

  • Obtains and gathers relevant desktop and field data as needed to analyze land use and environmental impacts of a project and prepare permit applications.

  • Develops the appropriate documentation related to environmental permits and permit conditions and assure communication of those permits with internal team members and contractors responsible for carrying out those conditions during the project.

  • Writes/Reviews technical reports and provide attention to detail when making technical evaluations, reviewing reports and other project information.

  • Participates in project meetings and provide feedback to the team on project impacts from environmental regulations.

  • Represents the company in utility industry working groups dealing with environmental or permitting matters.

  • Assists other permitting staff on complex environmental issues as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

Intermediate Level

  • Bachelor's degree in related fields, or equivalent experience.

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience submitting, reviewing and approving permit applications required

  • Minimum of three (3) years relevant experience developing relationships with governmental officials, community members or customers in either a regulated environment or governmental entity required

Senior Level

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Communications, Mass Communications, Organizational Management, Management, Engineering, Environmental Science or relevant, equivalent experience and/or education.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in community relations field and/or permitting

  • Minimum of seven (7) years relevant experience developing relationships with governmental officials, community members or customers in either a regulated environment or governmental entity

Both Levels

  • Ability to read and interpret site drawings required

  • Experience in managing complex permitting projects

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Capacity to perform all duties with great degree of accuracy, timeliness, organization and effectiveness.

  • Diplomatic, relationship builder with strong professional presence and demonstrated ability to influence others

  • Possess sound analytical, problem-solving and documentation skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors and individuals inside and outside the company with a high degree of professionalism and knowledge

  • Focus on results, meeting deadlines, managing multiple tasks and able to manage changing priorities in an efficient and well-ordered manner

  • Ability to perform all duties with great degrees of accuracy, timeliness, organization and effectiveness with minimal levels of supervision

  • Ability to use sound business judgment to formulate conclusions and articulate recommendations in a way that is meaningful and valuable

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access)

  • Valid driver's license

  • Ability to work outside typical working hours to support and respond to capital projects permitting needs

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer. ITC does not sponsor employment visas, such as H-1B or TN visas.

From electric vehicles to renewables, the world is looking at electricity in a whole new way, and ITC is focused on building and maintaining a power grid that can handle it all. We are looking for individuals who are ready to work with us to build a greater grid for a greener future. In return, ITC is proud to offer industry-leading compensation, benefits and opportunities to channel your energy into community-changing solutions. As an equal opportunity employer, we feel it’s crucial to honor our differences, be inclusive, engage as a team, and maximize our individual strengths.

Please take a moment to review our Diversity Statement (https://www.itc-holdings.com/docs/default-source/human-resources-support-docs/itc_diversity_statement.pdf?sfvrsn=507bcbf6_2) .

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