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AES Project Manager, Land Acquisition in Houston, Texas

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The AES Clean Energy land team is seeking a Land Acquisition Project Manager—Utility Scale Solar with at least 5 years’ experience in land and/or Right of Way acquisition in the energy industry.

The Land Acquisition Project Manager will be responsible for handling utility scale solar land campaigns and landowner negotiations throughout the United States. This position will play a key role in the company’s rapidly expanding utility scale solar generation portfolio. The successful candidate will have a keen understanding of all aspects of a successful land acquisition campaign, including but not limited to real property conveyances, title, title curative, and encumbrances, sound judgment, ingenuity, excellent problem solving, interpersonal skills, and a proactive demeanor will position the successful candidate to earn a rewarding opportunity with this fast-growing company.

Core Competencies :

Candidates must have very strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with patience, a positive attitude and the ability to work in a demanding, inter-departmental team environment. They should also possess the following competencies:

  • Ability to build trust with and educate landowners on renewable energy development.

  • Thorough understanding of the process for obtaining land and easements necessary for energy development.

  • Ability to work within strict deadlines.

  • Understanding of real estate legal principles, title, deeds, and contract terms.

  • Competence with basic mapping software (Google Earth).

  • Exceptional analytical and time management skills.

  • Excellent communication skills including negotiation skills, conflict resolution, and management tools.

  • Understanding of land use constraints with respect to zoning, environmental and geotechnical issues.

  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to understand issues at a global level.

  • Entrepreneurial problem solver able to thrive in a fast paced and dynamic environment.

  • Proven ability to produce error-free work under deadlines.

  • Teammate with strong initiative, able to work autonomously to complete tasks.

  • Confidence public speaking, cold-calling, and negotiating with landowners and community representatives

Principal Duties and Responsibilities :

The Land Acquisition Project Manager duties will include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Manage the relationships with and budgets of external land agents to ensure agreements required for site control are in place to meet project deadlines.

  • Work with the Community Solar development team and land agents to ensure all parcels are leased or acquired for successful buildout including solar field sites, gen ties, and other project improvements needed.

  • Communicate frequently with all project team members to ensure layouts are understood and site control is proceeding as needed to meet project deadlines.

  • Ensure land contracts support the economics and schedule of the projects.

  • Assist with landowner communication needed to support permit development.

  • Provide accurate and up-to-date land acquisition status to internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis.

  • Prepare and manage land acquisition budgets.

  • Review the land status on project acquisitions to determine the degree of completeness and level of work needed to complete land acquisition.

Desired Skills and Expertise:

  • 5+ years’ experience in acquiring real property or land leases in the energy industry—including the acquisition of rights of way

  • Experience with Google Earth and other GIS software tools.

  • Ability to work effectively with accounting systems

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent analytical, planning, and organizational skills

  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook and other Microsoft Office Suite programs

Education :

  • Bachelor’s in Land Use, Business, Engineering, GIS or related field preferred.

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Safety comes first at AES. To protect the health and safety of our people, customers, communities and partners, and to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, AES requires all newly-hired people or current AES people applying for U.S.-based role(s), to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their date of hire. Except where prohibited by law or not specifically covered in a collective bargaining agreement, new hires and transfers will be required to provide proof of vaccination during onboarding and periodically thereafter. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

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