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AES Project Manager, Permitting in Richmond, Virginia

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The successful candidate for Permitting Project Manager position will report to the Senior Permitting Manager out of our Richmond, Virginia office. Duties will include management of permitting and land use entitlement, coordination with AHJs, representing AES projects at public hearings, and supporting environmental diligence efforts. The position involves coordination with developers, real estate, 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.

Core Competencies :

  • Passion for the renewable energy industry.

  • Exceptional organizational, communication, decision making/problem solving, analytical and time management skills.

  • Independent thinker able to thrive in a dynamic environment.

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

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

  • Track record of ability to instill confidence as a credible, reliable, and expert support resource for team members on technical matters.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities :

The Permitting Project Manager will partner with cross-functional teams in activities leading to the successful execution and delivery/hand-off of new solar projects to the Execution Team for construction and operations. Specific duties will include:

  1. Secure land use permits for new and acquired solar power generating facilities across multiple local, state, and federal jurisdictions for projects in MISO and SPP.

  2. Manage technical and environmental studies for PV solar and battery storage development.

  3. Identify and implement novel mitigation strategies to reduce project cost and impact.

  4. Successfully negotiate project design and mitigation measures with local, state, and federal regulators to ensure project success while understanding project constraints.

  5. Select, manage, and guide contractors, vendors, and consultants to maintain project timeline and budget.

  6. Draft original text for use in project origination support, public education, and investor reporting materials.

  7. Identify and mitigate environmental risk.

  8. 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.

  9. Act as a representative for AES in meetings with the community, elected officials, and regulators.

  10. Assist in cost reduction initiatives, vendor development, and invoice audits.

  11. 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.

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 environment.

  • Knowledge of state siting and permitting processes and state regulations within the MISO and SPP RTOs, and federal permitting as needed.

  • Project and case management skills including a strong aptitude for managing and prioritizing multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Ability to communicate efficiently in verbal and written correspondence.

  • Experienced in environmental analysis, diligence, and environmental regulations.

  • Knowledge of solar renewable energy construction process; real estate development; renewable energy projects/assets evaluation and acquisition.

  • 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.

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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We are working in an industry that requires new thinking and ways of working together to create solutions that are both economically and environmentally viable, not just one or the other.

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