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Avangrid Federal Permitting Manager (REN 15395) in Boston, Massachusetts

Federal Permitting Manager (REN 15395)

Company: AVANGRID RENEWABLES, LLC

Location:

Boston, MA, US

Company

Company

Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France, with a workforce of more than 35,000 people.

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainability and the fight against climate change.

Location Note

Possible to work from Avangrid's Boston, MA office or Vineyard Wind's New Bedford, MA office.

Job Summary

Vineyard Wind LLC is a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and part of the IBERDROLA Group, an energy pioneer with one of the largest renewable asset bases in the world. AVANGRID is at the forefront of transforming the way the U.S. produces and uses energy. Strongly positioned to develop, build, and operate the clean energy infrastructure of the future, Avangrid Renewables is already generating power from more than 60 renewable energy projects for its utility-scale customers in the United States, helping lead America's transition to a renewable energy future and playing a leading role in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry.

Vineyard Wind offers a challenging and exciting work environment and is revolutionizing the renewable energy industry in the United States. Join the team permitting, designing, and constructing a portfolio of offshore projects, including Vineyard Wind 1, the first large scale offshore wind project in the US, and one of the largest in the world. At 800MW, Vineyard Wind 1 will power over 400,000 homes in Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind is committed to protecting marine life, working alongside the thriving New England fishing industry, and being responsible partners in the community. We are building a new industry for the East Coast, and providing clean and affordable energy that is sustainable for years to come. With strong and experienced investors backing the company, and a large leasehold for more projects, Vineyard Wind is an ideal company with which to launch a career in offshore wind.

The Federal Permitting Manager within the Avangrid Renewables’ Offshore Wind Team will contribute to development efforts through knowledge, expertise, support, and leadership to successfully permit Vineyard Wind 1 (and future projects within the lease area in line with approved schedules and budget. The Federal Permitting Manager will be able to establish strong relationships with a broad and diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and exert influence to secure the best outcome for projects. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment, working collaboratively with subject matter experts across many disciplines. This position reports to Avangrid Renewables’ Senior Director of Offshore Business Development and will also have reporting responsibility within Vineyard Wind.

Major Roles & Responsibilities

  • Ensure environmental studies/assessments and permitting strategies are robust and achievable in consultation with internal and external development team, technical team, construction and operations staff.

  • Manage, coordinate and lead permitting activities as directed.

  • Maintain a schedule of key project milestones, monitor progress and identify where Avangrid Renewables should become actively involved in terms of input, review and approval.

  • Identify key permitting risks and monitor progress in terms of how those risks are being mitigated or otherwise.

  • Ensure permitting activities remain on schedule and within budget

  • Negotiate with wildlife, land use, and other regulatory agencies to achieve acceptable permit conditions consistent with project and Company goals, schedules, costs, and environmental protection.

  • Work closely with and lead the development team and external consultants in the preparation of applications to agencies; represent Company's position at hearings and workshops.

  • Meet regularly with Avangrid Renewables’ Sr. Director, Offshore Business Development to provide and discuss project updates and strategy.

  • Specifically lead and manage specialized consultants to ensure execution of desired strategy on Coastal Zone Management Act, National Historic Preservation Act Section 106, Endangered

  • Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and other related regulatory processes

  • Lead and support others within the permitting team as required for other subject permitting and the general federal and state reviews.

  • Review and contribute to the organizational planning and permitting strategy.

  • Specifically oversee preparation of applications and ongoing filings with federal and state agencies.

  • Maintain regular communication with appropriate government agencies such as BOEM and others.

Complexity and Creativity

  • Lead, manage and resolve a range of complex issues, possibly working across several projects and tasks with dynamic priorities at the same time.

  • Lead and manage contractor and consultant activity in-line with project schedule and budget.

  • Lead and manage activities associated with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Managing project costs for permitting activities.

  • Ability to review complex documents within short timescales and recommend responses/courses of action.

Judgement and Decisions

  • Advise Avangrid Renewables Sr. Director, Offshore Business Development on the impact of technical/specialized risks and issues and the viability of solutions recommended.

  • Be able to work quickly using own initiative keeping others fully appraised as necessary.

  • Understand a wide range of stakeholder concerns and work positively with them to identify and implement solutions.

  • Where necessary, attend and report to project forums on permitting aspects of the project highlighting progress and risks and where necessary seek agreement on suitable risk mitigation measures to be implemented

  • Review and understand project milestones and progress, key issues and risks and be able to translate that information to Avangrid Renewables Sr. Director, Offshore Business Development via regular meetings and updates.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Policy, Marine Biology, Environmental Science or related field; Advanced degree preferred

  • Six to ten years of relevant permitting experience in a U.S.-based project, offshore permitting experience preferred

  • Demonstrated understanding of numerous permitting processes, complexities challenges, and opportunities of developing projects in a new market (renewable energy projects, offshore wind projects, VA-based projects)

  • Experience working on complex projects with government agencies required; knowledge of regulations such as NEPA, CWA, CAA, ESA, NHPA, etc.

  • Project management experience, particularly with managing the development of Construction and Operations Plans, EPA Air Permits, and other required federal permits

  • Experience comprehending and complying with federal regulations and guidelines and preparing permit applications in response to such requirements and agency recommendations

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels within the Company; excellent writing skills and a strong attention to detail required

  • Experience overseeing and managing external consultant work, including delegating scopes of work and evaluating requests for proposals

  • IT literate with the ability to operate MS Office systems and other IT based project management software

  • Flexible to travel around the US and possibly overseas.

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels within the Company; excellent writing skills and a strong attention to detail required

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