Avangrid Sr. Permitting Manager- Offshore in Boston, Massachusetts
Sr. Permitting Manager- Offshore
Company: AVANGRID RENEWABLES, LLC
Boston, MA, US
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com (https://www.avangrid.com/wps/portal/avangrid/home)
Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy facilities in the United States with an eight-gigawatt portfolio of onshore wind and solar projects across 22 states. Avangrid Renewables’ offshore wind business is pioneering this new industry with a development pipeline of five gigawatts off the East Coast. Our offshore portfolio consists of the first-in-the-nation joint venture project Vineyard Wind, which will deliver 800 MW of clean energy into Massachusetts starting in 2023; Park City Wind, an 804 MW project to serve the state of Connecticut; and Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind that has the potential to deliver 2,500 MW of clean energy into Virginia and North Carolina. We aspire to be the employer of choice by providing purposeful and challenging work revolutionizing the renewable energy industry in the United States. This role will be part of a team developing, designing, constructing and operating large scale offshore wind projects which will provide affordable, clean energy and will have a transformational impact on local communities. Avangrid Renewables’ offshore business is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Avangrid is part of the IBERDROLA Group, a global energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Avangrid employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies – a list of America’s best corporate citizens – and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute.
Avangrid Renewables is leading the industry in permitting offshore wind projects in the United States. The complex permitting process includes federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Avangrid Renewables is looking for a specialized federal permitting manager to join our Offshore Wind team. The position would support both the Park City Wind and Commonwealth Wind projects.
The position is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
• Oversee, plan, and implement permitting strategy for federal permitting of the undeveloped areas of Avangrid Renewables’ leases.
• Manage federal environmental review processes that include consultation with regulatory agencies; public involvement; analysis of environmental, cultural, safety, socio-economic, and other impacts, and specification of measures to mitigate adverse impacts.
• Support and coordinate with state permitting team
• Manage supporting environmental consultants and legal input from internal and external legal counsel
• Manage and perform multi-media permitting and compliance associated with renewable energy development projects with an emphasis on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and NOAA/NMFS permitting.
• Manage and provide technical assistance on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-compliant documents, including Construction and Operations Plans (COPs), and related activities in support of Park City Wind and Commonwealth Wind offshore wind projects.
• Lead stakeholder engagement activities, including attending agency meetings, open houses, and stakeholder engagement sessions (virtual and in-person); collecting and responding to agency and public comments; coordinating with federal resource agencies (BOEM, NOAA, USACE, etc.)
• Maintain regular communication with appropriate governmental agencies (e.g., BOEM, NOAA NMFS, USEPA, USACE, USCG, and FAA)
Skills and Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science, Environmental Science, Engineering or related field
• Preferred Master’s degree in a relevant field: land use planning, environmental planning, environmental science/engineering, or environmental law/policy
• Minimum of eight years’ relevant permitting experience in a US-based project, including at least 3 years of experience writing environmental permit applications for offshore wind energy projects or offshore infrastructure.
• Advanced knowledge of environmental assessment regulatory frameworks for offshore wind
• Comprehensive understanding of US wind energy markets
• Demonstrated understanding of federal permitting processes, complexities, challenges, and opportunities
• Strong technical and regulatory policy background consistent with understanding Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) submittals and NEPA regulatory policies
• Demonstrated agency relationships and strong working knowledge with NEPA compliance and demonstrated discretionary permitting familiarity with the following: BOEM, Guidelines for Site Assessment Plans and COPs; Clean Water Act permitting Sections 10/404 and 401 Water Quality Certifications; and USFWS Section 7 Consultation and/or NOAA MMPA Consultation or EFH Consultation.
• Experience reading and complying with regulations and guidelines, organizing documents, and editing is necessary
• Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels within the Company
• Team oriented professional with a strong attention to detail
• Excellent writing skills and a strong attention to detail required
Additional Success Factors
• Ability to navigate and succeed in a highly matrixed reporting structure, preferably at an international company.
• Strong prioritization and multi-tasking skills with the ability to operate in a complex, rapidly changing business environment with typically tight schedules and demanding targets.
• Ability to foster and participate in a productive team environment by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, managers, customers, contractors, and vendors.
• Effectively provides and receives information orally in individual and group situations. Written expression is clear, concise, and conveys the desired message.
• Ability to analyze project risks and proactively identify solutions with a flexible, creative, and solution-focused outlook on problem solving.
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Please note that any applicant who is not a citizen of the country of the vacancy will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in that country
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