Project Development Manager, Build Ready
March 14, 2022
NYSERDA’s Build-Ready Program is seeking a highly motivated Project Development Manager to join our Team. The Build-Ready Program delivers benefits to communities across New York by advancing a portfolio of renewable energy projects on underutilized, difficult sites for construction and operation by the private sector. Working with local partners and stakeholders, Build-Ready identifies sites on brownfields, landfills, and previously existing or abandoned commercial and industrial properties, and advances pre-construction development activities including site control, host community benefits, preliminary design, permitting, and interconnection. Projects are competitively auctioned to private developers for final design, construction, operation, maintenance, and eventually decommissioning. For more on the Build-Ready program, please visit our webpage.
This role is an opportunity to join a one-of-a-kind State led renewable energy program and directly support New York’s transition to a clean energy economy. The Project Development Manager’s ultimate priority is to develop buildable, large-scale renewable energy projects, with an initial focus on solar projects and solar paired with energy storage. The core responsibility for this role entails leading project development activities on dozens of sites through Build-Ready’s project development process until they are ready to competitively auction to the private sector. This includes negotiating and closing site control, Payment-in-Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and Host Community Agreements (HCAs) with landowners and local governments including Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs). It also requires leading the interconnection process with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and utilities, local, state, and federal permitting processes, project engineering and system design.
The Project Development Manager will build and nurture relationships with local stakeholders, including landowners and local governments, state and federal agencies, utilities, and others to bring underutilized, difficult sites to commercially viable projects. This role reports directly to the Build-Ready’s Director and is expected to work closely with the team’s Program Manager and other Project Managers, NYSERDA staff, and external consultants. This role will be one of the primary project development and management experts in the Build-Ready Program and must already possess, or quickly develop, fundamental market knowledge and skills to create and execute a successful portfolio of projects.
The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, tenacious, determined, self-motivated and independent, while also a team player, a great communicator, and highly organized able to manage multiple projects in parallel and to prioritize competing demands.