Offshore Wind Policy Manager

The Nature Conservancy

Providence,, Rhode Island

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive

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Position Summary

The Offshore Wind Policy Manager will lead and coordinate TNC’s portfolio of policy work on Atlantic coast offshore wind. They will serve as TNC’s primary point of contact for public policy issues related to offshore wind development from Maine to South Carolina. The position reports to the Northeast Division program sponsor (presently the RI State Director) and will be managed in close coordination with TNC’s North America Energy, Policy, and Ocean leads. Location of the position is negotiable with a preference to the Eastern US based. There are some travel requirements, mostly in the northeast US once travel is allowed as per TNC Covid-safety guidelines.

Responsibilities & Scope may include:

  • Coordinate offshore wind policy and advocacy across multiple state chapters and business units, in close coordination with TNC Atlantic coast state climate change mitigation and healthy ocean programs.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between TNC and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) renewable energy office.
  • Facilitate collaboration and provide support for TNC state chapters and business units working to influence state energy planning and policy as it relates to offshore energy development and transmission.
  • Lead efforts to coordinate and prepare NEPA process formal written comment responses for East coast offshore energy projects.
  • Support TNC State Chapters and other Business Units to navigate potential strategic tensions related to simultaneously advancing aggressive climate change mitigation goals and ocean/marine life conservation goals.
  • Represent TNC in work with partner organizations, at conferences, and meetings.
  • Assist with TNC offshore wind program development and fundraising.
  • Build new partnerships with diverse and non-traditional constituencies to advance shared marine conservation and renewable energy goals.
  • Manage contracts with outside experts to complement TNC’s work in policy, environmental, and economic impact assessments.
  • Represent TNC in key stakeholder engagements including in regulatory processes for leasing, permitting, and environmental impact assessment of offshore wind development.
  • Work with developers and a range of key Federal and State agencies including: NOAA, BOEM, USFWS, Dept. of Energy, EPA, the US Coast Guard, and state coastal zone management and fisheries agencies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts of offshore wind construction and operations.
  • Coordinate and advance research and monitoring to inform best practices in siting and understanding cumulative impacts of offshore development.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in renewable energy, marine conservation, political or public policy, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines and implementing strategic goals.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Analytical and project management experience.
  • Proven communication and presentation skills.
  • Proven negotiation skills.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience valued.
  • Master’s/advanced degree in environmental/marine policy, marine science, law, natural resource management or similar discipline.
  • Knowledge and advanced understanding of the Offshore Wind industry and its interactions with coastal states, fishing, and environmental groups.
  • Knowledge of marine ecology.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Strong government relations and advocacy skills and experience.
  • Understanding and experience navigating the NEPA process.
  • Ability to navigate complex and overlapping priorities including renewable energy development and ocean habitat protection.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with management-level individuals within the corporate sector.
  • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
HOW TO APPLY

To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://careers.nature.org. (Job ID: 49511) Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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