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$105,800 - $172,300 yearly
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Nov 10, 2023
Full time Management

Job Description

The Director of Environmental Lands Permitting and Compliance leads the environmental and land permitting and leasing efforts for NorthWestern Energy, while providing leadership to a staff of skilled environmental scientists and siting personnel in order to maintain environmental compliance, successfully promote environmental stewardship, manage environmental liabilities, and permit new facilities.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ over 1,500 amazing people and serve 764,200 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%
  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)
  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)
  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Paid training opportunities
  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

About this job:

  • Accountable for providing leadership, direction and support for all environmental permitting, hydro licensing and compliance activities
  • Establish and implement objectives that result in successful outcomes for permitting and compliance related activities
  • Develop departmental procedures and guidelines
  • Coordinates project team work and deliverables
  • Prepare work plans, schedules, budgets and execute the work to meet objectives in a timely manner
  • Provide accountability for financial targets and reporting
  • Effectively communicate with the public and agency personnel and participate in public meetings, while developing trust
  • Engage with internal/external customers, consultants and regulatory personnel
  • Interface with internal project managers, staff and clients
  • Manage and coordinate internal and external resources and contractors as part of multi-disciplinary project teams, at times acting as the environmental team lead
  • Build an effective team, drive execution, and report on project status and progress
  • Maintain an awareness and communicate new or pending environmental regulations
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with Regulators
  • Influence and educate others in the company to promote environmental stewardship
  • Ability to determine, understand and manage risk
  • Communicate effectively: listening, writing and talking skills
  • Understand energy production and delivery enough to assess impacts and compliance requirements
  • Ability to Influence State and Federal energy rules
  • Represent and participate in industry organizations to influence regional and national issues
  • Perform individual lifts and carried office supplies up to 35 pounds
  • Some travel (up to 40% of time), including day trips and overnights will be required, depending on work location and experience
  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Formal training and 10 years' experience in environmental compliance, permitting and siting is required
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental engineering or related field is required
  • Master's degree, PE or advanced certification is preferred
  • Extensive knowledge and demonstrated expertise in federal and state environmental policy, permitting and siting regulations, planning and analysis, MEPA and NEPA compliance, MMFSA compliance, wildlife and raptor management, public involvement, technical writing, and project management
  • Basic understanding of environmental-related impacts and permit compliance requirements for right of way and real estate issues associated with utility projects
  • Must be able to establish and maintain positive, productive working relationships with internal team members, agencies, public groups, and contractors
  • Must have good computer skills and use Microsoft Word and Excel proficiently
  • Proficient in negotiating, conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Excellent relationship building, communication and interpersonal skills required