Solar Project Development ManagerJob title is “Solar Project Development Manager”

Job description

About the client

The company is an autonomous power producer specializing in the development, construction, ownership, and operation of renewable energy projects. As the U.S. branch of a publicly traded, the company leverages its robust financial foundation and extensive project expertise to construct initiatives that foster enduring benefits for local communities, landowners, our stakeholders, and the environment.

The Position

The position of Senior Manager of Project Development is located at our Arlington, VA headquarters. In this role, you will be responsible for leading a team of project developers. We are seeking an ideal candidate with a robust understanding of the solar industry and solar project development, encompassing aspects such as real estate and local permitting. A significant requirement for this role is a proven track record of successfully taking solar projects from their inception through the development phase to achieving the Notice to Proceed (NTP). A comprehensive knowledge of county zoning practices and solar energy is essential, as you will play a pivotal role in advising and guiding your team through intricate zoning procedures. Prior experience in project development is a prerequisite.


  1. Supervise a team of project developers to ensure the acquisition of local zoning permits for projects.
  2. Offer guidance and serve as a subject matter expert in solar development for internal members of the development team.
  3. Oversee the preparation of zoning applications, including local tax modeling and community engagement.
  4. Ensure effective coordination between internal environmental and zoning permitting teams.
  5. Provide direction to the internal development team regarding the management of external consultant budgets and scopes.
  6. Engage with landowners and community stakeholders to cultivate positive, long-term relationships with host communities.
  7. Deliver updates on project budgets, progress, and timelines to management.
  8. Lead and participate in zoning negotiations.
  9. Guarantee the achievement of project milestones throughout the development process, which includes organizing data for presentation to management to assess development risk and spending at various project stages.
  10. Collaborate effectively with other departments to maintain clear communication and foster smooth collaboration throughout the project development process.
  11. Travel to project sites and attend stakeholder meetings as required.

Required experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience managing multiple solar development projects.
  • A college degree is mandatory.
  • Possess expertise in a business function relevant to the development process.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with excellent negotiation and presentation abilities.
  • Proficiency in creating forms, letters, and basic spreadsheets using MS Word and Excel, as well as creating presentations in PowerPoint and conducting internet-based research.
  • Self-motivated with the capability to work both independently and within a team.
  • A safe driving record and a valid driver's license.
  • Physical capability to traverse undeveloped land unaided, travel independently, and work at a computer for extended periods.
  • Availability to work evenings for meetings and community events.
  • The expectation of 30-40% regional travel during business hours to fulfill job responsibilities.


Hybrid (occasional office visits to Arlington, VI office)


$145-$175k base plus bonus
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