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Director Of Community Relations | Renewable Energy | External Affairs

Director Of Community Relations | Renewable Energy | External Affairs

​Our client, a growing renewable energy power producer, is looking for a Director, Community Relations to join the External affairs team.

The firm are a well-established Renewable Energy Power Producer, with an extensive development pipeline throughout the US.The operating portfolio includes battery storage, hydro, solar and hybrid projects, with the current dev pipeline at over 1000MW (mix of solar, battery and offshore wind).

The firm were recently successful in the NY offshore lease auction so this is truly a rare opportunity to join a collaborative, lean team of industry experts who are truly at the forefront of the US energy transition. This individual will support the development and operation for one of the first offshore wind projects in the US.

Reporting to the Head of External Affairs, the Director of Community Relations will need to be based in New England and spend substantial time engaging with the communities where we operate, which includes Western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Western Pennsylvania.

The Director of Community Relations role is eligible for hybrid remote working options to provide flexibility while recognizing that frequent in-person presence in our communities is a job requirement. This position does not currently supervise any direct reports but our client anticipates growth potential in the future as the company continues its current aggressive growth trajectory.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Working with other public-facing teams within the company, develop a strategy to build and maintain programs and activities that will have a positive impact on the community, particularly associated with the company’s commitment to clean energy and environmental stewardship. Our current programs include recreation, environmental and clean energy education, charitable giving, and supporting local economic development and community programs.

  • Build and maintain relationships with members of the community, recreation and environmental organizations, local public officials, and key community organizations. Serve as a resource and key point of contact for local press, neighboring businesses, institutions, and public officials.

  • Act as a liaison between external stakeholders and internal operations, land management, recreation, maintenance, compliance, government affairs, communications, and other teams within the company.

  • Administer and manage the company’s charitable programs.

  • Attend relevant events and activities to represent the company and work proactively to build strong relationships with key community members.

  • Respond to inquiries from community members and other stakeholders – when needed, identify other resources within the company to assist.

  • In coordination with the Recreation Department help to manage the company’s educational programming contractors and work with them to develop programming that enriches community clean energy and environmental education activities.

Qualifications / Skills Sought:

  • At least 8 years of work experience in public relations, communications, external affairs, government relations, or similar field; experience working with diverse stakeholder groups

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team

  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage sensitive or controversial subjects with tact, empathy, kindness, and professionalism

  • Knowledge of clean energy and environmental stewardship programming a plus

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Driver’s license

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy