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Community Relations Manager, Hawaii Renewables

Kauai & Kapolei HI

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AES Distributed Energy (AES DE) is currently seeking a Community Relations Manager to assist project development and permitting efforts in Hawaii as a member of AES DE’s Greenfield Business Development team. The Greenfield team is tasked with internal self-origination and development of solar and solar + storage projects up to construction commencement.

The successful candidate will lead and manage community relations as the face of AES DE for its existing and future pipeline of projects AES DE has in Hawaii which includes utility scale solar + storage projects on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Big Island both in Operation, Construction and Development. Will also be able to communicate effectively and advocate to social organizations, government officials, public and private institutions, regulatory agencies, and educational institutions, while representing AES DE in Hawaii competently and professionally.

This position will be based in Hawaii and reports to AES DE’s Director of Business Development. The role requires frequent travel between islands and some trips to AES DE’s main office in Louisville, CO. The successful candidate will work on a cross functional team with project development, legal, finance, engineering, construction, and outside consultants, landowners, customers, project stakeholders and utility companies.


Key Responsibilities:

Identify, map and track key stakeholders for each of AES DE’s projects in Hawaii

Develop and execute on a community relations plan for each project

Lead community outreach efforts including planning and hosting community meetings as necessary

Meet with key stakeholders, community members and represent AES DE in a professional manner

Support the development and permitting efforts of AES DE for its projects in Hawaii as an on-island resource and face of AES DE

Assist in tasks relating to project development and permits as coordinated by the AES DE Project Development Manager for Hawaii projects

Proactively mitigate risks by monitoring community, government and regulatory affairs

Track local policy, actions and news as it relates or could impact AES DE or its projects in Hawaii

Serve as the primary spokesperson for AES DE in the community and at hearings


Skills and Qualifications:

Undergraduate or postgraduate degree

Familiarity with energy development in Hawaii

Vast knowledge of the Hawaiian Islands and its history and culture

Large network of contacts and relationships in Hawaii with key stakeholders

Experience in project or land development and permitting in Hawaii

Experience with community relations in Hawaii

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

Knowledge of solar project development, utilities, interconnection, permitting, contracting

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Self-starter, very self-reliant and capable of operating with minimum supervision

Willingness and ability to travel frequently within Hawaii

Energy storage knowledge a plus



Posted October 9, 2019

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