Head of Regulatory Affairs

Vaulted Deep
Houston, Texas, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2023

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Environmental Justice
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
About Vaulted

Vaulted is an emerging leader in permanent carbon removal. As a Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS) solution, Vaulted delivers permanent, high quality carbon removal at scale through the geologic sequestration of carbon-filled organic waste.

Vaulted's approach is designed to be the lowest-cost, gigaton scale, permanent carbon removal. We sequester sludgy organic wastes (biosolids, manure, agricultural, food waste, paper sludge, etc.) that today are sent to a landfill, dumped into an ocean/river, land applied, or otherwise left to decompose, releasing Green House Gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. GHGs into the atmosphere. Vaulted leverages a suite of patented, mature, geologic slurry sequestration technologies which allow us to sequester organic waste with minimal processing. We inject deep under the earth's surface, where the carbon is permanently trapped under a layer of impermeable rock - the same formations that have kept hydrocarbons underground for millions of years. We have two permitted, operational, facilities allowing us to reach near-term meaningful scale.

Our carbon removal approach goes beyond vaulting carbon. It inherently improves local environmental and human health. In doing so, our operations redress historically unjust waste management practices and advance environmental justice.

Vaulted is backed by leading carbon removal and climate investors, including Lowercarbon Capital, Earthshot Ventures, and WovenEarth Ventures.

About the Role

At Vaulted, we have an aggressive development plan for new sites. The pace at which we can ramp up our Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) generation is directly tied to our ability to source development partners and secure organic waste. The Head of Regulatory Affairs will be principally responsible for sourcing and managing the business relationships for the company which will result in access to new sites, partnerships, joint ventures, and licensees.

As the Head of Regulatory Affairs, you will:
  • Play a crucial role in maintaining strong relationships with internal stakeholders, including the VP of Engineering, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Board Chairman.
  • Be at the forefront of navigating complex well regulatory landscapes, ensuring compliance, and leading the well permitting process for organic waste injection projects.
  • Be responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance in all our injection projects, staying abreast of regulatory developments, and effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders to drive successful regulatory outcomes.
  • Build and lead a team of full time and contract permit writers to support our business development and growth objectives.
  • Provide critical input to our efforts to shape the regulatory landscape for organic waste sequestration.
  • Be a key early member of the team, and as such will play a critical role in shaping the culture of the company through the example of your dedication, hustle, values, attitude and work ethic.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced and rewarding environment where your contributions will directly lead to mitigating, and eventually reversing, the worst impacts of climate change.

Location can be flexible - we have offices in Houston, TX and San Francisco, CA. In person is preferred, but we are flexible geographically for the right fit.

What You Will Bring

To succeed in this role, and to help the company to succeed in our mission, the Head of Regulatory Affairs will need, most of all, restlessness, drive, hustle, and a deep sense of urgency. They will need to be able to manage multiple threads at the same time, while delivering rapid results from an understaffed team, if for no other reason than the planet simply cannot wait. In addition, we seek a candidate with:
  • Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology or related field directly applicable to injection well permitting.
  • 5+ years of experience interfacing with regulatory bodies.
  • Direct experience filing, writing, and or evaluating injection well permits in the US, as well as experience with regulatory agencies in North America, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state regulatory bodies.
  • High commercial acumen and creativity, enabling effective response to challenges in negotiations with highly experienced and commercially astute regulatory professionals.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and in public during negotiations and regulatory interactions.
  • Proficiency in project management and coordination to effectively plan, execute, and monitor regulatory activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in written and spoken English. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders, including investors, customers, business partners and team members. Capable of presenting complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Committed to sustainability, with an appreciation of the environmental, social, and economic benefits of carbon removal and/or climate change mitigation.

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