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Manager/Sr. Manager Economic Development

Urban Grid Solar Projects, LLC
Trammells, Texas, US
Closing date
May 29, 2024

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Consultancy/Private Sector
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Urban Grid, a leading independent power producer, facilitates a rapid and sustainable energy transition by developing high-quality renewable energy projects, fostering community partnerships, and serving as a good land steward. Our company is positioned to own and operate its facilities while cultivating a land management system that benefits farmers, communities, and the natural world through agrivoltaics. Urban Grid maintains a delivery-focused approach with the goal of being a good neighbor, corporate citizen, and trusted energy solutions partner. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with teams situated strategically throughout the United States, Urban Grid has a long history of contributing to the clean energy economy. In addition to 940 megawatts currently under construction, we are actively developing a growing portfolio of more than 12,000 megawatts of solar PV and 7,000 megawatts of co-located and stand-alone energy storage. To learn more, please visit .

Urban Grid is a portfolio company of . one of the world's largest owners and operators of renewable power and climate transition assets.

Job Summary

Urban Grid is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to join our team. The Sr. Economic Development Manager is a seasoned leader with experience in local community engagement activities relating to renewable energy. Reporting to the VP, Economic & Community Development, this individual will work to ensure that local government officials, key influencers and stakeholders are well informed of the economic benefits a utility-scale solar facility will bring to a rural community. The position supports numerous teams throughout the organization including land, project development and permitting. As part of the community engagement team, the Sr. Economic Development Manager will work to shepherd our projects through a successful permitting process.


Prepare and deliver community engagement strategy for priority projects in the Urban Grid portfolio.

Engaging with local government officials, civic leaders, community influencers, local businesses and non-profit groups.

Provide proactive, relevant intel and analysis of county-level politics, rulings, ordinances and other happenings that could impact a project positively or negatively. Reports out to all internal stakeholders on a timely and regular basis.

Represent Urban Grid at local and state government and trade functions.

Support project developer with permitting as needed.

Coordinate and deliver local events with the support of the Community Engagement team.

Other duties as assigned.

Location: Houston or Richmond vicinity preferred, or hybrid working may be acceptable for this role and will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Travel: 50%


Bachelor's degree in business, communications, political science or other related field.

Minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience, in economic development, public relations, community outreach, land development or related work.

3+ years of solar industry experience preferred; experience working for a Utility, IPP, or Developer is a plus.

Experience with project management, managing time-sensitive activities, coordinating public events and delivering public presentations in strategic collaboration with a team.

Must be self-motivated and be able to work both individually and/or in a collaborative team environment with minimal guidance.

Must be able to manage multiple deadlines and priorities, developing and maintaining internal and external relationships as new business opportunities are pursued.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to coordinate and communicate across a broad range of commercial and technical discussions.

Must have strong organizational capacity to simultaneously manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and be able to quickly adapt to changes and shift priorities as required.

Familiarity with relevant industry topics, project development and contract origination is helpful but not required.

Results-oriented with a strong commitment to renewable energy and sustainability.


Urban Grid offers an exciting benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, health savings account, flexible spending account, company-paid life insurance and short-term disability, voluntary life, and long-term disability, paid parental leave, and a retirement plan with matching. Full-time position with a competitive compensation package, including bonus.

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