The Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU is seeking an individual with significant experience in renewable energy development for a year-long position as Navajo Nation Energy Manager. This is a contractor position; the contractor will work in the office of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources under the direct supervision of Executive Director Bidtah Becker. This position will support the Navajo Nation government as they pursue development of renewable energy on their 27 million square miles. This is a year-long position. The contractor will be expected to be available in Window Rock, AZ, approximately five to ten business days a month.
Job responsibilities include:
Assist in development of Navajo Nation policies regarding renewable energy development zones on the Nation. Provide expertise to help further refine existing screening criteria for these zones, investigate and analyze the zones, and development of appropriate policies to ensure actual development of utility scale renewable energy projects and to ensure that benefits accrue to the Nation and to the local communities, referred to as Chapters, where the projects will be sited. This policy development includes the development of a plan for an Energy Office to work on strategic development as more fully described
Assist with financial and contractual aspects of renewable energy development, including communicating with and evaluating inquiries from project developers and preparing potential Requests for Qualifications or Proposals for development on Navajo land.
Coordinate with other offices within the Navajo Nation, entities of the Nation, non-Navajo Nation utilities, developers, agencies, and regulators in pursuit of renewable energy development.
Provide high-level strategic guidance for use of renewable energy resources over the medium- and long- terms. This will include working with agencies and stakeholders to develop a “Navajo Energy Resource Roadmap” intended to ensure long-term economic growth via use of renewable energy resources.
Provide guidance for best economic use of 500MW of transmission capacity that Navajo are entitled to from USBOR, as well as possible access to additional transmission resources as needed.
At least 5+ years of experience related to renewable energy development and siting, contract negotiation, and project management.
Experience working directly with utilities, agencies, regulators, and electricity customers on renewable energy projects.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders on complex issues.
Strong organizational skills, with sharp attention to detail and commitment to producing quality results.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and effectively with peers, and proven ability to build rapport with individuals of different backgrounds and cultures.
Experience in the southwestern United States renewable energy markets preferred.
This is anticipated to be a one-year contractor position.
Contract amount will be in the $100,000-$113,000 range, commensurate with experience.
Please address current letters of interest and C.V. or resume to Maren Mahoney, Energy Policy Innovation Council Program Manager at Arizona State University: Maren.Mahoney@asu.edu
. For more information about the Navajo Nation, please see the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources’ website: http://www.dnr.navajo-nsn.gov/
. This announcement will be posted on that site on May 25th.
Application deadline is two weeks after posting on the Navajo Nation site, on June 8th.