Senior Project Developer

Senior Project Developer

Senior Project Developer

Job Description 

The Senior Project Developer is charged with carrying a portion of Earthrise’s project portfolio from inception through financial closing and the start of construction. This role will lead development of two of Earthrise’s hubs in Illinois, totaling 850 MW of solar PV. The Senior Project Developer will coordinate closely with the Land Acquisition, Community Engagement and Delivery teams; along with numerous local stakeholders in the communities where the projects are located. This role will have two dedicated support resources. The ideal candidate has 5-10 years of experience developing utility scale renewable energy projects and a demonstrated track record of successfully navigating the zoning process.


  • Lead project development, owning project schedule, budget and success, serving as quarterback across a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders to ensure projects achieve success metrics
  • Execute real estate and title diligence processes including negotiation of crossing agreements to ensure that title insurance can be secured prior to financial closing
  • Execute plan for county and/or state zoning; coordinating with Earthrise’s Head of Communications and Director of Community Engagement; represent Earthrise in meetings and hearings with community members and local government officials
  • Oversee site diligence process and preparation of early designs, coordinating with Environmental Director to hire and manage vendors to study constraints, survey the site, and apply for and receive regulatory approvals
  • Support land acquisition, coordinating with the internal Land Acquisition Team to build and execute campaigns to secure land for the solar array and easements on the timeline necessary for the project
  • Support interconnection filings and studies with internal and external engineering specialists to achieve project timeline
  • Support platform growth by assessing renewable energy opportunity, and risk of possible acquisitions
  • Assist with negotiation of offtake contracts and support project finance team members with closings


Qualifications & Skills

  • At least 5 years experience leading development of utility-scale solar projects, preferably in Illinois and/or the Midwest
  • Strong grasp of real estate contract terms and conditions and ability to quickly extract key provisions from land agreements and legal documents
  • Public speaking skills
  • Experience managing others
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills and the ability to structure work to meet project schedules and deadlines
  • Ability to travel in Illinois 25-40% of the time


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