Permitting Specialist-Siting and Land Rights

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2023

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Position Summary

This position has considerable latitude for decisions relating to the need for permits, negotiate acceptable permit conditions and determine appropriate measures to minimize environmental impacts. Assignments are often self-initiated. Possess expert knowledge of land rights principles and regulations and applies them in creative and effective ways to a broad range of complex assignments. Must demonstrate exceptional diplomacy skills and judgment to balance competing objectives. Leads sensitive negotiations and settlements and provides management with sound analytic analyses to support compensation decision-making. Proven track record in successfully managing project schedules and budgets.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Negotiate with landowners and their legal representatives for the acquisition and management of land rights for major energy facilities, up to and including the process of condemnation. Highly proficient in preparing and administering land rights instruments including easements, leases, deeds, licenses and performing abstracting and other related courthouse searches to facilitate the acquisition and disposition of property rights.
  • Prepare applications and negotiate for and obtain certain applicable permits from state and local land management agencies for gas and electric utility facilities. These include Conditional Use Permits from local municipalities. Prepare railroad and DOT permit applications for utility facility crossings and longitudinal encroachments. Prepare or assist in preparation of other local and state permits as required.
  • Represent the company before federal, state and local regulatory and land management agencies, boards, planning commissions and councils. Prepare project descriptions and summaries, respond to data requests and make presentations to the governing jurisdictions in public hearings to obtain approval for projects. Act as primary spokesperson on all land rights related activities for the project. Act as expert witness in preparing and presenting written and oral testimony in state certification proceedings (CON, CPCN, CCN) and other regulatory proceedings.
  • Maintain a high level of technical knowledge and understanding of applicable federal, state and local land rights laws, codes, ordinances and regulations. Implement effective negotiating strategies and techniques in order to secure land rights at a fair and equitable cost. Serve as technical resource and advisor to other Siting & Land Rights Staff.
  • Administers and consults with other agents and team members on complex project issues regarding land rights and siting issues. Assists others in developing, refining and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of Xcel Energy. Contributes to process teams concerning budget and regulatory compliance.
  • Provides assistance to other internal Xcel Energy departments and subsidiaries involving land rights management and acquisition, valuation, scheduling and cost estimates for siting and land rights activities.
  • Prepares requests for proposals, contract agreements, and project estimates for projects. Leads selection of consultants and contractors. Manages consultants on major projects. Leads team for condemnation proceedings and provides testimony in related court cases.

Associate level Minimum Requirements

Bachelors degree in real estate, land use planning, management or business. A combination of relevant education and experience providing equivalent knowledge. Minimum 8 years of increasingly complex siting, acquisition and/or land rights management experience. SR/WA designation or advanced degree a plus. Experience with state and federal permit and/or acquisition activities. Demonstrated skills in technical writing, verbal communications, negotiations and project management skills. Valid driver's license is required.

Sr level Minimum Requirements

Bachelors degree in real estate, land use planning, management or business. A combination of relevent education and experience totaling 8 years may be considered in lieu of the degree requirement. Minimum of 5 years of increasingly complex siting, acquisition and/or land rights management experience. Demonstrated project management skills.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Non-BargainingThe anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $68,000.00 to $112,000.00 per yearThis position may also be eligible for the following benefits and/or pay components: Pay - Annual Incentive Program, Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Transportation Reimbursement Account, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only), Parental Leave

Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

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