Manager – OSW Environmental Affairs

Location Boston, MA
Date Posted August 13, 2023
Job Type


Company and Business

Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy facilities in the United States with an eight-gigawatt portfolio of onshore wind and solar projects across 22 states. Avangrid Renewables’ offshore wind business is pioneering this new industry with a development pipeline of five gigawatts off the East Coast. Our offshore portfolio consists of the first-in-the-nation joint venture project Vineyard Wind, which will deliver 800 MW of clean energy into Massachusetts starting in 2023; Park City Wind, an 804 MW project to serve the state of Connecticut; and Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind that has the potential to deliver 3,500 MW of clean energy into Virginia and North Carolina. We aspire to be the employer of choice by providing purposeful and challenging work revolutionizing the renewable energy industry in the United States. This role will be part of a team developing, designing, constructing and operating large scale offshore wind projects which will provide affordable, clean energy and will have a transformational impact on local communities. Avangrid Renewables’ offshore business is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Avangrid is part of the IBERDROLA Group, a global energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Avangrid employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies – a list of America’s best corporate citizens – and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute.


Avangrid Renewables is seeking a Manager - OSW (Offshore Wind) Environmental Affairs to support the Company’s efforts to develop and permit well-sited offshore wind projects with minimal environmental impact. The Manager - OSW Environmental Affairs will be part of the US Offshore Development Team, reporting to the Director of Environment, and work with colleagues worldwide as part of IBERDROLA Global Offshore Environmental Team.
The successful Candidate will support a variety of activities within the offshore wind environmental affairs arena, including environmental surveys, permitting, community outreach, and engineering support. Specifically, this position will have a focus on the science, technology, policy, sustainability and environmental aspects of project permitting and development.

The Manager - OSW Environmental Affairs will also be responsible for developing and managing Avangrid’s US offshore wind sustainability initiatives and ensuring that its operations are in line with Company’s sustainability goals, specifically:

Net zero greenhouse gas emissions for scope 1 and 2 by 2030 and scope 3 by 2040
Net biodiversity positive by 2030
Integration of circular economy into projects

These are ambitious goals that Avangrid has communicated to investors and will require fundamental shifts in how projects are designed, constructed and operated. The Manager - OSW Environmental Affairs will be responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategies, identifying and addressing environmental, social, and economic impacts, and promoting sustainability throughout the organization. The role will include leading technical inputs into industry workstreams, research, and academic partnerships to influence and progress the offshore wind industry’s response to decarbonisation, circular economy and biodiversity challenges and opportunities.


Provide technical, biological, ecological, and environmental expertise in support of offshore wind project development activities.
Support federal and state permitting activities and manage permit- and HSE-related compliance tasks.
Assist with the execution of multi-year environmental survey programs, including the procurement and contracting of consultant/contractor services.
Collaborate and communicate effectively with inter-disciplinary internal and external teams.
Participate in local, state, regional, and national environmental working groups to identify and address key environmental challenges and concerns associated with developing renewable energy projects in the offshore environment.
Assist with collaborative partnerships with outside organizations on environmental initiatives.
Develop and implement sustainability strategies to ensure the company’s operations are in line with its sustainability goals.
Identify and assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the company’s operations and develop plans to mitigate these impacts.
Promote sustainability throughout the organization by creating awareness and understanding of sustainability principles and practices.
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to integrate sustainability into business decision making and operations.
Participate as core team member of offtake bid teams, responsible for leading partnership development, bid writing, and outreach efforts.
Develop and implement sustainability metrics and reporting systems to measure progress towards sustainability goals.
Coordinate and complete quarterly and annual sustainability reporting for the US offshore business.
Develop working knowledge of the latest technical, regulatory and commercial developments in the specialist discipline that has the potential to reduce cost and/or risk, and improve environmental performance
Stay up-to-date with sustainability trends and best practices, and provide recommendations for improvements, in particular on actions to reduce cost and/or risk, and improve environmental performance
Represent the company in sustainability forums and engage with stakeholders on sustainability issues.
Assist with collaborative partnerships with outside organizations on environmental initiatives.

Skills and Requirements

Bachelor's degree in environmental studies/science, natural resources, biology, ecology, sustainability, environmental science, or a related field (graduate degree preferred)
At least eight years of experience permitting energy and/or transmission projects, preferably offshore projects, in the Northeastern
Strong understanding of environmental and social impact assessments, sustainability principles, sustainability reporting, and stakeholder engagement.
Excellent project management and leadership skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a strong focus on results.
Ability to work under pressure and within tight deadlines
Able to adapt and work in a fast-paced working environment and responsive to change.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and sustainability reporting tools and databases.


Be a role model
Be agile
Collaborate and Share
Develop Self & Others
Empower to grow
Focus to achieve results
Technical Skills

Our Selection Process

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a medical Fit for Duty exam, background check, references, drug screen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be administered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may involve handling of funds, accounts or cash. A Motor Vehicle (MVR) check will be administered when a prospective employee will be regularly using a company vehicle. Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

Mobility Information

Please note that any applicant who is not a citizen of the country of the vacancy will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in that country

Avangrid employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD Network and Corporate functions. This does not include those that will work for Avangrid Renewables

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