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External Affairs Lead- Offshore Wind at EDF Renewables

External Affairs Lead- Offshore Wind

EDF Renewables Boston, MA Full Time
EDF Renewables North America, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, is a leading North American independent power producer boasting over 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of services. Our mission is to deliver renewable solutions to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Background:

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is a 50:50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America. The joint-venture (JV) company was formed in December 2018 to co-develop a 183,353-acre lease area on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The lease area (OCS-A 0499) is located within the New Jersey Wind Energy Area.

Scope of Job:

The JV is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to work with our team to support the Public/Government Relations (PR/GR) Manager and the Development Team to help contribute and drive the external affairs as well as the community and government outreach strategies for the JV and its associated portfolio of mid-Atlantic offshore wind projects. This role will include external facing tasks such as organizing and hosting events, developing and delivering project print and digital content that supports the JV’s mission and vision as well as needs of both parent companies.

As a member of the Atlantic Shores Development Team, the External Affairs (EA) Lead will work with both the JV and parent organization executive staff as well as multiple consultants as we collaborate or interface with various stakeholders across New Jersey and the New York metro area.

The EA Lead will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of Atlantic Shores external affairs efforts. The EA Lead will support the PR/GR Manager and the Development Team and serve as an external affairs liaison on behalf of the organization, requiring a thorough understanding of public and government relations campaigns, media and outreach strategies, and innovative approaches to reach and respond to key audiences/stakeholders, while maintaining a commitment to the organization’s mission.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized have deep experience managing situations with a diverse staff and with multiple stakeholders in an active and challenging environment.

Responsibilities:

25% Management Support

  • Responsible for supporting the PR/GR Manager and external affairs initiatives, including the implementation of work plans, timelines, specific analyses to be completed, oversight of budgets and budget requests, and individual responsibilities.
  • Tracking the impact of the initiatives and programs.
  • Coordinate and track primary strategies of Public Affairs, Marketing, Government Affairs, and Stakeholder engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

70% External Relations Support

  • Serve as a relationship liaison with private sector partners, industry associations, and relevant academic and government stakeholders directly or supporting external facing team members
  • Manage sponsorship and conference opportunities and associated follow up items
  • Working collaboratively with offshore leadership and development teams.
  • Provide support to Community Liaison consultants as they interact with shoreside communities and other stakeholders.
  • Support internal team members on messaging and outreach
  • Track stakeholder engagement plans, communication plans, and community economic development initiatives and partnerships.
  • Identify potential program and initiatives via conversations with industry stakeholders and monitors successful programs from other states and countries.
  • Support other team members on outreach where needed.

5% - Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

•        A bachelor’s degree in the areas of communications, political science, environmental policy, or a comparable field.  An advanced degree is a plus

•        At least 2 years of experience in energy-related field or external affairs background

•        Experience working in New Jersey or New York is highly desirable 

Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Ability to quickly work into new tasks and accommodate with new circumstances in a dynamic environment
  • Experience in strategic advocacy campaigns
  • Exemplify flexibility, an ability to work independently, to be highly organized, and an attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work within complex situations and challenging relationships with confidence, confidentiality, and tact
  • Comfortable in supporting other team members in their external facing roles
  • Operating style suited to working in a small team environment where teamwork, creativity and flexibility are valued
  • Existing professional relationships with local utility representatives, logistics suppliers, offshore contractors, developers, government representatives and others are a plus. 

Physical Requirements:

Ability to travel every month to an Atlantic Shores or parent office for 3-5 days at a time. Travel to events will also be required on an as needed basis but may include up to 1 event per week at certain times of year.

Working Conditions:

Normal office environment. Travel includes visits to stakeholder communities, other Atlantic Shores offices, industry conferences and other locations appropriate for the development function. Will spend time in meetings related to strategic planning, financial reviews, and special projects; meetings with potential organizational partners and key stakeholder representatives, and others related to/interested in the offshore wind industry.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS: In alignment with our core values and placing safety first, EDF Renewables will implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all US hires. Proof of full vaccination will be required to accept an offer with a hire date on or after January 3, 2022.

 
Notice to Staffing Agencies: EDF Renewables and its subsidiaries ('EDF-R') will not accept unsolicited resumes/CVs from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes sent to EDF-R, including unsolicited resumes sent to a EDF-R mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to EDF-R employees outside of EDF-R’s Recruiting department, or to EDF-R’s resume database will be considered as submitted directly by a candidate and therefore EDF-R will NOT pay any fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of such unsolicited resume. EDF-R will consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Agency free of any charges or fees. Agencies must obtain advance written approval from EDF-R’s Recruiting department to submit resumes, and then only in conjunction with a valid fully executed contract for service. EDF-R will not pay a fee to any Agency that does not have such agreement in place. Agency agreements will only be valid if in writing and signed by EDF-R’s Vice President - Human Resources or his/ her designee. No other EDF-R employee is authorized to bind EDF-R to any agreement regarding the placement of candidates by Agencies.”

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