Overview

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is looking to hire an experienced Project Director with experience and expertise on industrial site economic redevelopment, real estate and effective advocacy for an innovative new project seizing the once-in-a-generation opportunity to help transition retired coal plant sites into public park lands, and new solar energy generation combined with energy storage development in Michigan. The Project Director will lead a four-person team of ELPC expert staff and consultants to effectively engage in advocacy involving creative eco-business deal-making with utilities, local government officials, local community and conservation groups and other stakeholders to achieve the goal of transforming retired coal plant sites in environmentally beneficial and economically achievable ways. The Project Director is a full-time ELPC senior staff position based in Michigan with a salary of $110,000 – $130,000 depending on experience and location, plus full benefits.

PROJECT SUMMARY: ELPC’s Power Plants to Parklands Project (P2P). In Michigan and across the Midwest, coal plants are retiring, sometimes without clear plans for future site utilization. There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to clean up and transition these retired coal plant sites into public park lands and beaches for recreational uses, expand adjacent protected wildlife refuges, and provide grid-connected large-scale solar energy generation and energy storage resources that produce clean power, job creation and property tax revenues. These sites are already hardwired into the energy grid infrastructure for renewable energy development.
ELPC is engaging with Michigan utilities, community stakeholders, and policymakers to strategically analyze specific sites for P2P solutions. We are focusing on coal plants that are slated for closure or have recently retired. While ELPC’s overall strategic framing is consistent, the approaches turn on the circumstances at each coal plant site. This work is not “one size fits all.” ELPC works with partners to seize these opportunities and create benefits for generations to come.
The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We drive transformational policy changes with national impacts. ELPC’s core belief is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together, and we put this sustainability principle into practice. ELPC advances climate solutions effectively by accelerating clean renewable energy alternatives to conventional power plants and accelerating clean transportation solutions. ELPC protects the Great Lakes and defends the Midwest’s wild and natural places, and we advocate for safe, clean water and healthy clean air for all in Midwestern communities.
ELPC combines effective public interest litigation with strategic policy advocacy, sound science, and economic analysis. ELPC produces strong results for the environment in the courtrooms, boardrooms, and legislative hearing rooms across the pivotal Midwest states and in Washington D.C. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, and ELPC has offices in Columbus, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Madison, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. ELPC’s annual budget is over $10 million. Please see ELPC’s website for more information – www.elpc.org
Come join our winning team of talented, mission-driven professionals who passionately work together to protect the environment and natural resources and seize opportunities for eco-business progress in the Midwest region.

POSITION TITLE: Project Director, Sustainable Industrial Economic Redevelopment Specialist – Michigan Power Plants to Parklands. Full-time ELPC senior staff position.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

LOCATION: Michigan

POSTION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Project Director will lead a four-person multidisciplinary team of ELPC expert staff and consultants to work with utilities, government officials, local community and conservation groups and other stakeholders to achieve the focused goal of transforming a targeted number of retired Michigan coal plant sites into public park lands for outdoor recreation, expanded adjacent wildlife refuges, and solar energy generation combined with energy storage projects.
• Lead the project team on deal-making to achieve results of P2P transformations of targeted retired coal plant sites in Michigan.
• Effectively advocate and negotiate for P2P transformations of retired coal plant sites in Michigan.
• Point person for engagement and persuasion with utilities and diverse public and private stakeholders.
• Work with project team to conduct economic, financial and feasibility analysis of P2P conversions at Michigan coal plant sites.
• Work with ELPC’s Executive Director on strategic focus and successful project execution.
• Engage with ELPC’s philanthropic supporters.
• Other duties, as assigned.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND EDUCATION:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher level.
• 10+ years of progressive experience successfully planning, executing and achieving industrial economic development and redevelopment projects in Michigan. Real estate experience.
• Demonstrated ability to achieve success on multifaceted short to mid term projects over 3 to 5-year project period.
• Excellent advocacy, persuasion, presentation and communications skills. Commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development.
• Experience successfully working with Michigan municipal governments, utilities, environmental and conservation organizations, and diverse community stakeholders.
• Strong project planning skills, ability to manage complex, long-range projects, and succeed within a reasonable time frame and budget.
• Ability to effectively lead a multidisciplinary, mission-focused, geographically dispersed project team.
• Strong financial and economic analysis skills.
• Proficiency in Microsoft suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint.

Estimated Travel:
Around Michigan, and occasionally to Chicago (ELPC HQ and the U.S. EPA Region 5 office).

Salary:
Full-time ELPC Senior Staff position. Salary of $110,000 – $130,000 depending on experience and location in Michigan, plus ELPC’s full benefits package including generous time off and 403b match.

Application Process:
Please apply via our Careers site https://tinyurl.com/ELPCProjectDirector

ELPC’s EEO Statement:
Environmental Law & Policy Center is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
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