West Coast Tribal Lead

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Job Description

A little bit about the projects: 

Vineyard Offshore brings industry-leading experience to the emerging US-based offshore wind market. Owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, half of the joint venture behind the Vineyard Wind 1 project, Vineyard Offshore is focused on developing projects that will deliver clean, renewable, and cost-effective offshore wind power around North America. In addition to Vineyard Wind 1, Vineyard Offshore currently owns three additional US lease areas that together can generate at least 3.5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy to power a minimum of two million homes along the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and Northern California coasts.


A little bit about the department: 

The West Coast Tribal Lead will be an integral part of the Development Team and support Tribal community engagement, outreach, communication, and permitting activities, centered around a close and constant dialog with relevant Tribal communities and their representatives. Due to its dynamic nature, this role will regularly require non-traditional work hours

Skills & Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree within a relevant field and/or three years of relevant experience
  • An active, solutions-oriented approach that seeks to facilitate dialog and collaboration with Tribes and Tribal interests while seeking mutually beneficial solutions to any issues that arise
  • Knowledge of and experience in Tribal intergovernmental relations, historic and cultural preservation, the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 106 Tribal Consultation process, and similar relevant federal, state, and local policy areas 
  • Experience working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to manage simultaneous priorities without missing important deadlines or developments
  • Strong communication skills, and enthusiasm for engaging with people 
  • Experience and/or interest in renewable energy, particularly offshore wind 
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work independently, proactive with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency with MS365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and SharePoint
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Serve as a company liaison and reliable point of contact for Tribal communities and Tribal representatives
  • Build relationships among Tribal members and representatives, keeping Tribal governments and their membership informed about project proposals, permitting and review schedules, and actively soliciting input at all stages 
  • Facilitate comprehensive, efficient, thoughtful, and meaningful dialogue with Tribal communities to receive feedback on project proposals and reviews, including new ideas and creative opportunities for collaboration
  • Synthesize and effectively communicate concerns and ideas raised by Tribal communities to the development team and senior management and find effective solutions and responses
  • Work with the Compliance team to ensure that company communications and activities adhere to a range of requirements and conditions including Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other federal state agency lease and permit stipulations, and the Native American Tribes Communication Plan
  • Coordinate with company workforce and fisheries teams to address Tribal needs and concerns
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with Tribal governments and Tribal lead community groups to cultivate shared benefits between Tribal communities and offshore wind development
  • Maintain Tribal Nation and community databases and contact lists and track and report on engagement, community outreach events and other relevant items 
  • Support drafting and modification of engagement plans, permitting, and project proposal documents 
  • Plan and support outreach events 
  • Represent Vineyard Offshore in meetings including at events with Tribal communities
  • Manage budgets and coordinate contracting, invoicing, sponsorship and event requests
  • Develop internal training to each relevant Tribal cultural history and to facilitate Tribal interactions across the company 

Salary & Benefits

$110,000.00 To 135,000.00 Annually

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