Senior Manager/Director of Project Development

November 9th, 2022

Location: San Francisco, CA/Hybrid

Department: Business Development | Reports to: VP of Project Development

Company Overview:

Brightmark tackles the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges with imagination, optimism, and activity that is making real progress toward a cleaner future. We do this by taking a holistic, closed loop, circular economy approach that has actual results. Driven by equal parts urgency and optimism, we Reimagine Waste. We deploy circular waste solutions, focused on plastics renewal (circular plastics) and anaerobic digestion (renewable natural gas), that disrupt the status quo and make actual change happen. Our programs are tailored as scalable project solutions that meet specific environmental needs around the world and in communities where people live and work.


Join us as we build toward a more livable future without waste!


Job Summary:

We are seeking a Senior Manager/Director of Project Development to join the Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) or Plastics Business Development team. The candidate is expected to support the team by leading the development of both greenfield and acquisition projects from the early stages of diligence through construction start in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment. Candidates must have a track record of quickly ramping up in new energy markets/regions, on-the-job problem solving and ability to communicate professionally in a variety of settings. Duties will include coordinating and prioritizing internal and external resources, performing site visits, securing discretionary permits and interconnection agreements, negotiating land acquisition, community outreach, operation of pro-forma models and community outreach.


  • Lead all aspects of complex project development process by effectively managing land rights negotiation, permitting, interconnection, community approval and internal championing for multiple projects;
  • Collaborate with colleague departments (including origination, engineering, finance, construction and O&M) and direct external consultants to ensure successful development of viable projects;
  • Develop and implement tactical execution plans to ensure projects stay on budget and schedule through all phases of development process;
  • Conduct due diligence to assess risks and viability of early-stage projects;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with project stakeholders, including landowners, regulators and utilities, across the country, often in remote locations;
  • Foster community engagement, secure grants and tax abatements and understand relevant regulatory and utility requirements;
  • Work with the project team / finance department to determine and validate assumptions and develop accurate models of project economics;
  • Approximately 25-50% travel to customer locations for meetings and presentations.

Success Criteria

(what success will look like in this role):

  • Ability to plan budgets and allocate resources
  • Ability to represent the company in a professional manner 
  • Ability to perform with grace under pressure from both internal and external sources 
  • Ability to synthesize and interpret financial analysis and use to inform decision making  
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and interface effectively with cross-functional employee groups of all levels and competencies 
  • Energetic and aggressive in pursuing opportunities   
  • Results-oriented with the ability to work independently in an entrepreneurial environment  
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory issues affecting AD energy project development  
  • Strong desire to advance waste and energy solutions that bring global benefit  

Experience & Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering, economics or business 
  • 5+ years of experience in renewables development or similar field 
  • MBA or other relevant advanced degree preferred
  • Knowledge of development in new greenfield renewables project development obtained through demonstrated experience is preferred but not required
  • Strong organization, problem solving and communication skills 
  • Understanding of energy markets (electricity and natural gas) 
  • Strong leadership and strategic skills with an ability to balance and prioritize competing interests 
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills;  
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills 
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter with a burning desire to learn and win  
  • Effective at creating, summarizing, and presenting information logically for executive decision making 
  • Knowledge of finance and business concepts 
  • Fluency in MS Excel, MS Project, PowerPoint, and Word 


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Disability Assistance
  • Paid Vacation

Pay Range:

  • $106,000.00 – $176,000.00/year

Please send resume and cover letter to  

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