Senior Manager/Director of Project Development

November 9th, 2022

Location: San Francisco/Remote


Brightmark is selectively looking for individuals who thrive in a fast growing, team oriented, entrepreneurial business culture and who share our mission to create a world without waste. Founded in 2016, Brightmark is transforming organic waste into renewable natural gas and creating innovative approaches to plastic renewal through science-first approaches and powerful partnerships. A career at Brightmark means that you work with brilliant, passionate people who get up in the morning because they want to make the world a better place. We pride ourselves on our commitment to collaboration and hard work in a mission-driven environment with teammates who make work fun and practice what they preach changing the way the world thinks about waste. Learn more at  


Job Summary:

We are seeking a Senior Manager of Project Development to join the Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Development team. The ideal candidate will have specific recent experience in the development of renewable energy or gas projects. The candidate will be expected to lead 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. This position reports to the VP of Project development.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • 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.

Knowledge & Skills 

  • 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 


  • Budget planning and resource allocation 
  • 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 

Experience & Education 

  • Bachelors degree in engineering, economics or business 
  • 5+ years of experience in renewables development or similar field 

Preferred Requirements:  

  • MBA or other relevant advanced degree 
  • 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  


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

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