Development Manager (Solar + Storage)

Location: Chicago
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: Negotiable
Contact: Silas Mahner
Email: email Silas
Reference: BBBH5864_1642808834
Posted: 4 months ago

Title: Development Manager (Solar + Storage)

Location: Greater Chicago Area

About NextWave
NextWave Partners is the Recruitment Partner of choice within the Clean Energy, Sustainable Infrastructure, ESG, Impact Investment, Climate-Tech & Technology sectors. We are committed to supporting industries battling climate change towards a net-zero future and a sustainable economy.

About the Role
NextWave Partners are currently exclusively engaged with a Greenfield utility-scale solar and solar + storage development company. They develop projects throughout the US with a focus on the mid-west. They are made up of a group of passionate individuals with significant industry experience and is looking to grow its team.

They are searching for a Development Manager to join the development team. As part of a small and dynamic development team, developers are expected to manage varying responsibilities as projects progress through the development process.


  • Project Development: Under the general direction of the management team, establish the development strategy for utility-scale solar projects and drive all aspects of project development, including site prospecting and acquisition, site analysis, landowner relations, permitting, interconnection, business development, and community outreach.
  • Project Management: Coordinate and collaborate with internal resources and third-party consultants to ensure project tasks are completed on schedule and within budget.
  • Leadership and Management: Manage and direct junior developers to support project development across the portfolio.
  • Manage Multiple Tasks Simultaneously: Develop and manage several projects at various stages of development, under tight deadlines and according to specific business plans.
  • Prepare Quality Work Product: Prepare project documents, real estate agreements, reports, presentations, and other work product timely, completely, and accurately.
  • Organization and Data Management: Organize, store, and transmit project information effectively using internal and external data management policies.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 2-5 years of experience in a similar role
  • Project management, organizational, leadership, and analytical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and advocacy skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team and take the initiative to follow up as needed
  • Ethical, professional, and respectful workplace manner
  • Up to 70% domestic travel
  • Experience in solar industry a plus, but not required
  • Experience with geospatial tools, including ArcGIS and Google Earth

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly on the platform with your latest CV. We will review your application and revert back promptly.

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