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GCI is a leading utility-scale energy storage development company that has seen remarkable growth since its inception over a year ago. Our well-funded enterprise is led by a team of seasoned project developers with a proven track record in energy storage, thermal and solar. Since its inception in 2022, GCI has achieved substantial growth, currently spearheading the development of over 1.7 GWs of energy storage projects in various stages across diverse markets throughout the United States. We are committed to pioneering sustainable solutions in the energy sector and are now seeking passionate and qualified individuals to join our dynamic team.


ITHACA, NY Or Emerald Isle, NC


Head Of Development


$60,000-$100,000 Base Salary + Bonus


This position is responsible for leading all permitting activities for utility scale energy storage projects throughout the United States. This role will also be charged with building and leading a growing permitting team within an environment of rapid growth.


  • Secure all necessary permits required to construct and operate utility-scale energy storage projects, considering varying jurisdictions, application requirements, fees, anticipated approval times, required studies and likelihood of securing permits.

  • Perform environmental/permitting due diligence for development and acquisition, including preparing lists of required permits, timelines.

  • Develop and implement permitting strategies, schedules, and agency/public outreach efforts to minimize project cost and risk and ensure compliance with environmental and land use regulations.

  • Coordinate with internal departments and external consultants to produce plans and reports, ensuring content quality and compliance.

  • Liaise with local, state, and federal agencies as required.

  • Engage key stakeholders at state and local levels, holding virtual and in-person meetings to implement permitting plan and build critical relationships.

  • Identify, assess, and communicate site-specific permitting and jurisdictional risks to the development team, and develop risk mitigation strategies.

  • Attend County/Town Planning Department meetings and hearings and build relationships with local stakeholders.

  • Maintain organized project timelines, records, and paperwork.


  • Provide support for special projects and other duties as assigned.



  • BA/BS Degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of experience and education.

  • 5+ years proven track record of managing the permitting and AHJ approval process for large scale infrastructure development (Renewables/energy storage a plus).

  • Possess extensive experience in engaging with state and local authorities, environmental stakeholders, and public forums to advocate for project development.

  • Proficient in building and overseeing a substantial network of environmental and engineering subcontractors, while also demonstrating expertise in environmental analysis and compliance with regulations.

  • Experience with ArcGIS (or similar)

  • Extremely high attention to detail, analytical problem-solving skills, and ability to produce error-free work.

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to convey technical ideas and complex information to both expert and non-expert audiences (experience presenting findings to senior management a plus).

Skills + Competencies

  • Extremely high attention to detail, and analytical problem-solving skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to present permitting timelines in an organized a understandable manner for both expert and non-expert audiences.

  • Self-starter, self-reliant and capable of operating with minimum supervision with a strong sense of personal responsibility and ownership.

  • Proven ability to work autonomously and deliver high-quality work within deadlines, demonstrating strong initiative as a team player.

  • Familiarity with federal, state, regional and local environmental and conservation laws, guidelines, and policies (ESA, NEPA/CEQA, FEMA, CWA).

  • Proficient in real estate development and construction process, including environmental assessments, investigations, documentation, and land use planning.

  • Ability to use GIS based tools / Google Earth.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and ESRI ArcGIS preferred.


  • Must be able to work in an office environment.

  • Ability to work at a computer and computer monitor and use repetitive motion for long periods of time.

  • Ability and willingness to travel (up to 20%)


  • Competitive salaries and year-end discretionary bonuses.

  • Comprehensive health care (medical, dental, vision).

  • PTO and other paid leave options.


We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from candidates with various work authorizations. GCI participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.