Senior Director, Project Origination

Leafs in the sun



La Jolla, CA



We invest in people with the shared ambition to create a green and sustainable future for generations to come. At IOWN we are up for big challenges and finding innovative solutions for the green energy future. Interested? Join our team!

Job description

IOWN Renewable Energy, Inc. is seeking a Senior Director, Project Origination to develop, manage, and execute the creation and planning of new utility-scale wind, solar and battery energy storage projects throughout WECC, MISO, ERCOT, and other markets as identified by IOWN. This role will identify new best-in-class projects through greenfield and M&A opportunities and will manage the project origination team, which is comprised of the following functions: market intelligence, site identification, and site acquisition, including land entitlement and other real estate matters. Considering market intelligence, resource availability, transmission planning, and power deliverability, the Senior Director, Project Origination will create and design advanced concepts for projects that will be highly marketable in competitive landscapes. This position will manage market intelligence and land acquisition & real estate and will coordinate efforts with the various team members and stakeholders at IOWN, including but not limited to GIS, resource assessment, and transmission planning to develop a pipeline of projects that contain realistic strategies for development success. The Senior Director, Project Origination will also coordinate team efforts The candidate will work for a rapidly growing renewable energy company headquartered in San Diego which seeks an innovative, focused, and motivated leader to start a team of professionals doing commercial modeling of projects and deal structures.

Remote candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates who live in or can relocate to San Diego area, CA.

Seniority level will be based on candidate experience.

About Us

IOWN is a renewable energy developer and service provider headquartered in La Jolla, CA. Our focus is to expertly develop and manage utility-scale renewable energy projects (wind, solar PV, and energy storage).

IOWN has been operating in Europe since 2012, and with the strong determination stemming from the Scandinavian work ethic and mentality, IOWN entered the U.S. energy market in 2014.

We strive to be the front-runner in the development, engineering, procurement, finance, construction, sale, and operation of top-tier renewable energy assets. To achieve this, we place a high value on building a cohesive team that values execution. To be in control. To own it.

IOWN won the Best Energy Workplaces Award 2021, based on our proven efforts in providing health and wellness programs, professional development programs, family-friendly policies, flexible work options, diversity, and community engagement.

IOWN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. For an industry that is one of the least gender-diverse sectors, IOWN is doing its best to close the gender gap, and despite the small size of 35 employees, IOWN represents over six different nationalities amongst its team.


  • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in a business or technical discipline or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • 10+ of experience in project origination, land acquisition, strategic research, analysis and planning, business development, or a related field within the energy industry.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • A deep understanding of the energy industry and the regulatory environment is a plus.


  • Coordination and management of all project origination outcomes, including but not limited to market intelligence, site identification, site acquisition, and origination strategy.
  • Lead or participate in technical and commercial due diligence of projects from through all preliminary stages of development phase, for acquisition, or sale.
  • Manage all aspects of the day-to-day origination process to ensure proper analysis, considerations, resource allocation, schedules, and budgeting.
  • Manage and optimize the project origination team.
  • Provide strategy for locating, identifying, and managing greenfield opportunities.
  • Oversee negotiations of agreements and contracts with 3rd parties, including but not limited to lease agreements, consulting agreements, contracts with service providers, etc.
  • Manage ALTA surveys, understand and evaluate schedule B exceptions.
  • Coordinate with transmission planning team on Utility Transmission Planning Process (TPP Strategy Integration) and fold in analysis into origination strategy.
  • Coordinate with Development Services on GIS and develop process for using GIS to identify viable sites for projects.
  • As part of market intelligence, coordinate on the monitoring of local, state, and federal policies impacting renewables.
  • Maximize project value by integrating positive aspects of public policy.
  • Foster relationships with local, county, state, and federal permitting agencies.
  • Ensure compliance with zoning/planning departments.
  • Evaluate and understand technology specific project needs.
  • Coordinate efforts with the CDO and CCO to ensure origination goals, budget and strategy are aligned.

Why you should apply

  • Competitive compensation.
  • PTO and paid holidays, comprehensive medical/health plans, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance, 401(k) corporate matching, and flexible spending arrangements.
  • Company reimbursed cell phone, fitness and wellness reimbursement.
  • Family-friendly policies.
  • Company Performance Communication Plan, including 90-day review (one-time for new hires), 1:1 Meetings, Semi-Annual Review, Annual Review.
  • Ongoing training and use of development tools to support your personal and professional growth.
  • A vision-driven, energetic, and fast-paced environment.
  • Team atmosphere of diverse professionals with the common goal of developing clean energy assets.
  • Freedom to take charge of your own assignments.
  • Opportunity to build a team.

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