Senior Manager, Land Acquisition and Community Development

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

The Senior Manager, Land Acquisition and Community Development's job is to oversee the development and execution of a comprehensive land acquisition and community outreach program. This role is responsible for site & gen-tie identification, land entitlement & acquisition, and community engagement. The Senior Manager, Land Acquisition and Community Development, will be an integral member of the origination and greenfield development team and operate at the vanguard of development activities. Does this sound like the role for you?

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. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

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 21 employees, IOWN represents over six different nationalities amongst its team.


  • B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least ten years’ overall business experience with at least five years’ experience in acquiring land for energy projects.
  • At least 3-5 years of utility-scale renewable energy industry development experience
  • Familiarity with state and local permitting of energy projects.
  • In-depth knowledge of complex real estate agreements.
  • Experience with CAISO, MISO, and ERCOT markets is strongly preferred.
  • Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Experience working with data rooms such as SharePoint and FTP sites.


  • Lead and grow a team of land acquisition, community engagement, and market intelligence team members.
  • Create, implement, and lead a land acquisition program responsible for real estate and permitting work in connection with greenfield development and M&A transactions.
  • For project acquisition opportunities, manage the due diligence related to real estate matters.
  • Create, implement, and lead a community outreach program that establishes IOWN as a steward of the community in the counties where our projects are located and will be located.
  • Anticipate real estate development needs, issues, conduct site visits, and meet with landowners.
  • Coordinate and review ALTA surveys with surveyors, title companies, and legal counsel, as well as negotiate title insurance.
  • Manage and maintain budgets, scopes of work, and invoices for brokers, real estate consultants, and legal counsels.
  • During project sales and financing due diligence, respond to real estate-related questions.
  • Leverage market intelligence to inform origination and greenfield development activities and to customize the community outreach program.

Why you should apply

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Benefits: PTO, paid holidays, medical/health plans, dental, vision, short-term/long-term disability, group life insurance, 401(k) corporate matching, flexible spending arrangements, reimbursed cell phone, wellness reimbursement.
  • Performance bonus structure
  • Family-friendly policies
  • Company Performance Communication Plan, including 90-day review (one-time for new hires), 1:1 Meetings, Semi-Annual Review, Annual Review.
  • A vision-driven, energetic, and fast-paced environment.
  • Team atmosphere of diverse professionals with the common goal of developing clean energy assets.

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