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Siting Consultant

Date: Feb 4, 2023

Location: PHOENIX, AZ, US, 85021-1807

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.


Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.


Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


The Siting Consultant manages and supports siting projects for the company's sub-transmission and transmission facilities, to include new facilities and additions/modifications/upgrades to existing facilities. Duties include responsibility for obtaining Certificates of Environmental Compatibility and other federal, state, and local government regulatory approvals. Coordinates or interacts with key internal functional areas, city/state/federal agencies, government leaders and the general public, May work with the Arizona Corporation Commission including the state siting committee, technical staff and commissioners to finalize locations for facilities using the public participation process. Presents a positive perception of company's image as projects progress. Manages one or more projects concurrently.


Minimum Requirements

  • BS/BA in Marketing, Business, Engineering, or related field plus five years of multi-discipline electric utility experience related to understanding design, operations, construction, and planning of transmission facilities or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Project management experience preferred. Demonstrated proficiency in interpersonal and oral/written communications.
  • Must be able to provide or support testimony before regulatory agencies and effectively interact with customer regulatory agencies and large groups.
  • Overnight travel may be required as well as attendance at meetings outside normal business hours.

Major Accountabilities

1) Monitor and coordinate siting project work performed by external consultants to achieve successful project results.

2) Utilize effective public relations strategies on all projects, respond in a timely manner to all inquiries and keep accurate records of project interaction and correspondence. Work with Corporate Communications and/or senior consultants to minimize negative press and public controversy.

3) Meet and negotiate with government officials and regulatory agencies in order to obtain state, federal and local approval for new transmission facilities. May provide support to senior consultants in higher level negotiations. This must be done in a professional manner that represents the best value to and presents a positive perception of APS.

4) Coordinate all of the internal teams, environmental consultants, external jurisdictions, partnering utilities and the public so that projects are sited in time to begin land acquisition and construction.

5) Manage consultant charges in relation to project scope, maintain financial records to accurately reflect all project costs in relation to planned APS budget on each project and review anticipated scope or budget changes with leader or senior consultants to determine appropriate action.

6) Involve and manage siting support resources/departments and communicate effectively with these resources throughout project. Obtain firm commitments on all key siting issues.

7) Establish project timelines and monitor specific project schedules and milestones to ensure project in-service dates are achievable. Review with siting team management and provides status updates to stakeholders as requested.

8) Build strong partnerships and effectively interface with team members, customers, public officials/agencies, and government leaders to leverage company need to provide reliable electric service through siting activities.

9) Develop and implement communication plans for projects.

10) Provide support with the ACC application process and yearly compliance filings to senior consultants.


Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:
This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from: 

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.
  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.


*Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need. 

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