Senior Zoning/Permitting Specialist
Date published: 5-Nov-2017
Opportunity: Experienced Hire
Business Line: Telecom
Business Plan: ADM
The Telecommunications Division delivers telecommunication infrastructure solutions to utilities, local and state government agencies and the commercial wireless industry. Through a unique combination of experience, expert resources and innovative solutions, Black & Veatch supports the entire range of both legacy and emerging technologies used in today’s wireless and wireline networks, voice, video, Internet and data systems and utility automation.
Proficient at preparation of candidate information reports related to leasing, permitting and land use viability. Prepares leases or other real estate agreements for complex projects. Directs or supervises outside vendor partners, environmental engineers, architectural & engineering firms, engineers and drafting technicians, title search firms and others to ensure transactions close within defined timeframes. Identify potential risk scenarios. Drafts and proofs recordable transaction documents, leases, easements , etc. for legal department review. Prepares zoning and permitting applications. Monitors progress of the application and facilitates jurisdictional requests for additional information as a result of the application review process. Prepares collocation applications and manages the process through Notice to Proceed (NTP). Negotiates leases and amendments with private landlords. Ensures compliance to the quality and safety goals and objectives.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Serves as Senior Site Acquisition Specialist or Lead for a particular site project (typically complex in scope) including leasing, permitting and land use processing. • Receives updates from Site Acquisition Specialists and Associates and reports information to Site Acquisition Manager. This may include facilitating deployment meetings. • Provides weekly status reports to Clients and serves as project lead during weekly client meetings. • Assists Site Acquisition Manager with training of Site Acquisition Specialists and Associates. • For new-build projects, responsible for site acquisition activities from initial search ring release through NTP. • For existing site modification projects, responsible for site acquisition activities from leasing and zoning audit, collocation applications or lease negotiations through NTP. • Provides candidate-specific recommendations for leasing and land use viability. • Supervises and directs the work of consultants and subcontractors. • Supervises activities of team members and other departments, as needed. • Provides site sketches, as needed. • Attends field site visits for candidate and engineering viability. • Reviews title reports for ownership, encumbrances, easements, etc., and provides recommendation for leasing viability. • Interviews zoning/permitting personnel to obtain jurisdictional approval requirements for installation of wireless communication facilities and/or related wireless equipment as project scope defines. • Completes Leasing Audit & Zoning Ordinance Reviews for site modification projects. • Reviews zoning drawings for compliance with jurisdictional, regulatory and client requirements • Prepares, submits and obtains jurisdictional entitlements which may include applications and presentations before governmental or architectural review boards. • Presents at meetings required by the Landlord or Jurisdiction including HOA, design review boards and neighborhood groups. • Coordinates with tower owners and/or private landlords to negotiate and secure lease entitlements as project scope defines. • Coordinate with client and engineering departments to obtain information necessary for entitlement applications (RF Affidavits, propagation maps, photo-simulations, etc…). • Reviews and approves site specific documents for quality and completeness. • Reviews work of SAA or SAS prior to submittal for quality and completeness. • Maintains a high degree of customer service and integrity when dealing with clients. • Other duties or special projects, as assigned. • Verifies and/or obtain Enhanced 911 addressing. • Acts in capacity of a “lead person”. Does not have management responsibility for the people to whom they provide work direction. List supervised positions: Site Acquisition Associate and Specialist (ADM Level 1-3).
Requires 4 year degree, or equivalent work experience. Requires 5 years telecommunications industry experience. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Paralegal certificate, urban planning or law degree preferred. Prefer supervisory experience. Preferred Non-Technical Competencies: • Action Oriented • Informing • Negotiating • Perseverance • Interpersonal Savvy • Learning on the Fly • Planning • Problem Solving • Customer Focus • Priority Setting Preferred Technical Competencies: • Ability to work independently as well as with others • Excellent oral and written communications skills • Real estate or legal negotiation experience strongly desired • Demonstrates knowledge of full telecommunications site processes from RF request through on air. • Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively • Ability to read and comprehend legal documents such as legal descriptions, surveys, ground leases, easements, deeds, land purchase contracts, mortgages, title policies, subordination, and technical drawings • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, and Outlook • Supports and complies with the Division’s Quality Management System and Environmental, Safety, Health and Security Program • Prefer experience in zoning and permitting for electric vehicle charging stations