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Xcel Energy Services, Inc. Land Rights Agent (Agent, Sr Or Principal) Job in Denver, Colorado

Location(s): CO - DenverAre you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talentsand education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Doyou want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities tolearn and grow? A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just whatyou're looking for.Position SummaryThis position has considerable latitude for decisions relating to the need forpermits, negotiate acceptable permit conditions and determine appropriatemeasures to minimize environmental impacts. Assignments are oftenself-initiated. Possess expert knowledge of land rights principles andregulations and applies them in creative and effective ways to a broad rangeof complex assignments. Must demonstrate exceptional diplomacy skills andjudgment to balance competing objectives. Leads sensitive negotiations andsettlements and provides management with sound analytic analyses to supportcompensation decision-making. Proven track record in successfully managingproject schedules and budgets.ResponsibilitiesLead planning, route alternatives analysis, site selection, andmanagement of sites and corridors for major energy facilities, includingtransmission lines and generation plants (thermal, wind, solar,biomass, hydro). Interact with, and represent SandLR's interests, onmulti-disciplinary internal project teams, involving engineering, legal,regulatory and project management staff.Negotiate with landowners and their legal representatives for the acquisitionand management of land rights for major energy facilities, up to andincluding the process of condemnation. Highly proficient in preparing andadministering land rights instruments including easements, leases,deeds, licenses and performing abstracting and other related courthousesearches to facilitate the acquisition and disposition of property rights.Lead preparation of applications and negotiate for and obtain applicablepermits from federal, state and local government agencies for approvals toconstruct major energy facilities. These include necessary land use andenvironmental permits from local, state and federal government jurisdictions.Represent the company before federal, state and local regulatory and landmanagement agencies, boards, planning commissions and councils. Prepareproject descriptions and summaries, respond to data requests and makepresentations to the governing jurisdictions in public hearings to obtainapproval for projects. Act as primary spokesperson on all land rights relatedactivities for the project. Act as expert witness in preparing and presentingwritten and oral testimony in state certification proceedings (CON,CPCN, CCN) and other regulatory proceedings.Maintain a high level of technical knowledge and understanding of applicablefederal, state and local land rights laws, codes, ordinances andregulations. Implement effective negotiating strategies and techniques inorder to secure land rights at a fair and equitable cost. Serve as technicalresource and advisor to other Siting and Land Rights Staff.Administers and consults with other agents and team members on complex projectissues regarding land rights and siting issues. Assists others indeveloping, refining and implementing the strategic goals and objectives ofXcel Energy. Contributes to process teams concerning budget and regulatorycompliance.Provides assistance to other internal Xcel Energy departments and subsidiariesinvolving land rights management and acquisition, valuation, schedulingand cost estimates for siting and land rights activities.Prepares requests for proposals, contract agreements, and projectestimates for projects. Leads selection of consultants and contractors.Manages consultants on major projects. Leads team for condemnation proceedingsand provides testimony in related court cases.Siting and Land Rights AgentMinimum RequirementsBachelor's degree in real estate, land use planning, management orbusiness (a combination of relevent education and experien