Director, Land & External Relations

16 Jul, 2022


Director, Land & External Relations

Carbon Capture America
Arvada, CO
Salary Range:$140,000.00 To 160,000.00 Annually

Who we are:

We’re a passionate, hard-working, and quick-moving group of people that are driven by the mission to save the planet. We believe we can make a difference in the battle against climate change by leading the carbon capture and sequestration industry and we are building a like-minded team to help do just that.

Carbon America is the first vertically integrated company in the industry – a one-stop-shop of engineers, project managers, developers, and financiers focused on capturing more CO2 in shorter amounts of time and at lower costs.

As a start-up, there are a few key attributes that all Carbon America employees possess. We are creative problem-solvers, we wear many hats, we are agile, and we work as a championship team. It is important that every hire connects to our vision, mission, and values as a company. Join the leader in the CCS space in making climate change history™!

Job Overview:

The Land and External Relations Director will be responsible for leading two critical portions of Carbon America’s project development and operations team: (1) Land; and (2) External Relations.

As a leader of Land, you will provide land management for all aspects of the Company’s real-property strategy, including surface and subsurface acquisition as necessary for the capture, transportation and sequestration of CO2. You will lead members of the land group and support the General Counsel in negotiating and drafting legal instruments for transactions involving strategic real property targets and negotiating with landowners. You will support the commercial development group by efficiently assessing real property prospects and helping to develop land acquisition strategies that align with corporate goals.   You will ensure that the Company’s land group is effectively managing the acquisition of real-property rights and maintaining real-property assets and asset records while staying abreast of current Federal and State land regulations and applicable case law. You will establish, cultivate, and maintain relationships with regulatory agencies and industry competitors.

As a leader of External Relations, you will build a team to engage with, and represent the Company before, project stakeholder groups such as local community members and state and local government entities with whom the Company’s project development and execution teams interact on a regular basis. As a leader of External Relations, you and your team will often be the “face” of the Company and the first interaction with stakeholders.  You will be responsible for advocating on behalf of the Company in support of the Company’s carbon capture and sequestration projects.

The Director will also engage across disciplines and leadership within Carbon America to gather input and insight as necessary to develop land acquisition and stakeholder outreach strategies.   You will work with the Carbon America team to ensure that the Company disseminates clear and consistent messaging to all project stakeholder groups.

Carbon America is a growing team and this position will play an integral role in developing the Land and External Relations groups.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


  • 15-20 years of experience, with 10+ years in the energy, climate, or green energy space.
  • 5+ years of commercial experience as a landman or land manager with a comprehensive understanding of contract drafting and negotiations pertaining to real property acquisitions and divestitures.
  • 10+ years of leadership and management experience in land and/or external and stakeholder relations.
  • Experience and knowledge regarding lease acquisition, exploration, development agreements and projects, title curative, and surface use activities.
  • Cross-functional integrated work ethic and ability to manage internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills and a record of delivering exceptional work product and results.
  • Ability to engage multiple disciplines to develop and support corporate strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and advocate regarding complex technical issues, as well as complex stakeholder issues
  • Comfort engaging formally and informally across organizations and hierarchies (e.g., technical and non-technical, staff and leadership, government bodies and coalitions).
  • Experience navigating ambiguity and thriving in an entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility and adaptability, and an ability to adjust quickly to changing priorities.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Commitment to curbing climate change
  • Advance degree or relevant certifications


General Requirements and Job Details:

  • Must be able to work at a computer for up to eight hours per day.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • This position is based out of our Lakewood, Colorado office.
    1. Periodic travel will be required for in-person meeting with stakeholders and negotiating land acquisition agreements.
  • This position has a standard schedule of Monday through Friday and is Full-Time
    1. This is a salaried position so there may be times when a non-standard schedule is required
  • This is an Exempt position
  • Benefits include:
    1. 401(k) + 401(k) matching
    2. Life AD&D insurance
    3. Optional supplemental insurance
    4. Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance plans with employer contribution
    5. Paid time off + Paid holidays
    6. Company ownership options

At Carbon America, we believe that when you put the common good over personal gain you make the world a better place. We work together in alignment with our company’s values to find solutions to climate change.

Carbon America is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Job posted: 2022-07-16