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Americas Environmental Program Manager

Redmond, WA +3

The Microsoft Datacenter Development Land Development and Community (LDC) team supports the development and delivery of Microsoft’s datacenter portfolio from site selection through design, construction and operation. The Microsoft datacenter development portfolio consists of complex, multi-disciplinary, large scale, multi-year datacenter construction and lease projects.

Within LDC the Cloud Infrastructure Environmental Permitting team is responsible for the development and on-time delivery of environmental permits to support construction of Datacenters needed to build out Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure.


We are looking to hire Americas Environmental Program Manager, to the team that will manage environmental due diligence, environmental permitting acquisition and approvals, and support compliance activities during site acquisition, design, and construction for datacenter development throughout Americas.

This role requires regular engagement with key Microsoft stakeholders, including legal, design, construction, and operations teams, regulatory agencies, and outside consultants and contractors.


The Americas Environmental Program Manager, will be a key player in both the strategy development and execution of environmental permits for our projects & being a part witth in the team of environmental and permitting managers but works across the greater organization to drive an effective, fast and efficient environmental permit development process to eliminate gaps between teams and ensure on-time acquisition and delivery of various environmental permits and approvals.


Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


  • The Americas Environmental Program Manager, will be responsible for driving appropriate cross-team delivery in the review, environmental due diligence, environmental permit acquisition and environmental permit compliance for data centers to allow for the construction and delivery of our critical infrastructure. 
  • Expected to have People Management skills like,
  • Managers deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring.
  • Model - Live our culture; Embody our values; Practice our leadership principles.
  • Coach - Define team objectives and outcomes; Enable success across boundaries; Help the team adapt and learn.
  • Care - Attract and retain great people; Know each individual’s capabilities and aspirations; Invest in the growth of others.
  • Management of environmental risk evaluations, permitting, approvals, and consent activities for existing and new datacenter and associated infrastructure development for sites.  
  • Management of environmental due diligence and risk assessment during site acquisition, including Environmental Site Assessments, soil and groundwater investigations, Air Quality and Permitting reviews, regulatory and permitting evaluations, and biological, ecological, and cultural resource evaluations and surveys.
  • Management of environmental consultants for the delivery of environmental approvals and consents, due diligence assessments, risk evaluations, and biological, ecological and cultural resources evaluations, surveys and reports.
  • Special interest in this role for the development of remediation strategies, approvals and oversight of completion of any remedial actions required prior to site pre-positioning and/or construction.
  • Identification of environmental permitting requirements and development of delivery strategies, including environmental mitigation, in coordination with design, construction, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), operations, and permitting teams to meet required timelines.
  • Support of regulatory agency, stakeholder, community engagement activities, negotiations for new builds, existing facilities, development of environmental risk and permitting mitigations to enable datacenter construction and operations within development timelines.
  • Management of environmental compliance planning and execution for pre-positioning, construction activities and operational turnover.
  • Support the further development of the land development and environmental strategy and policy programs to support datacenter development and operations.
  • Leverage technical expertise to provide support to internal Microsoft stakeholders during development of new initiatives and programs.
  • Facilitate in team communication of land development and environmental requirements to diverse internal stakeholders, including legal, end-to-end, land acquisition, land development, energy, design, construction, operations, community development, CELA and sustainability teams.
  • Embody our Culture and Values

Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental, Civil, or Chemical Engineering, Environmental Scienceor related field AND 3+ years relevant experience along with project or people management experience
  • OR 5+ years equivalent experience
  • 1+ year(s) experience managing cross-functional and/or cross-team projects.
  • 3+ years of experience in environmental permitting, including environmental impact assessments, permit acquisition, new region regulatory reviews, cultural and ecological surveys and approvals, environmental due diligence and risk assessments. 

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in Environmental Permitting in Western regions of America
  • Experience with mission critical facilities or large-scale construction projects.
  • Experience in construction and operational environmental compliance and experience working through environmental permitting in multiple markets.
  • Specific knowledge of environmental permitting programs and requirements including, but not limited to air quality, threatened and endangered, USACE/404 permitting, SPCC(spill prevention, control & countermeasure), cultural resources, etc.
  • Working knowledge of remedial investigations, remediation strategies and execution, site conceptual models and site management plans and ability to develop permitting timelines, and identify permitting risks and mitigation

Real Estate Portfolio Management IC4 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,600 - $183,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $122,000 - $200,500 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:


Microsoft will accept applications for the role until May 29, 2024.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Educational resources
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Savings and investments
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Generous time away
  • Giving programs
  • Opportunities to network and connect

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.

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