Natural Resources and Stewardship Manager

Southern Company

Birmingham, AL, US


This position provides leadership and direction to the natural resources and stewardship staff and to the Company’s engagement in environmental rulemaking, legislation, engagement and associated litigation on endangered species, wetlands, and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) in support of the Operating Companies. In assessing policies, this position leads and engages Company employees across numerous functional areas, including system planning, permitting, transmission, research and technology development, commercial operations, and external affairs to facilitate broad collaboration to ensure maximum value for the customer. In addition, this position leads the company efforts on stewardship engagement through a strategic approach to help operating companies improve performance, optimize costs, innovate practices, enhance the environment, and improve long-term risk management. This position, in conjunction with the Washington DC office, helps advocate Southern Company positions before federal policy makers.

  • A degree in an Ecological or Biological Discipline, Environmental Science or Policy, Engineering or an equivalent and related field is required; an advanced degree in one of these areas or a related field is highly preferred  
  • Knowledge of environmental regulatory and legislative development processes at the federal and state levels, specifically as it relates to endangered species, wetlands, and NEPA
  • Ability to develop and coordinate effective teams, interact with management, and work across functions throughout Southern Company
  • Sound decision making skills, critical and  strategic thinking, and ability to identify issues ahead of time to manage and communicate business threats and opportunities
  • Understanding of electric utility industry, energy generation, transmission & distribution, regulatory affairs is a plus
  • Ability to develop, build, and maintain strong internal and external relationships
  • Demonstrated performance and budget management skills/experience, holding others accountable for business results and motivating others to accomplish goals
  • Ability to cultivate and support a strong customer service, safety, and team focused culture
  • Utility operating company experience is a plus
  • Provide guidance, leadership, and development of the natural resources and stewardship staff
  • Direct the Company’s engagement in endangered species, stewardship, wetlands and NEPA rulemaking, legislation, and associated policy and litigation.
  • Responsible for collaborating with all operating companies and leading all Company natural resource federal programs
  • Leading and ensuring adequate and appropriate customer communication across all levels of the Company
  • Managing the Company’s participation in industry / trade technical, legal, research, and policy advocacy associations
  • Proven interpersonal skills, communication, and creative problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and effectively communicate on complex topics
  • Self-motivated, customer focused, and an excellent ability to work well with and develop teams
  • The ability to define strategy and then translate into action items; the ability to influence people with facts and reasoning; the ability to quickly focus on a major issue and translate the problem into potential solutions while developing statements for communications within and outside the company
  • Role model for Our Values’ behaviors
  • Customer focused with a strong work ethic and personal accountability
  • Promote inclusion and diversity
  • Provide strong leadership and motivation to all employees including direct reports
  • Do more than what is asked, act with speed and decisiveness, and initiative as appropriate
  • This position can require some travel – approximately 25% per year. 
  • This will include some overnight travel and will be primarily within the Southern Company retail footprint. 
  • Relocation assistance is available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area
  • Competitive Pay
  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:
    • Medical and dental coverage
    • Defined Benefit Pension plan
    • Performance-sharing plan
    • 401(k) plan with a generous company match
    • Bonus opportunities
    • Tuition Reimbursement
Please submit an updated resume with your application.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America’s premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune’s annual World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at


Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.