Principal Land Manager (#22-62483)

San Diego Gas & Electric
Job Description

SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America’s best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry’s most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work, and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region’s largest employers, we’re always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best. Learn more about benefits HERE.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of SDG&E. Empowering our employees to be their whole selves at work is our competitive advantage. This is where new ideas come from and meaningful collaboration gets an authentic start. By bringing together people with different perspectives, diverse backgrounds and real commitment to their own individuality, we have built a stronger business. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion HERE.

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Primary Purpose: 

Function in a lead Land Services role on major customer and internal capital projects that require the highest level of experience and expertise in Land matters. Directs, reviews, approves and be accountable for work done by SDGE and contracted Land Management Representatives and SDGE and contracted Right-of-Way Agents that are also supporting these projects. Negotiates complex land transactions, regardless of value or size. Supports complex regulatory filings with the California Public Utilities Commission.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain expert knowledge and command of the application of SDGE Tariff Rules and PUC Section 851 to land transactions and be able to articulate SDGE’s position and other land policy positions as it applies to projects that will have an impact on SDGE’s land interests. Shepherd projects through SDGE 851 process to completion of CPUC filing. Support and interact with internal planners on land issues in connection with these complex projects. Acts as a land issues project manager and lead land or right of way negotiator with landowners/attorneys, developers, agencies, cities, counties, native American tribes, and customers on complex and sensitive agency and customer projects, including addressing and processing requests that require PUC Section 851 filings, and complex SDGE capital projects.
  • Serves as the skilled land interface on behalf of SDGE to cities, counties, native American tribes, agencies and customer developers to think through developer issues and problem-solve to best protect SDGE’s land interests. Alongside RPA Municipal Infrastructure Advisors, provide direct land interface with agencies, cities, counties and tribes on SDGE land rights issues. Monitors agency, tribal and developer projects to proactively spot and address potential SDGE land issues, as well as periodically meet with agencies, tribes and large developers to provide education and outreach on SDGE land constraints. Provide guidance and training to Agents, and Associates.
  • Administers contracts for Right-of-Way and Land consultants. Coordinates preparation of right-of-way maps, property descriptions, exhibits, and photographs used in reviewing and addressing customer projects and acquisition and condemnation of property for SDGE capital projects. Coordinates preparation of right-of-way maps, property descriptions, exhibits, and photographs used in reviewing and addressing customer projects and the acquisition and condemnation of property for SDGE capital projects.
  • Provides training and participate in development of less experienced Land Representatives and Right of Way Agents.
  • Reviews appraisals for purchases of land rights, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures, and loss of business goodwill. May include relocation coordination.
  • Works with and support the legal department in condemnation proceedings and escrow.
  • Performs other duties as assigned (no more than 5% of duties).

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, political science, or other related field or equivalent training and/or experience.
  • 8 years Experience involving any combination of the following: right-of-way agent for SDG&E or any other large company with significant easement and rights of way holdings and issues, survey preparation and review, title examination and review, and preparation and review of legal descriptions. Required
  • Must have knowledge of real estate principles, legal practices, and procedures, survey mapping, and title examination normally acquired through college level courses.
  • Analytical ability and judgment is used to determine land rights to be acquired and the degree of protection.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner in writing and verbally.


Desired Qualifications: 

  • JD (Juris Doctor)
  • Knowledge of project management principles.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Member designation in the International Right-of-Way Association is desired.
  • Be a California Notary or willing to take California Notary course and examination is desired.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.