Sr. Manager, Air (Ref ID: 126)

Next Decade

Next Decade

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024


NextDecade Corporation is an energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future and leading innovation in more sustainable LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. Through our wholly owned subsidiaries Rio Grande LNG and NEXT Carbon Solutions, we are developing a 27 MTPA LNG export facility in South Texas along with one of the largest carboncapture and storageprojects in North America. We are also working with third-party customers around the world to deploy our proprietary processes to lower the cost of carbon capture and storage and reduce CO2 emissions at their industrial-scale facilities. By combining emissions reduction associated with our carbon capture and storage project, responsibly sourced gas, and our pledge to use net- zero electricity, Rio Grande LNG is expected to produce a lower carbon intensive LNG for the world.

NextDecade’s common stock is listedon the Nasdaq Stock Marketunder the symbol“NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


The Senior Air Manager is responsible for providing leadership, direction and guidance on all air permitting and compliance matters. Key accountabilities include managing the development of the air compliance strategy and program. Also responsible for effective development, implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of Environmental policies, standards and systems required to drive Next Decade’s environmental performance and continuous improvement activities, as it relates to air permitting and compliance.


The Senior Air Manager is charged with performing a wide array of tasks related to Air Permitting and Compliance. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform as Company subject matter expert in federal and state regulatory requirements to air quality, including permitting, compliance, and methane detection technologies.
  • Provides direction and oversight on Air Permitting and Compliance engagements, including managing and overseeing air permitting and compliance activities of the LNG Facility and future projects.
  • Responsible for shepherding air permit applications through agency processes and negotiating appropriate permit conditions.
  • Ensure that the Air Compliance Team is maintaining air permit requirements and tracking actual air emissions data to ensure compliance with the permit requirements. Also, will ensure that the team is developing expertise and managing Clean Air Act compliance consistently across the Company.
  • Conduct State and Federal regulatory applicability analyses.
  • Develop new and maintain and improve existing regulatory compliance systems and tools to drive improved compliance performance and enable departmental efficiencies.
  • Participate in industry activities, such as regulatory development stakeholder efforts.
  • Provide technical support to operations staff to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act and other related Federal and State air permitting requirements.
  • Lead organization in establishment of Company’s GHG goals and initiative, as well as develop, maintain, and track key metrics and KPI’s associated with the Company’s air emissions.
  • Frequently interact with regulatory agencies and consultants, as well as, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with engineering, operational and staff at NextDecade.
  • Preparation of concise representation of air data for leadership presentations


Minimum experience required for the position:

  • Minimum 10 years of related experience.
  • Experience with compliance management systems to track and trend compliance tasks and commitments.
  • Experience on FERC regulated projects and TCEQ.
  • Proven experience managing, coaching, and developing teams within the function, but also, across the company, including the need to work with external agencies and contractors.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position:

  • Well versed in Clean Air Act – TV and PSD permitting, Subpart W, IRA, TCEQ SIP.
  • Familiarity of regulatory requirements under the Natural Gas Act (18 CFR Parts 152-158) and experience with FERC NEPA for Air Quality.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State requirements for LNG Terminals.
  • Ability to communicate with company leadership and with various disciplines including engineering, operations, and commissioning teams.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal English. Spanish is a plus.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, with advanced knowledge of Excel.
  • Strong Project Management skills required.
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Required/preferred education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Environmental Sciences, Environmental, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering
  • Master’s degree in related areas would be a plus.

Travel Required

  • Frequent domestic travel (15% of your time) to the construction site will be required, especially during commissioning phase.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Working Conditions & Physical Expectations

This position operates mainly in a professional office environment with occasional work within or outside of a complex construction environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers/fax, filing cabinets, etc. This is primarily a sedentary role; however, the incumbent must be able to stand and/or sit continuously to perform all essential job functions for a full shift.

Able to meet the following physical demands of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. as required in order to lift files, boxes and office equipment as necessary.
  • Ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bending, standing on a stool, or climbing as necessary to perform these functions.
  • While performing the duties of this role, the incumbent may be required to talk or hear.
  • Visual acuity corrected to perform job functions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • The incumbent is required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to move throughout all areas of each office/site location and facilities.
  • Able to wear all necessary PPE equipment to perform job functions.
  • Able to work in indoor and outdoor weather conditions.

*In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


Safety – We make safety a priority. Everything we do relies on the safety of our people and the communities around us.

Integrity – We do the right thing, and are open, ethical, and fair. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in all that we do.

Honesty – We valuetruth and honestyin ourselves and others. We honor our commitments and take responsibility for our actions.

Respect –We listen, and respect people,the environment, and the communities in which we live and work.

Transparency – Transparency buildstrust. We promoteopen communication with our people, our customers, and all our stakeholders.

Diversity – We valuediversity of peopleand thoughts. It takes peoplewith different strengths, ideas, and cultural backgrounds to make our company succeed.