Sustainable Development Advisor - Permian

Who We Are

We are one of the world's largest independent exploration and production companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With operations in 15 countries, we explore for, develop and produce crude oil and natural gas globally. We are challenged with an important job to safely find and deliver energy to the world. Our employees are critical to our success, and with them we power civilization.

We're grounded by our SPIRIT Values - safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. These values position us to deliver strong performance in a dynamic business - but not at all costs. We believe it's not just what we do - it's how we do it - that sets us apart.

We strive to make a significant difference in the communities where we live and operate. We create an inclusive environment that values all voices and opinions. Together, the different backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives of our employees drive our success.

Permian Overview

ConocoPhillips and its heritage companies have operated in the Permian Basin for almost 100 years. Across New Mexico and Texas, the company holds conventional positions in the Northwest Shelf and Central Basin Platform, and an unconventional position in the Delaware Basin. At year-end 2020, the company held about 750 thousand net acres across the basin, with net production of 85 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. ConocoPhillips is committed to being an innovative and environmentally responsible operator, and the new technologies and practices that it is using in this area exemplify that.

In January 2021, ConocoPhillips completed the acquisition of Concho Resources Inc., greatly expanding the company's position in the Permian Basin. The addition of 550,000 net acres complements the company's position in the Delaware and Midland Basins and created a sizeable Permian presence.


If you are selected as the Sustainable Development Advisor, you will primarily be responsible for developing and coordinating the implementation of the strategies in support of the Business Unit's Sustainable Development goals and commitments. You will provide technical expertise in the mitigation of climate change, water, biodiversity and social impacts associated with upstream oil and gas operations, and monitoring local and national political, policy, and litigation trends as it relates to ESG issues.

You will also be responsible for working with asset teams to facilitate development of strategic plans to mitigate risks, and to improve Sustainable Development Performance across the Business Unit. Additional responsibilities may include liaising with external stakeholders to include joint venture organizations, regulatory agencies, and NGOs as needed.

You will work closely with the Development, Land, Operations, Projects, Government Affairs, Public Policy and Stakeholder relations groups to drive ESG excellence.

This position reports to the Ecology and Sustainable Development Supervisor.

Responsibilities may include:
  • Develop, plan and support the integration of embedded sustainable development processes including SD in the asset teams
  • Work with other relevant departments, in particular asset teams, stay abreast of and develop strategies and tactics that manage risks and maximize opportunities associated with emerging issues in the environmental and stakeholder domains (Example: Development in environmentally sensitive locations)
  • Coordinate with State and Federal agencies to ensure compliance with regulations including, but not limited to, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Endangered Species Act
  • Support long-range development plans via coordination with administrators of candidate conservation agreements
  • Execute site-specific biodiversity surveys in support of asset's development plan
  • Provide guidance to third parties to ensure development is carried out in a manner minimizing impact to natural resources
  • Support training and awareness of sustainable development by developing materials, programs and communications that educate and engage employees
  • Support development and maintenance of the collateral communications materials of the company including online SD Report, brochures, reports, videos, website, advertising, exhibition materials
  • Represent the company in public forums to listen, learn from stakeholders and foster understanding of company performance

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee or asylee
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination, or ConocoPhillips approved accommodation, required
  • Bachelors' degree or higher or foreign equivalent in rangeland ecology and management, wildlife and fisheries sciences, or related discipline or foreign equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in sustainable development, public relations, stakeholder engagement, strategy work, environmental roles, or related areas of expertise

  • 1+ years of experience as a collaborative team player who can use influence management and strike a balance in providing a support function while offering leadership and guidance in dealing with emerging issues or organizations at different levels of maturity in implementing sustainable development
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, both internal and external and with credibility and developing presence to interact at the most senior level
  • Advanced ability to manage projects and budgets and work to deadlines
  • Well-developed planning and organizational skills including the ability to work independently, prioritize activities, meet commitments, and proactively manage time
  • Able to handle difficult conversations with regulators and coworkers with professionalism
  • Builds positive relationships based on trust and seeks collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals
  • Understanding of company objectives and the ability to drive focused alignment between functional activities and business goals
  • Analyzes stakeholder needs, global, political, and market trends to understand how they shape the future and impact business results

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of November 19, 2021.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.