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Job Opportunities at NYSERDA

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has ongoing recruitment opportunities. Please check our web site periodically for any additional updated position postings. All qualified people will be assessed for each relevant position for which they apply.

NYSERDA seeks creative, self-motivated and knowledgeable persons to design, develop and arrange for delivery of energy efficiency assistance to residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, low-income, and other energy sectors

NYSERDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging women & minorities to apply.

Current Job Opportunities

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Information Technology Project Portfolio Manager – Albany Office

NYSERDA seeks a motivated individual responsible for managing the implementation of IT-driven projects. This includes driving the full lifecycle of project delivery from requirements definition through implementation and roll out, working with a cross-functional team of business and technical resources. The IT Project Portfolio Manager will be ultimately accountable for the success of the project and work closely with the business clients of the project to ensure objectives are delivered as expected.

The IT Project Portfolio Manager’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Work closely with the business functional areas, technical teams and vendors in defining systems/project priorities, scope, approach, resource requirements, timing deliverables, and funding.
  • Consult with management and review project proposals to determine goals, time frames, budgetary requirements, processes and procedures for accomplishing the project, staffing requirements, and allocation of resources.
  • Effectively drive the requirements definition process, working closely with the business owner and/or a Business Analyst.
  • Develop project plans specifying goals, strategy, dependencies, staffing, scheduling, identification of risks, contingency plans, and allocation of available resources.
  • Drive standards and procedures for project reporting and documentation.
  • Identify and schedule project deliverables, milestones, and required tasks.
  • Assign tasks and responsibilities, and drive accountability to project team members.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the project teams.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of project resources to ensure project progresses on schedule and within budget.
  • Track project-related costs and expenditures.
  • Facilitate projects by defining agendas and running meetings.
  • Aggregate status updates from project team members, track schedules, and manage risks and issues as required.
  • Prepare project status reports and keep the team and management informed of project status and related issues, escalating as necessary.
  • Coordinate vendor activities by monitoring and tracking vendor deliverables and commitments where relevant.
  • Manage scope and the change request process, coordinating decision process of scope and budgetary impact of changes from original specifications.
  • Coordinate testing and Quality Assurance processes and ensure traceability to original requirements.
  • Track and maintain project and technical documentation.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Required minimum qualifications an individual must possess include:

  • Five or more years of IT project planning and management experience; and 8+ years in a technical role in an IT department.
  • Experience taking project from conception to production, managing all aspects of solution delivery including requirements gathering, scope definition, resource planning, budget management, status reporting, risk management, and change control.
  • Must possess a can-do attitude and willingness to do what it takes to deliver projects on time and within budget. Persistent follow up to make sure project diligence is achieved is necessary.
  • Excellent facilitation, verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to all functional groups; the ability to translate technical requirements and issues into appropriate context.
  • Demonstrated experience managing vendors to assist in or solely drive project delivery.
  • Excellent analytical skills, flexibility, ability to plan and organize, responsiveness, creativity.
  • Experience utilizing a structured project management methodology and formal tools/approaches. SCRUM or iterative development experience a plus.
  • Experience with recognized project management tools including MS Project and SharePoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in demanding multi-tasking environment.
  • Ability to manage independently in a dynamic environment with rapid development cycles, multifunctional teams and tight project timeframes.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Certification a plus.

Minimum educational requirements an individual must possess include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Business Administration or a closely related field

Salary

Individuals will be considered for IT Project Manager Portfolio Manager I through IV based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please type the Position’s Title and Job Code 292 in the Subject Line.

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Director of Strategic Operations – Albany Office

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking a Director of Strategic Operations, who will report to the Chief Operating Officer. The Director will serve a critical role in conceptualizing, driving, and implementing improvements to operations by leading high-priority new design, redesign and performance improvement projects. The successful candidate will manage large-scale strategic and business process and systems initiatives, institute new tools and practices, and develop team members to:

  • Inform and support the Authority's strategy to scale NY State’s clean energy economy
  • Anticipate and respond to the needs and behaviors of customers and the market
  • Build and deploy capabilities to deliver the above – internally and via partners/contractors
  • Drive ongoing learning, problem-solving, people-development, and performance improvement

The individual’s primary responsibilities will include:

Process Design, Redesign, and Improvement

  • Lead projects to develop and implement operational improvement strategies designed to expand impact, enable new programs, improve customer and partner interfaces, reduce cycle times, enable internal workflow, support robust reporting, manage risk, and reduce cost.
  • Lead efforts with internal and external subject matter experts to collect, document, map, and analyze business process and system dependencies - and understand how those processes connect to customers’ interactions with the Authority.
  • Structure, oversee, and perform documentation of business requirements.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify recommendations for process improvements, overcome constraints, and resolve difficult operations and technological issues.
  • Evaluate and follow up on initiatives to identify corrective actions; adjust accordingly to ensure achievement of desired outcomes.

System and Tool Building

  • Lead the improvement and integration of automation and tools designed to support work and decision-making.
  • Advance the attainment of timely, accurate, and relevant data needed for reporting and decision-making, while reducing burdens placed on staff, partners, and customers.
  • Establish key operating/financial indicators and reporting needed to support decision-making and monitor performance.
  • Drive production of frameworks, templates, and manuals in support of tools and systems deployed.

Project Management

  • Develop, implement and coordinate robust project plans in support of key initiatives – thoughtfully balancing rigor and discipline with adaptability and flexibility.
  • Institute tools and lead efforts encompassing project work planning and tracking, resourcing and budgeting, optimizing resources, and ensuring quality and timeliness.
  • Effectively communicate status to relevant stakeholders; collaborate and problem-solve with technologists.
  • Inculcate and drive practices that identify, mitigate, and manage risk on projects.

Leadership and People Development

  • Build and manage a small, hard-working, energetic, and highly-skilled team of analysts, forming an internal consultancy and project management office, in support of the above.
  • Influence and inform a greater understanding among Authority units of the ownership and output needed to advance continuous improvement.
  • Foster and contribute to a culture of excellence grounded in people development, learning, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Identify and execute opportunities to develop staff and colleagues to meet the Authority’s goals and their own professional goals; serve as a mentor and a role model.
  • Build multi-disciplinary networks within the Authority, sister and oversight agencies, the Governor's office, and key contractors to advance the Authority's goals.

Required minimum qualifications an individual must possess:

  • 12+ years’ experience implementing process and operational improvement with a demonstrated record of success.
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible experience as a business analyst.
  • A demonstrated record of success in driving improvements in service operations and successfully delivering services within complex business or government operating environments.
  • Skill in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
  • The ability to assess programmatic needs with alacrity and precision in order to develop work plans and resource requirements.
  • A strong customer orientation.
  • A command of business analyses, documenting requirements and specifications, and mapping processes to inform the development and integration of new processes and technology.
  • A command of project management methods, processes, standards, and tools.
  • A clear understanding of how to effectively leverage commercial software solutions and technology - and a demonstrated ability to successfully partner with programmatic, administrative, and technology staff (and vendors) to implement systems.
  • A willingness to work diligently to master knowledge required to perform work effectively and gain credibility of colleagues (e.g. clean energy domain, State government, systems, etc.).
  • An ability to drive to big picture goals and solve strategic problems while valuing and maintaining a strong attention to detail.
  • Great resourcefulness and an instinct for surfacing value and pragmatic solutions.
  • An ability to quickly identify and drive to the optimal solution when presented with a series of opportunities and/or constraints.
  • A track record as an exceptional manager, coach, mentor, and developer of talent.
  • A passion for operational transformation, a relentless work ethic, and resolute integrity.
  • Top-notch presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds; the ability to communicate persuasively, concisely, and unambiguously in speech and in writing.
  • The ability to effectively use Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio, Project, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Minimum educational requirements an individual must possess include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • An advanced degree is preferred

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an internal corporate consultancy, management consultancy, or the equivalent.
  • Experience as a project manager and / or in managing a project management office.
  • Experience in or working knowledge of the clean energy or energy efficiency domains.

Salary

Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. and include Director of Strategic Operations in the subject line.

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Program Manager or Director, NYPrize – Albany, New York City, or Buffalo Office (#289)

Like an ecosystem, New York’s power grid is an interdependent network vulnerable to failure — even isolated disruptions can have cascading effects on the entire system. New Yorkers saw this firsthand during Superstorm Sandy, when nearly two million New York households and businesses were without power for days after certain breakdowns in the electrical distribution lines. In response, Governor Cuomo formed a Moreland Commission to investigate storm preparedness and response, strengthened the Public Service Commission to make it a more effective utility watchdog, and privatized LIPA operations. However, the state’s outdated infrastructure persists and comes at a great expense to ratepayers.

In order to meet evolving community needs and values, the State will launch the first of its kind “NYPrize,” a $40 million competition designed to inspire a new generation of modern, clean and flexible power grids.

Through this competition, New York State will award funding to multiple communities in the State that can propose and build energy networks that are innovative, integrated and resilient. These energy networks will demonstrate and test the technological, operational and business models for a cleaner and safer energy system. The competition will be a collaborative initiative between New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA). With this ground-breaking approach to spurring large scale demonstrations, New York has the opportunity to develop an electric grid and energy system prepared for the 21st century.

NYSERDA is looking for a highly motivated manager to lead the design, development and execution of the NYPrize Community Grid Competition, working directly with NYSERDA's and NYPA's senior leadership and integrating with their smart grid and microgrid teams.

The individual’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Work in close collaboration with senior leadership teams to build on current plans to design and develop the competition’s principles, framework, guidelines, selection criteria, and schedule
  • Manage the competition’s already-established working group and advisory panel to solicit feedback from members of the public, private and nonprofit sectors
  • Initiate outreach and serve as the principle point of contact for potential competition respondents, such as individual communities, small and large technology vendors, and distribution utilities, among others
  • Proactively plan and oversee events to animate the pool of potential respondents (e.g. meet and greets, hackathons, webinars, etc.)
  • Perform other responsibilities as needed

Required minimum qualifications an individual must possess:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience with clean energy and smart grid applications
  • Demonstrated involvement in and understanding of prize competitions
  • A familiarity with the technical components of microgrids and the system and human factor implications of their deployment and use in a community
  • A creative approach to the competition for elevating the initiative’s appeal and story beyond the usual energy industry circles
  • Demonstrated capability to take utility-scale energy projects from concept to operation
  • Strong network and experience in the clean energy and microgrid space
  • Ability to lead an agile and dynamic team in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial setting
  • Excellent strategy, problem-solving and creative planning capabilities
  • An articulate and persuasive communicator, in both verbal and written form, who expresses ideas effectively and fluently with senior management, staff and external stakeholders
  • A proactive self-starter who achieves significant results and can build strong relationships and is comfortable with client interactions and making compelling presentations
  • Robust understanding of larger, “Utility 2.0” trends in the energy industry
  • Ability to travel as needed

Minimum educational requirements an individual must possess include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • An advanced degree is preferred

Salary

Candidates will be considered for Program Manager or Director, based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please type the Position’s Title and Job Code 289 in the Subject Line.

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Office Administrator to Senior Office Administrator – Records Management – West Valley Office (#280)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) West Valley Site Management Program seeks an experienced administrative professional with a strong background in records management to join NYSERDA’s team of 10 professionals at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in northern Cattaraugus County, New York. This individual will be responsible for enhancing NYSERDA’s records culture at West Valley and supporting the records management needs of the WVSMP.

Reporting to NYSERDA’s Office Manager, the position will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing the WVSMP central filing system including day-to-day maintenance, data entry, office filing, records retrieval and placement, and identifying ways to improve its structure.
  • Developing a records management plan for the WVSMP that identifies retention schedules, rules for archiving and destruction, physical control and security.
  • Indexing and cataloging paper records, microfilm and maps, and incorporating them into the Central Filing System.
  • Coordinating with NYSERDA’s legal staff regarding implementation of any records requirements and issues.
  • Improving the WVSMP’s record culture by finding creative ways to impart information on current records trends to WVSMP staff via presentations/mini-trainings, etc
  • Performing administrative duties to assist in the day-to-day operations of the office as needed, and other responsibilities as assigned.

Required minimum qualifications an individual must possess include:

  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.)
  • An attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy in all duties
  • An ability to work independently and handle sensitive information in a professional, confidential manner
  • Effective organizational, time management and communication skills
  • The ability to learn new information quickly
  • This position requires physical labor involving pulling files, moving files and packing files for storage
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in the environmental remediation industry a plus

Minimum educational requirements an individual must possess include:

  • An Associate’s degree in a related discipline plus five years of records management experience or
  • An unrelated Associate’s degree plus 7 years relevant experience or
  • 10+ years of relevant experience may be substituted in lieu of degree.

Salary

Individuals will be considered for Office Administrator through Senior Office Administrator based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package with generous paid leave is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please type the Position’s Title and Job Code 280 in the Subject Line.

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Assistant Project Manager to Project Manager – West Valley Site Management Program – West Valley Office (#278)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) West Valley Site Management Program seeks an experienced technical professional to join NYSERDA’s team at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in northern Cattaraugus County, New York.

This individual will be responsible for supporting NYSERDA’s participation in the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), a joint federal-state decommissioning and radioactive waste cleanup project. This position reports to NYSERDA’s WVDP and End-State Planning Program Manager and will involve developing and implementing effective strategies for NYSERDA participation in and oversight of the WVDP.

The individual’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Manage and participate in technical reviews associated with facility decommissioning and site remediation.
  • Develop and oversee technical projects to include scope, schedule, and budget management.
  • Assist with monthly reconciliations of program expenditures, program analysis, and other projects as assigned
  • Build and maintain relationships with WVDP personnel, site regulatory contacts, members of the public, and other stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required minimum qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in the natural or physical sciences or engineering, or a related technical program, and 4 years of relevant technical experience.
  • A minimum of two years of effective project management in a related technical environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Background and experience in one or more of the following areas is desired:

  • Nuclear facility decommissioning and waste management
  • Hydrogeology
  • Contaminant fate and transport
  • Risk assessment

Salary

Individuals will be considered for Assistant Project Manager through Project Manager based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package with generous paid leave is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please type the Position’s Title and Job Code 278 in the Subject Line.

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Assistant Project Manager to Senior Project Manager – R&D – Buildings Program – Heating and Cooling – Albany Office (#261)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking a creative, self-motivated and experienced individual to procure and manage a portfolio of R&D projects in the technology area of heating and cooling for residential, multi-family, commercial, and institutional buildings. Technologies include space heating and cooling, ventilation, and domestic hot water utilizing various forms of input energy – electricity, natural gas, oil, biomass and renewable. The Heating and Cooling Program is part of a multi-faceted NYSERDA Buildings R&D program focused on advancing the development and application of energy efficient building related technology. Towards this objective, the Buildings R&D program works through partnerships and collaborations with many small-to-large sized New York businesses, technical universities, DOE National Laboratories, industry trade groups and other organizations. While the position’s focus will be predominately on heating and cooling technologies, the project manager may be assigned to work on other building related technologies for program diversification or as needs demand. The project manger responsibilities will include managing a portfolio of R&D projects ranging from 15 to 25 projects with an aggregate value of approximately $10 million.

The Project Manager’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop and promote solicitations to procure projects in the relevant technology areas
  • Organize and lead a Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) review of solicitation proposals
  • Document and present TEP results to senior management
  • Develop documents and support contract negotiations for awarded projects
  • Manage projects in relation to stated goals, tasks, schedule, and budget
  • Facilitate technology transfer from R&D to NYSERDA’s deployment programs
  • Disseminate project results to accelerate market adoption
  • Develop networks and interact with stakeholders, industry, government, technical universities, and other entities
  • Make presentations on NYSERDA’s Heating and Cooling R&D program activities at professional meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Maintain a knowledge base of current and emerging heating and cooling technologies
  • Provide technical expertise to other NYSERDA programs
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Required minimum qualifications an individual must possess include:

  • One year of relevant experience working with heating or cooling technologies
  • Knowledge of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion processes
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to successfully multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, along with a demonstrated ability to develop relationships with key stakeholder groups
  • Ability to be a self-starter and function well independently and in teams
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Minimum educational requirements an individual must possess include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, physics, or related disciplines or
  • An unrelated Bachelor's degree and 3 years of relevant experience as described above or
  • An unrelated Master’s Degree and 2 years of relevant experience as described above

Preference will be given to those candidates who possess the following:

  • A Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or physics
  • Experience in HVAC design/development and or Biomass Heating Technologies
  • Prior R&D experience
  • PE license in NYS
  • CEM Certification by the Association of Energy Engineers

Salary

Individuals will be considered for Assistant Project Manager through Senior Project Manager based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package with generous paid leave is also offered.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please type the Position’s Title and Job Code 261 in the Subject Line.

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Paid Internships – Albany, Buffalo, & New York City Offices

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, matriculated college student
  • Experience with MS Office suite of products and/or databases
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication, technical writing and organizational skills
  • Ability to collect, analyze and synthesize useful data from a variety of sources

Note - Scheduled work hours per week for internships are as follows:

  • 18.5 hours per week during the academic year
  • 37.5 hours per week during summer months and school vacations

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For All Other Posted Job Opportunities

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov, or by postal mail to:
NYSERDA
Attn: Human Resources
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399

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To all recruitment agencies
NYSERDA does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, employees or any other company location. NYSERDA is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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Last Updated: 04/14/2014