Project Manager, Energy Related Environmental Research - Albany Office (#428)

NYSERDA seeks a creative, self-motivated and knowledgeable individual with environmental research and project management skills as well as communications and interpersonal skills to lead the ecosystems and alternative energy components of the Energy-Related Environmental Research program portfolio https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Environmental-Research. This program provides the knowledge necessary to better understand and reduce the adverse energy-related impacts that damage New York’s ecosystems and the health of its citizens; supports environmental accountability for existing and future energy and environmental policies; and guides cleaner, more environmentally thoughtful alternatives in ways that advance New York’s energy policies.

The successful candidate will develop and manage a portfolio of research, assessment and monitoring projects relating to 1) the deposition of oxides of nitrogen and sulfur (acidic deposition), and mercury; 2) environmental and permitting issues relating to the development of offshore wind energy, and; 3) assessing and informing siting impacts of large scale photovoltaic and wind energy development on ecosystems and society.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify promising energy-related environmental research areas targeting current and anticipated policy needs, and coordinate overall strategic planning for applicable program components;
  • Develop and manage projects related to the impacts of electricity generation on ecosystems, primarily sulfur, nitrogen, mercury and climate forcing factors, and the interaction of these issues;
  • Develop and manage projects related to the environmental impacts of alternative and renewable energy such as large, pole mounted photovoltaic systems, commercial land based wind energy and offshore wind energy development;
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to convey scientific information to policy makers, resource managers, renewable energy developers and other stakeholders;
  • Work with the Program’s’ Science and Program Advisors, colleagues, partners, associations and researchers to regularly update research plans and activities to ensure that the program is effectively informing current, and anticipating future, policy needs through science-based research;
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration with other groups and organizations to leverage funding, data, and the dissemination of credible information;
  • Support tracking of metrics and reporting on accomplishments;
  • Maintain a network of stakeholders, market participants, policy experts, and other sources of insight to inform program and project design, and enable ongoing improvement of NYSERDA's strategies and interventions;
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with multiple teams across NYSERDA for optimal outcomes,
  • Periodically serve as mentor to student interns or program support staff, and;
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant experience in energy-related environmental issues
  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biological or physical sciences, engineering, or a related discipline; an advanced science degree is highly preferred
  • Knowledge of: the potential environmental impacts of current and emerging renewable energy technologies and the associated State and Federal regulatory structures; environmental monitoring of ecosystems; environmental research, and; State and federal energy and environmental policies and regulations relating to acidic deposition, mercury and climate change
  • Proven ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, holding sometimes conflicting perspectives, to seek feedback, input and identify common objectives
  • Skill in gaining and using insight from colleagues and external groups to formulate strategy and design solutions
  • Demonstrated abilities for problem-solving, resourcefulness, adaptability, and pragmatic solutions
  • Skill in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, operating with speed, accuracy and strong judgment
  • Strong work ethic and integrity
  • Proven presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds; the ability to communicate accurately, persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and in writing

Preference will be given to individuals who possess:

  • Experience with members of New York State’s environmental community, such as non-governmental groups, state agencies, research institutions, environmental consulting firms, and key influential stakeholders

Salary

Candidates will be considered for Project Manager through Senior Manager 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 & Job Code 428 in the Subject Line. 

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