Assistant Project Manager to Project Manager, Policy Development - Albany Office Strongly Preferred (#465)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks a creative, self-motivated, and knowledgeable individual with research and analytical skills as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join its Energy and Environmental Analysis Department. This position will report to a Senior Project Manager on the Policy Development team.

Energy and Environmental Analysis assists New York State energy policy decision-makers by (1) identifying and evaluating policy alternatives for addressing vital public needs; (2) quantitatively assessing the impact of energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs on the State’s citizens, businesses, and environment; and (3) helping foster informed energy planning through the quantitative and qualitative analysis of energy issues and policies.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Research energy, environmental, and economic policy issues and perform objective analyses to help inform NYSERDA policy positions and program strategies. Activities may include:
    • Providing technical review and synthesis of key regulatory issues and filings under the jurisdiction of the NYS Public Service Commission, with emphasis on significant regulatory changes under the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative
    • Providing technical review of State legislation
    • Carrying out benchmarking of federal policy development as well as policies in other states and internationally
    • Developing and performing modeling, forecasting, and quantitative analysis to assess the impacts of policy alternatives on the supply, demand, and price of energy, on clean energy technology adoption, on the environment, and on the macro-level State economy
    • Assisting in the development of reports on emergent energy policy issues
    • Assessing the merits and potential benefits of new strategies and approaches to delivering clean energy programs
    • Conducting benefit-cost and macroeconomic analysis of NYSERDA’s portfolio of programs to support a process of continuous improvement in program design and
    • Assisting in the development of policy briefings and presentations for NYSERDA Executives and the Governor’s Office
  • Support development of the State Energy Plan, including research of energy topics for inclusion in the Plan, collaboration with other topic-specific experts within NYSERDA and at other State agencies, and drafting of specific portions of the Plan
  • Work collaboratively with NYSERDA programs to provide formative input, survey good practices, and facilitate market and stakeholder engagement, to increase the likelihood of program success
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and partners
  • Manage external contractor teams engaged in analysis projects on behalf of NYSERDA as well as participate in and lead teams from NYSERDA and other State agencies to advance projects
  • Develop and negotiate statements of work regarding project tasks, schedule, budget, and deliverables; effectively manage projects and provide value-added contributions from a technical and policy perspective
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis, economics, engineering, science, business, public administration, or a related field of analytical study, or an unrelated Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience
  • A Master’s degree in one of the above and relevant job experience are highly valued
  • Proficiency in technical writing and 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
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to successfully multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability, an entrepreneurial edge, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing value and practical solutions
  • Computer skills to complete analytical functions
  • Strong work ethic and resolute integrity

Applicants should be able to demonstrate having some or all of the following skills enhanced by a willingness to learn about new issues and analytical tools:

  • Understanding of energy policy and energy markets, including electricity and fossil fuel markets, and related economic and environmental issues
  • Understanding of electric utility regulation and business models in areas such as clean energy technology adoption, value-added electricity services, grid modernization, and retail rate design
  • Understanding of economic theory and present value methodologies
  • Technical expertise in analysis of energy policy issues, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, customer adoption of clean energy technologies, and environmental policies
  • Diplomacy and discretion to navigate sensitive projects
  • Experience working in a team environment both as a team leader and active team member
  • Experience managing complex analytical projects which engage in-house experts and staff, external consultant teams, and external industry experts and stakeholders

Salary

Candidates will be considered for Assistant Project Manager through Project Manager based on qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov. When applying, please type Project Manager, Policy Development & Job Code 465 in the Subject Line. 

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