Communities and Local Government Clean Energy Fellow - Albany, Buffalo, or New York City Office

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) aims to enable communities and local governments to make informed energy choices for their communities, government operations, homes, businesses, and community institutions. Recognizing that local governments and communities often struggle with a lack of funding, staff capacity, and information needed to prioritize and implement high-impact, clean energy actions, NYSERDA works with local governments and communities to address these barriers by providing tools and resources, direct technical support, grants, and leadership recognition through NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program. Since the program launched in 2016, NYSERDA has engaged 550 communities – representing 86 percent of the state’s population – to take action through the program. To build on this success, NYSERDA seeks a creative, self-motivated and knowledgeable team player to join its Communities and Local Government department to develop and launch the next generation of Clean Energy Communities actions. 

New York State has recently adopted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country, with a significant emphasis on delivering benefits to disadvantaged communities and providing a just transition for all. The Fellow will be a critical team member in helping to develop and deliver programs and strategies in support of New York’s climate and environmental justice agenda.

Primary Focus

NYSERDA’s Communities and Local Government department seeks a dynamic team player to assist with the strategic development and implementation of the Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round.  The ideal candidate should be passionate about NYSERDA’s mission, demonstrate strong strategic and policy development skills, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. In particular, the Fellow will develop and implement programs and policies that influence, encourage and enable community leadership in areas of clean energy such as benchmarking legislation, stretch code adoption, large carbon-reduction initiatives, community campaigns, and other activities that advance energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Develop methodologies for expanded participation from current Clean Energy Communities participants, as well as engaging new Clean Energy Communities program participation from non-participating local governments
  • Assist the team in identifying new program strategies that engage communities in support the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)
  • Engage with external stakeholders and customers to draw insights to improve program delivery; identify opportunities for replication; and showcase successes in ways that encourage scale across New York State
  • Identify and/or develop tools and resources that local governments can use to enable growth in the clean energy sector
  • Assist NYSERDA’s external contractor (Clean Energy Community Coordinators) teams to provide technical assistance and local support to governments
  • Evaluate grant proposals; manage a portfolio of clean energy projects with local governments
  • Collaborate with State agency partners to participate in energy planning activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in environmental policy, urban planning, engineering, public administration, communications, or a related field
  • Experience working with local governments and/or clean energy businesses
  • A genuine passion for issues related to energy, environment and economic development
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability, curiosity, resourcefulness, and adaptability
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge of local regulations, rules and constraints pertaining to renewable development, energy efficiency, New York State Stretch Code, or climate change
  • Strong stakeholder outreach and facilitation capabilities including strong public speaking and presentation skills

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to and include Communities Fellowship & Job Code 532 in the Subject Line.

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