Senior Project Manager, Clean Energy Siting - Albany or New York City Office (#525)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks an experienced and capable individual to join the Clean Energy Siting team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for planning, developing and managing meetings and workshops with local governments and help develop strategies that overcome clean energy market barriers and accelerate the scale and penetration of clean energy in New York. This position will require the ability to work independently as well as to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Communication to both the general public and clean energy industry experts will be required. The successful candidate will be a key part of developing guidance materials and standardized tools to ease the implementation of solar, land-based wind and energy storage in New York State. The successful candidate will work closely with staff from multiple NYSERDA programs and will also interact with professionals and others from the broader networks of the energy, municipalities and community development fields.

This individual will learn details of clean energy project development process directly from market participants and will gain first-hand insight into the siting of clean energy projects and the interaction with local governments in New York State. This is an excellent opportunity to gain further education on numerous types of clean energy development such as solar, wind and energy storage.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Develop and manage interventions and strategies that overcome clean energy market barriers and accelerate the scale and penetration of clean energy projects in New York
  • Provide trainings and presentations at workshops, conduct outreach and provide one-on-one technical assistance for local governments across New York State
  • Develop best practices, reports, summary papers, case studies, technical briefs, and web-based materials in support of knowledge transfer and outreach efforts
  • Identify and conduct deep-dive analysis on best practices for clean energy siting and draft guidance documents for local decision-makers and industry members
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local government officials, trade associations, the regional and national organizations (federal agencies, national laboratories, industry, academia, non-profits, and others)
  • Facilitate workshops and working group meetings with diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as complete projects and deliverables with input from the working group
  • Work effectively with multiple NYSERDA teams, local governments and sister agencies to define opportunities and deploy solutions in order to tackle clean energy market barriers
  • Oversee the work of consultants, engineers and other technical contractors, including writing statements of work, issuing contracts, budgeting, and invoicing
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, particularly with a policy or energy background
  • 5 years of experience in the energy industry, environment/energy program implementation or a related field (e.g. engineering, planning, management)
  • Demonstrating strong project management skills, critical thinking, superior organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills
  • Able and willing to travel across New York State over 50% of the time
  • Strong stakeholder outreach and engagement capabilities including experience directly engaging with government officials
  • Top-notch presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds; the ability to communicate persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and writing
  • Ability to be a quick and eager learner of new material and think holistically through complex problems, with technical and non-technical components
  • Must be a self-starter and function well independently and in teams
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability with a proactive and collaborative style that works well in teams
  • Exceptional organizational, time-management and planning skills
  • Organized, diligent, reliable, and supporting of high-quality work products
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Adaptive, forward-thinking, fast learning, can-do attitude, and willingness to learn and pitch in to a high-functioning team
  • Excellent Microsoft Office capabilities, especially MS Excel; experience with Salesforce/CRM programs highly valued

Preferences

  • Master’s degree
  • Proven experience with or knowledge of one or more of the following technologies: solar, battery energy storage and wind
  • Knowledge of planning, zoning and permitting processes at a local level

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov and include the Title and Job Code 525 in the Subject Line. 

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