Senior Advisor, Low- to Moderate- Income Initiatives - Albany or New York City Office (#526)

The Senior Advisor for Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) Initiatives within the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Market Development Team will assist New York State energy policy decision-makers to identify, evaluate and implement policies and programs that advance energy affordability and increase access to clean energy solutions for disadvantaged communities in support of New York’s nation-leading climate action agenda.

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

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Developing a statewide LMI framework and service delivery across NYSERDA and New York State utilities to deliver on the State’s goals to direct substantial program budgets to LMI energy efficiency initiatives and realize benefits in disadvantaged communities
  • Planning and conducting a structured LMI and environmental justice outreach and engagement process in concert with State agencies, market partners and community organizations that provides meaningful opportunities for members of disadvantaged communities to participate in and influence the direction of clean energy initiatives
  • Leading inter-agency coordination to improve alignment of programs and policy and otherwise increase the impact of public funds directed to LMI disadvantaged communities. Managing projects and initiatives, which involves leading a team of NYSERDA staff and external consultants to conduct market research, design interventions and scale high-impact, cost-effective solutions that maximize benefits to disadvantaged communities
  • Working across NYSERDA teams to ensure coordination and collaborative planning of LMI strategy development and program implementation
  • Researching energy and economic policy issues, conducting special studies and performing objective analyses to help inform NYSERDA policy positions.Activities could include items such as:
    • Surveying models for data-sharing across program administrators
    • Developing reports and briefings on emergent energy policy issues
    • Assessing the merits and potential energy benefits of new strategies and approaches to delivering programs
  • Designing and piloting new community-level strategies that can deliver significant energy/environmental benefits and economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant experience with a demonstrated record of success in setting strategy, informing decision making and implementing initiatives within business, non-profit or government operating environments
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree highly valued
  • Experience working in a team environment both as a leader and active team member
  • Top-notch presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability; an entrepreneurial edge, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing value and collaborative solutions
  • Proven track record for cultivating productive relationships and building consensus across disparate perspectives
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and facilitation skills; strong analytical and computer skills
  • A relentless work ethic and resolute integrity

Applicants should be able to demonstrate having some or all the following skills enhanced by a willingness to learn:

  • Deep understanding of energy, environmental and economic issues affecting LMI residents, as well environmental justices and disadvantaged communities in New York State
  • Understanding of affordable housing
  • Diplomacy and discretion to navigate sensitive projects

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 526 in the Subject Line. 

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