Senior Project Manager, Advanced Buildings - Albany or New York City Office (#530)

An exciting opportunity exists with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for an experienced, self-motivated and dedicated individual to lead NYSERDA’s innovation initiative focused on enabling Zero Carbon Buildings.

This position will have broad responsibility to identify existing technology gaps, assess markets, engage with building systems manufacturers and suppliers, entrepreneurs, the innovation and academic community, and the various, state and local government agencies, in order to drive solutions leading to commercialized products that will enable both new and existing buildings to achieve zero carbon emissions. 

Zero Carbon Buildings

The recently enacted New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets a timeline for achieving economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050.  With 42% of the State’s GHG emissions attributed to buildings and approximately 70% of the existing buildings constructed before the NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code was established, high impact and scalable (cost-effective) innovative solutions are needed for buildings to reduce and achieve zero emissions.

In May 2019, New York City adopted Local Law 97 as part of the Climate Mobilization Act (CMA).  The CMA sets declining carbon emissions intensity caps for 2024 and 2030 covering buildings over 25,000 square feet in NYC.  Failure to meet the caps carries significant financial penalties. To avoid those penalties, carbon intensive buildings will require comprehensive energy retrofits or alternate compliance through the purchase of renewable energy credits, if available.

To achieve the goal of reducing and achieving zero emissions will require a comprehensive set of innovative solutions that span clean heating and cooling, advanced building envelope systems, intelligent building to grid interactions and advanced manufacturing.  Zero Carbon buildings are expected to have greatly improved energy performance, resiliency, occupant comfort, and productivity benefits.

To accelerate the development and commercialization of building products leading to zero carbon emissions, NYSERDA envisions identifying, with market participants, the needed solutions and engaging with the industry and innovation community through a series of innovation challenges.

This opportunity represents a rare opportunity to work at the leading edge of recreating New York State’s building stock. 

Primary Responsibilities 

The goal of this initiative is to develop and commercialize the needed set of building products and solutions to move new and existing (residential and commercial) buildings to zero carbon emissions.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be to:

  • Identify and develop strong relationships with the existing industry organizations offering products and solutions to building owners and organizations that conduct or support research and development on building technologies (Universities, National Laboratories, US Department of Energy, ARPA-e)
  • Engage the entrepreneurial and innovation community to participate and offer solutions that reduce the GHG emissions of buildings
  • Be informed about the state of industry – current technology offerings and innovation pipeline
  • Develop a business case and investment plan for an Advanced Buildings - Zero Carbon Initiative and possible future initiatives
  • Develop solicitations for investment consideration by NYSERDA
  • Evaluate received proposals against strategic fit, impact, probability of technical and commercial success, and leverage
  • Develop contract documents (statement of work, budget, schedule) for projects selected to receive an investment
  • Actively manage a portfolio of 15-20 projects against goals and value to NYSERDA
  • Leverage Tech to Market Team resources in the evaluation, selection and management of projects
  • Work closely with other NYSERDA teams sharing insights, leads and opportunities for collaboration
  • Present information on NYSERDA’s behalf at professional meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned 
  • Travel throughout New York State (up to 20%) in the execution of the above activities

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate needs to be both tech and business savvy and have an excellent understanding of the process and requirements to transform an idea to a successful commercial product.  The role requires the individual to work both independently and in teams, have a high level of integrity, be outgoing, proactive, communicative, a problem-solver with a ‘can-do’ attitude and the ability to inspire others.

The role also requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong analytical skills to identify and resolve issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop robust relationships with other relevant teams within NYSERDA, as well as with partnering organizations and industry stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to set priorities, successfully handle multiple activities simultaneously and deliver on commitments with speed, accuracy and judgment
  • A result-oriented, resourceful and adaptability individual
  • Proficient in Word, Excel & PowerPoint


  • Advanced degree
  • Five plus years of experience in product development and commercialization, preferably in building technologies
  • Entrepreneurial experience

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to and include the Title and Job Code 530 in the Subject Line. 

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