Program Counsel - Albany Office (#563)

New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy economy.  NYSERDA is on the front lines of this work and serves as one of the lead agencies tasked with meeting the State’s nation-leading goals, including 100% clean electricity by 2040, 70% renewable energy by 2030 and developing a roadmap to a carbon neutral economy. 

NYSERDA is seeking a motivated, dynamic and resourceful attorney in its Office of the General Counsel to manage a portfolio of programmatic matters.  In this role, the attorney will be exposed to a wide range of issues across various NYSERDA programs, state policy initiatives and regulatory processes.   

The ideal candidate should have experience in energy and/or regulatory matters related to New York State, including renewable energy and energy efficiency market dynamics and be committed to NYSERDA’s mission and helping the organization continually improve and execute its work.  The attorney should be a self-starter who acts independently, directs one’s own work and can handle diverse tasks quickly and accurately within a high-pressure environment.

This role at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a dynamic position utilizing the attorney’s knowledge and experience to both advise clients and to propose and execute upon creative strategies in line with the policy goals of NYSERDA and the State of New York.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Assist internal clients in developing, planning and executing NYSERDA and state policy initiatives related to programs and strategies within the attorney’s portfolio
  • Work closely with other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel on a range of matters to ensure coordination among attorneys and with respect to the NYSERDA programs they advise
  • Draft, edit and coordinate contracts, regulatory filings, memoranda of understanding, and other documents needed to implement programs and initiatives within the attorney’s portfolio and advise and assist with respect to such matters across the authority
  • Drive projects forward by gathering and effectively organizing required information, communicating effectively and professionally with internal and external stakeholders, developing and monitoring plans, and keeping track of responsibilities and commitments of the team members
  • Appropriately handle confidential and sensitive matters
  • Assist and advise on any of the legal affairs of NYSERDA, including but not limited to:compliance with federal and state environmental and energy law and regulations, and all other applicable state laws; interactions with federal, state, and private sector stakeholders, partners, regulators and other interested parties; litigation involving the Authority
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school and admission to the bar of New York State
  • Two years’ relevant experience in at least one of the following subject areas:
    • Renewable energy and energy efficiency regulatory, finance and legal affairs
    • Complex regulatory proceedings involving energy- and environment-related matters
    • Business organization and corporate law
    • Government contracting involving sophisticated technologies and energy-related initiatives
  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in energy or environmental law
  • An articulate & persuasive communicator, in both verbal and written form, who expresses ideas effectively and fluently and recognizes the importance of listening
  • Resourceful problem-solver focused on pragmatic and effective solutions to complex issues, maintaining focus on the big picture while paying attention to detail 
  • Strong diplomatic and discretion skills to navigate sensitive projects and negotiations among both NYSERDA and inter-agency teams with varied interests
  • Possession of a deep appreciation for the inter-relationship of the needs and perspectives of internal and external stakeholders in supporting NYSERDA’s mission
  • Relentless work ethic and resolute integrity
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive matters with absolute integrity and discretion
  • Able to handle stressful situations with measured calmness and decisiveness

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 563 in the Subject Line.