Executive Director, The New York State Climate Action Council - Albany or New York City Office (#598)

New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy. With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, New York has codified the most aggressive climate change program in the nation with goals to produce 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030; reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040; install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025; and 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. Additionally, the law creates the Climate Action Council (CAC) comprised of the leaders of various state agencies and authorities as well as legislative appointments to develop a plan outlining how the state will achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and eventually net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.

The Executive Director of the New York State Climate Action Council will lead efforts to prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate agenda set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The Executive Director will focus on the overall management and success of the Climate Action Council process, through to completion of the Scoping Plan, as well as establish and implement the ongoing review and periodic update after its completion. The Executive Director will serve as interface among CAC members and work closely with the co-Chairs and executive staff in the implementation of the Scoping Plan activities. The Executive Director will also ensure the successful activities of the Advisory Panels and Working Groups convened by the CAC to produce recommendations for inclusion in the Scoping Plan.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Manage and assure successful completion of the Climate Action Council’s work to produce both a draft and final Scoping Plan, in accordance with the requirements of the CLCPA
  • Serve as a resource for the Climate Action Council members, as well as advance constructive resolution for Scoping Plan recommendations
  • Manage the Advisory Panel and Working Group processes to ensure completion of recommendations to the CAC according to schedules, as well as ensuring the appropriate stakeholder engagement for completion of informed recommendations
  • Work with the designated executive steering committee to prepare for CAC meetings
  • Coordinate high quality, on message, accurate, and timely follow up to inquiries from the Governor’s office, CAC members, media, and key external constituencies
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of relevant experience in leadership positions related to climate policy or government negotiation or mediation
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Proven track record in leading teams, demonstrated success at formulating comprehensive strategy and negotiating solutions relating to complex issues and competing stakeholder views
  • Mission-driven; motivated to solve the world’s biggest climate and environmental challenges; act as a change agent and creative/innovative thinker
  • Familiarity and ability to stay current with professional and industry best practices
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for generating value and pragmatic solutions
  • Skill in managing multiple or complex and diverse projects, delivering on commitments and operating with speed, accuracy and strong judgement
  • Detail-oriented with strong planning, critical thinking and process driven skills
  • Excellent presenter with strong interpersonal skills; able to communicate persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and in writing
  • Strong computer skills with MS Office
  • Ability to travel up to 20%

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 598 in the Subject Line.