Climate Justice Advisor, The New York State Climate Action Council - Albany or New York City Office (#599)

New York is leading the nation in the fight on climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy. With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) 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 Climate Act 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 (Scoping 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 Climate Act requires the State to invest or direct resources in a manner designed to ensure that disadvantaged communities receive at least 35 percent, with the goal of 40 percent, of overall benefits of spending on clean energy and energy efficiency programs, projects or investments in the areas of housing, workforce development, pollution reduction, low-income energy assistance, energy, transportation, and economic development.

The Climate Justice Advisor will provide a critical advisory role in the CAC process by offering strategic advice for incorporating the requirements for clean energy investments of the Climate Act in the Scoping Plan, as well as identifying the opportunities for investments to address energy issues and advance equitable solutions across State agencies/authorities for disadvantage economic communities of color. The Advisor will consult with sector-specific advisory panels and working groups to ensure that while we move the state toward a carbon neutral economy, all New Yorkers will reap the economic and environmental benefits of our nation-leading transition.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Lead the development and execution of the Climate Action Council’s Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Climate Law
  • Advance the work for research, advocacy, leadership, advancement of environmental and climate justice through coalition-building, multicultural collaborative, inclusive, and accessible environments for leading development of energy policies that meet the diverse needs of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities
  • Engage with involved stakeholders and constituents to inform the overall strategy
  • Contribute expert input to the Climate Justice Working Group and Environmental Justice Advisory Group activities
  • 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

  • 5 years of professional experience in environmental justice, climate policy, clean and renewable energy policy development or implementation
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Genuine passion and commitment to cultivating racial and equity competencies in climate change and environmental justice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively present and execute innovative ideas
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills; ability to quickly aggregate and analyze information
  • Proven ability to successfully work within and lead a dynamic diverse team to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to anticipate needs in advance, multi-task, plan ahead, and react positively to new assignments
  • Proven ability to build confidence, and effective working relationships among individuals at all levels
  • Strong attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy in all duties
  • High proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • 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 599 in the Subject Line.