Senior Advisor for Strategy – Office of the President & CEO - Albany or New York City Office (#615)

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 [PDF] (CLCPA), 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, co-Chaired by NYSERDA, 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 – all while delivering critical benefits to historically underserved and otherwise disadvantaged communities. 

Against the backdrop of these policies and other actions taken in 2020, NYSERDA’s mission rises in importance and urgency: working to advance clean energy innovation and investments to combat climate change, improving the health, resiliency, and prosperity of New Yorkers and delivering benefits equitably to all. To effectuate this mission and make progress toward our long-term vision for New York, success for NYSERDA and New York as a whole will require bolder ambition, deeper decarbonization, swifter execution, greater emphasis on disadvantaged communities and low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers, elevated focus on green jobs and economic development, and more targeted technology/resource offerings, among other priorities. These drivers signal a need for doubling-down and executing on existing programmatic efforts, while also undertaking new activities and making new forays to accelerate the pace of progress and keep New York at the cutting edge of technological and policy innovation.

NYSERDA’s Office of the President & CEO leads and supports the organization’s entire Executive Team in advancing the full spectrum of NYSERDA’s activities across sectors and project-scale. To build out the internal team helping conceive of and implement the critical measures that will be needed, NYSERDA seeks to add a Senior Advisor for Strategy to join the Office of the President & CEO and NYSERDA’s Executive team. The Senior Advisor for Strategy will report to the President and CEO work closely with the Chief of Staff.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to and lead special projects and high-priority internal initiatives covering a broad spectrum of Authority work
  • Engage as a key contributor to strategic planning and goal-setting work guiding the macro (organization-wide) and micro (team-by-team) development of policy and programmatic priorities, working across Business Units to ensure cohesion and alignment
  • Lead strategic development of major organizational portfolios, such as the Clean Energy Fund
  • Develop and facilitate internal thought-leadership related to emerging topics, from new technologies and applications to cutting-edge policy proposals and considerations
  • Work with the President & CEO, Chief of Staff and other members of the Executive Team to support a variety of requests and activities, including those relating to sister agencies and Executive Chamber
  • Monitor and help NYSERDA leadership stay abreast of strategic trends in the energy and climate space, including with respect to federal and state government activities
  • Collaborate with Directors, Team Leads and team members across all levels of the organization to ensure sufficient and proactive engagement with organization-wide strategic priorities, with an emphasis on breaking down siloes
  • Assist in the development of succinct and accurate written analyses, briefing materials and responses to incoming requests, helping balance the coordination of fast-paced daily priorities with important, longer-term strategic planning efforts
  • Drive relevant projects and policies forward by gathering and effectively organizing required information, communicating effectively and professionally with internal and external stakeholders, developing and monitoring plans, and coordinating responsibilities and commitments of the team members
  • Represent NYSERDA in collaborative initiatives with other NYS agencies and public and private entities and in technical conferences, public meetings, and other forums
  • Perform other responsibilities as needed

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8 years of relevant experience in clean and renewable energy strategy, policy development, and/or implementation
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Genuine passion for issues related to energy, environment, and economic development
  • Strong analytical and critical-thinking competencies with an eye for creativity, thinking outside the box and challenging established norms and methods
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing energy and climate solutions, including for either/both external-facing market impact and internal-facing strategic organizational initiatives
  • Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team leader and team member, maintain project timelines and deliver on commitments
  • Highest level of written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills involving the ability effectively present and execute innovative ideas
  • Proven ability to build trust, confidence, respect, and effective working relationships among individuals at all levels of the organization and with stakeholders and business partners
  • Familiarity leveraging digital tools and platforms to organize intra- and inter-team collaboration and project development
  • Quick-learner and self-starter who acts independently, directs one’s own work and can handle diverse tasks quickly and accurately within a high-pressure environment      

Preferences:

    • Master’s degree
    • Knowledge with both deployment- and innovation-oriented activities within the clean energy field
    • Experience in and familiarity with the New York legislative and regulatory landscapes, including relevant parties, stakeholders, and issues, and/or broader climate/clean energy happenings at the state and federal level
    • Strong organizational engagement and team-building capabilities including a natural inclination to facilitate connections and break down siloes.

    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 615 in the Subject Line.