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Special Assistant to the President & CEO


Albany or New York City Office


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


NYSERDA is seeking a motivated, dynamic and resourceful Special Assistant to the President and CEO.  In this role, the Special Assistant is exposed to a wide range of projects focusing on organizational priorities and support for the CEO and other Executive team members across a range of activities.  The Special Assistant helps drive special projects, participates in stakeholder meetings, conducts research, and leads new initiatives on behalf of the CEO.  The ideal candidate should be passionate about NYSERDA's mission and to helping the organization continually improve and execute its work to the highest standards.  The Special Assistant 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 position will be located within the Office of the President & CEO and will also work as an integral member of the Executive team, working closely with the Chief of Staff, the Climate Action Council Executive Director, and the Executive Administrator.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the CEO in developing, planning and executing NYSERDA-wide communications, agendas, priorities, and materials such as authority wide engagements and goal setting exercises
  • Engage in, support and implement strategic planning and other high priority projects and special assignments
  • Work with NYSERDA teams and executive staff to prepare CEO for internal and external meetings, presentations and events; provide staff support to/at external meetings, activities and events and ensure timely follow up of all action items
  • Coordinate high quality, on message, accurate, and timely follow up to inquiries from the Governor's office, Board, oversight entities, media, and key external constituencies
  • 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
  • Deal with confidential and sensitive matters
  • Support the Climate Action Council (CAC) Executive Director in the:
    • production of materials and documents for the Council and Executive Steering Committee, including agendas and presentations
    • development of the scoping plan as needed, including coordinating review and incorporation of edits provided to draft scoping plan by CAC members
    • coordination of public meetings and stakeholder engagement sessions, including logistics to meet the requirements of Open Meetings Law (where they apply)
    • management of external contractors in support of the Council and Scoping Plan development, as necessary
    • development and management of information resources available to the public on Council activities (press releases, social media, website, and other communications)
    • oversight and development of content for the climate act website
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five years of related professional experience as described above
  • A bachelor's degree
  • A genuine passion for issues related to energy, environment and economic development
  • Strong 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 build trust, confidence, respect and effective working relationships among individuals at all levels of the organization and with stakeholders and business partners
  • Able to handle stressful situations with measured calmness and decisiveness
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to travel approximately up to 1 day per week


  • An advanced degree in a related field with relevant work experience such as managing staff and dealing with confidential and sensitive data and information
  • Experience or knowledge in policy and research supporting and advocating on issues of energy, environment and economic development


Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience.  An excellent benefits package is offered.


To Apply:

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume.


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