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Assistant Director, Clean Heating and Cooling (#684) - 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. 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.

Buildings are responsible for more than one-third of economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions in New York State.  Decarbonizing New York’s 6+ million buildings is critical to achieving climate goals, preserving the environment, and maintaining healthy communities, and provides opportunities for creating new green jobs.  New York needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by roughly 40% within a decade and move very close to a carbon neutral building stock by mid-century.  This challenge becomes even more acute when considering the long lifespan of most buildings and building equipment. Achieving this necessary transformation to efficient, electric and grid-connected buildings while preserving housing affordability will take broad, systemic changes in policy, regulations, programs and financing. 

NYSERDA seeks a creative, independent and self-motivated individual to join its Clean Heating & Cooling team and support NYSERDA’s work to advance building decarbonization and heat pump installations and ensure the success of the NYS Clean Heat Program.  This will include working collaboratively with utilities on the utility-administered NYS Clean Heat Incentive program as well as the execution on the NYSERDA-managed NYS Clean Heat Market Development Plan. The successful candidate will assist the Director in the management and strategic direction of clean heating & cooling initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead high-impact team to promote the adoption of electrification:
    • Advance the installation of clean heating & cooling technologies in support of NYS nation-leading emissions reduction goals
    • Manage a team of several dynamic individuals
    • Represent NYSERDA as the Co-chair of the NYS Clean Heat Joint Management Committee ensuring the effective administration of the $454 million utility-led incentive program
    • Support the Community Heat Pump Program through project management of certain funded proposals
  • Oversight of NYS Clean Heat Market Development Plan:
    • Assist the Director in overseeing the coordination of $230 million NYSERDA-led NYS Clean Heat Market Development Plan initiatives such as:marketing, workforce development, supply chain development, cost reduction strategies, FlexTech, and other studies to better understand clean heating & cooling technologies
    • Work with other agencies and stakeholder organizations within and outside New York State to advance building decarbonization policies and programs
  • Budgeting, Forecasting, Performance Management:
    • Oversight of certain team activities including program execution, tracking, reporting, contract management, budgeting, and forecasting
    • Actively participate in regular meetings to support authority-wide effort through performance management, Salesforce governance and tech panel meetings


  • Serve as a subject matter expert for technically astute issues as assigned
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8 years of relevant experience such as managing a team with high-impact talent, interacting with markets that deliver government or utility incentive programs or heat pump projects with a demonstrated record of success in delivering solutions within business, non-profit or government operating environments
  • A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
  • Energy-related technical knowledge in at least one of the commercial, institutional, industrial, or multifamily sectors
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to successfully multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing pragmatic solutions
  • Capacity to provide exceptional service delivery
  • Ability to build productive relationships across a diverse organization
  • Ability to drive to big picture goals while maintaining a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds, the ability to communicate persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and in writing
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

In addition, since the responsibilities and duties of this position entail substantial interdisciplinary knowledge and cross-sector understanding, candidates from the following fields or who possess knowledge and/or experience in the following areas will be given preference:

  • Engineering + MBA
  • Utility administered programs
  • Market development


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

To Apply

To apply, please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume.

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