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Senior Project Manager, Renewables Optimization and Energy Storage Innovation - 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 (Climate Act) [PDF]Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., 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
  • Install 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025
  • Install 6 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030

Additionally, the law creates the Climate Action Council 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 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks a highly qualified, creative individual to join our Renewable Optimization and Energy Storage Innovation team.  This individual will assume a critical role in implementing NYSERDA’s strategy for advancing new low-carbon renewable and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technologies and will focus on innovative business, product development and demonstration activities in the renewable power generation area including Offshore Wind, Energy Storage and Hydrogen.

A primary focus will be on improving the total value proposition (environmental, technical performance, business case, cost targets) of renewable resources. Assuming a return to safe travel, this role will be expected to travel approximately 10-25% of professionally committed time to meet with team members, stakeholders and potential partners. The position will report to the Renewables Optimization and Energy Storage Innovation Program Manager and will work in close collaboration with a broad range of other NYSERDA programs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Take a lead role in advancing NYSERDA’s strategy for supporting the development and commercialization of new renewables technologies including wind (land-based and off-shore), solar, hydrogen, and other distributed energy resources including the development and execution of solicitations to identify promising technology and business innovations
  • Provide support of the development and implementation of the US Department of Energy funded National Off-Shore Wind Research and Development Consortium
  • Support NYSERDA’s energy storage innovation initiatives including identifying and advancing opportunities for integration of energy storage and renewables
  • Work in close collaboration with NYSERDA’s other Innovation teams including Hydrogen, Smart Grid, Advanced Buildings, and Transportation; as well as relevant Market Development groups to identify opportunities to further drive adoption of renewables and DER technologies
  • Working closely with NYSERDA’s Technology to Market team, regularly advise NYSERDA’s innovation portfolio companies to facilitate commercialization and market adoption of new products and services
  • Develop and negotiate the work scopes, technical/business milestones and budgets of NYSERDA-funded projects and effectively manage projects to ensure maximum likelihood of success and prudent use of NYSERDA financial resources 
  • Provide a broad range of value-added services (addressing regulatory barriers, identifying strategic corporate partners, leveraging private capital, etc.) to guide innovators to bring their products and technology to market faster and assist them in getting private capital
  • Implement strategies to regularly measure and communicate program results and use that information to continually improve program design 
  • Work with colleagues, partners, market participants, stakeholders, and customers to remain current in state-of-the-art renewable technologies and markets
  • Use market insights to assess and capitalize on opportunities for new research initiatives and partnerships that bring about significant improvements in performance and value in the renewable sector
  • Evolve and continuously adapt strategies to optimize impact, overcome technical and market barriers, animate the market, encourage private capital and investment, and increase the scale and penetration of renewable resources in New York  
  • Represent NYSERDA in collaborative programs with private and public organizations and institutions 
  • Ensure programs are built such that they achieve intended outcomes, are easy-to-use and responsive to customers and partners, maintain operational flexibility needed to evolve, and minimize administrative cost and unnecessary contracting burdens 
  • Manage financial, legal, technical staff, and contractor resources for efficiency and effectiveness 
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8 years of relevant renewable experience including onshore and offshore wind, hydrogen solutions and energy storage solutions
  • Skill in managing multiple diverse projects or activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments and operating with speed, accuracy and strong judgment 
  • Ability to be a self-starter and function well independently and in teams
  • Knowledge of product research, development and commercialization strategies
  • Knowledge of and insight into renewable energy technology including onshore and offshore wind, hydrogen solutions, and energy storage, performance characteristics, environmental impacts and markets; an understanding of market actors, economics and impediments 
  • Demonstrated skill in gaining and using insight from markets participants (e.g., producers, installers, financiers, end-customers, regulators, etc.) to formulate strategy, design solutions and evolve programs 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability, an entrepreneurial edge, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing value and pragmatic solutions 
  • Strong work ethic
  • Resolute integrity
  • Strong interpersonal skills, patience and a demonstrated ability to develop relationships with key stakeholder groups
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to produce effective and purposeful written material
  • Bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree is preferred


The salary range is $101,403 - $128,142. Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is offered.

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