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Senior Project Manager, Clean Heating and Cooling - 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, 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 help lead NYSERDA’s work in scaling building decarbonization strategies and promoting the adoption of efficient electrification heating technologies.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Assistant Director and Director in the management and strategic direction of department initiatives.  

This will include working collaboratively with industry partners on the NYS Clean Heat incentive program as well as the NYSERDA-led NYS Clean Heat Market Development Plan. The successful candidate will also develop and implement initiatives focused on transforming the way decarbonization projects are conceived, designed, and implemented working in close coordination with the public and private sectors. The person in this role will be in a critical position to lead NYSERDA’s efforts to strategize, pilot, assess, and refine the organization’s work in this exciting area. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategize on and develop new marketplace interventions:
    • Serve as an internal thought leader, facilitator, and communicator in advocating for innovative building electrification solutions through research, analysis, studies and reports
    • Develop strategies for obtaining consensus and support from key State and City agencies and industry partners (utilities, developers, contractors, environmental groups, etc.) to reflect the fundamental change needed to electrify NYS heating and cooling – by embracing new technology, promoting rapid growth opportunities, and reflecting a new market environment
    • Support the advancement of the Building Electrification and Carbon Neutral Roadmap recommendations, administration of the New York State Clean Heat Program Joint Management Committee, and other State- and Agency-wide electrification initiatives, as needed
    • Emphasize strategies that serve the needs of Disadvantaged Communities
  • Develop and implement various methods to drive program participation:
    • Utilize insights gained from the Clean Heating & Cooling portfolio and NYS Clean Heat program to (1) direct NYSERDA’s market development activities, and 2) Conduct studies and publicize best practices and lessons learned
    • Develop initiatives to connect prospective customers to solution providers to drive the uptake of efficient heating electrification technologies
  • Manage contracted projects:
    • Execute and manage contracted projects originating from the Community Heat Pump Systems solicitations (PON 4614)
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for heating electrification issues
  • Develop relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8 years of relevant experience, such as interacting with markets that deliver district thermal, microgrid, or electrification projects, with a demonstrated record of success in delivering solutions within business, non-profit, utility, or government operating environments
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • Energy-related knowledge in at least one of the commercial, institutional, industrial, or multifamily sectors
  • Strong project management skills, program management skills, and the ability to successfully multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical ability, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing pragmatic solutions
  • Capacity to provide exceptional service delivery
  • Ability to serve as a thought leader for innovation and market transformation
  • 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:

  • Energy equity
  • Sustainability management
  • Technical and economic analysis
  • Market development
  • CEM or CEA Certification by the Association of Energy Engineers
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification by the Project Management Institute


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

To Apply

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