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Program Manager, Communities and Local Governments - Albany, Buffalo, or New York Office


New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) [PDF] Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. has created the most aggressive climate change goals in the nation and requires an ambitious agenda that blends proven catalysts with innovative approaches while operating across a broader energy arena that is rapidly evolving. New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a driving force in realizing this agenda. NYSERDA works with stakeholders that span residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, universities, utilities, investors, entrepreneurs, and more, to develop, invest, and foster conditions that:

  • Attract the private sector capital investment needed to expand New York’s clean energy economy
  • Overcome barriers to using clean energy at a large-scale in New York
  • Enable New York’s communities and residents to benefit equitably from energy efficiency and renewable energy

NYSERDA seeks an individual to join the Communities & Local Government team, a high-priority team that enables increased engagement and investment in clean energy by municipalities and communities throughout New York State. The position will report to the Director, Communities and Local Government, and serve as an architect of strategy and policy, playing a key role enabling the continued success and evolution of the Clean Energy Communities Program. The candidate will also play a leading role collaborating with internal NYSERDA teams that work with municipalities and communities to ensure all New Yorkers benefit from the transition to clean energy. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and inventory new, innovative, and responsive clean energy offerings through the Clean Energy Communities Program that resonate with local governments and the communities they serve.  Evolve current offerings to optimize impact and efficiency based on stakeholder feedback and insights, program and market data, and evaluation; test, measure and adjust the efficacy of approaches and offerings. Include and emphasize strategies that serve disadvantaged communities
  • Facilitate NYSERDA’s efforts to promote community choice aggregation (CCA), collaborating with other NYSERDA teams, the NYS Department of Public Service, CCA administrators, municipalities, and energy services providers
  • Working with the team alongside Clean Energy Coordinators and the Regional Clean Energy Hubs, inform program strategies that promote clean energy adoption and economic opportunities including state, federal, local and utility resources
  • Develop and implement new program strategies that influence municipal adoption of clean energy policies (i.e., 100% clean energy, carbon free, goals across municipal operations and community-wide)
  • Build and maintain a network of stakeholders, including community leaders and organizers, local elected officials, economic development leaders, and market participants to deploy solutions at scale
  • Present local leadership and policymakers with State-supported tools and service offerings for investing and committing to clean energy, including policy guidance, peer-to-peer support opportunities, customer aggregation programs and strategies, code/permitting and policy templates, and financial and technical assistance
  • Structure and negotiate NYSERDA initiatives including partnership arrangements designed to attract clean energy investments in New York and support regional or local community projects
  • Support NYSERDA’s economic development team in identifying and facilitating community-based clean economic development projects in conjunction with state and local partners
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8 years of experience in clean energy, community-based/government, or urban planning.  A Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • A demonstrated record of delivering results working with local governments, elected officials and staff, and community-based organizations. 
  • Ability to successfully multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture of excellence grounded in people development, learning, problem solving, and teamwork
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate, Six Sigma and/or Lean certification preferred


  • Demonstrated know-how of municipal services or operations, urban planning, community development and organization, and community-based organizations
  • Knowledge in energy, infrastructure, and/or climate issues


The salary range is $112,155 - $141,538. 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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