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Manager, Corporate Communications - Albany 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
  • Advance clean, resilient buildings throughout New York
  • Enable New York’s communities and residents to benefit equitably from energy efficiency and renewable energy

NYSERDA is seeking a Manager of Corporate Communications to develop and implement a comprehensive, strategic and proactive corporate communications program for the Authority with a focus on buildings sector to build public awareness of the State’s and NYSERDA’s objectives in creating a clean and resilient building stock. Acting as a key liaison between the Corporate Communications team and the office of the Vice President for Clean and Resilient Buildings, the Manager will help develop a clear and consistent narrative for NYSERDA to effectively communicate our work in the building sector and serve to assist in integrating, developing and coordinating program activities, events and announcements for internal and external audiences. This position is part of a fast-paced, dynamic team and requires a broad range of skills including speech writing, public relations, media relations, social media management, and internal communications. Must be a confident communicator, presenter and writer as well as proactive, deadline driven, solution-oriented and able to prioritize multiple projects while thriving in a fast-paced environment, fostering strong partnerships and maintaining an awareness and understanding of complex issues affecting NYSERDA and the energy industry.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the Director of Corporate Communications and the Vice President of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Events supporting the Vice President of Clean, Resilient Buildings to ascertain timely and relevant newsworthy announcements and potential events that will build awareness of and support for the Authority’s mission and the advancement of the state’s energy and climate goals in this sector.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of NYSERDA’s Clean and Resilient Buildings program and develop media plans, draft press releases, talking points, opinion pieces, and other materials in a timely manner to support these efforts; plan, manage, and execute media events as needed.
  • Develop and provide strategic recommendations, guidance and messaging for the Clean Resilient Buildings team in support of NYSERDA positions and initiatives to achieve and maintain strong stakeholder engagement and increase timely awareness and support among external and internal constituencies.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, as well as media outlets, in development of timely and relevant newsworthy announcements.
  • Work jointly with other departments ensuring that all items meet the highest professional standards of accuracy, clarity and style. Liaise with internal departments including marketing, web and social media to ensure consistency of message and comprehensive support of NYSERDA Clean, Resilient Buildings announcements and programs.
  • Collaborate with social media colleagues to develop and execute NYSERDA, program, and announcement specific messaging across all social media platforms; assist with monitoring social media for NYSERDA relevant announcements.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Director of Corporate Communications, the Vice President of Clean, Resilient Buildings and organizational leadership as needed on managing sensitive issues, supporting collaborative efforts, and obtaining approvals as required.
  • Monitor and benchmark trends in building decarbonization messaging and perceptions to help advise program staff.
  • Build professional networks within NYSERDA, NY Green Bank, other energy agencies.
  • Serve as lead contact within the Authority for specific areas of expertise as assigned.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 7 years’ related experience directly working in a corporate or government communications or public relations department; communications experience in the clean energy and building decarbonization sectors
  • Excellent work ethic, resolute integrity, detail oriented with a commitment to delivering a high-quality and accurate work product, with a track record of putting the success of the team first
  • Ability to assess potential effects of NYSERDA decisions on public attitudes, effectively apprise Director of Communications and Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing of such factors and help inform decision making for public response
  • Ability to work effectively with members of the news media, executives in NYSERDA, and colleagues in other state agencies and industry stakeholders and organizations
  • Excellent journalistic, presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with a variety of audiences; ability to communicate persuasively, concisely and unambiguously in speech and in writing
  • The ability to express complex technical and organizational concepts in terms understandable to the news media and public; track record of creative and proactive approaches for pitching news stories
  • Strong project management skills; ability to work well under pressure and a respect for internal and external deadlines; manage multiple diverse activities simultaneously, deliver on commitments and varying deadlines, and operate/make decisions with speed, accuracy and strong judgment
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field

Salary

The salary range is $68,901 - $115,490. 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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