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Project Manager, Communities & Local Governments - New York City, NY or Albany, NY or Buffalo, NY


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) 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 reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040; install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, 10 gigawatts of solar by 2030, and 6 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. With the recent approval of the Climate Action Council’s final Scoping Plan, we have a strong framework to achieve an 85% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and eventually net zero emissions economy-wide.

  • 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

Job Overview

NYSERDA seeks an individual to join the Communities & Local Government team, a high-priority team that enables increased engagement and investment in decarbonization by local governments and communities throughout New York State. The position will report to the Program Manager, Communities and Local Government, and support the continued success and evolution of the Clean Energy Communities Program, and other initiatives that advance decarbonization at the local level. The candidate will also play a key role in collaborating with internal NYSERDA teams that work with municipalities and communities to ensure all New Yorkers benefit from the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the successful implementation of the Clean Energy Communities Program by managing grants awarded to New York State municipalities
  • Provide subject matter support to Clean Energy Communities and other NYSERDA programs serving New York State municipalities in one or more of the following fields. (Note: Candidates are not expected to have experience in all of the fields described below.)
    • Energy auditing, benchmarking, clean energy upgrades, and electrification of municipal facilities
    • Identification and calculation of energy and greenhouse gas saving metrics
    • Local greenhouse gas inventories and energy, climate, and/or decarbonization planning
    • Municipal clean energy procurement, community choice aggregation, and/or district energy networks
    • Electrification of municipal fleets and local sustainable transportation policy
    • Building and zoning codes to facilitate decarbonization
    • Municipality and/or community focused energy outreach and engagement
    • Incorporating equity and resiliency into local climate policy
  • Work with the team to develop accessible tools and resources to help New York State municipalities understand and evaluate their options for climate action
  • Maintain strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including community leaders and organizers, municipal staff, local elected officials, economic development leaders, and market participants
  • Support program design by researching best practices, evaluating, and testing efficacy of offerings, and soliciting stakeholder feedback
  • Manage external consultants to ensure contracted deliverables are high quality, on-time, and within budget
  • Travel within New York State up to 20% of the time
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of experience in clean energy, community-based organizations, government, or urban planning. A Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years of experience
  • Highly driven, proactive, resourceful, and pragmatic problem-solver who takes initiative to identify and solve problems using available resources
  • A demonstrated record of delivering results working with local governments, elected officials and staff, and community-based organizations
  • Experienced in contract development including statements of work and budgets
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Demonstrated skill in applying critical thinking, working collaboratively, and continual learning
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and SharePoint
  • Public speaking experience including presentations, various speaking engagements, and potential press events


  • In-depth knowledge of municipal services or operations, urban planning, community development and organization, and community-based organizations
  • Knowledge in energy, infrastructure, climate and/or environmental justice issues
  • Knowledge of challenges and opportunities specific to New York State municipalities
  • Experience managing consultants or contracts
  • Proficiency with Salesforce
  • Experience integrating equity into climate or energy initiatives


Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $71,685 - $120,156. An excellent benefits package is offered.

Please submit one file for the Project Manager, Communities & Local Governments position, job# 786, that includes both your cover letter and resume.


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