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Sr. Project Manager, Workforce Development & Training - New York City, NY or Albany, 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 a creative, self-motivated Project or Senior Project Manager on the Workforce Development and Training team with experience in NYS labor law, labor relations, project labor agreements, wage laws / guidelines and labor best practices. The Project Manager will have an integral role in developing, driving, and implementing strategies and interventions to address the workforce training skills gaps and barriers that are impacting clean energy employers in all sectors with a priority on serving Disadvantaged Communities, MWBEs and SDVOBs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with internal NYSERDA teams and stakeholders in analyzing, developing, and implementing workforce development and training initiatives, labor standards, community benefit provisions, paths to good paying union jobs as well as strategies to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in clean energy companies and across clean energy supply chains
  • Engage with a broad, diverse array of stakeholders and constituents to inform strategy development and initiative design, and continuously refine programs to maximize access and impact while especially maintaining strong relationships with unions and other labor representatives
  • Work with NYSERDA staff and stakeholders to assess the current workforce ecosystem in NYS. Review and analyze NYSERDA programs to identify risks and opportunities and support process improvements including sharing best practices
  • Assist NYSERDA teams in reviewing and developing project labor agreement requirements and templates
  • Implement insightful, creative solutions and test market-based approaches to addressing workforce skills gaps and overcoming market barriers. Identify new training needs that are not yet being met through work with NYSERDA teams and stakeholders
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure new jobs that are created in the clean energy economy are high-quality, family sustaining jobs. Provide guidance to NYSERDA and other partners on how to increase access and participation for communities of color, immigrants, women, as well as MWBEs, SDVOBs, cooperatives and other local ownership models
  • Serve as a liaison with organizations and agencies such as the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), Empire State Development, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, State University of New York, and City University of New York to coordinate and leverage workforce development and training initiatives. Play a supportive role in assisting NYS DOL’s new Office of Just Transition
  • Manage program solicitations and workforce development and training projects
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 7 years of relevant experience in any combination of: workforce development and training, building and construction trades, community engagement on labor issues, and/or clean energy programs
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Genuine passion and commitment to advancing employment opportunities for all New Yorkers in the climate tech and clean energy sector
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively present and execute innovative ideas
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills; ability to quickly aggregate and analyze information
  • Demonstrated track record in successfully working within and leading diverse teams, building confidence and effective working relationships among individuals at all levels, as well as mentoring team members
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, anticipate needs in advance, set priorities, and meet deadlines while demonstrating enthusiasm for new challenges
  • Strong attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy in all duties
  • High proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to travel up to 20%


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and relationships with labor unions clean energy market participants, stakeholders and workforce training and development organizations. Previous experience with renewable energy or energy efficiency project management or program design and implementation; work with the construction trades on integrating energy efficiency or building electrification technologies in buildings


Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $105,500 - $133,319. An excellent benefits package is offered.

Please submit one file for the Sr. Project Manager, Workforce Development & Training position, job# 787, that includes both your cover letter and resume.


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