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Associate Counsel or Senior Counsel - 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 is seeking a motivated, dynamic, and resourceful attorney in its Office of the General Counsel to manage a portfolio of programmatic matters. In this role, the attorney will be exposed to a wide range of issues across various NYSERDA programs, state policy initiatives and regulatory processes. The attorney will be a core team member on a number of high-profile programs.

The ideal candidate should have experience in energy, regulatory and/or procurement matters related to New York State, including renewable energy and energy efficiency market dynamics, and be committed to NYSERDA’s mission and helping the organization continually improve and execute its work. The attorney should be a self-starter who acts independently, directs one’s own work and can handle diverse tasks quickly and accurately. The attorney should be comfortable with foreseeing and controlling for potential legal risks while still achieving business goals. The attorney will be an integral advisor to business leads and should be able to communicate legal requirements concisely and strategically to a non-legal audience in simple and clear language.

This role is a dynamic position using the attorney’s knowledge and experience to both advise clients and to propose and execute upon creative strategies in line with the policy goals of NYSERDA and the State of New York.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as lead procurement counsel assisting internal clients in developing, planning, and executing NYSERDA and State policy initiatives related to programs and strategies within the attorney’s portfolio
  • Ensure solicitations, selection processes and contracts are compliant with State procurement law as well as internal operations and procedures
  • Provide risk-management counsel to program staff, such as identifying the likelihood and consequences of legal risks and effectuating solutions
  • Preempt legal issues by providing trainings, regular check-ins and identifying key issues for internal clients while being mindful of priority deadlines
  • Work closely with other attorneys on a range of matters to ensure coordination among attorneys and with respect to the programs they advise
  • Draft, edit and coordinate contracts, regulatory filings, memoranda of understanding, and other documents needed to implement programs and initiatives within the attorney’s portfolio and advise and assist with respect to such matters
  • Drive projects forward by gathering and effectively organizing required information, communicating effectively and professionally with internal and external stakeholders, developing, and monitoring plans, and keeping track of responsibilities and commitments of the team members
  • Appropriately handle confidential and sensitive matters
  • Assist and advise on any of the legal affairs, including but not limited to compliance with federal and state environmental and energy law and regulations, and all other applicable state laws; interactions with federal, state, and private sector stakeholders, partners, regulators, and other interested parties; litigation involving the Authority
  • Manage expectations, timelines, and priorities among competing demands from internal clients
  • Adapt communication styles for internal clients, regulators and external stakeholders that are passionate about achieving NYSERDA’s aggressive clean energy goals
  • Develop new governance protocols when required by a new or innovative program
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school and admission to the bar of New York State
  • Targeting between approximately 3 to 5-years’ experience for Associate Counsel, at least 5 years for Associate Counsel II and between approximately 6- and 8-years’ experience for Senior Counsel, in each case as legal counsel in one or more of the following subject areas:
    • Procurement negotiations in the design phase with internal clients as well as in the execution phase with external contractors
    • Renewable energy and energy efficiency project development, finance, or legal affairs
    • Complex regulatory proceedings involving energy- and environment-related matters
    • Business and commercial law
    • Government contracting involving sophisticated technologies and/or energy-related initiatives
  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in energy or environmental law including implementation of statutory requirements or experience with public rulemaking
  • An articulate and persuasive communicator, in both verbal and written form, who expresses ideas effectively and fluently and recognizes the importance of listening
  • Resourceful problem-solver focused on pragmatic and effective solutions to complex issues, maintaining focus on the big picture while paying attention to detail
  • Strong diplomatic and discretion skills to navigate sensitive projects and negotiations among both NYSERDA and inter-agency teams with varied interests
  • Possession of a deep appreciation for the inter-relationship of the needs and perspectives of internal and external stakeholders
  • Resolute integrity
  • Able to handle highly sensitive matters with absolute integrity and discretion
  • Able to handle stressful situations with measured calmness and decisiveness


Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. The Associate Counsel salary range is $85,712- $120,156; the Associate Counsel II range is $105,500 - $133,319; the Sr Counsel salary range is $116,686 – $147,256 and the Sr. Counsel II 129,566-$163,695. An excellent benefits package is offered.

Please submit one file for the Associate Counsel or Senior Counsel position, job# 792, that includes both your cover letter and resume.


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