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Project Manager, Power Grid - Albany or New York City Office


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks a highly motivated, technical professional experienced in power system engineering, research and analysis, innovative product development and evaluation, project budgeting, and contract management that can assist in establishing program research objectives, designing and executing program solicitations and managing technology development and demonstration projects. The State of New York (the “State”) has committed, through legislation, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% below 1990 levels by 2050. The State and NYSERDA rely on the NYSERDA R&D team to invest across a broad set of technologies in support of the State’s decarbonization goals and to inform state policies with respect to decarbonization and the reduction of other pollutants as required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. 

The position requires strong interpersonal skills and an ability to identify strategic partnerships between NYS companies, universities and government in order to maximize in-state economic development opportunities.  This position interacts on a regular basis with outside contractors (mixture of public and privately held companies), trade associations and professional technical societies, investor and public-owned utilities, electric utility regulators and other state agencies, academia, and DOE laboratories.  The investments managed by this professional will likely exceed $10 million annually. 

The NYSERDA Power Grid Innovation R&D team consists of four experienced full-time R&D professionals that invest in power grid innovations including feasibility assessments, applied research studies, product development, and pilots and demonstrations. The existing portfolio includes over $100 million in investments across transmission, distribution, storage, and other innovations that broadly support energy flexibility and deliverability.

Assuming a return to safe travel, the Project Manager will be expected to travel approximately 10-15% of professionally committed time to meet with team members, stakeholders and potential partners. This position will report to the Program Manager, Power Grid Innovation. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Actively manage a broad range of technical projects with a clear focus on commercialization/adoption.  Leverage internal programs to assist companies in securing capital, identifying partnership opportunities and providing guidance to accelerate adoption
  • Oversee formal reporting of program performance (internally and externally, support the accounting of corporate metrics and strategic planning). Periodically prepare reports on technology development to inform public officials and other interests about the status of technological advancements. Reports must present information concisely and convey technical information in a form that is understandable to non-technical readers
  • Research, track and analyze policies at the state, regional, federal, and global level on topics relevant to transmission and distribution system planning and operations. Apply understanding of the state of development of enabling technologies and related standards/codes to program implementation strategies. Present information to program management or otherwise influence program growth, planning, design, and execution and supporting program reporting
  • Identify opportunities to improve program delivery by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders and benchmarking program activities against other entities having similar programs and/or mandates
  • Develop solicitations offering public funding in support of smart grid technologies (advanced sensors, diagnostics, models, communications, and controls) and related process and business practices that promote improved grid performance and market transactions
  • Manage outside contractors and budgets
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience working with and integrating innovation into power systems (planning and operations), electric systems components at a utility or component vendor or research organization (e.g., laboratory, university).
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more areas of project management including outside contractor management, economic analysis and contract management involving budgeting, reporting and invoicing
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with investigation, evaluation, testing, and/or adoption of innovative power system technologies  
  • Demonstrated capability to  manage multiple projects simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and manage teams and negotiate complex transactions
  • Solid skills with Microsoft office products such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word along with strong written and verbal communication skills

Preference will be given to those individuals who possess:

  • An advanced degree and experience working with a broad spectrum of interests such as utilities, standards committees, system operators, regional reliability councils, and the integration of smart power system technologies and energy and economic market system topologies. 

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume here.