Project Manager, Workforce Development and Training - Albany, NYC or Buffalo Office

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) and the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act. The Climate Act requires the State to invest or direct resources in a manner designed to ensure that disadvantaged communities receive at least 35 percent, with the goal of 40 percent, of overall benefits of spending on clean energy and energy efficiency programs, projects or investments in the areas of housing, workforce development, pollution reduction, low-income energy assistance, energy, transportation, and economic development.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks a creative, self-motivated and experienced individual to serve as a Project Manager on the Workforce Development and Training team. The Project Manager will have an integral role in developing, driving and implementing strategies and interventions to address the workforce training and skills gaps and barriers that are impacting clean energy employers in all sectors with a priority on serving disadvantages communities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Director, Senior Advisor for an Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce and other NYSERDA teams 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
  • Implement strategies to ensure new jobs that are created in the clean economy are high-quality, family sustaining jobs and provide guidance to NYSERDA and other partners on how to increase access and participation for communities of color, immigrants, women, as well as Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises, cooperatives and other local ownership models. Engage with a broad, diverse array of stakeholders and constituents to inform the strategy development, initiative design and continuously refine initiatives to maximize access and impact
  • Participate in meetings and working groups, such as the Just Transition Working Group, in support of the Climate Action Council (CAC) and represent the workforce team to support the CAC’s work related to completing a jobs assessment and Scoping Plan outlining how the state will achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 and eventually net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy
  • Serve as a liaison with organizations and agencies such as NYS Department of Labor, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, State University of NY and City University of NY to coordinate and leverage workforce development and training strategies and initiatives
  • 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 addressed through work with NYSERDA teams and stakeholders and develop implementation strategies
  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with NYSERDA’s Marketing and Communication teams, a workforce training marketing and outreach plan
  • Manage program solicitations and workforce development and training projects, including areas such as Offshore Wind and Career Pathway initiatives
  • Manage the workforce team’s program metrics reporting and market research to better understand what motivates employers and building managers related to workforce training and program impact/evaluation initiatives
  • Manage staff members and consultant(s)
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant experience in any combination of: workforce development and training, environmental justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, climate policy, community organizing, and/or clean energy programs
  • A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
  • 13 years of relevant experience as described above may be substituted in lieu of degree
  • Genuine passion and commitment to advance 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
  • Proven ability to successfully work within and lead diverse teams and to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to anticipate needs in advance, multi-task, plan ahead, and react positively to new assignments
  • Proven ability to build confidence and effective working relationships among individuals at all levels and to mentor team members
  • 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%

Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in clean energy workforce training and job placement in the clean energy field with demonstrated knowledge of the related market participants, stakeholders and workforce training and development initiatives. For example: renewable energy or energy efficiency project management or program design and implementation; technical contractor training.


Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is offered.

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