NYS Solar Job Openings

CUNY is seeking a NYS Solar Policy Ombudsman and a NYS Solar Technical Ombudsman to assist with the implementation of  multiple projects.These positions will require initiative and the ability to work independently as well as to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Communication to both the general public and solar industry experts will be required.


Background

The NYSolar Smart plan is a strategic effort led by the City University of New York (CUNY) that supports both Federal and the State solar initiatives and works in partnership with: the New York Power Authority (NYPA); New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); municipalities around the state; and more than 30 organizations representing utility companies, installers, government agencies and industry leaders.

Since 2006 CUNY has led the implementation of multiple state and federal solar grants and was recently awarded funding through DOE’s SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II to implement solutions to lower the soft costs of installing solar across New York State. Additional projects to support group-purchasing programs and analyze solar potential along with grid capabilities to handle large solar installations (‘solar grid ready sites’) are underway. For more information on the CUNY program and past and present partnered efforts, please see: Sustainable CUNY


NYS Solar Policy Ombudsman

Research and Policy Implementation

A NYS Solar Policy Ombudsman will support NYSolar Smart Working Groups whose members include jurisdictions from across the state as well as all NYS IOU Utility companies and other solar stakeholders. The Working Groups, under a Department of Energy initiative, aim to reduce the balance of system costs for solar in NYS. This position would additionally help ensure coordination with changing NYS policies, as well as write reports, case studies and assist with ongoing grant writing efforts as needed. 

Event/Workshop Coordination

Ombudsmen assist in support planning and logistics for CUNY’s annual New York Solar Summit and Statewide policy support workshops for jurisdictions as well as other training workshops. Work will include writing outreach materials, coordination of speakers and panels, and logistics.

Other Duties

Under the direction of the University Director for Sustainability, the Ombudsman will be responsible for leading or supporting the above efforts. Additional special project assistance may be required as needed.

Salary: $55,000 - $60,000

Core Competencies/Qualifications

Applicants must have proven experience with or knowledge of several of the following:

• New York City and State energy policy and solar programs and incentives

• Management of complex, long-term projects

• Knowledge of PV installation processes

• Knowledge of PV project financials

Successful applicants will have excellent writing skills, public speaking ability in both large and small settings, and project management experience. These positions will require initiative and the ability to work independently as well as to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Communication to both the general public and solar industry experts will be required. Graduate degree preferred. Applicants must be able and willing to travel across New York State.

Applicants must apply through the Research Foundation Website.  


NYS Solar Technical Ombudsmen

Technical Support

 A NYS Solar Technical Ombudsman would serve across New York State by providing technical expertise on solar PV to residents, businesses, and jurisdictions.

 • Conduct remote and on-site shading and feasibility analyses for rooftop solar projects and for innovative pilot models.

• Support New York Solar Map technical and financial assumptions and calculations around solar, storage and resiliency.  

Event/Workshop Coordination

 • Ombudsmen support planning and logistics for CUNY’s annual New York Solar Summit and Statewide policy support workshops for jurisdictions as well as other training workshops.

• Work will include writing outreach materials, coordination of speakers and panels, and logistics. 

Other Duties

Under the direction of the University Director for Sustainability, the Ombudsman will be responsible for leading or supporting the above efforts. Additional special project assistance may be required as needed.

Salary: $55,000 - $65,000

Core Competencies/Qualifications:

Applicants must have proven experience with or knowledge of several ofthe following:

• PV site assessments and shading analyses

• Modeling of PV project financials

• Knowledge of New York City and State energy policy and solar programs and incentives

• Management of complex, long-term projects

Successful applicants will have excellent writing skills, public speaking ability in both large and small settings, and project management experience. Graduate degree preferred, particularly with engineering or other technical background. Applicants must be able and willing to travel across New York State.

Applicants must apply through the Research Foundation Website