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Senior Energy Programs Specialist

Job ID: 34018
Department: Off Environmental & Energy Prg
Location: 4 World Trade Center


Reporting to the Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP), Manager of Energy Programs, the Senior Energy Programs Specialist will advance sustainability programs and initiatives across all Port Authority facilities. In October, the Port Authority’s reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, one of the agency’s key priorities, by joining leading companies, universities, cities and states in supporting the Paris Climate Agreement. The incumbent will have a key role in achieving the agency’s goal of reducing the Port Authority’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 35% percent by 2025 and all emissions by 80% percent by 2050.

The next several years will be especially fulfilling as OEEP executes the projects that achieve both a 35% reduction in Port Authority emissions and significant reductions in indirect emissions. As an integral member of the OEEP team, the successful candidate will collaborate with all Port Authority departments to enhance sustainability, reduce GHG emissions and conserve energy at all facilities.  The incumbent will identify, develop, implement and monitor programs that reduce GHG emissions and advance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Current programs include: electrification of shuttle buses and ground equipment at airports, identification of sites for solar panels, electrification of port handling equipment and incorporation of best-in-class sustainability measures in new airport facilities.

The incumbent will collaborate with tenants, contractors and vendors to foster sustainable business practices, including electrification of vehicles and equipment. OEEP continually considers emerging green technologies and products; the incumbent will identify and assist in evaluation of emerging solutions.

This position entails the following responsibilities:

  • Assisting in implementation of GHG reduction programs, focusing on:
    • Transitioning to electric buses and electrification of the PA Fleet, including charging infrastructure.
    • Guaranteed Energy Conservation program – retrofit existing energy and water systems.
    • Advancing LED relamping.
  • Identify and assist in implementation of GHG emissions reduction projects across the agency.
  • Quantify environmental impacts within project evaluations, cost benefit analyses, and life cycle analyses. Evaluate GHG emissions impacts of projects and procurements.
  • Implement and track sustainability initiatives and apply sustainability principles to operations.
  • Identify new energy/water efficiency, renewable/distributed energy, energy storage or other energy-related projects by evaluating energy/water consumption, relative energy costs and other operating characteristics of Port Authority facility locations.
  • Track GHG reduction metrics and progress toward reduction and assist in completing the Port Authority’s annual agency-wide GHGs and Criteria Air Pollutant Inventory.
  • Develop energy solicitations and contracts, explore alternative energy/water supply contracts. Review business terms to protect Port Authority interests.
  • Track regulatory developments, draft comments as appropriate. Track technology advancements related to renewable energy and water.
  • Assist with cost-benefit and other financial analyses of approved and proposed projects.
  • Represent the Port Authority on energy task forces, workgroups, and multi-agency efforts. 
  • Liaison with external regulatory and resource agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Promote PA sustainability efforts.
  • Assist with new initiatives, as they arise, that support the Port Authority Sustainability Policy or other agency priorities.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor's degree in a sustainability, engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree in an energy or sustainability discipline or concentrated business degree is highly preferred.
  • A minimum of five (5) years (or 3 years and a Master’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in environmental science, environmental management, environmental policy, engineering or related discipline with technical aptitude.
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a Federal Security Background check.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated strong technical, analytical and problem solving skills, including the ability to conduct thorough and accurate problem analyses and evaluations as well as provide executable recommendations.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in the fields of sustainable practices and operations. 
  • Demonstrated project management experience related to technically and administratively complex projects.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including building strategic relationships and partnerships across multiple disciplines.
  • Self-starter that can improvise quickly, manage time with minimal supervision and navigate bureaucracy effectively.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, New York/New Jersey, climate change policies and federal environmental and energy policy.
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite as well as Microsoft ACCESS.  Sound knowledge of computer data entry and some accounting skills.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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