The Office of Environmental and Energy Programs is looking for a Senior Sustainability Specialist (SSS) to join their team. In this roke, you'll be supporting the development and implementation of energy and other sustainability programs. This position provides an excellent opportunity for a highly competent, creative, driven candidate to interface with various Port Authority departments and learn about energy/water conservation technology and strategies through planned implementation at the agency’s NY and NJ facilities. The assignment will also aid the agency by advancing other beneficial energy-related projects, and promote advanced energy and utility management practices.
The SSS will support efforts related to energy and Renewable Energy Certificate supply strategy (both on-site and offsite), performance measurement and reporting on greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) initiatives, and development of programs, in collaboration with Port Authority tenants and partners, that reduce emissions. The selected candidate should have a thorough understanding of different sources of GHG emissions – with focus on energy consumption/supply as a driver, as well as a strong understanding of the development of GHG inventories, monitoring, reporting and valuation (MRV) processes. Ideally the candidate will also have experience in the design and development of environmental sustainability metrics and indicators as well as establishing systems and processes for collection, analysis, and reporting of data for environmental sustainability programs.
- Help develop energy procurement strategy that aligns with Agency decarbonization goals and operational/budget needs
- Support development of large-scale renewable energy procurements, including evaluating supply contracting structures such as contracts-for-differences/virtual Power Purchase Agreements
- Support development and evaluation of on-site renewable energy opportunities and development of related RFPs, evaluation of bids, and recommendations of award.
- Support development of sustainability initiatives with tenants, identify incentive mechanisms and funding opportunities, and work with Line Departments on developing new policies and implementation structures to advance indirect GHG emissions reductions.
- Perform cost-benefit and other financial analyses of approved and proposed projects.
- Coordinate the efforts of multiple departments as required.
- Monitor program/project status by tracking scope, timeline and associated cost impacts.
- Track energy market, regulatory developments and technology advancements related to energy and water.
- Assist in defining environmental sustainability goals and design and monitoring of performance metrics to assess program effectiveness.
- Monitor best practices related to sustainability, benchmarking against best-in-class peer organizations and make recommendations for new sustainability programming and modifications to existing programs.
- Identify and help prepare submissions for grants and other funding opportunities in support of expanded sustainability efforts.
Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability, Environmental/Energy Management, Engineering, Construction or a related discipline with aptitude in project management, economics or data analytics and reporting. Advanced degree in Energy Management, Energy/Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Engineering, Business or related field with aptitude in financial analysis and data analytics preferred.
- Minimum three years experience in sustainability, energy, renewable energy, or a related field
Ideal candidates will present the following profile:
- Demonstrated management and organizational experience, including coordinating with Port Authority facility staff, stakeholders and contractors, in developing, implementing and managing project plans, deliverables and schedules.
- Demonstrated experience with Engineering review processes, and coordination with agency departments and facilities.
- Knowledge of business practices as they relate to project implementation, including basic principles of accounting, financing, budgeting, data analytics and reporting, creativity and problem-solving ability.
- Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills, including performance measurement.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with multiple stakeholders and sectors from private and public sectors
- Ability and willingness to learn technical subject matter related to utility metering, energy use and conservation, demand response, including details about the basic building systems/equipment and interpretation of design drawing sets involved in these projects. Previous knowledge of such subject matter preferred.
- Advanced interpersonal skills, with demonstrated initiative.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make concise presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Knowledgeable about energy technologies best practices.
- Experience in energy-related project and program coordination; monitoring and evaluation.
- Hands-on experience with energy/mechanical equipment/technology and metering technology/installation a plus, including knowledge of related industry standards.
- General knowledge in cogeneration, renewable energy resources, and emerging technologies and energy market dynamics.
- Familiarity with current local, state, and federal energy policy, and legislation a plus.
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
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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.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.