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Manager, Environmental Sustainability

Job ID: 38342
Department: Off Environmental & Energy Prg
Location: 4 World Trade Center

Bulletin Information

This position is with the Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP), the department that leads Agency sustainability policy, target-setting, reporting, and project/program development and implementation. The Port Authority was the first US transportation agency to align with the Paris Climate Agreement, and this position will play an instrumental role in helping the Agency achieve its climate action ambitions. The Environmental Sustainability Manager (ESM) will support OEEP in setting and overseeing agency-wide environmental strategy, reporting and communication on sustainability, and implementing related sustainability programs. In particular, the ESM will be focused on efforts to embed environmental sustainability into the culture, systems and processes of the Agency, including initiatives around sustainability materiality and program design, and helping design and oversee actions focused on greenhouse gas emission mitigation, including managing the Agency’s greenhouse gas inventory.

Another focus will be managing internal and external environmental sustainability communications including sustainability/climate disclosure. Other strategic programs could include finalization and implementation of the Agency Climate Action Plan, frameworks to institutionalize climate action in business operations and capital allocation, advancing development of an Agency Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) platform, green procurement, green leasing, and tracking of non-physical climate risks.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of OEEP, the ESM will have access to senior leadership and collaboration with the Director of the department, and will be collaborating extensively with other program managers within OEEP and across the Agency. The ESM will also be the key point of contact for consultants managing the Greenhouse Gas inventory and the Climate Action Planning process. The ESM will have the capability of communicating to the public and all levels of the Agency from staff to executive leadership.

Responsibilities

Agency-wide sustainability strategy

  • Advance and finalize the Agency’s Climate Action Plan, with support from consultants
  • Oversee the implementation of the Climate Action Plan
  • Coordinate with colleagues at OEEP and counterparts in line departments to assist with a wide range of clean energy and other sustainability initiatives (e.g., resource conservation and greening of supply chain)
  • Lead initiatives to embed sustainability and aspects of broader ESG issues into the culture, policies, systems and processes of the organization 
  • Develop a strong understanding of management system design, implementation and integration with other departments and their systems
  • Support monitoring and evaluation initiatives for material sustainability topics
  • Oversee staff and consultants managing the annual greenhouse gas inventory and climate action quantification on behalf of the agency, in collaboration with our Engineering team
  • Climate change communication and disclosure
  • Lead sustainability communications on behalf of OEEP focusing in areas such as public disclosures (voluntary and mandatory), marketing, and event
  • Understand sustainability related risks, risk reporting, risk controls and program design around risk reduction
  • Keep abreast of sustainability market trends such as the impact of ESG and climate change on capital markets, sustainability linked bonds
  • Articulate clearly the impacts, opportunities and risks associated with climate actions and risks to senior leadership. 
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure the Port Authority is taking advantage of opportunities and protecting the agency from any future risks. 
  • Develop internal staff training initiatives and leadership briefings
  • Lead initiatives around internal carbon pricing and carbon fees

This position provides an excellent opportunity for an ambitious, flexible, and creative candidate to interface with various Port Authority departments and external stakeholders to advance the Agency’s sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Qualifications

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, business, engineering, policy or management from an accredited college or university with aptitude in strategy, policy, communications, data analytics and reporting
  • Master’s or other graduate degree in similar fields preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in sustainability/ESG consulting, sustainability management for private sector organizations or non-profit focused on ESG/climate action
  • Experience in any or all of the areas of aviation, maritime ports, public and private transportation, and transportation infrastructure
  • Experience with various clean energy solutions such as renewables, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, clean fuels.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make concise presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated people management skills
  • Experience in climate action and sustainability planning processes

    Desired

    Other strategic programs (experience in any of the below topics will be viewed favorably)
    In addition to the above core functions, the ESM would investigate the potential of the following programs and develop and implement the most promising ones:

    • Green procurement 
    • Green leasing policies
    • Green bonds (in close collaboration with Agency Finance groups)
    • Valuing carbon emissions
    • Green economy and green jobs
    • Embodied carbon and circularity in construction
    • Environmental justice
    • Air quality and other community impacts

    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. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

    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.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

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