Director, Research & Development - Albany or New York City Office (#625)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) is searching for a Director of Research and Development (“R&D”), to serve as the new leader of its climate technology R&D programs. The State of New York (the “State”) has committed, through legislation, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% below 1990 levels by 2050. The State and NYSERDA rely on the NYSERDA R&D team to invest across a broad set of technologies in support of the State’s decarbonization goals and to inform state policies with respect to decarbonization and the reduction of other pollutants as required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  

The NYSERDA R&D team consists of between 10-15 experienced full-time R&D professionals that invest in climate innovations including feasibility assessments, applied research studies, product development, and pilots and demonstrations. The team is expected to deploy an additional $250m though 2025, with the majority of the funding requiring development of new programs. The existing portfolio includes over $100 million in investments, including in energy storage technologies, clean heating and cooling solutions, and grid modernization and optimization technologies. Additionally, the R&D team oversees NYSERDA’s investment in the U.S. National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.

In addition to investing, members of the R&D team provide their portfolio and select partners with technical expertise and commercialization support. The team is also regularly called upon by the Governor’s Office, Department of Environmental Conservation, and other State agencies and authorities to provide input on the development of policy and regulations. 

Assuming a return to safe travel, the Director, R&D will be expected to travel approximately 20-25% of professionally committed time to meet with team members, stakeholders and potential partners. The Director, R&D will report to the Vice President of Innovation.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Develop and actively manage a diversified portfolio of investments across climate technologies
  • Manage the development of new competitive investment programs to deploy at least $250m through 2025
  • Actively manage the >$100 million existing portfolio of R&D contracts including substantial focal areas of transportation, renewable energy optimization, energy storage, net zero buildings, and smart grid technologies
  • Develop a strategy and budget, alongside other State agencies for additional R&D funding
  • Develop and maintain best practices in tracking and reporting the portfolio’s financial and climate impacts and develop marketing and communications strategies to disseminate NYSERDA R&D’s successes
  • Lead a collaborative, high-impact, entrepreneurial team
  • Serve as a thought leader within NYSERDA and the State
  • Drive process standardization across all phases of R&D
  • Perform other responsibilities as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of relevant experience and a proven track record of accomplishments in one or more climate technology fields
  • A strong national network of climate-related researchers, funding organizations, businesses, universities, and policymakers
  • Expertise in the theory and practice of commercialization processes and market adoption for climate-related technologies
  • Substantial experience leading multidisciplinary teams


  • Mission-driven; motivated to solve the world’s biggest climate and environmental challenges
  • Analytical in decision-making and process driven
  • Detail-oriented with strong planning and critical thinking skills
  • An excellent presenter with strong interpersonal skills; able to communicate persuasively, clearly and concisely in speech and in writing

To Apply

To apply, please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume.

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