Job Title: Program Manager, Strategic Planning
PVN ID: VA-2204-004748
Category: Managerial and Professional

Job Description

General Description

Through its partnership with the City of New York, CUNY’s Building Performance Laboratory is hiring qualified energy management professionals to serve as on-site consultants and fill critical staffing capacity needs at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (“DCAS”) Division of Energy Management (“DEM”). For background, DEM serves as the hub for energy management for City government operations. DEM develops the City’s annual Heat, Light, and Power Budget; manages the City’s electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts; helps agency partners identify and pursue energy-saving opportunities; does energy efficiency and clean power generation projects across the City’s portfolio; and implements operations and maintenance best practices. Specifically, DEM is tasked with leading the City’s efforts to reduce emissions from City government operations 40 percent by 2025, 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050 from baseline.  

For this specific role, on behalf of DEM, CUNY BPL seeks to hire a Program Manager who will work in DEM’s Strategic Planning (“SP”) Unit. DEM’s SP Unit plays a critical role in structuring and advancing DEM’s overall work. SP effectively operates as an in-house consultant for the division and manages a range of initiatives and special projects. In addition, SP runs DEM’s agency outreach efforts, DEM’s training efforts, including the Energy Management Institute (“EMI”) Program, and DEM’s Agency Energy Personnel (“AEP”) Program.


Other Duties

Under this assignment, the person’s responsibilities may include the following:

  • Supporting day-to-day operations for DEM’s Agency Energy Personnel Program | Support day-to-day management of the AEP Program and help ensure that the program meets its budgetary and performance objectives. Identify and propose solutions to any programmatic issues and assist with program transformation where needed.
  • Contributing to program strategy development within the SP Unit | Gather and analyze data to guide program strategy development, including addressing specific strategic challenges. Help create essential program documentation and develop program procedures and controls to ensure program accountability and effectiveness.
  • Helping structure and deliver ongoing training for Agency Energy Personnel | Collaborate with other DEM staff and agency staff to ensure AEPs receive necessary training to be effective in their work and enable peer-to-peer sharing of energy management tools and best practices through multiple challenges.
  • Contributing to special projects as needed | Assist with special projects within the SP Unit and overall DEM division as necessary.



The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experience to this position:

  • A master’s degree in the environmental or social sciences.
  • At least four years of relevant full-time professional experience, ideally working in the energy and sustainability field or in consulting more broadly.
  • Experience in program management.
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Knowledge of City government operations and NYC’s energy and emissions reduction efforts, including relevant policy, legislation, and programs.
  • Exceptional oral and written interpersonal communication skills.
  • High capability to operate as a strategic thinker and problem-solver who can identify multiple paths to overcoming challenges.
  • High level of initiative: is entrepreneurial and not satisfied with “business as usual.”
  • High level of productivity: able to meet and even exceed deadlines and handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously; supremely organized, detail-oriented, and flexible.
  • Capability to manage confidential information with discretion.


Special Caveats:

  • NYC residency may be required for continued employment.
  • Immigration sponsorship is not available under this program.
  • Must be vaccinated.
  • Must be prepared to be on-site.



About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

DCAS, Division of Energy Management
Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing Date
Oct 19, 2022 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit