Deputy Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs

  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • 4 World Trade Center, New York, NY, USA
  • Jun 26, 2019
Full time Administrator/Executive Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Energy Energy Efficiency Environmental Science - Engineering Sustainability

Job Description

Responsibilities

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) is seeking a dynamic and experienced executive with proven leadership and experience in environmental/sustainability and/or energy management to serve as its Deputy Director in the Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP).

The Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP) develops the agency’s sustainability policy, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and strategies to ensure policy goals are met.

Environmental sustainability is one of six key priorities for the Port Authority that focus how the Agency achieves its mission to “keep the region moving.” In October 2018, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey became the first public transportation agency in the United States to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, setting aggressive interim greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets that set a 35% reduction by 2025 and reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to an 80% reduction by 2050. 

Reporting to the Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP), the Deputy Director is responsible for providing leadership, strategic guidance, technical expertise and accountability on sustainability and environmental/energy matters in support of the Port Authority’s sustainability commitments mission, capital plan and operations. The incumbent guides and directs OEEP staff in developing and implementing programs to achieve the Agency’s sustainability objectives, as well as enhance measurement and reporting on progress against these objectives.

The Deputy Director is responsible for:

  • Leadership and representing OEEP in senior-level meetings
  • Managing staff and ensuring adherence to workplans
  • Collaborating on policy development and priority-setting
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders
  • Representing the Port Authority’s environmental/sustainability interests in external workgroups and initiatives

In supporting an ambitious climate action agenda, the Deputy Director must be committed to staying current on the state of the science, fostering a culture of engagement, driving innovation, and translating complex ideas into accessible information for diverse audiences. 

Responsibilities will include: implementing the Port Authority’s Sustainability Policy; targeting agency-wide reductions for greenhouse gas emissions; formulating energy policy, goals, and management tools; developing long-range strategies and programs for energy efficiency, advancing the use of renewable energy;identifying best practices for energy and water usage including new strategies/systems and evaluating their potential operational benefit; delivering projects on time and on budget; setting efficiency and conservation benchmarks; establishing accountability within line departments and facilities on sustainability issues; managing metrics to evaluate program success.

These responsibilities are accomplished through the following functions:

  • Advancing GHG reduction programs, focusing on:
    • Transitioning to electric buses and electrification of the PA Fleet;
    • Identifying opportunities and implementing on-site clean energy projects and energy conservation projects;
    • Guiding incorporation of “best in class” sustainability measures and practices in major facility redevelopment projects;
    • Advancing electrification of aviation ground support equipment and port cargo handling equipment; 
  • Actively participating with a broad range of leading environmental coalitions
  • Providing support and guidance to staff on sustainability initiatives and the Port Authority’s annual agency-wide GHGs and Criteria Air Pollutant Inventory.
  • Promote and enhance sustainable design and climate resiliency, collaborating with Engineering and other departments
  • Represent the Port Authority on energy, environmental, and sustainability 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.
  • Identify and support new initiatives that advance the Port Authority Sustainability Policy.

Qualifications

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, finance, environmental sciences, sustainability and/or related field. 

  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in environmental/sustainability or energy management/policy, or related discipline.

  • Exceptional leadership, influencing, negotiating and creative problem-solving skills.

  • Significant experience with: coordination of environmental/energy programs, communicating a sustainability vision and strategy to key decision makers, and cost-benefit analysis.

  • Demonstrated strong management skills with experience supervising and motivating staff. 

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including building strategic relationships and partnerships.

  • Self-starter with innovation and political acumen, able to navigate bureaucracy effectively.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing programs or operational changes on complex environmental issues

  • Strong success in strategic analysis and data analysis, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the programs and improving programs or business processes from the standpoint of sustainability and resiliency.

  • Demonstrated success in achieving results through working with internal and external entities and stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict, build consensus, and facilitate problem-solving and collaboration among various stakeholders.

  • High level of integrity, trust and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientated work ethic.

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a Federal Security Background check.

Desired

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Master’s degree in policy, public administration/affairs, business, or engineering with relevant focus on environmental, sustainability, energy field

  • Knowledge, skills and experience in the field of sustainable practices and operations, project evaluation, and cost-benefit analyses.

  • Knowledge of various sustainability reporting frameworks, including CDP, GRI, Airport Carbon Accreditation, and in GHG forecasting and targeting methods, including familiarity with the Science-Based Targets Initiative.

  • Knowledge of the status of relevant local, state, federal policies related to energy/environment/climate change.

  • Ability to design internal policies to achieve environmental/sustainability goals.

  • Track record developing and implementing sustainability programs and projects.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental regulations and federal/state government processes.

  • In-depth knowledge of energy efficiency projects/programs and demand-side management, nonresidential end-use technologies and applications, including life-cycle cost analysis.

  • Track record of supporting corporate efforts to decarbonize energy supply through energy market purchases, on-site clean energy generation, vehicle electrification and other innovations.

  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of energy procurement, risk management, hedging.

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.

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional