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Directory of Energy and Environmental Programs – New York, NY

Organization: Regional Plan Association

Position Title: Director of Energy and Environmental Programs

Location: New York, NY

Hours and Compensation: Full time

Application Deadline: December 27, 2013


Organization Overview

RPA conducts research, advocacy and planning on regional and national priorities including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development and governance. Our team of talented professionals is passionate about developing and sharing ideas that improve the quality of life in our cities and communities.

We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, Conn., and Princeton, N.J. We encourage a challenging, collaborative and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.

RPA, a nonprofit urban-planning organization, focuses on the strategic government and business decisions that shape the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region’s overall well-being. In April 2013, RPA launched an initiative to create a Fourth Regional Plan for the metropolitan area – a blueprint for the region’s growth, sustainability, good governance and economic opportunity for the next 25 years. The director will have the lead responsibility for shaping the climate, energy and environmental recommendations of the plan, and will help to build a network of constituents who will help carry out these recommendations.


Regional Plan Association is seeking a creative and dynamic professional to direct the organization’s energy and environment initiatives, including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management. We offer a unique opportunity to help address the enormous environmental challenges of one of the world’s most complex metropolises and ecosystems, working for one of the nation’s most influential urban research, planning and advocacy organizations.


Working with RPA’s senior management and reporting to the vice president for research, the director of energy and environmental programs will manage and develop a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. The director will work closely with other RPA staff to integrate these objectives with RPA’s economic, transportation, land use, design and community development initiatives.

  • Project development and management, including identification of funding opportunities;
  • Staff supervision;
  • Research and analysis of complex data;
  • Creation of plans, policy reports and other documents;
  • Public speaking and leading coalitions and advocacy campaigns.


Applicants should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience in energy and environmental policy or programs, management experience, and a master’s degree in planning, environmental economics, natural resource management, policy or related field. The position requires initiative and the ability to balance multiple priorities. Excellent interpersonal and writing skills are essential, including the ability to convey complex or technical ideas to the general public. Preferred areas of expertise include land use and natural resource management, energy policy and economics, modeling and cost-benefit analysis, and environmental policy. Knowledge of research and policy in the tri-state area is also preferred

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing samples and any other relevant information here by December 27 and note in the comments section that you are interested in the Director of Energy and Environmental Programs position. Applications without all attachments won’t be considered.


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