Agency Chief Decarbonization Officer

NYC Department of Education

New York, NY, USA

Full time

Environmental & Green

Sustainable Targets Environmental Social and Governance ESG Policy


Sep 5

The Agency Chief Decarbonization Officer will play a vital role in helping us achieve our decarbonization targets, working with our facilities, transportation, energy, and sustainability teams.

These Local Law targets require the City to reduce emissions by 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. The role will serve as a strategic executive leader, collaborating with our leadership and staff to integrate energy efficiency and decarbonization considerations into our policies, operations, and capital planning, and partnering with our Divisions of Teaching and Learning and Pathways to strengthen climate education and experiences for our students.

If you are interested in contributing your expertise to these impactful initiatives to manage energy and reduce emissions across our extensive portfolio, visit and select NYC Public Schools in your cover letter. This link will direct you to the job posting on the NYC DCAS website, where you can express your interest in joining our team at NYC Public Schools.

* New York City Residency is NOT Required *

We encourage all applicants from the New York City tri-state area to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in architecture or architectural technology, biology, building science, chemistry, climate and society, climate science, city or urban planning, construction management, earth science, economics, energy management, engineering or engineering technology, environmental law, science, or studies, facilities management, mathematics, physics, public administration, public policy, statistics, sustainability, urban studies, or a related field, or a juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school with a concentration in environmental law, and two (2) years of satisfactory, full-time experience in energy, environmental, or sustainability-related data analysis, program management, strategic planning, or a related field, at least eighteen (18) months of which must have been in an administrative, managerial, executive, consultative, or supervisory capacity; or

2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of satisfactory, full-time experience as described in “1” above, at least eighteen (18) months of which must have been in an administrative, managerial, executive, consultative, or supervisory capacity; or

3. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least eighteen (18) months of experience in an administrative, managerial, executive, consultative, or supervisory capacity as described in “1” above.

Preferred Skills

The ideal candidate will combine analytical rigor and technical expertise with entrepreneurial thinking and strong management skills to achieve robust results for the City and its residents. The preferred candidate will bring the following skills and experience to this position: • A master's degree from an accredited college in Engineering, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Political Science, Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, or a closely related field. • At least 15 years of full-time, relevant professional and managerial experience. • Acknowledged achievements in the energy and sustainability field and a strong commitment to energy efficiency and GHG emissions reductions. • Strong experience in leading and implementing large energy construction, retrofits, and building optimization programs and projects across a diverse portfolio of facilities. • Strong experience implementing broad, critical, complex, technical, legislative, and regulatory policy and economic initiatives. • Strong experience in City of New York infrastructure, procurement, budget, and contract management. • Ability to manage individuals and stakeholders in a dynamic environment, including ability to lead and engage large teams, implement change and communicate effectively. • Exceptional written and oral interpersonal communication skills. • Exceptional organizational and leadership abilities. • Relevant professional licenses (e.g., PE, RA) and/or industry-recognized certification or credentials (e.g., from Association of Energy Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or U.S. Green Building Council.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website at


It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at

Posted on Sep 5, 2023.

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