Energy Specialist

Energy Specialist, Riverhead, NY - WDR-00039899

Position Summary:

The Regional Clean Energy Hub (Hub) provides education and outreach to residents and small businesses in the Long Island Region (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) - with a focus on disadvantaged communities - helping people learn about ways to reduce their energy use, and transition to clean energy for heating, cooling and powering their homes, buildings, and transportation. In addition, the Hub helps elicit input from community members on state energy programs and policy, as well as support workforce development efforts in the region focused on clean energy jobs.

The Suffolk County Energy Specialist will lead all Suffolk County energy related efforts and will be responsible for developing the program, finding additional resources to expand the Energy program, identifying outreach needs, and assessing the effectiveness of outreach efforts.

This position will facilitate communication among staff and partner organizations; represent Suffolk CCE in meetings with funders and partners; serve on a regional leadership team and help provide direction to the Association on energy related matters. The position will be responsible for coordinating project budgets and overseeing energy-related staff. The Suffolk County Energy Specialist will also spend time directly engaging residents and businesses to develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the work of the Hub, the key partners and contractors, and the related energy programs and concepts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree and related volunteer or work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively support and manage a program.
  • Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read, and write proficiently) in English.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders.
  • Ability to support staff who are learning a new skill through clear instructions, accompaniment, and periodic follow up.
  • Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
  • Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational, management and communication purposes, including Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to work creatively in an environment with a degree of ambiguity and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to reflect on experience, derive insights, and refine program based on a process of action-reflection.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Knowledge of and ability to work with local and state agencies, government, nonprofit organizations, community resources, partners, and community stakeholders, especially those with limited income.
  • Background in energy-related field, or experience with energy efficiency, renewable heating, solar, electric vehicles, as well as home construction, etc.
  • Experience implementing strategies and educational programs that influence community change.
  • Experience in planning, environmental science, public health, community development and mitigation of lead and/or other environmental toxins
  • Strong understanding and commitment to addressing environmental and economic inequities through solution-based approaches.
  • Experience in fund development or fundraising; experience writing/implementing grants and proposals.
  • Foreign language fluency (especially Spanish), with deep experience living in and/working in disadvantaged communities abroad or in the United States
  • Ability to recruit, train, and support diverse volunteers.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: $84,000 per year

Schedule: Exempt (40+ hours per week)

Date Position Available: Position open until 9/25/23– Immediate vacancy

Benefits: Full Benefits include 21 days of vacation days per year, 3 personal days, accrued sick days, 16 holidays, health and dental insurance Program (NYSHIP), Employees' Retirement System (New York State Retirement System -NYSLRS), Cornell University Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan (CUTDAP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Long-Term Disability, Auto/Home/Pet Insurance, Legal Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Long Term Care Insurance, and NY's 529 College Savings Program.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.


The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 ext 326 or via email at

Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and New York State residents. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Last updated September 12, 2023