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Program Manager, Climate Initiatives (71101)

Pratt Institute
May 7, 2024


Program Manager, Climate Initiatives (71101)

Location: Brooklyn, NY


Pratt Center for Community Development is hiring for a full-time program manager to lead the day-to-day implementation of EnergyFit, a home repair and equitable decarbonization demonstration project. Pratt Center partners with local affordable housing organizations and contractors to recruit, support and work with lower-income homeowners in Central Brooklyn & Eastern Brooklyn on reducing their climate impact and creating healthy housing. As a demonstration project, EnergyFit is modeling solutions for increasing the uptake of clean energy projects in NYC's 1-4 family building stock. The project is providing direct service to homeowners and their tenants while also collecting data to assess best practices and pricing to use in advocating for a more just energy transition. The EnergyFit project is being deployed at a critical moment in the clean energy transition, and Pratt Center is committed to fight for equitable access to clean energy for all New Yorkers, particularly communities of color who have experienced decades of disinvestment and gentrification pressures in their communities.

The Program Manager's role is to coordinate all areas of project implementation and ensure that our partners are supported programmatically and administratively. Daily activities can include reviewing cost proposals and determining project measures based on available budget, managing invoicing for payments to all sub-contractors, collaborating on program design decisions using in-the-field evidence, ensuring all operating procedures are effective and agreed upon by the team, and/or coordinating the multiple streams of funding to ensure that all funder requirements are met.

The Program Manager must not only be able to run the day-to-day operations of EnergyFit, but also must be able to assess project impacts and develop recommended practices that can be replicated beyond the EnergyFit demonstration. Through ongoing program analysis, the Program Manager will work with the Director of Climate Initiatives to identify connections between project outcomes and policy recommendations.

EnergyFit Affordable Small Homes builds off of Pratt Center's previous work including Retrofit Standardization and EnergyFit NYC, and grows out of the many years of learnings from our work with community-based partners across New York City on Green Jobs/Green New York and Retrofit Bed Stuy/NYC Block by Block.


  • Lead day-to-day activities related to program implementation of the demonstration project, including:
  • Maintain organization of multiple client's project data such as project estimates, scopes of work, invoices, utility data and more
  • Management of CRM software for tracking program data and outreach activities
  • Troubleshoot implementation challenges that arise and create operating procedures and policies to address issues
  • Track all project deliverables, expenditures and timelines
  • Update and streamline internal administrative processes as needed
  • Meet weekly with each partner organization and lead weekly team meeting
  • Lead the EnergyFit team in creating solutions to challenges that limit the effectiveness of the program
  • Perform data analysis and report on program findings
  • Report to Director of Climate Initiatives



  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.


  • 5-7 years of experience managing program implementation related to housing, climate action, energy policy, or public services. Other fields may be considered if the applicant’s program management experience is strong.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects and effectively balancing competing demands.
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and/or contractors.
  • Resident of or experience working in communities where the program is implemented (East New York, Brownsville, Bedford Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Crown Heights, or Cypress Hills, Brooklyn is a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Able to coordinate multiple team stakeholders and work alongside them to come up with solutions in real time to program issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in data management.
  • Extremely organized, able to self-manage and turn around work in a timely manner and also work collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and environmental justice.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated experience in sustainability, energy efficiency, affordable housing, environmental justice, urban planning and/or climate action.
  • BPI certification is a plus.

Salary Range and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The salary range for this position is $68,000 to $78,000. The position will be based in New York City and is hybrid in office and remote. Currently Pratt Center staff are onsite 2 days/wk, and remote 3 days/wk but that is subject to change.

Generous Benefits:

  • 403B Retirement Program
  • Supplemental Retirement Account
  • Tuition Benefits for Employees and Dependents
  • Tuition Exchange Program
  • Summer hours
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - commuter, medical, dependent care
  • Child care Benefit
  • Basic life and AD&D insurance provided by Pratt
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Coverage
  • Paid time off - vacation days, sick leave, and major holidays off
  • Additional Perks - free entry to select museums and cultural institutions, free use of campus recreation facilities

About Pratt Institute:

Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the professional knowledge and experience to make a better world. A world-class and internationally ranked college with programs in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, Pratt Munson College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. On Governors Island, Pratt is a core partner on the Stony Brook University team selected to develop the New York Climate Exchange, a research and educational hub poised to establish New York City as the global leader for the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. Another extension of Pratt’s campus is the Research Yard, a 20,000-square-foot facility that brings together the research activities of Pratt Institute under one roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY).

About Pratt Center For Community Development:

Founded in 1963, Pratt Center for Community Development is a non-profit organization that is housed within Pratt Institute. Pratt Center brings research, policy, planning and community engagement expertise to community organizations that are working on the frontlines to make New York City strong, equitable and sustainable. In recent years, Pratt Center has collaborated with long-term community partners on efforts to strengthen tenant rights, facilitate community-led planning across the city, launch a climate justice program to retrofit homes for low-income people in Brooklyn and expand the Made in NYC initiative, which supports local makers and small manufacturers. Pratt Center is part of a robust research and strategic partnerships unit in academic affairs reporting to the Provost, with offices in the Research Yard.

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