Program Manager - Building Decarbonization


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)


Hybrid; Home and Boston Office

Program Manager - Building Decarbonization
Full Time SalaryProfessional
Boston, MA, US

Position Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000 - $78,000 per year, dependent on experience and education

Benefits: 457b plan, and matching; Medical coverage and 100% deductible coverage through HRA; Dental coverage; Vision coverage; Life insurance; Paid time off; Parental leave; Tuition Reimbursement; Monthly Remote Work Stipend; Supplemental Retirement plan, and more.

Schedule: Monday to Friday 9-5pm; occasionally work on off hours if required

Work Location: Hybrid; Home and Boston Office

Job Overview

MassCEC seeks a motivated and experienced candidate to join the Building Decarbonization team as a Program Manager. The Program Manager will play a key role in designing and overseeing initiatives that are part of MassCEC’s efforts to unlock pathways for eliminating emissions from the Commonwealth’s buildings. This position will work to launch efforts and demonstrations to bring to market the core systems, business practices, and programs to make achieving the state’s 2050 net zero emissions goals a reality. MassCEC expects the responsibilities of this position to evolve and expand as MassCEC pursues future endeavors and programming. 

This work will involve engaging with and leveraging industry stakeholders, conceptualizing and designing market transformation initiatives, and implementing programs that effectively address barriers to building decarbonization. The Program Manager will engage in this sector across many fronts, including with consumers and property owners, industry solution providers, workforce, energy efficiency program administrators, and policy makers. The role will implement initiatives from MassCEC’s building decarbonization strategy to increase awareness, address technological hurdles, foster new business approaches, enhance available workforce, and recommend realignment of institutional practices and policies. Furthermore, the Program Manager will serve as a resource for MassCEC and other state agencies on matters related to building decarbonization. 

The Program Manager will have executional responsibility and contributing decision-making responsibility for developing solicitations, coordination of (and participation in) review of grant applications, awardee selection, and grant management. The role will also serve as advisor for MassCEC building grantees and contractors in programs, ensuring constructive feedback from awarded projects. The Program Manager will review grantee documentation, coordinate grant payments, collect and verify metrics related to grants, and evaluate and report on program activities. The Program Manager will also serve a key role in communicating program funding priorities to internal and external stakeholders. As such, the Program Manager must demonstrate excellent communication skills and a keen ability to contextualize a wide breadth of technology areas and how they impact big picture goals and priorities.

In addition to new Buildings programs, the Program Manager will support existing programming, potentially including:  Embodied Carbon Reduction Challenge, Commercial Decarbonization Pilot, Non-Profit Decarbonization Pilot, Triple Decker Retrofit Pilot,  Decarbonization Pathways, EmPower, Mass Solar Loan, and MassCEC’s public awareness campaign Clean Energy Lives Here. MassCEC expects the responsibilities of this position to evolve and expand as MassCEC develops and initiates future building decarbonization efforts and programs.

The Program Manager will report to the Program Director but will also provide support for other members of the Program team. The position will also provide support across MassCEC’s focus areas (Offshore Wind, Net Zero Grid, Clean Transportation, Workforce, Technology Development, Investments), depending on the needs of the organization. The successful Program Manager will also work collaboratively with Finance, Legal, Communications, Senior Management, and other program staff.

Job Duties

    Contribute to new program development, including:

        Support program development processes, including conducting research, supporting stakeholder outreach, and drafting program requirements;
        Support the Program Director by maintaining internal schedules, detailed tasks, and external communications; and
        Proactively review, adjust, and enhance existing program administration workflows and tools in response to program design changes or efficiency improvements.

    Provide comprehensive support to manage day-to-day activities of MassCEC programs, including:
        Review applications and proposals for compliance with program requirements;
        Provide timely responses to inquiries from applicants, potential applicants, awardees, state agencies, and other program stakeholders;
        Draft programmatic requirements for grantee and consultant contracts;
        Alert team members to potential problems and work cooperatively with the program team and relevant stakeholders to ensure prompt resolutions;
        Maintain detailed databases and supporting files on specific programs, including tracking files and key business documents, including project and program metrics, and ensure proper processing and archiving;
        Record and maintain awards, deliverables and invoices in the award management system, assisting project teams to monitor their contracts and awards, ensure project/contract integrity, and track results; and
        Manage program application queues, program tracking, budgets, and metrics development and reporting.
    Engage and collaborate with policy making entities and advisory groups, including:
        State agencies on issues, programs, and policies relating to building decarbonization;
        Utility and Mass Save partners on relevant incentive programs, market development, and outreach;
        Municipal governments on building decarbonization projects and policies, including building performance standards;
        Industry associations, stakeholder groups, regional organizations, and interstate collaborations on sharing information and best practices.
    Manage and oversee stakeholder, consumer, and industry outreach throughout the Commonwealth and with additional focus on Environmental Justice Communities;
    Identify studies, programs, and best practices from outside of Massachusetts for consideration as an initiative within Massachusetts;
    Contribute to efforts in MassCEC’s workforce development, technology development, and investments groups on issues related to buildings;
    Continually support enhancement of MassCEC’s building decarbonization strategy;
    Contribute to collaborative initiatives on a regional or federal level, such as responding to federal funding opportunities;
    Delegate tasks to and assist in the supervision of the work of Program Administrators, temporary staff, and Interns, as needed; and
    Work with the communications team to update program information on the website and send emails about program updates to stakeholders.

Position Qualifications


    Bachelor's degree, preferably in energy or environmental science/studies, economics, architecture/building science, business management, engineering, social/environmental justice, public health, or related field; and
    A relevant master’s degree is considered beneficial.


    4+ years of experience in program management, policy, project management, and/or administration with a record of progressing professional responsibility;
    Demonstrated program management experience, problem-resolution, and negotiation skills;
    4+ years of experience using the Microsoft Suite in a work setting; and
    Experience in the building science or renewable energy sector, or public sector preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Knowledge of building decarbonization technologies and practices and ability to learn and converse proficiently on technical topics related to buildings and building decarbonization approaches and technologies; 
    Familiarity with relevant regulatory, policy, and programmatic interventions related to decarbonization, especially in buildings;
    Understanding of the construction and trades industry and ability to engage with diverse stakeholders including architects and engineers, property owners/managers, HVAC companies, construction managers, and consumers; 
    Experience prioritizing equity in the energy transition;
    Rigorous attention to detail;
    Well-developed customer service skills;
    Keen understanding of prioritization and an ability to work effectively on multiple projects under tight deadlines;
    Demonstrated ability to get up-to-speed quickly and work independently; 
    Excellent problem-resolution skills and demonstrated ability to make informed decisions;
    Team-first attitude and the capacity to be flexible in a dynamic work environment;
    Demonstrated ability to work with internal and external stakeholders, and cultivate appropriate relationships;
    Working knowledge of basic accounting and payment processing (budgets, invoices, etc.) preferred;
    Ability to read and absorb complex contracts, polices, rules, etc. and extract the information needed to ensure compliance with each; 
    Strong mastery of Excel;
    Experience with making cross-functional decisions impacting programs, metrics, and results;
    Excellent organizational, collaboration, written and oral communication, and presentation skills; and
    Strong quantitative research and analytical skills.

About the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth to spur job creation, deliver statewide environmental benefits and to secure long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC works to increase the adoption of clean energy while driving down costs and delivering financial, environmental, and economic development benefits to energy users and utility customers across the state.

MassCEC is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization where everyone is welcomed, supported, respected, and valued. We are committed to incorporating principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice in all aspects of our work in order to promote the equitable distribution of the health and economic benefits of clean energy and support a diverse and inclusive clean energy industry. MassCEC strives to lead and innovate in equitable clean energy and climate solutions.

To apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter through our Online Career Center. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives are encouraged to apply.