Interested in revitalizing Syracuse & Central New York neighborhoods?

Home HeadQuarters is a non-profit housing and community development organization that is committed to creating housing and related opportunities in CNY that improve the lives of people and revitalize the communities in which they live.


CNY Community Energy Advisor

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Schedule: Generally, this position follows regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), but flexibility is required – including frequent weekends and evenings.

Compensation: $20/hour, plus benefits

Position Summary:  This position is essential to the smooth workings of a three-year multifaceted Community Energy Engagement Program (CEEP) funded by NYSERDA. The primary focus of this position is to strategically build and maintain relationships within a five-county region with low-to-moderate income households, community partners, energy contractors, small businesses and multi-family housing providers.  Engagement activities will primarily focus on economically distressed, low-to-moderate income households and communities.

The CNY Community Energy Advisor identifies gaps and coordinates technical assistance programs as appropriate that help make linkages to local energy contractors for completion of clean energy projects.  Specifically, the position will:

  1. Increase participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and programs for residents, small businesses and multifamily building owners
  2. Raise awareness of and assist residents, small businesses and multifamily building owners in accessing financing options for energy efficient and renewable energy projects
  3. Educate households and the broader community on energy efficiency

Essential functions and responsibilities:


  • Understand available local energy programs and services, current opportunities and hot topics.
  • Educate and share energy related programs and resources with diverse communities using both written and verbal communications.
  • Identify communities that have been underserved, and build relationships with organizations and individuals that can help serve those communities. Maintain regular, proactive communications with these diverse stakeholders, and report the status of these relationships on a regular basis.


  • Develop programs for owner-occupants, small business owners and multi-family housing providers on green energy benefits, programs and financing.
  • Organize opportunities for diverse communities to get to know more about local green contractors and clean energy financing.  Host county-wide meetings throughout the 5-county region – set minimum goals for participation.
  • Facilitate loan applications for customers seeking to conduct clean energy projects.
  • Collaborate with regional partners and stakeholders to organize and deliver workshops and engage them to help provide technical assistance to low-income households, small business owners and multi-family housing providers around clean energy programs.
  • Develop relationships with local energy contractors.


  • Facilitate quarterly collaborative meetings.
  • Prepare NYSERDA and other internal reports for the project.
  • Maintain a list of community contacts and other diversity resources for staff and for the public.
  • Oversee the budget for all community engagement and outreach activities.
  • Oversee the production of marketing materials for community engagement and outreach programs.  Ensure materials are up to date.
  • Recruit, train and supervise other staff and volunteers to assist with these outreach activities.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Graduate of a building science, building trades, construction management or related degree from a locally recognized program or at least 5 years related work experience.
  • Four years of community engagement and outreach experience, preferably in clean energy.
  • Knowledge of the clean energy field and building sciences. Ability to read and understand rehabilitation work scopes.
  • Knowledge of the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency (CEPREE).
  • Maintain, or be willing to get, BPI Building Science Principals Certificate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, exhibiting an understanding of diverse communication styles, with professional and courteous demeanor at all times.
  • Strong cultural agility required. Multi-lingual communications ability preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comprehensive computer skills in Outlook, Word, Excel, Photoshop and relational databases.
  • Experience managing projects and coordinating events.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must live in one of the five counties being served by the NYSERDA program.

If interested in applying, please submit resume and cover letter to: info@homehq.org. No phone calls please. Home HeadQuarters is an Equal Employment Opportunities employer.