Director of Technology Development
MassCEC is seeking a clean energy industry professional to lead MassCEC’s efforts to support the successful growth and development of innovative clean energy technologies across the Commonwealth. The Director of Technology Development will report to the Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support (IIS). The IIS division supports the growth of clean energy and water technologies and companies, critical industry infrastructure, workforce training, market research, and industry thought leadership. The Division includes several initiatives: Emerging Markets, Technology Development, Workforce Development, Water Innovation, and Industry Support.
The Director of Technology Development will focus on accelerating both incremental and disruptive clean energy and – in close coordination with the Director of Water Innovation - water technology development by providing entrepreneurs and startup companies with targeted resources to help them overcome common market barriers. Technology Development programs span the technology development cycle from early stage research and development to deployment with an increasing focus on commercial readiness. The Director of Technology Development will work closely with the Director of Emerging Markets and the Senior Director of IIS to ensure allocation of MassCEC resources are both coordinated and strategic.
Specifically, the Director of Technology Development will lead the division’s suite of technology development and commercialization acceleration programs including the Academic Collaboration and Leveraging Funding Opportunities programs, InnovateMass, and DeployMass programs. Taken together these programs provide critical support to Massachusetts clean energy and water technology innovators, address common market barriers, and leverage substantial third party investment. The Director of Technology Development will also be responsible for constantly evaluating MassCEC’s technology development program offerings, as market conditions and policy landscapes shift, in order to provide optimally calibrated support to Massachusetts clean energy innovators.
Additionally, the Director of Technology Development will work closely with the Director of Emerging Technologies to ensure that emerging markets are afforded appropriate, effective, and impactful runways to scale and prove out emerging technologies. This discovery process may include illuminating policy frameworks that can help accelerate technology development. The Director of Emerging Markets will also help shape MassCEC’s thought leadership profile with regard to clean energy technology development, by actively participating in, supporting, or contributing to technology development forums, relevant policy dialogues, and scholarly research. Taken together, the Director of Technology Development will broadly inform MassCEC’s programmatic approach to technology development and commercialization acceleration in order to help maintain the Commonwealth’s global clean energy technology innovation leadership position.
Along with the Director of Emerging Markets, Director of Workforce Development, and Director of Water Innovation, the Director of Technology Development will work with a wide variety of stakeholders that includes clean energy startups, federal agencies, university researchers, and consultants. Therefore, the successful candidate will bring to the job a strong collaborative and coordinating approach. The candidate will also bring a strong understanding of technology development and innovation, technology commercialization and readiness and receiving markets.
- Manage and oversee MassCEC’s technology development and commercialization acceleration programs;
- Consistently re-assess MassCEC’s technology development programs via stakeholder engagement and market discovery in order to optimize program uptake market relevance and impact;
- Build and maintain relationships with industry thought leaders, including municipal, state and federal organizations, research institutions, for-profit and non-profit organizations, particularly those that support clean energy technology development to ensure program coordination;
- Manage a team of 3-4 program staff members;
- Manage multiple outside consultants;
Other duties, as indicated by the Senior Director for Innovation and Industry Support.
- Significant experience and familiarity with the clean energy industry both in Massachusetts and at the regional, national and international level;
- Solid management experience;
- Experience building and managing a team and/or business unit to address complex problems, while maintaining focus on common goals;
- Deep understanding of the technology development and commercialization acceleration processes, common barriers, startup culture, and entrepreneurship;
- Technology innovation and commercialization acceleration program development and management;
- Experience working and partnering with public-sector stakeholders, including federal, state and local governments;
- Bachelors degree in a relevant field;
- Advanced degree (M.S., J.D., or higher) in a relevant field is preferred;
Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
- 5-8+ years in energy and/or utilities space, with a strong understanding of clean energy market drivers (economic, technological and policy);
- Proven ability to manage outside consultants/contractors on time and budget;
- Experience collaborating across teams and divisions; and
- Excellent presentation skills;
- Experience working and partnering with public-sector stakeholders, including federal, state and local governments is preferred;
- Existing network of governmental, non-profit, corporate and university energy leaders is preferred
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter through our Online Career Center.
Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), as a quasi-public entity, plays a critical role in fostering the success of our state’s clean energy sector. MassCEC actively supports the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to addressing Massachusetts’ energy challenges, maintaining national leadership in clean energy, and meeting the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act.
MassCEC undertakes targeted programmatic initiatives to accelerate cost reductions in clean energy, help consumers diversify their energy choices and address evolving energy needs, leverage public and private funds to drive investment into this rapidly-growing sector, and scale-up renewable energy deployment across the state.