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About the Role

The Program Manager will work with the Program Director and other members of The Clean Fight team to design and execute our world-class programs; initially, the Program Manager will help to lead our newest program, a $10 million prize competition to encourage the decarbonization of tall buildings. 

The Program Manager will help with global outreach, develop and execute a rigorous selection process, program curriculum, support provider identification and management, event planning and execution, and related program services. The person in this role will communicate day-to-day with a variety of stakeholders, including funders, partners, and cohort companies during the program, and proactively seek out commercial, funding, and other opportunities for participants during and after the program.


The Program Manager reports to the Program Director and is supported by a Program Associate. They will work closely with the Partnerships team, whose role is the sourcing and management of corporate and capital partners.


The position is based in New York City. The team has an office near Madison Square Park at  and typically gathers at the office two or more days per week, with flexible hybrid options on other days. Unfortunately, relocation assistance is not available.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who is passionate about supporting the innovators leading the clean energy transition. They have relationship development and project management experience. Ideally, the Program Manager has hands-on experience in the buildings sector, helping to scale companies and/or in the clean energy business sector. They thrive in an early-stage environment by being a fast learner willing to roll up their sleeves; they’re self-motivated, solutions-oriented, resourceful, and able to prioritize and multitask.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a world-class global prize program, in collaboration with the Program Director, focused on adding real and unique value 

  • Develop relationships with key program participants, including funders, program partners, and cohort companies

  • Evaluate the needs of participants in order to develop and scale their solutions, and identify and connect them with the necessary resources

  • Assess and monitor best practices in the prize and accelerator worlds to understand what is and isn’t working and ensure we’re pioneering a best-in-class program design

  • Oversee an inclusive selection process, including the development and management of the selection committee and the direct evaluation of applications

  • Lead program execution, including hosting multiple major events per year in collaboration with the marketing team

  • Help to oversee and support the development of one or more Associates

  • Build a strong network to support the program’s startups

  • Elicit and respond to the needs of participants throughout our programs


  • Graduate degree preferred; Bachelor's degree required

  • Experience working in accelerators, prize programs, or organizations designed to help companies scale, or within startups directly helping them scale (e.g., sales, business development, or other relevant functional experience in a startup; accelerator manager or associate; consultant, etc.)

  • Experience in client service and/or business development: managing key client relationships, understanding and supporting client needs

  • Work in the buildings sector is particularly relevant 

  • Experience supporting others as they build great organizations, and/or building community between organizations so they can support each other

  • Ability to coordinate and execute large events, in partnership with event production resource

  • Ability to identify and track relevant KPIs

  • Proven project management in lean, complex, fast-paced environments

  • Experience working in clean energy, climate solutions, or similar also valued



Competitive compensation ($90,000-125,000 to start) and generous benefits, including health and vision coverage and 401(k) with company contribution.

How to Apply

We value and celebrate diversity among our employees and in our movement. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, family/marital status, or veteran status. To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing why you’re right for the role in Workable here.

Who We Are

The Clean Fight is a not-for-profit business accelerator working to significantly speed the growth of the inclusive clean energy economy of New York State and beyond. Our mission is to help scale the world’s best growth-stage climate tech startups whose innovative technologies will help meet our nation’s future energy needs, while boosting economic development, quality job creation, and resilience in New York State communities.

The Clean Fight plays an important role in the New York State innovation ecosystem as the only accelerator focused on growth-stage companies (defined as those with $1M+ in annual revenue from a diversified customer base, or other clear indicators of market adoption), providing an essential next step for innovative climate companies looking to move from initial deployment to broad market adoption of their offerings. 

Our program identifies what a given sector needs to achieve equitable and sizable impact, and then recruits the best startups from around the world with proven solutions that are ready to be broadly adopted. We help them scale in NY, at speed, by providing tailored support, high-touch customer and capital partner matchmaking, and non-dilutive investments to help with demonstration projects and deployments.

We are supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). We are a chapter of New Energy Nexus, an international not-for-profit that strives to achieve a 100% clean energy economy for 100% of the population in the shortest time possible by supporting diverse clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators, and networks. New Energy Nexus operates programs in the US, China, India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.


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