RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow: Energy Efficiency

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow/Program Fellow         

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Public and Private Sector Engagement                                    

REPORTS TO: Jessica Miller, Specialist, Public-Private Strategy and Engagement          

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Washington, DC                             



Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in clean energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Clean Energy Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate clean energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the clean energy sector—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.


The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that catalyzes widespread and sustained demand for energy-efficient buildings. Founded in 1996 and based in Washington, D.C., IMT leverages its expertise in the intersection of real estate and public policy to drive and support policy outcomes, widespread changes in real estate practices, and lasting market demand for energy efficiency—resulting in greater benefits for all people, the economy, and the environment. Each of our staff brings a unique perspective and background to the organization, from experience in federal governments to real estate and utility companies.

IMT is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion at the organizational level and through our programmatic approach. We are working to identify more ways in which we can partner with local organizations, cities, and businesses to address community needs around energy accessibility and affordability.

Headquartered in downtown Washington, D.C., we provide a vibrant, collaborative and flexible workplace that brings together diverse expertise. We empower our staff to constantly learn while achieving ambitious goals, and have a great deal of fun along the way.


IMT seeks a motivated individual to support our work to improve the energy efficiency of buildings—a foundational component to create jobs, reduce harmful pollution, and create healthier spaces in American cities. Achieving our mission requires teamwork—the Fellow will engage with cities and the commercial real estate market to help drive energy efficiency. This is a valuable opportunity to build an existing skill set in strategic communications and gain experience in the clean energy field as well as the nonprofit sector. The Fellow will work closely with and provide support to project teams across the organization. This includes research, writing, and implementation support for IMT’s public and private sector engagement teams.


Conduct research and analysis in support of improving the performance of buildings
Engage with companies, trade associations, community organizations and government agencies
Create educational materials (articles, presentations, case studies) on building performance issues
Support program delivery to our clients (coordinating meetings, preparing agendas, creating memos, conducting outreach)
Work with supervisor to identify and implement a fellowship project within the first month
Work on other projects as assigned


In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

Actively communicating and building community with their RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
Attending monthly check-ins calls (including 1-on-1 check-ins with RAY program staff and group calls with their RAY Fellow cohort).
Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
Attending monthly professional development webinars, trainings, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills.
Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their Fellowship experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

A 3-day Orientation Retreat in August 2020.
A 3-day Leadership Retreat in August 2021.
At least one other in-person training or workshop with their RAY Fellow cohort.


Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

Come from a racial / ethnic background underrepresented in clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Be less than 1 year out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2020 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
Have not had a full-time job in clean energy.
Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.


A college degree by the time of employment
An interest in the field of clean energy.
Demonstrated intellect and leadership.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
An eagerness to learn.


This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after July 15, 2020.


The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by the Institute for Market Transformation, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. The stipend for this position is $48,000. IMT offers full medical and dental coverage, paid time off, public transit benefits and life insurance, long term disability and retirement benefits.


To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: rayfellowship.org/apply

Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a curriculum vitae or a resume, two essay and one short answer responses, and a letter of support.

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than March 31, 2020. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. Questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Clean Energy Program Coordinator, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. IMT is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.