RAY Clean Energy Fellow: Policy Fellow

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow / Policy Fellow         

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Electric Vehicle Policy                                  

REPORTS TO: Managing Director, EV Policy        

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Washington, DC (Flexible)                

ABOUT THE ROGER ARLINER YOUNG CLEAN ENERGY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

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.

ABOUT THE ELECTRIFIATION COALITION

The Electrification Coalition (EC) is a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization committed to facilitating the accelerated deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale. For more than 10 years, the EC and its sister organization, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), have sought to reduce our nation’s dependence on oil – which is currently responsible for powering 91 percent of our transportation system.  

Over the past decade, the EC has built a strong track-record of driving big changes in our nation’s transportation systems. This includes leading innovative public-private partnerships in fleet electrification, such as the American Cities Climate Challenge and the award-winning Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative. In 2020, the EC launched an EV Policy Accelerator effort in five (5) strategic states, the Electrification Coalition Business Council (ECBC) to connect industry leaders with policy experts and advocates spanning the entire transportation electrification supply chain, and a Freight Electrification Project which will include policy related efforts.  Alongside several other policy efforts at the federal and local levels, these initiatives will help the EC secure ambitious electric vehicle (EV) policy options to accelerate all sectors of the EV market. These areas of work also reflect the need for a focus on how to achieve equitable outcomes and access, reflect diversity and foster inclusion in the growing field of electrified transportation.

POSITION SUMMARY / The Opportunity

To support our efforts in 2021 and beyond, the EC is seeking a Policy Fellow. This new member of our growing team will have an exciting opportunity to play a key role in advancing the next phase of U.S. transportation electrification efforts. This position is offered for a two-year term.

With this position, the EC is looking to add needed diversity – in terms of ethnicity and perspective/experience – to the talents of our team. While EV deployment has important correlation with emissions and air pollution reductions -- which in turn benefits overall public health -- equity has not historically been a primary focus of EC’s work. We are actively undertaking programs which emphasize more equitable access to the benefits of vehicle electrification, especially for those populations who are underrepresented in the EV advocacy space and which have been impacted most severely by transportation-related air pollution. This work focuses on identifying equity considerations to pursue across a suite of transportation electrification policy measures, engaging with equity-focused groups in our policy development and advocacy efforts, and forming strategic partnerships with organizations who are active in promoting equitable outcomes.

By collaborating with internal colleagues and external partners, the Fellow will support the planning and execution of policy initiatives that will accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in one or more jurisdictions. Under the direction of the Managing Director of EV Policy, the Fellow will work alongside a team of policy experts based across the country to coordinate with corporate and public sector partners, consultants, and advocates to ensure continued progress toward EV-friendly policies. The Fellow will support the Policy Team by working closely with stakeholders to facilitate meetings and achieve defined policy objectives, strengthening the EC’s internal and external ability to expand access to transportation electrification. Preference will be given to candidates located in Washington, DC., or those looking to relocate to the District.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Policy Toolkit Materials: Support the development of EV Policy Toolkit materials, including white papers, case studies, fact sheets and other written materials that help accelerate EV adoption and create near-term strategies to spur immediate policy momentum.  This includes assessing the environmental, economic, equity and energy security impacts of policy measures.
  • Support Mobilization of Stakeholders: Under guidance from the Policy Team, support the development of customized technical and policy training bootcamps in one or more states, which convene key stakeholders for targeted policy discussions and to build momentum for action.
  • Support Policy Advocacy: Support team efforts to engage with stakeholders to advance policy measures in state legislatures and in regulatory and executive brand agencies. This will include work on Rapid Response efforts that involve quick-turn policy responses, as well as longer-term engagement. This could include identifying target audiences, doing research on past positions and assisting in outreach and agenda development as well as participation in meetings.
  • Support Network Activation: Support implementation programs in strategic locations that will help build political support, influence key decision-makers in the target states, and help increase public/private investment in electrification.

ADDITIONAL FELLOWSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

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 2021.
  • A 3-day Leadership Retreat in February 2022.
  • At least one other in-person training or workshop with their RAY Fellow cohort.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

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 years out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2021 (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.

SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE

  • A Bachelor's degree by the time of employment, preferably in political science, public policy, or similar discipline
  • An interest in the field of Clean Energy, electric vehicles, the utility or transportation sector
  • Experience supporting policy initiatives OR parts of a policy campaign: communications, administrative, planning, budgeting, partner recruitment, events, or developing political relationships. 
  • Experience working with a stakeholder community, or in partnership development.
  • Ability to work with partners that represent broad interests including government staff and elected officials, corporations, non-profit groups, academia, and volunteers.

PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES

  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • An adaptable and flexible nature that can change projects quickly but still hold priorities.
  • Ability to work independently but also productively engage with team-members and colleagues, within and outside of EC, at varying levels of seniority.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Interest in being part of a small team doing big things.

TERM / LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT

This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one-year renewal) starting on or after July 15, 2021.

COMPENSATION

The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by the Electrification Coalition (EC), which offers a competitive benefits package.  Given the EC’s varied work as well as training and professional development opportunities. 

HOW TO APPLY/APPLICATION

To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/apply.
  • Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a curriculum vitae or a resume, one essay, a visioning piece, short answer responses, and a letter of support.
  • Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than March 26, 2021. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. Questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Coordinator, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.

The Electrification Coalition 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. The Electrification Coalition 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.