RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow: Business Lighting Program

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow           

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Business Lighting Program                                          

REPORTS TO: Wendy Gibson, Sr. Program Manager               

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Portland, OR                  



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 Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon helps customers and communities reduce costs and realize additional benefits by saving energy and using renewable resources.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy development. We serve the Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, Avista and SW Washington customers of NW Natural. Year over year, Energy Trust is recognized as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.

Energy Trust is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a culturally attentive organization by reaching out to diverse candidates who will contribute a range of perspectives, experiences, skills and ideas to how we work, our programs and our services to best serve, reach and reflect the rich diversity of the customers we serve.

Energy Trust Values:

  • We listen. Everyone brings value and every idea brings opportunity. We need all perspectives to innovate and succeed.
  • We care about each other. Our teammates support and inspire. Together we’ll build a better future.
  • We make a difference. Our work is important to people and the planet.
  • We are curious. Asking questions and learning from experiences are key to our success.
  • We work hard to find solutions. We take action to remove barriers and advance new approaches.
  • We are transparent. Everyone benefits when we explain our work and report our results. Transparency builds trust

The RAY Fellow will work primarily with the Business Lighting Program, which provides incentives for commercial and industrial customers to reduce their energy use by increasing the lighting efficiency. This position will also support other data driven efforts through our program teams as needed.



This position provides administrative and data support across the program team in the delivery of the Business Lighting energy efficiency program and other programs as needed. Duties may include managing ad hoc projects, tracking program efforts, records management, database development and/or management, and the review and approval of incentive payments to customers and contractors. Efforts will include pulling and analyzing data to inform the design and management of programs and make process improvements. This position will be assigned a variety of projects associated with the delivery of energy efficiency programs which involve coordination and communication with program contractors.



  • Work with critical and confidential project documents and other program-related documents
  • Coordinate cross program communications and work
  • Support project processing, ensuring timely and accurate payment of incentives
  • Support management of audits of project records and other compliance processes with Finance and Legal departments
  • Manage data related quality assurance and quality control improvements
  • Manage all project related data and processes as assigned around inputting and accessing data
  • Assist with analysis of savings and spending, and generates reports on program trends and outcomes
  • Analyze and interpret historical project and program data to help guide program design, set goals and develop more accurate budgets
  • Oversee project data updates from contractors, prepare dashboards, project pipeline reports for regular Forecasting of program’s progress towards annual goals
  • Define and implement tools that increase productivity, and expand the abilities to strategically analyze and use information
  • Provide program data and QC data for external or internal reporting, including ad hoc data mining and regular Quarterly program activity reporting



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.



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.
  • Are authorized to work lawfully 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.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • Must be able to interact with a diverse workforce and be comfortable working in culturally diverse settings and groups.
  • Self-starter and accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good attention to detail and drive for quality.
  • Ability to coordinate numerous projects at once and work in an organized manner.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including technical review and writing.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word software applications. SharePoint and experience with programming software a plus.



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



The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Base Salary is $55,000 USD.



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, one 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.
  • Energy Trust of Oregon 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. Energy Trust of Oregon 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.