RAY Clean Energy Fellow: Programs Team

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Fellow           

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Programs Team                                   

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 support to the Existing Buildings and Customer Service teams in the delivery of energy efficiency and customer and contractor outreach. Duties consist of managing projects and offerings, ensuring cross program collaboration, and supporting outreach efforts, including supporting events and engaging in community-based partnership-building and researching specific customer perspectives. Examples of specific program areas the position may include are supporting Energy Trust’s network of trade allies, developing language accessible offerings, in addition to ad hoc projects and research to serve community-based organizations.

Energy Trust provides for a range of work location options, including remote, hybrid and in-office work. This position will represent Energy Trust in public settings and potentially at community events. We are open to candidates who live throughout Oregon and Washington. The RAY Fellow would be expected to report to the office minimum on a quarterly basis. 




  • Support the creation and updating of program designs and strategies to align with organizational goals.
  • Assist program managers in the implementation of new program activities and offerings as assigned, including managing progress toward goal, providing progress updates, and keeping program managers informed on budget impacts.
  • Research, develop, and share out documentation, including gaining consensus on processes and workflows.
  • Coordinate across programs and work to develop procedures that ensure alignment with multiple program operations and goals.
  • Coordinate documentation and information sharing among the program teams using the organization’s SharePoint platform.
  • Support Energy Trust’s Trade Ally network development and administration focused on workforce development initiatives, event planning, development of trainings, and systems and data management.  
  • Document and share out organizational standards and processes for use by programs and contractors.
  • Work across the organization to help support program objectives and cross functional projects



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. 
  • 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 as scheduled.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) in their 2nd year 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 late Summer/Fall 2023.

A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in Fall2024.



Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

  • Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be no more than 1 year out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2023 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or 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.
  • 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 June 15, 2023.



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. Salary Range: $61,700-$76,000.



To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:


  • Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/appy 
  • Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, and one short answer response. 
  • Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than March 27, 2023. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. 

If you have questions please see our FAQ page, any further questions about the application process can be submitted to ray@elpnet.org