POSITION TITLE: RAY Policy Fellow
REPORTS TO: Chief of Staff
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time
LOCATION: Remote but with the potential to relocate to San Diego during fellowship.
ABOUT THE ROGER ARLINER YOUNG DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate environmentally 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 conservation and clean energy sectors—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 AZUL & MULTIPLIER
Azul is a Latinx-led and serving environmental justice organization focused on ocean stewardship. Our team is small, nimble, and extremely mighty. Azul was born out of the need to incorporate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into ocean conservation. As such, our work is rooted in and guided by equity, social justice, and intersectionality. All of our staff thus far is either an immigrant or first-generation, which contributes to our organizational culture and approach to ocean justice work. Since being founded in 2011, Azul has been instrumental in the California plastic bag ban, shark fin ban, and in expanding access to the state’s coasts. Currently, all of our staff are remote but we plan to establish an office in San Diego in the next year for nearby staff. For more information, check out www.azul.org.
Azul is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier. Headquartered in San Francisco, Multiplier is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (www.multiplier.org).
Azul is seeking a motivated Fellow to play an important role focused on plastics and 30x30 (an initiative to protect 30% of the ocean, and 30% of lands and freshwaters by 2030). The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn and apply important research, storytelling, advocacy, policy analysis, and science communication skills by working in close collaboration with Azul’s Coasts & Ocean, Justice, and Climate program staff. The Fellow will work alongside Azul’s program and operations staff to support existing and new state, federal, and international campaigns, projects, and events related to our work on plastic pollution and incorporating equity and environmental justice into 30x30 conservation. The Fellow will gain valuable cross-disciplinary experience and exposure to the full range of activities involved in researching, designing, implementing, and communicating environmental actions from the perspective of a small nonprofit. The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from Azul staff experienced in policy analysis, community organizing, project management, event planning, development, etc., as needed. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be closely mentored by Azul Founder and Executive Director, Marcela Gutiérrez-Graudiņš, who has been passionate and involved with the RAY Diversity Fellowship since its inception and has mentored RAY Fellows in the past. Azul is excited to work with a Fellow who is a creative problem solver, with a passion for working with communities of color and environmental justice communities to achieve conservation goals. The Fellow’s unique perspective will help the Azul team address ocean conservation and environmental justice challenges and ensure that messaging and solutions resonate with both communities of color and environmental justice communities.
The Fellow will:
- Lead on the development and implementation of 2 projects each year.
- Work with program leads to develop, track, and coordinate 30x30 and plastics policy efforts at the state, federal, and international levels.
- Work with program leads to track and respond to emerging ocean conservation and environmental justice issues.
- Help to develop communication materials, including but not limited to social media posts, infographics, fact sheets, white papers, videos, etc.
- Conduct literature reviews and research to support the development of 30x30 conservation and plastics strategic documents, workshops, and communication materials to meet program objectives.
- Attend meetings and events, sometimes with partner organizations, policymakers, or communities, in support of Azul campaigns.
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) 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 November 2022.
- A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in September 2023.
Eligible RAY Fellowship 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 September 2022 (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.
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE
- A college degree by the time of employment, with preference given to degrees and study in the following fields: communication, and environmental, marine, social, or political science.
- An interest in the fields of marine conservation and environmental justice.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Multicultural and multilingual skills appreciated.
- An eagerness to learn and knowledge of when to ask for help.
- Comfortable managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a remote setting.
- Time management skills.
- Ability to travel to San Diego, California, up to 4 times per year for team meetings and events or relocate to San Diego upon establishment of an Azul office in the area.
TERM / LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT
This is a two-year, full-time Fellowship (one year with a one-year renewal) starting on or after September 12, 2022.
This Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by Multiplier, who offers a competitive benefits package, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy, as well as training and professional development opportunities.
Annual salary: $55,000
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, two essays and one short answer response, and a letter of support.
Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than June 26, 2022. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. If you have questions please see our FAQ page, attend an informational webinar or watch a recording, and any further questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Manager, Charlie Espedido, via email at email@example.com.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
Multiplier and Azul celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and Azul are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and Azul prohibit discrimination in governance, programs, and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit-based factor. Azul 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.