RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow/Programs

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Programs Team                                             

REPORTS TO: Wendy Gibson, Senior Program Manager

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Portland, OR                                 


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 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 with the Program teams, which implements the services provided by Energy Trust of Oregon to support communities, homeowners, renters, and business owners invest renewable energy and energy efficiency through an incentive-based structure.


This position provides support to the Existing Buildings and Renewable Energy program teams in the delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. Duties consist of designing and managing projects and offerings, ensuring cross program collaboration, and supporting outreach efforts, including engaging in community-based partnership-building and researching specific customer perspectives. Examples of specific program areas the position may include serving multifamily renters and reaching customers through midstream channels, in addition to ad hoc projects and research to serve community-based organizations.

Energy Trust is currently assessing a range of work location options to respond to the pandemic, meet business needs and provide work location flexibility for employees. At this time, we are utilizing remote, hybrid and in-office work locations. Until we have selected options that meet our long-term needs, we expect employees working remotely maintain the ability to report to our office located in the Portland Metro area at the discretion of leadership and pandemic-related public health guidance.

The RAY Fellow would be expected to report to the office minimum on a quarterly basis.

Energy Trust is a fully vaccinated workplace that includes announced that all employees and agency contractors. All staff must submit proof of vaccination status or request an exception for health or religious reasons. This requirement applies to all employees, including staff who are working from home.


  • 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 programs community engagement processes including, conducting outreach to build partnerships with community organizations
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 within a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word software applications. SharePoint is a plus


This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after September 12, 2022


The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon, which offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Salary range is $55-60k.

  • Salary commensurate with skill and experience
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Employer sponsored and paid life/disability
  • 401K with a company contribution of 6% of your salary after 90 days of employment
  • TriMet pass
  • Access to health & dependent FSA/HSA accounts
  • Generous paid vacation, holidays & sick days
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • Employee assistance program
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Great colleagues and culture


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 resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, 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 charlie@elpnet.org.

Energy Trust of Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, mental and physical disability, political affiliation, union membership, status as a parent, military or veteran status or other non-merit based factors. We will provide reasonable accommodations throughout the application, interviewing and employment process. If you require a reasonable accommodation, contact us. Energy Trust of Oregon is an E-Verify employer. This policy is applicable to all phases of the employment relationship, including hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.