RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Industrial Team

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow / Fellow, Level 1

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Industrial Program                                                          

REPORTS TO: Director, Industrial Program

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Washington, DC (currently virtual)                        


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: the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

  • Mission. ACEEE works to transform and optimize how we use energy throughout the economy. We see energy efficiency as key to rapidly and equitably combating climate change while improving our economic well-being.
  • Core Values. ACEEE is committed to the social and economic needs of people and communities as we advance our environmental priorities. We research and promote evidence-based clean, efficient energy solutions that advance equity and health, ensure a just and inclusive clean energy transition, and encourage and empower people to make positive change through their choices. We highlight and address implications for communities that shoulder the disproportionate impacts of energy production and consumption and climate change, including low-income communities, communities of color, and environmental justice communities (i.e., those that historically suffer from environmental pollution and public health hazards).
  • The Industrial team catalyzes a transformation of the industrial footprint to reduce the risks of climate change, enhance competitiveness, improve resilience, and advance workforce capabilities
  • ACEEE’s organizational culture is team-oriented with a strong dedication to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace in an entrepreneurial environment that emphasizes professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work.


The Fellow position provides a balance of research, analysis, and program support on a broad range of issues related to energy efficiency and GHG emissions reductions in industry.  The Fellow will play a vital role in researching pathways and solutions for significantly reducing the energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry (which emits over 25% of the GHG emissions in the United States).

The Fellow has a variety of research opportunities working with a well-respected and widely recognized team of policy and industry experts and collaborating with other programs (e.g., Utility, State, and Federal policy) across a dynamic organization. In this role the Fellow will learn technical, economic, business, and policy attributes of industry, what’s needed to deliver GHG reductions to meet societal goals.  The Fellow will also learn about the collaboration and negotiation needed at the interfaces of business, government agencies, and legislation.  ACEEE’s industrial policy work also emphasizes issues of job creation, community development, environmental justice, and workforce development.


Essential Functions/Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Research topics associated with industrial program projects
  • Investigate technology advances and deployment paths to enable decarbonization
  • Explore routes to detail carbon and energy intensity in products across supply chains to support initiatives to lower energy and GHG intensity in manufacturing
  • Engage in research that aids development of policy
  • Perform research that connects industrial needs for decarbonization with policies that help lower technology adoption barriers and accelerate technology adoption and scale
  • Support outreach to states for industrial energy efficiency programs and rulemaking
  • Specific Responsibilities of the Job
  • Perform research, provide insights, and support technical assistance for the industrial program
  • As requested, and supported, aid other teams (State, Utilities, Federal, etc.) in their research, documentation or other needs
  • Track energy efficiency and carbon emissions policy developments
  • Support peer groups of utilities, industrial companies, NGOs and other convening partners to help them advance energy efficiency and carbon reductions
  • Coordinate with other ACEEE subject-matter experts
  • Provide support to industrial program staff including data collection, data entry, and meeting logistics
  • Provide input on and help implement work plans and reach milestones
  • Write/ document research findings, contribute to reports/papers/ summaries


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 in social, political, environmental, or natural sciences
  • An interest in the field of clean energy
  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • Coursework in public policy, environmental science, economics, and/or mathematics, natural sciences
  • Demonstrated passion for clean energy, environmental issues, and/or policy
  • Experience with or knowledge of energy efficiency, emissions, industry


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 ACEEE, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Salary is $45,000-$48,000.


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.

ACEEE 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. ACEEE 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.