RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow/Coalition and Advocacy Coordinator

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow, Coalition and Advocacy Coordinator  

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Policy                                 

REPORTS TO: Susannah Hatch, Clean Energy Coalition Director

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                   

LOCATION: Boston, MA             

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 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS (ELM)

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is committed to advocating for policy in Massachusetts that meet the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges.  Read our purpose, mission, vision, and values for ELM.

The RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow will work within ELM’s Policy Team, which drives the policy priorities of the organization. The RAY Fellow will also work in close collaboration with ELM Communications staff, and will be integrated into and supported by the ELM Action Fund’s cohort of Campaign and Advocacy Fellows. The cohort consists of fellows with various backgrounds, skills, and experience. The supervisor of the cohort gathers fellows from the different teams together to join weekly check-ins, discuss the parameters of their current role, and the trajectory of the projects that fellows are working on. Through these connections, fellows can learn about work across the organization, including policy advocacy as well as the political work at the ELM Action Fund. The cohort also gets together for social gatherings to get to know each other and share their future goals.

ELM Fellows have ongoing structured opportunities for connection and mentorship by full-time ELM staff. ELM encourages all existing staff to individually have lunch or coffee with any new member of the staff and incoming fellows. ELM Fellows are also supported with professional development and networking opportunities. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend events and meetings that are of interest to them.

POSITION SUMMARY

The RAY Clean Energy Fellow would support ELM’s offshore wind campaign, New England for Offshore Wind (NE4OSW), as well as other key policy areas including our environmental justice priorities. They would manage or provide assistance with the following:

  • Social Media & Communications
  • Partner Outreach, Engagement & Coordination
  • Policy initiatives and advocacy
  • Administrative Tasks

For the ideal candidate, the role would grow over time to include more coalition coordination and management, as well as ownership over coalition communications tasks. Due to the dynamic nature of ELM’s advocacy work, the RAY Fellow may be called on to assist with additional projects or events.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Social Media & Communications
  • Create content for NE4OSW Twitter account
  • Track & synthesize clean energy news
  • Coordinate content with partner organizations
  • Update website content
  • Partner Outreach, Engagement & Coordination
  • Onboard new Coalition partners
  • Engage new members, coordinate outreach to member organizations
  • Contribute to Coalition Newsletter
  • Provide event support for lawmaker education days, offshore wind tours, field trips, etc.
  • Support Policy Advocacy
  • Coordinate communications and actions with partners and ELM staff
  • Prepare materials to support policy advocacy
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Note taking for coalition meetings

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.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

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.

SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE

  • A college degree by the time of employment
  • An interest in the field of climate/clean energy
  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • An eagerness to learn
  • A keen attention to detail, organization skills
  • Social media account management is a plus.

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.

COMPENSATION

The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by the Barr Foundation. ELM offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Compensation: $45-$50k, depending on experience. Experience includes volunteer experience and undergraduate experience.

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 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, Maria Johnson, via email at mariaj@elpnet.org.

ELM 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. ELM 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.