RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP)

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

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy                                                       


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: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • 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 Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), a project based at ACEEE, organizes and leads a broad-based advocacy coalition effort that works to advance, win, and defend new appliance, equipment, and lighting standards that cut emissions that contribute to climate change and other environmental and public health harms, save water, and reduce economic and environmental burdens for low- and moderate-income households.

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 RAY research fellow will conduct research and analysis to support ASAP’s federal and state policy work. The research will enhance advocacy efforts to establish or increase the minimum efficiency levels of appliances, equipment, lighting, and water-using products with a particular focus on the most politically challenging standards. This is a great opportunity to join a collaborative team working on a policy with proven real-world impacts. Appliance standards improve the efficiency of a wide variety of products while cutting carbon emissions and reducing energy costs, helping to lessen the energy burden of low- and moderate-income and historically marginalized communities.

We are looking for a candidate who is excited by the mission of our organization, eager for advocacy and research opportunities on a variety of technical, energy, political and economic topics, and who is interested in pathways for advancement.


Essential Functions/Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Research select products, their markets and use, and potential political barriers to the adoption of stronger standards.
  • Support analysis of the equity implications and economic, energy, and environmental effects of federal and state standards with a particular focus on advancing our political advocacy campaigns.
  • Specific Responsibilities of the Job
  • Perform assigned research activities such as investigating manufacturer and utility industry attitudes about and interests in improved efficiency for targeted products.
  • Conduct literature searches and gather data and information from such sources as corporate financial filings (e.g., SEC 10-K forms), corporate sustainability reports and publicly available papers and articles.
  • Summarize and document research findings and contribute to technical comments.
  • Review and summarize comments filed in regulatory proceedings.
  • Participate in coalition advocacy calls and DOE public meetings in collaboration with ASAP technical advocacy leads.
  • Assist with research on potential new standards for state or federal consideration.
  • Provide support for ASAP meetings including scheduling and notetaking and other logistics.
  • Contribute to the development of outreach materials such as fact sheets and content for the ASAP newsletter.
  • Contribute to updating content on the ASAP website.
  • Track appliance standards rulemakings.


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 or engineering
  • An interest in the field of clean energy
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks independently and ask for guidance when needed
  • Coursework or experience in environmental science, energy efficiency, economics, or public policy a plus
  • Passion for advocacy, social and environmental justice, and environmental issues 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 ACEEE, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range 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.