RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Climate Aligned Industries

POSITION TITLE: RAY Fellow
DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Climate Aligned Industries
REPORTS TO: Patrick Molloy, Manager
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time
LOCATION: This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that you will co-locate with the team in Europe (Stockholm, London or Amsterdam), any of the US offices (Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado, Houston, TX), India (New Delhi) or China (Beijing).

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 RMI- Climate Aligned Industry Program

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market- driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

The Climate Aligned Industry Program at RMI is focused on decarbonizing the harder-to-abate sectors, implementing market mechanisms and supporting policy implementation to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. The Green Hydrogen Catapult is a business coalition that is comprised of ten member organizations convened with the support of the High-Level Climate Champions and coordinated by RMI. It brings together the world’s biggest green hydrogen project developers to drive down the production cost of green hydrogen. Our Target is to Deploy 80 GW of new renewables-powered electrolyzers, of which Catapult members have already committed 45 GW by 2027 to catalyze market growth, making possible a future where green hydrogen is produced well below $2/kg.

Our mission is to shape green H2 (and its derivatives) markets and flagship projects by providing thought leadership, convening GH2 champions and collaborating with key stakeholders at corporate level, within specific sectors and in places. Acting now is critical to meet our global climate targets. Scaling Gigawatts requires a whole system approach that requires multi-stakeholder inclusion, catalyzing demand, building infrastructure, and the GHC is helping to lead the way.

POSITION SUMMARY

RMI is looking for an Associate level candidate to join our Climate Aligned Industries program, with a focus scaling Green Hydrogen through the Green Hydrogen Catapult initiative.

We look for aptitude at solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results, and a passion for making the world better. The successful candidate will act as an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff.

This particular workstream aims to translate corporate net-zero commitments into projects, through engagement with the committed companies, to scale new green hydrogen hubs. Regional hub selection will build on previous analytical efforts and leverage regional and sectoral workstreams and partners.

Potential Areas of Focus:

  1. Demand fact base for engagement with corporates based on their commitments
    1. a) Translate commitments and emerging demand policy to implied hydrogen demand
  2. Map real green hydrogen and electrolytic production based project announcements

  3. Develop a series of round-tables for suggested hydrogen hubs, engaging with the companies where establishing hydrogen supply is imminently critical to delivering on the commitments made to decarbonize their business.

In the day-to-day, this will take the form of analytical research into application of hydrogen for our three priority sectors (steel, shipping and fertilizer), understanding the economic and emissions incentives in relation scaling green hydrogen, as well as supporting the team prepare for in conversation/ facilitation with stakeholders. You will also collaborate with other programs within RMI (e.g., sector teams in the Climate Aligned Industries program, Carbon-Free Electricity, Regional Programs, Climate Intelligence) given the cross-cutting application of hydrogen.

We invite candidates with a variety of skillsets, educational and work backgrounds!

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and create approaches and quantitative models (technoeconomic) to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
  • Locate and manage high quality data that sheds new light on problems and solutions.
  • Create creative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Engage with external experts via interviews, conferences, and respond to outreach requests.

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

▪  An undergraduate bachelor's degree in an applicable field such as engineering, environmental or physical sciences.

▪  Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models.

▪  Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows).

▪  Understanding of fundamentals of thermodynamics and general chemicals

processes desired

▪  Familiarity with energy systems, basics of climate science and decarbonization

challenges for heavy industry.

▪  Prior experience with industrial processes of hydrogen or chemicals manufacturing

or other energy / gas process or commodity markets

▪  Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or

facilitating challenging conversations.

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 RMI, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities.

Compensation:

The salary is $55,000/year with a 5% bonus target.

Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package adjusted to regional norms, including (for US employment):

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 403b retirement options (5% match immediately)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)
  • Generous paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Commuter and wellness benefits
  • Casual work environment

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, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.

RMI 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. RMI 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.

Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.
  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.