Industrial Decarbonization Fellow
Washington, DC, DC
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About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES): Our mission is to secure a safe and stable climate by accelerating the transition to a thriving, just, and resilient low-carbon economy. We are widely recognized as an influential voice on climate issues, a trusted convener, and a credible source of expertise and analysis. We work closely with international climate negotiators; federal, state, and local policymakers; executives of Fortune 500 businesses; and a wide range of other stakeholders to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. 

Our organizational values: We are ambitious and practical, advancing effective solutions that push the boundaries of the achievable. We are open-minded and inclusive, seeking out and considering a wide range of voices, views, and approaches. We are people-focused, dedicated to improving human well-being and recognizing that respect and empathy are central to success. We are one team, working collaboratively, communicating openly, making ourselves accessible to each other, and treating one another with kindness and respect. 

Position Summary: The Industrial Decarbonization Fellow will play an important role in advancing C2ES’ work to accelerate policies and technologies that are essential to transitioning emissions-intensive manufacturers to a net-zero economy. Reporting to the Director of Industrial Decarbonization, the Industrial Decarbonization Fellow will research potential and emerging policy opportunities, work with stakeholders to identify opportunities to leverage policy to deploy zero-carbon technologies, and support policymaker education and advocacy efforts to leverage the voices and expertise of manufacturing companies and technology providers. This role centers on the policy engagement of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, a coalition co-led by C2ES that focuses on decarbonizing industrial heat, but may support development of other aspects of C2ES’ industrial program as it evolves. This position is for a two-year term, with the potential for a permanent posting contingent on future funding availability. 


Major Responsibilities: 

  • Represent C2ES within the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), a coalition of companies working to accelerate renewable solutions to thermal energy demand, and support the RTC’s policy engagement and advocacy; 
  • Research and analyze state, federal, and international climate and energy policy issues, with a primary focus on industrial decarbonization;  
  • Establish and maintain relationships with representatives of governments, institutions, companies, and other stakeholders to gather insights on what is needed to advance industrial decarbonization;  
  • Drawing on research and engagement with these stakeholders, educate policymakers and support related advocacy on industrial decarbonization technologies and policies to advance their implementation 
  • Organize workshops, briefings and other events on issues relating to industrial decarbonization; 
  • Represent C2ES in other coalitions, at industry working group meetings, conferences, and other events focused on industrial decarbonization; 
  • Consistently deliver high-quality, well-written work products (e.g., quantitative and qualitative analyses, policy briefs, talking points, white papers, blogs) for internal purposes and for publications targeted to C2ES' audience of policymakers, media, and the general public; 
  • Collaborate with C2ES colleagues, as well as partner organizations on research and policy analysis, communications, organizing events, etc. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) expectations: 
  • Participate in monthly all-staff DEI meetings; 
  • Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment;  
  • Complete trainings during on-boarding and on a yearly basis.  

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in related field plus four or more years of climate and energy experience or master’s degree in related field plus two or more years of climate and energy experience;   
  • Strong research and writing skills; 
  • Knowledge of climate and energy policies at the state and federal levels; some familiarity with industrial decarbonization challenges; 
  • Prior experience analyzing climate policy and communicating insights, preferably in the United States;  
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; 
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and with guidance;
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills; 
  • Commitment to, knowledge of, or experience in advancing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental/climate justice; 
  • Flexibility, willingness to pitch in at all levels, and a team player. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of key policies and abatement options related to industrial emissions and energy-intensive industries (e.g., chemicals, cement, steel, food and beverage);  
  • Experience communicating to diverse stakeholders and ability to present (e.g., oral and written) technical material to non-technical audiences; 
  • Prior experience with climate policy engagement, including working with businesses and other stakeholders to provide policy education and insights (ideally in an area relevant to industrial decarbonization); 
  • Prior experience organizing events and convenings; 
  • Interdisciplinary education and/or work experience related to climate and energy policy: science, technology, economics, business, law and policy); 
  • Understanding of state and federal climate and energy policies as well as political and legislative processes; 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize among and efficiently manage multiple assignments and meet critical deadlines; 

Status: Full-time, 2-year contract, benefits eligible; potential for permanent posting depending on future funding availability. 

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (authored alone). Please also provide references in your application with an email address as a contact. References will be contacted after communicating with the candidate.  

Travel, Time & Location Requirements: C2ES operates a hybrid work environment from our main office in Arlington, Virginia, with a move to downtown Washington, DC in September 2024.  

Preference will be given to applicants in the Washington, DC area, who would be expected to come into the office 2-3 days per week. However, C2ES will also consider remote applicants for this position; remote staff, are expected to attend periodic all-hands weeks (currently held once per quarter) as well as to be in Washington as needed for the job. Preference will be given to candidates that have the right to work in the United States. Some travel might be required. 

Benefits Offered: 

  • Health Insurance. C2ES covers 80% of the health insurance premiums. 
  • Dental Insurance. C2ES covers 100% of the dental premiums.
  • Vision Insurance: Employee covers the total cost of this plan. 
  • Long Term Disability and Short-Term Disability.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • Group Life insurance and Voluntary Life insurance.
  • Leave Time: New employees start accumulating 3 weeks' vacation per year.
  • Sick time: up to 10 days per year.
  • Personal Leave: Up to Two personal leave days per year
  • FMLA Leave: Case by case is evaluated by the Supervisor and HR.
  • Holidays: C2ES observes 12 holidays during the year. Additionally, the organization closes the last week of year.
  • 5% C2ES contribution towards 403b retirement Plan.  
  • Hybrid and flexible environment.

We also are fully committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We believe we will only be effective in developing and advocating for climate solutions if we have a diverse range of voices and perspectives represented within C2ES, in our work, and among our partners. C2ES is committed to creating and growing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and among the stakeholders we collaborate with and convene. By fostering this culture, we can enhance our work and amplify our impact. We encourage individuals of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexual identities, and abilities to apply for this position. For more on C2ES’s DEIJ policy, visit: 

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