Clean Energy Group (CEG), a leading national, nonprofit advocacy organization working in the areas of clean energy policy and finance, seeks a Program Associate for its Resilient Power Fellowship, a unique opportunity for gaining hands-on experience with developing policies and projects involving battery storage and solar PV technologies benefiting low-income communities and communities of color. This individual will work on state and community energy policy, programs, and projects in support of CEG's Resilient Power Project and Energy Storage Policy Project, but may also work on other topics.
Availability: This is a two-year, full-time position, with responsibilities commencing immediately upon selection of the most qualified candidate.
Description of Position:
The Program Associate will report to the Vice President and carry out program-related tasks for CEG's projects and programs. The Associate will devote considerable attention to policies concerning energy assurance/resilient power, energy equity/environmental justice, clean distributed electricity generation and energy storage at the state, municipal, and national levels. The Associate will also provide technical assistance to external stakeholders and partners for capacity-building initiatives around resilient power technologies and energy storage policies.
Develop relationships with, and participation in, regional and/or national networks of organizations concerned with clean energy and sustainable development, environment justice, and disaster preparedness/planning at the state and community level.
Assist CEG's Technical Assistance Fund grant recipients to use their resources effectively and efficiently to design and build resilient solar-plus-storage projects.
Assist CEG's Resilient Power Leadership Initiative's community-based grant recipients to use their resources effectively and efficiently to promote and support solar-plus-storage development in their community and to advocate for energy storage policies and programs.
Facilitate development and implementation of various activities in support of the Resilient Power Project, including program implementation, providing technical assistance, and assisting with data/reporting requirements.
Identify, track, evaluate and promote installed solar+storage projects and best practices involving resilient power/energy assurance and energy equity for disadvantaged communities.
Develop case studies, identify successes and lessons learned, facilitate peer-to-peer state and community communication, and use successful projects and programs to create templates for new projects and programs to be replicated in other states and communities.
Contribute to CEG's communications strategy by preparing written materials and social media such as white papers, case studies, newsletters, web pages, blogs, press releases, webinars, handbooks, and toolkits.
Communicate effectively with other Resilient Power Project and Energy Storage Policy team members to accomplish the deliverables that overlap community, state, federal, low-income communities, financial program and communications areas.
Candidates should be self-starters, have a versatile skillset, and be willing to learn quickly and execute efficiently. The ability to work independently, with strong attention to detail is mandatory.
Have a deep interest and possible experience in environmental justice issues, and the intersection of equity and energy in disadvantaged communities.
Must be out-going and display a high degree of professionalism with the ability to continuously prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure and within tight deadlines.
Project management, technical support, understanding of finance, environmental justice, or marketing knowledge preferred.
Excellent communication and writing skills.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Proficiency in MS Office programs with advanced Excel skills preferred.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in relevant field required; Master's degree preferred.
3-5 years related work experience, such as program or project coordination, working with state and local officials on clean energy or environmental issues or policies, or experience in the solar energy industry and/or energy storage industry.
Ideally, candidates will have some experience with clean energy and energy storage technologies and/or markets.
Multi-lingual or multi-cultural experience in diverse locations, a plus.
Experience in energy regulatory environment, a plus
Competitive compensation based on experience, with eligibility for CEG's employment benefits, including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, and 403(b) match.