Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • - Climate Innovation
  • DC, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Industrial Associate Fellow

Position Status: New Position

About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES): C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forge ambitious and practical solutions to climate change. Our mission is to secure and safe and stable climate by accelerating the transition to a thriving, just and resilient low-carbon economy. What sets C2ES apart is our combination of policy and analytical expertise, longstanding relationships with leading businesses, and reputation as a trusted convener.  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. We believe ambitious and effective climate policy is essential to a prosperous, sustainable, and equitable economy. As an organization, we are collaborative, unconstrained by silos, focused on where we can have greatest impact, and excited about growing our scale and reach while maintaining our nimbleness and entrepreneurial culture.

Position Summary: This non-supervisory, matrixed role will leverage broad climate and energy knowledge across multiple projects, supervised by the Director of Energy Analysis.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Research and analyze state, federal, and international climate and energy policy issues, with a primary focus on industrial decarbonization;
  • Distill and communicate relevant insights for policy (i.e., policymaking and policy explanation), identifying key questions for businesses, policymakers, and other senior decision-makers;
  • Represent C2ES within the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), a coalition of companies working to accelerate renewable solutions to thermal energy demand, especially on the RTC's policy engagement and advocacy;
  • Responsible for integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) matters into all aspects of RTC program work. This may include liaising with other DEIJ groups and/or the RTC DEIJ Advisory Council.
  • Establish and maintain relations with representatives of governments, institutions, companies, and other stakeholders, particularly congressional offices and federal agencies;
  • Work closely with C2ES's Business Environmental Leadership Council and other business and stakeholder representatives;
  • Organize workshops, briefings and other events engaging policymakers, experts, companies and other stakeholders;
  • Represent C2ES in other coalitions, at industry working group meetings, and conferences;
  • Consistently deliver high-quality, well-written work products (e.g., quantitative 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 across the Center on research and policy analysis, communications, organizing events, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years' relevant work experience;
  • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, policy, politics, law, economics, finance, environmental law, energy resources, or related field.
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of climate and energy policies at the state and federal levels, ideally including industrial decarbonization challenges.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with policies and actions (e.g., industrial emission abatement technologies) related to industrial emissions and energy-intensive industries (e.g., chemicals, cement, steel, food and beverage); familiarity with low-to-medium-temperature industries is a plus.
  • Able to present (e.g., oral and written) technical material to non-technical audiences;
  • Interdisciplinary understanding of climate/technology/energy issues (science, technology, economics, business, law and policy);
  • Familiarity with basic principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis;
  • 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;
  • Flexibility, willingness to pitch in at all levels, and a team player;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently, as needed; 
  • Commitment to, knowledge of, or experience in advancing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental/climate justice.

Travel, Time & Location Requirements: Position is based in the Washington, DC, area. Staff are expected to work from the Clarendon (Arlington) office in person at least three days per week. Some travel may be required. Most work occurs between the hours of 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Monday through Friday EST, however applicant must be able to work varying hours based on business needs.

Status: Full-time, 2-year contract with potential for permanent posting (based on performance and available funding), benefits eligible.

Benefits Offered: 

  • Health Insurance. C2ES covers 75% of the health insurance premiums.  
  • Dental Insurance. C2ES covers 100% of the total cost dental plan.
  • Vision Insurance: Employee covers the total cost of this plan.
  • LTD. 
  • FSA.
  • Group Life insurance and Voluntary Life insurance.
  • Leave Time: New employees start with 3 weeks' vacation per year.
  • Sick time: up to 10 days per year.
  • Personal Leave: Up to Two personal leave days.
  • 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.
  • Flexible environment.

We also are fully committed to promoting diversity, equityinclusion, 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:

** To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of your choice (authored alone). We realize this requires an investment of your time and we appreciate your help in determining if we're a strong fit for one another.

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