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Innovation 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: The Innovation Fellow will serve as C2ES's expert on policies designed to promote clean energy technology and deployment, and will act as the staff lead in convening working groups around a set of four critical path technologies.The Fellow will report to the Director for U.S. Policy and Outreach, and will work closely with the Director of Energy Analysisand the Vice President for Business Engagement and her team. 
Major responsibilities:  
  • Serve as staff expert on innovation- and technology-related policy topics; 
  • Act as staff lead inthe programmatic development and convening of working groups around critical-path technologies, including direct air capture, hydrogen, long duration energy storage, and sustainable aviation fuels; 
  • Conduct research and analysis on policies supporting the full lifecycle of technology innovation and deployment (e.g., federal funding for research, development, and demonstration; tax credits; purchase subsidies; trade-related policies, etc.); 
  • Produce policy briefs, blog posts and other topical web content, and other written material related to technology policy; 
  • Work with experts from across the organization, companies and other partners to develop recommendations to accelerate the deployment of critical-path clean energy technologies as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating economic and other community benefits; 
  • Contribute a technology policy perspective and relevant expertise toC2ESresearch and analysis of related topics in climate and clean energy policy, including regional economic opportunities, climate and trade, and others; 
  • Support C2ES's engagement in the federal appropriations process, including engagement with congressional offices and submission of appropriations requests; 
  • Raise C2ES's external visibility and thought leadership on technology policy, including by representing C2ES at external workshops, conferences, and other forums; 
  • Cultivate a network of, and expand the organization's contacts with,relevant experts and researchers in academia, research institutions, and other NGOs; and 
  • Contribute other research and analytical support as needed; 
  • Top-notch writing, editing, research, and analytic skills. 
  • Interdisciplinary understanding of the climate change and clean energy issues (e.g., technology, policy, economics, etc.). 
  • At least three years of experience working on innovation, climate, and energy policy, with a strong interest in critical path technologies. 
  • Familiarity with federal agency budgets and the appropriations process. 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and experience in stakeholder engagement 
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to work both independently and with guidance. 
  • Team player who will contribute actively to the organization and engage with others. 
  • Master's degree (or equivalent experience) in government, economics, environmental or energy policy, political science, or other related subject. 
  • Willingness to pitch in at all levels. 
**Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of your choice. 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. 
Employment Status: Full-time, benefits-eligible; exempt from overtime. 
Benefits Offered:  
  • Health Insurance. C2ES covers 75% of the health insurance premiums.  
  • Dental Insurance. C2ES covers 100% of the dental premiums. 
  • 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. 
Reporting to: Director for U.S. Policy and Outreach 
Location: C2ES operates a hybrid work environmentfrom our main office in Arlington, Virginia. Preference will be given to applicants in the Washington, DC area. We will, however, also consider remote applicants for this position.  
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: