Energy Justice Fellow | 2 Year Position
Organization: Ohio Environmental Council
Job Responsibilities & Performance Expectations
As the Energy Justice Fellow, you will be a member of the OEC’s Energy Team, housed within the Advocacy Center, working to advance the organization’s mission to secure healthy air, land, water, and a strong democracy for all who call Ohio home. This position is an opportunity to keenly develop skills as an energy policy advocate for the betterment of the Buckeye State and to gain an understanding of the entire energy team program from grants management to grassroots organizing and policy development. At the conclusion of the program, you will have the skills and experience to join any team searching for an effective teammate in a policy advocacy role, and have developed a unique understanding of what it takes to run an advocacy program from the inside out. Additionally, you will work closely with OEC Leadership, OEC staff, and our Board of Directors around our racial justice and equity goals, participate in the OEC energy team’s administrative, fundraising, communications, and organizing work to gain a holistic understanding of one of OEC’s policy areas and what it takes to achieve the Energy Team’s strategic plan goals.
The Fellow’s daily responsibilities will also include:
- Coordinating grants reporting and tracking for the energy program
- Tracking daily finance needs and strategic plan metrics of energy program
- Providing general administrative support for energy program, as needed
- Serving as lead on equity for all energy coalitions and research projects to ensure the coordination between various external and internal efforts to build a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive movement
- Coordinating the execution of strategic partnerships, including campaign, communication, and relationship development strategies
- Manage consultants producing research reports related to local cities transition away from carbon pollution
- Supports and sometime leads energy events
- Reaching out to, and collaborating with, partner organizations
- Contributing to OEC’s efforts to integrate racial justice and equity into the energy team’s work to ensure a more inclusive environmental movement in Ohio.
- Performing other related duties as required and assigned.
- Required Work Experience: This is an entry-level position.
- Additional Skills: Well-organized; hard-working; thorough & detail-oriented; demonstrate the ability to answer research questions efficiently and with precision; understand how to work independently and in a team; and manage multiple projects at once while delivering quality results. Possess the initiative and skills required to become a policy expert and representative of the organization.
- Required Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Furthermore, we’re looking for candidates with strong listening skills and an ability to handle interpersonal relationships with grace and empathy.
- Preferred qualifications: You have an interest in environmental issues and social justice. Nonprofit advocacy experience is a plus. Experience in a fast-paced campaign environment is a plus.
Compensation and benefits:
Pay for this full-time, temporary position is $36,774 annually. We have an excellent benefits package which include employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; and employer-matched retirement fund.
This is a Columbus-based position working in our Columbus office. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff are working remotely and will be expected to work from the office and resume in-person meetings and travel when it is safe to do so. You will report to the Vice President of Energy Policy and work closely with our Chief of Staff, Director of Climate Change, and Staff Attorney as well as our DEI committee.
The Fellow must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and be willing to occasionally travel throughout Ohio when travel resumes.
More about the OEC and our team:
At the Ohio Environmental Council, we work for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. We hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. For over 50 years, we have led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio. Please visit the OEC’s website to learn more about our vision, values, and work.
Our team is made up of 27 staff, 20 board members, and a number of interns and volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds, including state government, social justice and environmental organizations, law firms, and from all corners of the state. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and all religious backgrounds.
The Ohio Environmental Council is committed to working toward a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environmental movement, and seeks to hire staff and contractors that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Send a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position, your resume, and references to careers@theOEC.org with “Energy Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.