Website World Resources Institute (WRI)

Location: Washington DC, U.S. (hybrid)

Overview:

Reporting to the Senior Manager, you will support WRI’s U.S. Energy team, which focuses on accelerating an equitable transition to clean energy. You will provide research that supports the Energy Program in expanding deployment of clean energy, accelerating electrification, and decarbonizing the electricity sector in the United States. An important element of the transition is the evolution of the electric grid and power markets to enable the clean energy transition. In addition, given unprecedented new federal investments in climate and clean energy, we are focused on effective implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to drive change.

You will provide broad research and writing support for briefs, blogs and other WRI reports and knowledge products. You will also research specific clean energy and grid solutions to support senior team members as they expand WRI’s work to create and scale innovative and equitable clean energy solutions. You will provide support to local, state, and federal decision-makers to help them navigate the energy transition and meet their clean energy goals. This will involve coordinating and facilitating stakeholder convening, trainings, and cohort programming for local government staff and other audiences. You will also contribute to and develop the content, research, and tools that underpin these events. This role is a unique opportunity to deepen and evolve your understanding of how various stakeholders are driving clean energy adoption and contribute to analysis that has a meaningful impact on the decarbonization of the power sector.

Roles/Responsibilities: 

Energy Research & Knowledge (50%):   

  • Provide up-to-date information on decarbonization solutions, the electricity sector, transmission and grid issues, and renewable energy markets as requested by the Energy team or other teams across WRI
  • Provide research support related to federal funding opportunities for equitable clean energy deployment
  • Provide research support related to state and local clean energy planning and program and project implementation
  • Lead literature reviews and qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, with senior support
  • Co-author knowledge products (e.g. reports, briefs, data products) with senior guidance and adhering to WRI’s quality guidelines
  • Support or lead development of high-quality and impactful tools and resources for cities and other audiences
  • Contribute to research for fundraising proposals
  • Review knowledge products written by other WRI researchers

Stakeholder Engagement (40%):      

  • Lead and support the execution of cohorts, convening, and trainings designed to achieve project objectives and address barriers to equitable clean energy deployment in U.S. cities
  • Coordinate recruitment, outreach, and participant management for webinars, cohorts, and stakeholder convening
  • Support projects working with local governments and communities to engage in ISO/RTO stakeholder processes and at relevant federal regulators and departments
  • Provide direct technical assistance to local governments on issues related to distributed and utility-scale solar, distributed wind, and other clean energy technologies
  • Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries

Communications & Administrative (10%):   

  • Lead or support development of communications products, for example, newsletters, webinar content and blogs
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, support hosting webinars and workshops, and other dissemination activities
  • Track and update projects in an internal workforce management platform

Qualifications: 

  • Education: You have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as environmental studies, economics, policy, sustainability, or engineering; master’s degree or other advanced degree preferred
  • Experience: You have minimum of 3 year of full-time relevant work experience
  • Experience or understanding of state and local government planning and operations, energy, electricity policy, wholesale electricity markets and transmission issues, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and utility and regulatory processes
  • Excellent research, analytical, and computer skills
  • Demonstrated writing skills with prior experience writing briefs, research products, and journal-based articles
  • Excellent data collection and management skills—e.g., through Microsoft Excel
  • Prior experience developing or using Excel-based or other analysis tools preferred
  • Preferred experience in financial and economic analysis and utility rates
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Convening skills preferred
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency required.
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 04 April 2024. We are unable to consider your application without a cover letter.

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