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 a 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 Carbon Management Senior Fellow will serve as C2ES’s expert on carbon management technologies including carbon dioxide removal (CDR) with carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS), nature-based solutions, and direct air capture (DAC), and the regulations and policies necessary to bring down their cost, resulting in widespread adoption and emission reductions for the power and industrial sectors as well as direct mitigation of atmospheric carbon concentrations.
The Carbon Management Senior Fellow will bring deep expertise on carbon management technologies, policies and markets to bear in helping grow C2ES’s impact in accelerating the responsible commercialization of carbon management technologies. Additionally, the Senior Fellow will undertake original research and analysis projects, and represent C2ES in carbon management coalitions.
This non-supervisory, matrixed role will leverage extensive climate and energy knowledge and will be supervised by the Director of Energy Analysis.
Serve as an expert advisor for the C2ES Engineered Carbon Removal (ECR) Technology Working Group, which engages with a broad range of companies and other key market participants in order to accelerate the deployment of ECR technology;
Work with Director of Energy Analysis to identify and develop thought leadership opportunities for C2ES on carbon management technologies;
Distill and communicate relevant insights for policy (i.e., policymaking and policy explanation), identifying key questions for businesses, policymakers, and other senior decision-makers;
Conceive, initiate, and author high-quality, well-written work products (e.g., quantitative analyses, policy briefs, talking points, comments, white papers, blogs) for publications targeted to C2ES’s audience of policymakers, media, and the general public as well as for internal purposes;
Research, analyze, and track state, federal, and international climate and energy policy issues, with a primary focus on carbon management technologies (e.g., technologies, regulations, and policies for decarbonizing the power and industrial sector as well as existing atmospheric carbon removal);
Monitor, review, summarize, and comment on draft and final regulations (and other agency actions) related to carbon management, primarily at the federal level, but also keeping an eye on significant state and international activities;
Leverage existing network and grow relationships with counterparts at companies and other NGOs and research institutions, as well as in government, including relevant congressional offices and federal agencies;
Work closely with C2ES’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and other business and stakeholder representatives;
Organize workshops, briefings and other events engaging policymakers, experts, companies and other stakeholders;
Work closely with the Director of Energy Analysis to identify and represent C2ES in key coalitions, virtual and in-person convenings, conferences, and other high impact venues;
Manage staff and consultants as appropriate;
Collaborate across C2ES on research and policy analysis, communications, organizing events, etc.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) expectations:
Participate in monthly all-staff DEI meetings;
Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment;
Complete trainings during on-boarding and on a yearly basis.
Master’s degree in science, chemistry, engineering, policy, politics, law, economics, finance, environmental law, energy resources, or related field and 5 years of relevant work experience; or, a Bachelor’s degree with at least 8 years of relevant work experience;
Top-notch research and writing skills;
Extensive knowledge of or experience with carbon management technologies (e.g., CCUS, CDR, ECR, DAC), developments and policy at the state and federal levels;
Familiarity with other relevant policy areas (e.g., power sector policy, industrial policy, and climate and energy policies more broadly), ideally including decarbonization challenges.
Ability 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.
Starting salary range: $92,000-$110,000
**Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (i.e., you are the sole author) 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.
Health Insurance. C2ES covers 80% 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.
Long and Short Term Disability.
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.
5% C2ES contribution towards 403b retirement Plan.
Reporting to: Director of Energy Analysis
Location: C2ES operates a hybrid work environment from our main office in Arlington, Virginia. Preference will be given to applicants in (or willing to move to) the Washington, DC area, with physical presence expected in the office 2-3 days per week. 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: https://www.c2es.org/about/diversity-equity-inclusion-and-justice/