RAY Clean Energy Fellowship

Energy Trust of Oregon & RAY Diversity Fellowship
Organization Summary


Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in Clean Energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Clean Energy Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate Clean Energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the Clean Energy sector—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.



Energy Trust of Oregon helps customers and communities reduce costs and realize additional benefits by saving energy and using renewable resources.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy development. We serve the Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, Avista, and SW Washington customers of NW Natural. Year over year, Energy Trust is recognized as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.

Energy Trust is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a culturally attentive organization by reaching out to diverse candidates who will contribute a range of perspectives, experiences, skills and ideas to how we work, our programs and our services to best serve, reach and reflect the rich diversity of the customers we serve.

Energy Trust Values:

  • We listen. Everyone brings value and every idea brings opportunity. We need all perspectives to innovate and succeed.
  • We care about each other. Our teammates support and inspire. Together we’ll build a better future.
  • We make a difference. Our work is important to people and the planet.
  • We are curious. Asking questions and learning from experiences are key to our success.
  • We work hard to find solutions. We take action to remove barriers and advance new approaches.
  • We are transparent. Everyone benefits when we explain our work and report our results. Transparency builds trust

The RAY Fellow will work primarily with the Program teams, which implements the services provided by Energy Trust of Oregon to support communities, homeowners, renters, and business owners invest renewable energy and energy efficiency through an incentive-based structure.

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$55,000 USD


Full-time, 40 hours a week

Primary Duties


This position provides support across the Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Renewable energy program teams in the delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. Duties include managing ad hoc projects, tracking program efforts, and reviewing documentation and providing feedback on deliverables. Sometime will be spent on supporting outreach efforts, including engaging in partnership-building and researching specific customer perspectives.



  • Track and manage internal projects as assigned, including managing progress toward goal, providing progress updates and keeping program managers informed on budget impacts.
  • Research, develop and share out process documentation, including gaining consensus on processes and workflows.
  • Coordinate cross-program communications and work to develop procedures and alignment with program operations
  • Coordinate document and information sharing among the program teams using the organization’s SharePoint platform
  • Support marketing efforts to engage in research to learn about different customer segments
  • Conduct outreach to and build partnerships with community organizations
  • Document and share out organizational standards and processes for use by programs and contractors
  • Work across the organization to help support program objectives and cross-functional projects
  • Support Program Managers and Program staff by providing information, direction and feedback to help them in their daily work



In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

  • Actively communicating and building community with their RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
  • Attending monthly check-ins calls (including 1-on-1 check-ins with RAY program staff and group calls with their RAY Fellow cohort).
  • Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
  • Attending monthly professional development webinars, trainings, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
  • Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their Fellowship experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

  • A 3-day Orientation Retreat in August 2021.
  • A 3-day Leadership Retreat in February 2022.
  • At least one other in-person training or workshop with their RAY Fellow cohort.


Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

  • Come from a racial / ethnic background underrepresented in Clean Energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be less than 1 years out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2021 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
  • Have not had a full-time job in Clean Energy.
  • Are authorized to work lawfully in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.
How to Apply


  • To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:
  • Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/apply.
  • Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a curriculum vitae or a resume, one essay, one visioning piece, short answer responses, and a letter of support.
  • Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than March 26, 2021. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. Questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Coordinator, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.
  • Energy Trust of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Energy Trust of Oregon is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

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