Clean Energy Fellow

Job description

Third Way is a national think tank that develops and champions modern, center-left ideas.

Third Way’s Clean Energy Program is seeking a fellow to join a dynamic team engaged in an ambitious, multi-year effort to help mitigate climate change by supporting the development of advanced nuclear technology and the decarbonization of fossil fuels. We are committed to creating pragmatic policies that can get implemented in the United States and challenging political orthodoxies, and we are best suited to solving the climate challenge and meeting our energy needs.


This position will be filled by a hard-working and entrepreneurial individual who is interested in applying a background in science or engineering to creating federal energy policy. Fear not, we’ll bring the fellow up to speed on politics and how to create policy in Washington.


The Fellow will report to the Deputy Director of Clean Energy.


Fellowship Info

The Third Way Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $50,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits. It also comes with the chance to meet with top Washington policy players; to co-author papers and work with our policy teams to produce new ideas, research, and insights; to learn our methodology; and to leverage our wide-ranging D.C. network into future career opportunities.


During your time at Third Way, you will learn skills in workflow management, leveraging polarities, meeting facilitation and participation, parallel thinking, dynamic presentation and communication, creativity, design thinking, networking, and interview skills.


Upon completion, our fellows find fulfilling work at other think tanks, congressional committees, private-sector firms, advocacy organizations, and the federal government. They take full advantage of Third Way’s ever-growing network of public policy professionals. If you are a future-oriented thinker and a policy wonk willing to listen and learn, we’d like you to join us.


Requirements/Skills

The ideal candidate has:

  • An interest in moderate politics and commitment to Third Way’s mission;
  • An advanced degree (master’s or law) in a related field;
  • The ability to take initiative on individual projects, but willingness to work collaboratively on a team;
  • Strong research and technical skills, with a talent for knowing and telling the story a dataset demands;
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and the ability to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to policymakers;
  • Diplomacy and discretion when dealing with external groups.

Duties

  • Conducting in-depth research and quantitative analysis of a variety of sources, including online databases, media, and reports from the government, NGOs, and academia;
  • Developing original legislation and producing high-impact written products by distilling complex issues, often under tight deadlines, into succinct and accessible formats, including policy briefings, memos, and presentations;
  • Organizing and participating in high-level external meetings, briefings on Capitol Hill, professional networking events, and other activities to promote Third Way policies;
  • Presenting our research and policy ideas to Hill staff, advocates, think tanks, and academics both through individual and coalition meetings and in other events around D.C.; and
  • Supporting other members of the team with research and minor administrative tasks as needed.

Compensation

$50,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.


Interested?

Apply for the position by March 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline.

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree with a quantitative focus, preferably in a field of engineering, the hard sciences, or climate policy. While this position requires strong technical abilities, Third Way’s success relies on our ability to build relationships and communicate our message. Therefore, the Clean Energy Fellow must be able to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the general public.


To engage and excite an audience, the Fellow will need to convey personality in their written and verbal communication – even when dealing with dense, data-heavy topics. Policy is all about solving problems, something that the ideal candidate enjoys and is good at. Creativity is a valuable skill at all stages of policy development, so the Clean Energy Fellow must have the ability to identify and pursue opportunities that might not be visible to the average Joe. Finally, fellows must have a deep commitment to clean energy and to Third Way’s mission of representing Americans in the “vital center.”