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YCEJ/CBEY Energy Justice Associate

Who can apply?

Yale graduate (matriculated) students only. This position is not open to undergraduate students or alums.



General FDCE Program Information

As part of a pilot program for Yale, CBEY launched a certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy (FDCE) in July 2019. The first two cohorts of working professionals from across the clean energy sector graduated in May 2020 and 2021. 160 participants in the FDCE ’22 cohort will join their ranks at the start of this year’s academic program in July. A few participant spotlights are available here for more information.

This program trains working professionals and develops their skills in four key areas of the clean energy sector through four core online courses:

  • Clean Energy Policy, led by Rob Klee and Dan Esty;
  • Technology Transitions, led by Narasimha Rao, Michael Oristaglio, and Ronald Smith;
  • Renewable Energy Project Finance, led by Dan Gross; and
  • Innovation, led by Richard Kauffman.

As the second year of delivery of the FDCE program is drawing to a close, CBEY and the Yale Center for Environmental Justice (YCEJ) are collaborating on the creation of additional online courses on energy justice and clean energy development. The Energy Justice Course will be led by Gerald Torres.

This position will support the development and production of case studies on energy justice for the online course, likely based both on interviews and documentary (desktop) research, and with a specific focus on clean energy deployment and financing. In addition, this position will support the delivery of an energy justice speaker series for the upcoming academic year.

This position is expected to promote collaborative approaches to support the development of an on-campus course on energy justice as necessary.

This is for you if:
  • You are passionate about the clean energy transition, energy and environmental justice, or climate change mitigation;
  • You enjoy synthesizing large amounts of information into digestible bites and pay attention to detail;
  • You are an excellent writer and professional communicator and you believe in the power of writing to organize your thoughts;
  • You are proactive and interested in learning and experimentation;
  • You are familiar with online tools and if not, you can pick up new skills quickly and are interested in doing so;
  • You can work independently, and handle project management efficiently;
  • You are confident and respectful in your interaction with stakeholders, from students, staff, faculty, external vendors, and experts across functions;
  • You follow through and can adjust your course of action based on feedback;
  • You like other humans and it shows!
  • Extra points if you're already familiar with energy policymaking processes and the basics of project finance!
Principal Responsibilities

The Energy Justice Associate’s principal responsibilities are listed below.

  • Case Study Development
    • Collaborate with faculty and YCEJ/CBEY staff to determine research topic priorities and format of content delivery;
    • Based on the existing course outline, preliminary research done by various groups within the University, and with other YSE staff/faculty input, select final list of case study topics to develop for approval by YCEJ/CBEY staff and faculty;
    • Based on faculty preference and with input from CBEY’s online delivery manager, develop a case study template (length, style, format, etc.);
    • Depending on the type of case studies and availability of data and/or experts, either create or compile written case studies, including multimedia assets where helpful and possible. Among other things, this includes:
      • Defining the case study scope;
      • Performing initial research, community/expert outreach, and interviews;
      • Recording and editing material;
      • Writing (and sourcing);
      • Web publishing;
    • Time permitting, propose assignments and develop discussion question language. In the context of a Yale online course, “discussion questions” are questions meant to feed an online forum discussion and that appear either (i) before a short recorded lecture if on a theoretical topic, to prompt learners to back into theory, or (ii) a question appearing after a lecture and attempting to deepen the learners’ engagement with the lecture content by applying it to a practical context;
  • Outreach and Speaker Series
    • Contribute to the existing list of experts in energy justice and determine, working in close collaboration with YCEJ faculty and staff, eSIG leaders, and based on their availability and interest other YSE faculty with an interest in energy justice curriculum development;
    • Perform outreach activities and organize the logistics and communications of a speaker series, focusing on speakers whose voices and research we would like to amplify in the online energy justice course, and marrying both academic approaches that contribute to the discovery of knowledge and applied engagement frameworks used by the energy justice community;
    • Other tasks as assigned by YCEJ/CBEY staff;
  • Yale Clean Energy Conference Support
    • As assigned by CBEY staff, support the development of Yale's inaugural clean energy conference in the spring of 2022 as it relates to energy justice, and support all aspects of the delivery of this (prospectively) three-day conference.
Location/Time Zone

Remote or in New Haven, CT.

Applicants need to be able to work and meet with CBEY's remote and residential team on New Haven time on a weekly basis.

Required Equipment

You will need your own computer (standard laptop or desktop with a webcam) and your own internet access with sufficient bandwidth to stream video lectures and handle Zoom videoconferencing for meetings. A professional microphone may have to be borrowed from YSE IT for remote interviews.