Zero-Carbon Fuels Associate (U.S.)

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Clean Air Task Force

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Remote

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9 days ago

Position Title: Zero-Carbon Fuels Associate (U.S.)

Reports To: Zero-Carbon Fuels Policy Manager

Type: Full-time position

Location: Remote, flexible within the U.S.

Travel: Candidate must be willing to travel occasionally within the U.S. and internationally

ABOUT CATF

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. This is accomplished through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. CATF is highly respected for its deep expertise and research on energy and industrial systems and potential strategies, technologies, and policies that can radically shrink their impact on the planet's atmosphere. Our team of 100+ experts and advocates (and global network of subject matter experts and civil society partners) turns this research and knowledge into action by designing and enacting public policies that drive toward zero emissions. We also support policies and work directly with private industry to innovate in technology to make the path to zero emissions swift and affordable. CATF is headquartered in Boston, with staff working virtually around the U.S. and elsewhere.

CATF's Zero-Carbon Fuels program aims to accelerate the development and deployment of zero-carbon fuels, namely hydrogen and ammonia, to reduce emissions in time to achieve the Paris Agreement's mid-century climate goals. These fuels have the potential to reduce costs for decarbonizing hard-to-electrify sectors and could unlock additional opportunities for future decarbonization across the wider global energy system. CATF has identified six sectors that are especially challenging to decarbonize, and for which zero-carbon fuels could be particularly advantageous: marine shipping, heavy-duty long-haul trucking, ironmaking, high-temperature industrial process heating, aviation, and long-duration energy storage. CATF is executing on its comprehensive, multi-faceted approach for zero-carbon fuels within each of these sectors with rigorous analysis, public policy design, public education and advocacy, identification of needed innovation initiatives, and promotion of demonstration projects such as hydrogen hubs.

ROLE

This new position will support the review, analysis, development, and advocacy of policies and programs to expand the role of zero-carbon fuels in the decarbonization of transportation, industrial, and power sectors. The Associate will be mainly focused on the federal level in the United States but will also support relevant policy activities at the regional- and state-level. This position will also work with the rest of the global Zero-Carbon Fuels team to ensure that evolving technical and commercial aspects of zero-carbon fuels are considered in relevant climate and net-zero emissions policies.

The Associate will report to the Zero-Carbon Fuels Policy Manager in the U.S., and this person will work closely with CATF's global Zero-Carbon Fuels team, Transportation Decarbonization team, Federal and State Policy teams in the U.S., communications staff, and other relevant experts to help develop and execute public policy strategies in support of CATF's program goals and objectives.

Key Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Help track and report on key policy and private-sector efforts to deploy zero-carbon fuels in the U.S.
  • Support Zero-Carbon Fuels program staff on research projects related to program priorities as needed, for example on hydrogen production costs, greenhouse gas intensity of hydrogen, or feasibility for end-use sectors of hydrogen
  • Support CATF's engagement with U.S. federal and state policymakers and their staff to build support for CATF's zero-carbon fuels policy agenda, including helping to review and analyze draft policies, drafting briefing documents for internal CATF staff or external stakeholders, drafting blog posts, and helping to plan education efforts for policymakers and the public on the climate benefits of zero-carbon fuels
  • Support CATF's involvement in formal and informal coalitions with industry, other non-profit organizations, and government
  • Track ongoing implementation efforts of hydrogen hubs across the country and at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Support the Zero-Carbon Fuels and Communications teams in planning for proactive announcements and reactive statements to relevant news, drafting or editing comment letters, fact sheets, and other material for advocacy meetings, and providing input on press releases, blogs, and other written material for distribution to news media and/or posting on CATF's website
  • Participate in Zero-Carbon Fuels team and cross-cutting CATF program meetings
  • Collaborate with the team on logistics for team events, webinars, and meetings

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in climate change or energy topics and passion for CATF's mission
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of 1 year of work experience, preferably working on relevant issues of climate and energy policy; 2-4 years preferred
  • Responsible and dependable as a member of a small team, with consistent follow-through and a commitment to high-quality work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative thinking skills and ability to think outside the box
  • Strong time management skills and attention to detail
  • Comfort with basic quantitative and qualitative analysis, and ability to support both technical and policy work
  • Ability to synthesize detailed and complex information into digestible reports, blogs, fact sheets, and other communications tools
  • Working knowledge of zero-carbon fuels (hydrogen and ammonia) as part of the climate toolbox a plus
  • Capable of working and collaborating in a virtual office environment with a fully virtual team; willingness to travel

Compensation and Location:

This is a full-time position. CATF offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The location for this position is flexible within the U.S.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit a resume, cover letter referencing the position title, and contact information for two to three professional and/or academic references.

CATF provides equal employment opportunities.