U.S. Energy Research Analyst

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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8 days ago

This position will be based out of the WRI US office and in a state where WRI is registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is not able to sponsor work authorization for this position.


Program Overview:


WRI’s Energy Program speeds the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future by helping to build clean energy markets and change institutions. The U.S. Energy team focuses on decarbonization of the power and transportation sectors, with a focus of working with cities, large energy buyers, and utilities. We take public commitments as a starting point and push forward policies, projects, and programs that accelerate and deliver change on the ground. The U.S. Energy Program’s work includes supporting cities with ambitious clean energy through the City Renewables Accelerator program supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and other related projects. Our team helps cities meet their renewable energy purchasing goals, develop renewables deployment strategies and support purchasing approaches that are most relevant and impactful for the circumstances of our city partners. WRI’s support includes organizing and supporting cohorts of cities working on similar purchasing strategies, developing tools and guidance documents, organizing training, and supporting peer learning events to help cities secure renewable energy to decarbonize their electricity supply. Moving forward, WRI intends to continue our technical assistance to cities and states to support innovative efforts to navigate and utilize federal funding opportunities and grants for clean energy planning, program design and project development. Additionally, our program addresses market barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles and clean energy solutions needed to transition to a low carbon electricity grid. We work with utilities to implement new programs, rates, or products to accelerate adoption of renewables and electric vehicles. We also focus on removing market and institutional barriers to clean energy deployment through projects like the PJM Cities and Communities Coalition, which seeks to enable cities to have a stronger voice on wholesale power market issues that affect clean energy. We also support WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative, working with school districts and utilities to bring the benefits of clean transportation to children across the U.S. and exploring issues like how vehicle-to-grid could support uptake of e-buses while bringing resiliency benefits to the grid. Finally, our team undertakes primary research on renewable energy and clean energy technologies to identify barriers to deployment, articulate successes, and identify policies or programs needed to accelerate clean energy adoption and achieve 100% clean energy in the power sector. This research includes barriers to solar and wind development, increasing equitable access to clean energy, pathways for expanding electric vehicle adoption, new financing mechanisms for clean energy, advanced clean energy purchasing strategies, utility planning, and evolution of storage technology. Increasingly, WRI is integrating equity and social justice concerns into all of its work supporting the clean energy transition to ensure it benefits all.

Job Summary:


As Research Assistant, you will support WRI’s domestic energy projects, with a focus on providing support to U.S. cities to help them meet their renewable energy goals and bring the benefits of clean energy to all. You will coordinate and support stakeholder convenings, trainings, and cohort programming for city staff and other audiences and also contribute to and develop the content, research, and tools that underpin these events. This is a unique opportunity to deepen and evolve your understanding of how various stakeholders are driving clean energy adoption and contribute to analysis that has a meaningful impact on the decarbonization of the power sector. You will provide broad research that supports the Energy Program in the areas of solutions for expanding deployment of clean energy, and accelerating decarbonization by the utility sector and large buyers, including cities. You will support research and writing for briefs and short background notes to support meetings; write blogs and WRI knowledge products; develop tools and resources for cities; research trade publications related to relevant clean energy solutions; and support senior team members as they expand WRI’s work to create and scale innovative and equitable clean energy solutions. This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will have the option to be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Responsibilities:


Energy Research & Knowledge (40%)
  • Provide up-to-date information on decarbonization, the electricity sector and renewable energy markets as requested by the Energy or other teams
  • Provide research support related to federal funding opportunities for equitable clean energy deployment
  • Provide research support related to state and local clean energy planning, program, and project implementation
  • Lead literature reviews and qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, with senior support Co-author knowledge products (e.g. reports, briefs, data products) with senior guidance and adhering to WRI’s quality guidelines
  • Support or lead development of high-quality and impactful tools and resources for cities and other audiences. Contribute to research for fundraising proposals
  • Review 1-2 knowledge products written by other WRI researcher per year
Stakeholder Engagement (50%)
  • Lead or support the execution of convenings and trainings designed to achieve project objectives and address barriers to equitable clean energy deployment in U.S. cities
  • Coordinate recruitment, outreach, and participant management for webinars, cohorts, and stakeholder convenings.
  • Provide research and support for and give presentations. Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries.
Communications & Administrative (10%)
  • Lead or support development of communications products, for example, newsletters, webinar content and blogs
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as environmental studies, economics, policy, sustainability, or engineering, master’s degree preferred
  • Two+ years of relevant, full-time work experience Excellent research, analytical, and computer skills
  • Experience or understanding of state and local government planning and operations, energy, electricity policy, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and utility and regulatory processes
  • Preferred experience in financial and economic analysis and utility rates
  • Excellent data collection and management skills—e.g., through Microsoft Excel or similar
  • Strong oral communications skills and coordination skills.
  • Convening skills preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills Prior experience in writing briefs and research products, ability to do interviews and journal based research preferred
  • Prior experience developing or using excel-based or other analysis tools preferred
  • US work authorization is required for this position


Potential Salary:
$53,000-$68,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us: Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


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WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.


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