Climate Policy Fellow

Invest in Louisiana, formerly the Louisiana Budget Project, is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that seeks to drive policy change that builds a more inclusive economy for all Louisianans. We work collaboratively with communities and partner organizations to inform policy debates across a wide range of areas – including state budget, revenue, social and economic issues – with an eye to reducing poverty and promoting racial equity and widespread economic prosperity that allows all citizens to reach their highest potential.

We seek a Fellow for a project focusing on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 in Louisiana. The ideal candidate will: 

  • Bring information and insights to key stakeholder groups that support equitable distribution of benefits from IRA climate programs;
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders in rural communities to build local support for a just, clean energy future;
  • Influence state policy to improve the enabling environment for equitable IRA implementation;
  • Improve the lives of Louisiana residents through accelerated deployment of clean energy and transition away from fossil fuels.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Develop relationships with individuals and groups advancing climate justice priorities in local communities across Louisiana, particularly rural communities. 
  • Conduct research and produce written materials on state-level actions needed to bring the benefits of IRA programs to rural communities in Louisiana, individually and in partnership with other research and advocacy organizations. 
  • Promote Invest’s research and publications to key audiences and community partners, through targeted outreach, public presentations, and briefings.
  • Represent Invest in Louisiana in climate justice coalitions across the state.
  • ‍Track legislative and administrative action at the state, local, and federal levels that would impact the distribution of the benefits of the IRA, particularly for under-resourced rural communities, and make recommendations as to when it is appropriate for Invest to weigh in on policy proposals.
  • Attend relevant meetings and conferences.
COMPETENCIES:
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflows and procedures.
  • Expertise – knowledge of IRA programs, climate justice issues, and climate change and clean energy policy; keeps abreast of current developments.‍
  • Problem Solving- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions.‍
  • Project Management – Approaches deliverables and scope of work collaboratively; communicates changes and progress; completes deliverables on time and budget.‍
  • Oral and Written Communications – Speaks and writes clearly, informatively, and persuasively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods; exhibits good listening and comprehension; responds well to questions; ability to self-edit and vary writing style to meet needs; delivers effective and engaging presentations.
  • Outreach – Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations. Ability to conduct outreach to individuals and organizations. Ability to develop productive partnerships and build coalitions.
  • ‍Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.
QUALIFICATIONS:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education/experience: Master’s degree in a relevant field; or Bachelor’s degree with at least two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.‍
  • Communications Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to community partners, the general public, legislators and/or legislative staff, public groups, and/or boards of directors. 
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to employ both quantitative and qualitative analysis to data interpretation, including a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Ability to generate charts and graphs that are understandable, informative and interesting and to effectively support data analysis with qualitative research.‍
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Additional Information:

This is a full-time position supported by a 3-year project grant offering $55,000 to $65,000 annually. Benefits include 100% company-paid health, dental and vision insurance for employees, a 403(b) retirement plan with company match, paid vacation and sick days, and paid family leave. This is a bargaining unit position in Invest in Louisiana’s staff union, LBP United. 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to jobs@investlouisiana.org with “Climate Fellow” in the subject line or click Apply Now below to complete online form. People of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons and people of other historically marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Invest in Louisiana is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, and any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

This position will remain open until June 1.

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