Corporate Low-Carbon Transition Planning, Fellow

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Published: February 12, 2024
Washington, Dist. Columbia
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Analyst / Research
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About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES): Our mission is to secure a safe and stable climate by accelerating the transition to a thriving, just, and resilient low-carbon economy. We are widely recognized as an influential voice on climate issues, a trusted convener, and a credible source of expertise and analysis. We work closely with international climate negotiators; federal, state, and local policymakers; executives of Fortune 500 businesses; and a wide range of other stakeholders to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

Our organizational values: We are ambitious and practical, advancing effective solutions that push the boundaries of the achievable. We are open-minded and inclusive, seeking out and considering a wide range of voices, views, and approaches. We are people-focused, dedicated to improving human well-being and recognizing that respect and empathy are central to success. We are one teamworking collaboratively, communicating openly, making ourselves accessible to each other, and treating one another with kindness and respect.

Position Summary: The Fellow, Corporate Low-Carbon Transition Planning will serve as an expert on corporate low-carbon transition planning and implementation strategies including transition and credibility guidance, low-carbon/net-zero target setting, metrics, carbon footprint development, and key emission reduction technologies and strategies. The Fellow will also help to convene companies to understand how they are developing credible transition plans, identify best practices, and identify interdependencies and roadblocks to inform policy priorities to encourage corporate climate action.


Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Support the development of comprehensive and credible corporate low-carbon transition plans, including:
  • Conduct company and stakeholder outreach and engagement.
  • Convene meetings and workshops and facilitate dialogue among companies across sectors to share best practices in developing corporate low-carbon transition plans.
  • Develop meeting agendas, oversee meeting logistics, organize external speakers.
  • Conduct and oversee primary research (i.e., individual interviews with companies) and secondary research on how companies are developing their low-carbon transition plans.
  • Road test existing and proposed guidance on low-carbon transition plans from different NGOs and stakeholder groups with companies.
  • Engage relevant NGOs and other stakeholder groups on new insights and project findings to build knowledge across the stakeholder community.
  • Assist with development of reports, policy briefs, blog posts, and other publications.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on corporate low-carbon transition planning, credibility guidance, implementation strategies, and metrics.
  • Represent C2ES in conferences, meetings, and other forums, and in interactions with stakeholders from government, business, and civil society, as appropriate.
  • Develop presentations, talking points for senior leadership,?webpages?and?other?online materials on corporate carbon transition plans, corporate climate goals, and climate-related financial disclosure.
  • Support C2ES events, including workshops and meetings involving the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), NGOs, government agencies, media groups, and/or academic?institutions.
  • Manage or support additional projects as needed.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) expectations
  • All staff are expected to participate in monthly DEI All staff meetings. During these meetings staff are able to interact and learn about different topics.
  • Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Complete company training assigned during on boarding and on a yearly basis.
  • Some US travel required, up to?15 percent.?

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Expertise in corporate guidance and standards for transition planning, target setting, sustainability/ESG and corporate greenhouse gas accounting -- SBTi, GHG Protocol, TCFD, GFANZ, TPT, ISSB, CSRD, etc.
  • Experience working with companies to develop and implement their climate initiatives (e.g., calculating their carbon footprint, developing climate and sustainability goals, developing and implementing sustainability/carbon reduction/renewable energy strategies).
  • Good understanding of market-based approaches to reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Good networks and connections across companies and NGOs in the corporate climate and sustainability field.
  • Excellent outreach, interviewing, and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize among and efficiently manage multiple assignments, work independently, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Team player - flexibility, ability to work collaboratively, and a willingness to pitch in at all levels.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Bachelor's degree and 4-7 years of relevant experience, OR Master's degree and 2-4 years of relevant experience. Degrees in sustainability management, economics, public policy, or
    related fields.

Employment Status: Two (2) year appointment, with the possibility of extension subject to available resources; benefits-eligible; exempt from overtime.

Reporting to: Director, Corporate Low-Carbon Transition Planning.

Travel, Time & Location Requirements: Location may be in the Washington, DC area or remote; if remote, physical presence in the main office is expected at least 5 weeks per year. Moderate travel expected for workshops and conferences. While not a requirement, preference will be given to candidates that have the right to work in the United States.


  • Starting Salary: $76,000 to $95,000, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits Offered:
    • Health Insurance. C2ES covers 80% of the health insurance premiums.
    • Dental Insurance. C2ES covers 100% of the dental premiums.
    • Vision Insurance: Employee covers the total cost of this plan.
    • Long-Term Disability and Short-Term Disability.
    • Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
    • Group Life insurance and Voluntary Life insurance.
    • Leave Time: New employees start accumulating 3 weeks' vacation per year.
    • Sick time: up to 10 days per year.
    • Personal Leave: Up to Two personal leave days.
    • FMLA Leave: Case by case is evaluated by the Supervisor and HR.
    • Parental Leave
    • Holidays: C2ES observes several holidays during the year. Additionally, the organization closes the last week of the year.
    • 5% C2ES contribution towards 403b retirement Plan.
    • Hybrid and flexible environment.

We are fully committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We believe we will only be effective in developing and advocating for climate solutions if we have a diverse range of voices and perspectives represented within C2ES, in our work, and among our partners. C2ES is committed to creating and growing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and among the stakeholders we collaborate with and convene. By fostering this culture, we can enhance our work and amplify our impact. We encourage individuals of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexual identities, and abilities to apply for this position. For more on C2ES's DEIJ policy, visit:?

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