Policy Fellow

30 Sep, 2020


Policy Fellow

Rewiring America
Remote (DC)

About This Role

Rewiring America’s mission is two-fold: 1) demonstrating that rapid electrification of all aspects of the American economy is the key to combating climate change; and 2) designing and promoting practical policies to accomplish it. While most approaches to climate policy begin with the question of, “What is politically feasible?”, we began our analysis by asking “what is technologically necessary?” And the results are compelling: decarbonization through the rapid electrification of the US economy is not only possible, but economically advantageous as well, both in terms of household savings and millions of jobs created.

Using today’s technologies, we demonstrate that we can deliver $1,000 – $2,000 per year in savings to the average American household while reducing our nation’s GHG emissions by 85% in 15 years. In the process, we’ll create 25 million net new jobs in the near term and 5 million net new jobs over the long term. Given the savings on fuel costs (the wind blows and the sun shines without our paying them to), we can afford to make sure these new jobs are good-paying, life-enriching jobs. What’s more, these jobs are necessarily local, as much of the work to be done is at the household level as we upgrade and replace in the infrastructure of our homes and buildings.

Rewiring America seeks a full time policy fellow to support policy development to build bold, detailed policies to electrify our economy. The primary responsibilities of the fellow will include conducting policy analysis on existing legislation and executive branch action, assisting in stakeholder outreach, and preparing policy recommendations in conjunction with our advisory committees. The ideal candidate will have strong policy research and analysis skills and familiarity with federal climate policy.

Rewiring America is a new coalition of engineers, entrepreneurs, and volunteers focused on addressing climate change and boosting the economy by electrifying everything, and is founded by Alex Laskey (formerly co-founder and President of Opower) and Saul Griffith (founder of Otherlab and recipient of MacArthur Grant).  Read more about our work at rewiringamerica.org/newsroom. 

What You’ll do

  • Provide research and policy development support for Rewiring America policy reports

  • Draft content related to policy for digital and press teams

  • Research existing and new legislation as it relates to Rewiring America priorities

  • Liaise with advisory committees to ensure shovel-ready policy is being formulated within our desired timeframes

Who You Are

  • Experience working in government, non-profit or campaign setting

  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as with colleagues under short deadline

  • Highly organized, good attention to detail

  • Self-motivated and able to multitask and see multiple projects through to completion

  • Experience in Executive Branch or on the hill is preferred

Rewiring America is a project of Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. Windward Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Windward Fund ‘s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working. 

Think you’re a good fit? Send us your resume at jobs@rewiringamerica.org

Job posted: 2020-09-30