Research Analyst

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Mission, Vision, and Approach

Founded in 2018, the Clean Energy Transition Institute (CETI) is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest by advancing technical and economic decarbonization strategies. Our vision is to equitably decarbonize the Northwest economy at the speed and scale that climate science requires.

CETI provides independent, unbiased research and analytics on low-carbon pathways tailored to the Northwest region’s unique characteristics; offers an information clearinghouse for decarbonization solutions and technologies; and convenes stakeholders to debate the trade-offs inherent in shifting to a clean energy economy.

Why Join CETI?

Over the past five years, CETI has become a trusted source for independent analysis of how to transform the Northwest to a clean energy economy. We work to address the climate crisis in a region of the United States that is on the cutting edge of implementing decarbonization strategies.

The CETI community is comprised of committed, compassionate, and collaborative people with decades of experience working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Programs

In 2019, we developed the research and modeling that showed how the region could decarbonize affordably by 2050 and provided the technical analysis that underpins the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy.

We also provided analysis substantiating the Montana Governor’s 2020 Climate Solutions Council’s decarbonization strategies and modeling that helped win passage in Oregon of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy standard in June 2021.

In 2023, we released Net-Zero Northwest, energy pathways, health impacts, and workforce analysis to inform regional action to put the four Northwest states on the path to equitably achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 from now until 2030.

In addition to our deep decarbonization pathways analyses, CETI programs investigate building, industrial, and rural decarbonization, as well as energy system mapping with the Northwest Clean Energy Atlas. Current projects can be reviewed on our website.  

Core to CETI’s approach is our ability to demystify complex technical decarbonization solutions for the stakeholders who will play critical roles in ensuring the region achieves its emissions targets. We translate quantitative and qualitative research into concrete actions, using web, print, and video communication tools to explain how the clean energy transition can unfold in the Northwest.

About this Position

With direction from the Executive Director, the Research Analyst will be responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting studies, policies, and data related to equitable deep decarbonization in the Northwest. The Research Analyst will scour a wide range of information sources and condense large amounts of information to provide clear, crisp analyses of emerging trends in decarbonization and how to implement solutions for the transition to a clean energy economy.

The Research Analyst will also manage a portfolio of CETI projects, either contracts with government agencies, or grant-funded studies. Lastly, the Research Analyst will write reports, blogs, and help drive CETI’s communications.

The Ideal Candidate

We seek a qualified, self-sufficient, and thorough Research Analyst with strong communication skills who gathers, synthesizes, and presents complex data and information in an accessible manner and is committed to a rapid and equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter; highly organized with excellent analytical skills; has a keen attention to detail; has knowledge about equitable clean energy solutions and policy and environmental justice considerations for building a clean energy economy; and is capable of understanding and communicating the complexity of the clean energy transition.

The Institute is a young organization that is expanding rapidly, so a successful Research Analyst will be flexible, resourceful, and able to grow and learn with the team.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

We seek the following skills and qualifications. Candidates who meet some but not all these qualifications are still encouraged to apply.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of five years of experience in research analysis, a related profession, or relevant academic experience with a preference for work on decarbonization strategies and clean energy policy, projects, programs, systems, and technologies
  • Experience collecting, interpreting, and organizing data and research from models, books, journal articles, newspapers, surveys/polls, and interviews
  • Ability to evaluate data, interpret patterns and trends in the energy field, and translate them into meaningful, non-technical communication materials
  • Experience working on one or more of the following: clean energy in rural communities, energy workforce development and economic impact analysis, and building decarbonization
  • Skill documenting process, describing findings, and making recommendations in published reports and presentations
  • A healthy skepticism, an attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy
  • General understanding of economics
  • Math skills (such as statistics and other forms of data analysis and modeling) helpful, but not required
  • Ability to use data visualization tools, such as Tableau, considered a plus
  • Ability to work well on a team and to think innovatively and strategically about advancing CETI’s long-term goals using an equity lens

Essential Functions

  • Communicate complex data and information clearly
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research
  • Interpret data in graphs, charts, and diagrams
  • Consult and collaborate with other research analysts
  • Document, report, and present research findings to stakeholders and the public

Office

CETI’s team works in-person Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in downtown Seattle and Wednesday and Friday from home.

Equal Opportunity

We actively seek applicants of diverse race, religion, creed, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political ideology, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, and medical conditions.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position and includes full medical and dental insurance, along with a Simple IRA plan with organizational match of up to 3% of salary. We also cover the cost of a monthly Orca pass.

How to Apply

This position will remain open until filled, and we will review applications on a rolling basis. Please email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample assembled in a single PDF labeled with your name to jobs@cleanenergytransition.org.

Your electronic cover letter can be addressed to Eileen V. Quigley, Executive Director, Clean Energy Transition Institute. Please make the subject line of your email: “Your Full Name, Research Analyst.”

Application Deadline is
Application is open until position has been filled.
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