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Climate Justice Fellow 

The Democracy Collaborative is seeking a Climate Justice Fellow to provide support to the Climate & Energy Team and advance its mission to manage a just transition off extractive, fossil fuels and design pathways towards a clean energy system based on energy democracy. Particularly, the fellow will support research on The Democracy Collaborative’s proposal of a public-owned fossil fuel sector with a focus on democratic institutions and systems (such as a Just Transition Administration) that would need to be implemented to ground the proposal in the needs, visions, and plans of workers and frontline communities. The fellow will work directly in collaboration with the Climate and Energy Team and its close allies, produce research, draft narrative, and write policy documents and memos to help deepen the labor and community case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry. The fellow will also help the team to build coalition among key impacted stakeholders to further movement and political support of shifting ownership and control of fossil fuels away from private, profit-driven interests. The deadline for applications is September 22nd.


Responsibilities & Potential Projects

While the work, priorities, and conditions continue to evolve, we anticipate that the Climate Justice Fellow will be responsible for three main activities:

  • Produce a long-form memo in consultation with the Climate & Energy team that investigates practices for institutional design, democratic systems, and standards or requirements for a nationalized fossil fuel system that reflects the needs and visions of workers, environmental justice organizers, and frontline communities and learns from historic precedents. As relevant, content may translate into formats such as policy briefs, white papers, memos, or blogs. 
  • Conduct additional ad-hoc research as relevant. For instance, short research projects on historical examples of fossil fuel companies injustice towards labor and community (particularly across racialized lines), current practices and business models that enable continued malpractices, and proposals and existing examples to break-through this pattern, particularly through changes of ownership, control, and institutions.
  • Support the Climate & Energy Team in its effort to build  movement alignment,  with particular focus on relationships with labor allies, frontlines communities, and Black and Indigenous leaders who have historically held the brunt of fossil fuel extraction and capitalism. Support in this capacity might range from participating in strategic coalition meetings such as on-going working groups, to collaborating in the development of specific writing materials to support coalitional action.



We are looking for a unique individual to add diversity and frontline perspective to The Democracy Collaborative’s Climate and Energy Team and meets the following qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to climate, social, racial, and economic justice;
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and communication skills (specifically, having the ability to convey relevant information concisely and clearly);
  • Understanding of the role our political and economic systems play in enabling extractive business models and their implications to marginalized groups and communities;
  • Background in coalition building, particularly among frontline communities and/or fossil fuel workers;
  • A willingness to work independently and set its own priorities as well work in collaboration to advance the Climate & Energy Team’s mission;
  • An ability to commit to 25 hours/month, with some flexibility, and availability for team calls and virtual meetings; and
  • Ability to carry forward work products in a remote environment.


Timeline and Compensation:

The fellowship is expected to last for 24 weeks for a 25 hours/month commitment, with flexibility of start and end dates to accommodate fellows’ external commitments. The fellow will be compensated for a total of $6,000 and the position will be considered an “independent contractor,” non-union eligible position.

The Democracy Collaborative Foundation is committed to support a diverse and inclusive workplace and provides equal opportunities to all employees and contractors and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

For those interested, please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to by September 22nd. Please include “climate fellow” in the subject line.


About The Democracy Collaborative and its Climate & Energy Program:

Founded in 2000, The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) is a research and development lab for the democratic economy. We work across the spectrum from theory to action, identifying and focusing on key points of leverage and scalable impact, building actionable models and pathways that can unlock a new sense of hope and possibility.

The Democracy Collaborative’s Climate & Energy Program seeks to provide and accelerate game-changing, systemic interventions to dismantle root causes of the climate and social crises. With that mission in mind, we focus our work where climate and energy meet structural issues of ownership, control, and finance – showing how emerging democratic economy approaches to ownership and finance can further both a just transition to a reparative and regenerative political economy.

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