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Climate Equity Policy Fellowship

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$56,180.00 to $61,798.00

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Apr 7, 2023

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About 9to5 Colorado: Founded in 1973, we fight for economic justice through the lens of gender, race and class. We achieve our mission through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy at a state and national level, and civic engagement. Current campaigns focus on paid family and medical leave ballot implementation, anti-discrimination, initiatives toward housing justice including statewide rent control, organizing in mobile home parks, worker’s rights, and water justice.

Position Summary:

9to5 Colorado is seeking a highly organized, strategic, detail-oriented Climate Equity Policy Fellow to join the team and participate in a 3-year Climate Equity Policy Fellowship program.

The primary goal of the Climate Equity Policy Fellow position is to provide policy support and analysis while receiving training, mentoring, and coaching opportunities through formal programming aimed to develop expertise in equitable climate and clean energy policy and leadership.

Our ideal candidate is a strategic, visionary, community and policy-oriented advocate that’s passionate about justice and equity. The candidate knows how to work collaboratively, create authentic partnerships with groups representing diverse communities, and is committed to deepening their expertise on equitable energy and climate policy.

The ideal candidate is grounded in community-based organizing principles and has a foundational understanding of environmental issues, including lived experience. This is a full-time position and will report to a Senior Organizer.

Fellowship Program Dates: June 2023-June 2026

Year 1: 2023-2024

  • Fellow hired and onboard in June 2023
  • Fellows attend in-person fellowship orientation in late June 2023
  • Fellow’s workplan and day-to-day tasks will be managed by NEJC
  • Fellow attend semi-regular virtual trainings with national cohort hosted by the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund
  • Fellows attend monthly Policy Learning Community calls
  • Fellows attend mid-year gathering

Years 2-3: 2024-2026

  • Fellows attend monthly Policy Learning Community calls
  • Fellows attend annual in-person and virtual trainings
  • Continued Check-in’s with Host Organizations and Fellows
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities (2-4 events per year)
  • Other programming

Primary Responsibilies

Grassroots Power Building, Public Policy Development & Advocacy

  • Support 9to5’s existing and developing programs and policies around climate and clean energy
  • Collaborate with state coalition partners to advance successful campaigns

*Suggested but not required

  • Educate and develop relationships with state partners and allies
  • Evaluate new and existing policies and issue areas associated with climate justice and energy equity that 9to5 may want to consider pursuing
  • Support state-level campaigns and regulatory actions to advance policy solutions
  • Support in writing draft comments and testimony, policy memos, drafting public communications pieces, attending meetings or hearings, etc.
  • Conduct research and policy analysis to support advocacy efforts
  • Facilitate meetings with community, government, and business leaders to drive advocacy forward
  • Support grassroots fundraising, donor engagement, and other fundraising activities as needed
  • Support the development of toolkits, presentations, case studies, and other collateral to help allies and partners in advancing policy efforts.
  • Participate in all-staff phone banks, canvasses, and all-staff events
  • Work directly with grassroots community members to develop and carry out campaign work

Leadership & Professional Development

  • Participate in all cohort meetings, retreats, site visits, and trainings including the orientation, leadership development, and skills-based workshops related to the Climate Equity Policy Fellowship program
  • Provide input and feedback on the Fellowship to ensure it reflects individual needs through quarterly meetings with the Equity Fund Policy Fellows Coordinator


  • Lived experience in frontline communities; this includes Black, Indigenous, and POC communities and low-income and working-class communities
  • Demonstrates commitments to racial, social, environmental justice
  • Demonstrates capacity for a solid policy or legal analysis, both written and verbal, as well as formal and informal mediums
  • Demonstrates understanding and role of community organizing and participatory processes in policy setting and public policy advocacy
  • Deep commitment to grassroots power-building and policy development


The above job description describes the general nature and level of work expected and not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. The team member may be required to perform duties outside of their everyday responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


This is a full-time position (40 hours/week), offering a salary package from $56,180.00 to $61,798.00, depending on experience. Generous health and paid time off benefits. 9to5 offers a 4% salary increase for bilingual employees.


To apply, please email a one-page cover letter and resume to 9to5 Colorado seeks to fill the position by early June 2022.


9to5 Colorado 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. 9to5 Colorado’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.

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