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  • Temporary
  • Chicago, IL
  • $75,000 USD / Year
  • $75,000

  • Start Date: June 1

Website State of Illinois - Illinois Power Agency

The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) Fellowship Program is a one-year paid opportunity that provides fellows with an unparalleled opportunity to contribute their skills and talents to the clean energy sector.

As Agency tasked with implementing incentive programs supporting the development of new renewable energy resources, the IPA plays a critical role in expanding Illinois’ clean energy economy and transitioning the state to a clean energy future.

At the IPA, we believe in developing a talent pipeline of the next generation of leaders – individuals who are innovative, mission-driven, and passionate about working to build an equitable clean energy future for all. Through this one-year Fellowship Program, the IPA seeks to provide opportunities to recent graduates or early-career professionals working in clean energy and/or environmental planning.

A Fellowship at the IPA will provide the opportunity to support the development of innovative solutions to advance IPA’s work in providing a clean, reliable, cost-effective, and equitable future for residents and businesses across Illinois. For example, fellows could research best practices in renewable energy financing, or explore how to reduce barriers to participation to ensure an equitable and diverse clean energy workforce and business community in Illinois.

Fellows will receive training and valuable experience to launch a career in the clean energy sector. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to support leaders and subject-matter experts in implementing the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard. This work could include:

·       Producing energy-related white papers and presentations.

·       Preparing reports and stakeholder correspondence.

·       Conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research on focused topics to support specific IPA clean energy initiatives.

·       Developing a Capstone Project on a clean energy topic of mutual interest of the Fellow and the IPA which includes a paper and final presentation to IPA staff.

The Legal Bureau of the IPA is responsible for supporting the Agency’s mission by providing legal guidance and support to the Agency’s bureaus in the areas of program management, procurement, contract interpretation, policy making, human resources, DEI strategy and consumer protection. In addition, the Legal Bureau also provides legal representation for the Agency and functions as the Agency’s Ethics Officer.

This position reports to the Legal Bureau. Specific assignments will be based on Agency needs.

Minimum Qualifications

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school with coursework in public policy, energy, sustainability, environmental law or related field.
Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
·       Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.

·       Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well-communicated workflow.

·       Ability to adapt to shifting priorities and deadlines, and proven ability to be resourceful, in a dynamic office environment.

Desired Qualifications

·       Experience in energy-focused policy issues, administrative law, or related strategic fields with a focus on renewable energy preferred.

Application Materials

·       Resumé.

·       A letter of intent expressing your interest in becoming an IPA Fellow. This letter must include how your relevant knowledge, experience and skills have prepared you for this opportunity, what aspects of the IPA’s work interest you the most, and how the IPA Fellowship will further your professional goals.

·       Writing sample relevant to the fellowship (graduate-level papers preferred).

·       Three professional references.


Application Instructions

To apply, please submit all requested application materials with your online application to the following link on SuccessFactors Application Platform:

Position will be open until filled. Start date is between June and September for a 1 year fellowship term.

Salary: $75,000


The IPA fellowship is a one-year program with full state benefits.

Work location:  This position has a hybrid work schedule that may require some in-office days at the Agency’s headquarters located in downtown Chicago.

No phone calls please.

The Illinois Power Agency is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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