Program Development Fellow

Closing on: Oct 13, 2023

Position Description

The Program Development Fellow will collaborate with our team to build partnerships and strengthen our energy and cleantech innovation ecosystem. This work includes connecting with innovators and partners, helping us develop programming and networking opportunities, and supporting our work with the Minnesota Cleantech Consortium, Minnesota Energy Alley, and the Department of Energy – EnergyTech University Prize. The position best suits someone with strong project management and writing skills and an interest in energy, climate, and technology.

The role will be part-time (approximately 15-20 hours/week). We hope to have someone in the role by October 2023. The end date is May 2024, with the potential for an extension. Compensation is a stipend of $20,000.


  • Support the Minnesota Cleantech Consortium, by completing related market research and additional activities to be determined by the Consortium workplan.

  • Collaborate with the team to develop programming for Minnesota Energy Alley, which includes program development, emerging technology research, partner and community outreach, and entrepreneur networking and support.

  • Support the development of the 2024 Demonstration Cohort, with 4-6 pilot projects to be identified and launched between October 2023 and February 2024.

  • Coordinate our recruiting and outreach efforts to support the Department of Energy’s EnergyTech University Prize program. A primary responsibility in this work will be contacting Midwest colleges and universities to recruit and support teams for this competition.

  • Support communication and grant-writing efforts.


  • Education or work experience in finance, business, communications, environmental science, renewable energy, sociology, political science, public administration, or other relevant studies.

  • Proven strengths in project and time management and working independently.

  • Strong writing and communication skills.

  • Highly collaborative with strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline.

  • Knowledge of energy, climate, and technology topics.

  • Experience with community or campus organizing.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with web content management and social media content management.


This is a hybrid position, with flexibility between remote and in-person work hours. Fellows will be asked to use their own devices to complete this work. The selected individual will work as a contractor for Grid Catalyst. This is not an offer of employment.

About Grid Catalyst

Grid Catalyst is a Midwest clean energy accelerator developing equitable pathways for innovators and commercializing solutions for northern climates. Our program was developed to address gaps and inequities preventing the most promising clean energy innovation from entering the marketplace. Together with regional partners, we will shift the market to more effectively address climate change, grow clean energy businesses and jobs, and improve access and equitable economic development outcomes.


To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Nina Axelson

Grid Catalyst President


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