Electric School Bus Senior Advisor

Program Management Washington, DC, United States

This is a part-time (50%), limited term position which ends on 8/1/2022.

Job Summary

In this role, you will support the WRI Electric School Bus Initiative. You will support our work on a part-time basis (50%) to provide technical assistance to U.S. school districts with the goal of creating demand for electric school buses and reducing the barriers that districts face when transitioning to electric fleets. Your role will be to support the technical lead and staff on the following topics: Technical assistance for charging infrastructure planning, market analysis, operational planning, procurement preparation, driver training, fleet testing, among others.

  • Support the development of a scaling strategy to disseminate training, education and technical assistance at scale to over 4,000 school districts in the next five years. 
  • Support the development of a value proposition that will 1) build out school district interest and commitment towards electric school buses and 2) position WRI as a desirable partner in the electric school bus adoption process.
  • Support the overall development of the Initiative and support other activity areas as needed.
You should understand and have experience working with school districts, especially as it relates to bus procurement and operations, as well as current or previous experience working for a school district.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC when the office reopens.

Job Responsibilities

Scaling strategy
  • Provide support for the creation and execution of a scaling strategy to provide technical support and education to over 4,000 school districts during the next five years
  • Engage and recruit school districts to participate in project activities. Help develop and execute scaling activities including, but not limited to peer learning cohorts, webinars, conferences, trainings, contests, and others to be identified in the scaling strategy
Technical Assistance
  • Support the team with school district engagement to create demand. Help identify target school districts, then engage and secure their support for our project
  • Help identify topics of interest to school districts and develop technical materials and capacity within the Initiative’s team sufficient to provide technical assistance to school districts
  • Support research, dissemination, and planning efforts arising from technical assistance provided
General management
  • Be an active team member of our Electric School Bus Initiative and support other areas of the project as needed
  • Attend various internal and external functions and events, as relevant, to serve as a representative of WRI’s Electric School Bus initiative
  • Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities
Job Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in engineering, sustainable energy, city planning, transportation, economics, business administration, or a related field (or a bachelor's degree with two years of additional relevant work experience)
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Previous experience on electric buses including procurement or technical/operational aspects, or experience with electrification of other types of vehicle fleets
  • Experience working at or with school districts, especially as it relates to vehicle procurement
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and engage with large groups of diverse stakeholders on complex technical topics
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and independent thinker
  • Fluent in English
Potential Salary

$96,000 - $130,000.
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050. WRI Ross Center builds on WRI’s global and local experience in urban planning and mobility, and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

WRI Overview

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The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges , and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
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