Global Senior Manager, Electric Vehicles

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

In this role, you will join our growing Cities Program team and lead the team’s research efforts and help define our global strategy on the topic of electric mobility. You will work in close collaboration with our Energy and Climate programs, as well as with our International Offices in India, China, Mexico, and Colombia.

You will be a key subject matter expert, who will engage with internal and external stakeholders and use your expertise to lead cutting-edge research and to lead our external communications on EVs.

The efforts you lead will help steer subnational actors towards cleaner and efficient transport solutions, and guide WRI’s strategy on the topic of transport sector electrification. Your research and hands-on experience with electric vehicle deployment (e.g. research, implementation, infrastructure deployment, evaluation or regulation), preferably working with municipalities (e.g. fleet conversion or policy design) will be key for this position. You will have experience leading innovative research projects in collaboration with other subject matter experts, and have a track-record of communicating complex topics in easy-to-understand manners. You will also have experience, and feel comfortable working with policymakers, private sector actors and researchers.

We work in a fast-paced environment, switching constantly between technical, economical, policy and financial topics in the energy, transport and climate sectors. 

Job Responsibilities

Your main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Policy: (70% of time required)

  • In collaboration with WRI’s International Offices, develop a standard WRI global offering for cities to deploy Electric Vehicles with greatest environmental, social, and economic benefits
  • Influence city policy, and by extension, national policy, on responsible EV deployment
  • Author or co-author knowledge products (e.g., newsletters, reports, briefs, data-products)
  • Compare and contrast EV markets across WRI geographies
  • Suggest and implement methods that lead to robust and unbiased knowledge products
  • Mentor junior researchers
  • Integrate Urban Efficiency and Urban Mobility areas

Program Development (30% of time required)

  • Contribute to research proposals for seven-figure fundraising targets
  • Design topics and themes for WRI convenings on EVs
  • Identify and develop funding partner relationships through external outreach; conduct due diligence on feasibility of use through fit-gap analysis
  • Monitor and comply with sub agreement guidelines
  • Contribute to presentations and donor proposals

Additionally, in keeping with WRI’s commitment to gender equity across our programs, you will also be required to identify relevant gender issues, as determined through a gender analysis, and ensure adequate and effective attention to these issues in project and partner development, budgeting and management.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in engineering, economics, urban planning, transport or a related area
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant, full-time work experience researching or consulting on EVs and/or electric mobility with a minimum of 3 years of additional experience in program or organizational leadership
  • Extensive public speaking and publishing record
  • Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong quantitative, analytical research skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to travel 20% or more
  • Fluent in English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Language proficiency in Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese and/or Spanish
  • Ph.D. in relevant field

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

How to Apply
Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

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.

Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive.

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

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.