Senior Manager, State and Local Policy for Transportation Electrification

Program Management Washington, DC, United States

This position is open for remote work, or may be based in WRI’s Washington, D.C. office once COVID related restrictions have lifted. 

Program Overview:

ESB Program Overview: The 480,000 school buses in the United States account for 80% of all buses nationwide, yet less than 1% are electrified. School bus electrification represents a unique opportunity to accelerate decarbonization while bringing direct, tangible benefits to every community in the United States. This transition can help make electric mobility the new normal for an entire generation. Through the U.S. Electric School Bus Initiative, funded by the Bezos Earth Fund, WRI’s aim is to create unstoppable momentum over the next five years on a path toward electrifying the entire fleet of U.S. school buses by 2030. Overcoming the cost, infrastructure and policy barriers to mass adoption will require a systemic approach that engages an entire ecosystem of actors and prioritizes inclusive planning with impacted communities.  Together with partners, WRI is working in five areas of focus: o Support school districts in accelerating the equitable transition to electric school buses o Collaborate with manufacturers across the electric school bus supply chain in preparing for an equitable and sustainable transition o Work with electric utilities to improve interconnection and investments for electric school bus charging infrastructure, including supportive rates and tariffs o Engage policymakers to drive policies that grow demand and reduce barriers, and to increase electric school bus public funding to partner with communities pursuing school bus electrification, and provide the tools and resources to make it happen

Job Summary:

In this position, you will lead our state and local policy engagement for the U.S. School Bus Electrification Initiative to encourage the development of policies that accelerate the adoption of electric school buses. You will play a major role in achieving the goals of the WRI Electric School Bus Initiative and will be part of the US Energy team. As part of this work, you will track and share policy best practices, develop model policies, develop educational resources, deliver presentations, and engage directly with state and local policymakers and energy regulatory and program office staff to promote new policy adoption. You will manage a team of junior staff, contractors, and partner organizations to achieve these goals.  You will coordinate with staff leading engagement with federal policymakers, school districts, manufacturers, utilities, and equity organizations. Policies of interest include: financial incentives and regulatory programs for school bus electrification, support for deployment of EV charging infrastructure, and support for the use of bus batteries for grid services and disaster recovery to capture additional community benefits. Efforts will focus on how to ensure policies and programs incorporate equity and address the needs of underserved communities. Your role will consist of leading educational activities for state and local policymakers to articulate the benefits of school bus electrification. You will identify supportive policies that address barriers to electrification and approaches that can help drive down costs. Specifically, you will develop an education, engagement and advocacy strategy, identify policies that address key barriers, center equity, and design an action plan for state and local engagement. This position is open for remote work, or may be based in WRI’s Washington, D.C. office once COVID related restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities:

State and local policy engagement (90%)

• Lead our state and local policy engagement and advocacy with the goal of reducing barriers to electric school bus deployment and advancing equity centered solutions
• Identify strategies for educating state and local policymakers and encouraging replication of best practices that enable school bus deployment
• Develop partnerships with environmental and environmental justice organizations - Lead any research, dissemination, and planning efforts arising to educate policymakers and stakeholders
• Be an active member of the Electric School Bus Initiative and ensure coordination with the other areas
• Manage junior staff, contractors, and partner organizations in both official and unofficial capacities
• Engage on other US Energy team projects as needed to accelerate electric sector decarbonization and enable state and local governments meet their clean energy goals Other

Program Support (10%) 

• Contribute to fundraising efforts and develop content for proposals and concept notes, including deliverables, timelines, and budgets 
• Attend various external functions and events, as relevant, to serve as a representative of WRI’s US Energy Team and help represent the US Energy team in WRI meetings 
• Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities  

Job Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:   

Education: Master’s degree in sustainable energy, public policy, or a related field (or Bachelor's degree with two years of additional relevant work experience) 
Experience: Minimum of 7 years of relevant, full-time work experience 
• Previous experience on state and/or local policy related to transportation electrification, electric sector decarbonization, and clean energy
• Experience working with municipalities, state executive branch or legislatures encouraging adoption of clean energy policies
• Demonstrated ability to lead and engage with large groups of diverse stakeholders on complex technical topics 
• Demonstrated experience managing projects and directing the work of subcontractors
• Demonstrated research experience, with published content in established and relevant outlets 
• Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines 
• Collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities 
• Excellent oral and written communication skills 
• Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner 
• Detail-oriented, organized, and independent thinker 
Languages: Fluent in English 
Requirements: US work authorization required for this position Desired Qualifications:
• Experience with state energy offices and local governments on transportation electrification and clean energy policy  
• Direct experience working with utilities and regulators on clean energy deployment Understanding of vehicle electrification barriers and benefits
Requirements: US work authorization is required for all US positions. WRI is unable to sponsor visa work authorization for this position.

Potential Salary:
$96-000 - $130,000 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter through the WRI careers portal to be considered.

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.

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