Associate, Electric School Bus Initiative

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary

In this role, you will be a key player in achieving the goals of the WRI Electric School Bus Initiative. You will be a member of the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities eMobility team and will be part of the group that will 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.

You will work directly with technical and managerial staff at school districts to ensure they have the understanding and tools needed to carry out successful electric school bus procurement processes. You will be responsible for providing in-depth technical assistance to 2-3 school districts during the first year of the project on topics such as charging infrastructure planning, electric utility coordination, market and product analysis, operational planning, procurement preparation, driver and fleet manager training, fleet testing, among others, depending on topics demanded by school districts.

After the first year of the project, you will continue to lead direct technical assistance efforts with school districts and work closely with other staff and contractors to scale this technical assistance to over 4,000 school districts nationwide. Ideally, you will understand and have experience working either with school districts, especially as it relates to bus procurement, or on bus electrification projects on topics such as procurement or planning.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

Electric School Bus Initiative (80%)

  • Lead our engagements with school districts and be ultimately responsible for delivering technical assistance to them
  • Work with the Technical Assistance Manager to identify topics of interest to school districts and develop technical materials and capacity within the Initiative’s team
  • Work with the Scaling Manager to plan and deliver technical assistance at scale to over 4,000 school districts through activities such as trainings, workshops, webinars, and others
  • Work with other members of the Initiative to identify new school district engagement opportunities
  • Manage junior staff to carry out technical assistance activities

General management (20%) ·

  • Be an active team member of our Electric School Bus Initiative and ensure coordination with the other areas of the Initiative
  • Manage and mentor junior staff
  • Manage contractors and partner organizations
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts
  • Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in engineering, city planning, transportation, or a related field (or a bachelor's degree with two years of additional relevant work experience)
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Experience working at or with school districts, especially as it relates to vehicle procurement, OR
  • Experience on bus electrification projects, related to planning or procurement
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Demonstrated personnel management experience
  • Collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated research and writing experience
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and independent thinker
  • Fluent in English
  • US work authorization required for this position

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience providing technical assistance to public-sector stakeholders
  • Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish

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

Potential Salary: $59,000 - $77,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

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 

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 Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

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