Manager, Electric Bus Technical Assistance

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary:

As the Manager, you will provide guidance to teams providing technical assistance at scale to U.S. school districts with the goal of equitably creating demand for electric school buses and reducing the barriers that districts face when transitioning to electric fleets. During an initial stage, you will provide parental leave cover to one of our staff, and then your responsibilities will evolve to managing a multi-year technical assistance/deployment project with a partner school operator and other global projects as needed.

 Overall, your responsibilities will be as follows:

  1. Lead a team of experts providing technical assistance to school districts on topics such as charging infrastructure planning, market analysis, operational planning, procurement preparation, driver training, fleet testing, among others
  2. Support our scaling strategy work to disseminate training, education and technical assistance at scale to over 4,000 school districts in the next five years
  3. Lead a multi-year technical assistance/deployment project with a partner school operator.
  4. Support engagement with electric school bus manufacturers.
  5. Provide technical eMobility research and implementation support for a wide variety of projects globally.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of and experience either working with school districts, especially as it relates to bus procurement and/or knowledge and experience with (school) bus electrification projects. Experience with historically underserved districts is preferred. Ideally, the candidate will also have diverse technical knowledge on electric mobility topics, including fleet electrification and charging infrastructure siting.

This position is remote due to Covid-19 and can remain remote once restrictions are lifted.

Job Responsibilities:

Scaling strategy

Serve as a liaison between our technical assistance and scaling workstreams

  •  Work with the Electric School Bus Initiative cohorts & partnership manager to:
    • Identify and manage scaling partners and opportunities
    • Engage and recruit school districts to participate in project activities
  • 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

  • Provide oversight to our engagement with school districts, with the goal of creating demand for electric school buses from the ground up
  • Identify target school districts from our prioritized outreach list, then engage and secure their support for our project
  • Identify topics of interest to underserved school districts and develop technical materials and capacity within the Initiative’s team sufficient to provide technical assistance to school districts
  • Lead a team to provide detailed technical assistance to school districts with a focus on districts that are disproportionately impacted by air quality issues
  • Officially represent the Initiative with school districts
  • Support other electric mobility topics on an as-needed basis through our international programs, including through research products and other technical deliverables

General management

  • Be an active team member of our Electric School Bus Initiative and the Global eMobility program and ensure coordination with the other areas of the initiative and international teams
  • Promote an equity centered project focus
  • Manage and mentor junior staff
  • Manage contractors and partner organizations
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts
  • 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 8 years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Commitment to advancing equity-focused solutions
  • 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
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Demonstrated personnel management experience
  • Collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience writing and publishing technical research products
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and independent thinker
  • Fluent in English
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working at or with school districts, especially with historically underserved districts as it relates to vehicle procurement is highly desired
  • Previous experience on electric buses including procurement or technical/operational aspects, or experience with electrification of other types of vehicle fleets.
  • US work authorization is required for this position

Potential Salary:

$79,000 - $106,000. 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:

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 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 nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia 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.