Finance Manager, Energy Program

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary

In this role, you will lead our work on financing U.S. school bus electrification to address financing strategies, capturing future cost savings, leveraging available funding sources, and developing new business models and procurement approaches to enable school bus deployment at scale. Your role will consist of leading educational activities for school districts and key stakeholders to identify and help replicate viable financing solutions for school bus electrification. This will involve developing replicable financing models, preparing educational resources, delivering presentations at industry conferences and events, and engaging directly with school districts and key stakeholders to help address financing barriers. It will also involve engaging with financial industry representatives to facilitate new financing approaches, business models, and procurement strategies to enable electric school bus adoption.

Specifically, you will identify replicable financing models, identify barriers and solutions, and design an action plan for scaling best practices. You will manage a team of contractors and partner organizations to achieve these goals.   An ideal candidate will have an understanding of and experience working with school districts, especially as it relates to bus procurement and financing. Knowledge and/or experience with (school) bus electrification projects is a plus. Further, a candidate should have  experience engaging with financial institutions, public finance, green banks, and related industry stakeholders as well as deep knowledge of transportation electrification, renewables, and clean energy deployment.

An understanding of use of batteries for disaster recovery, renewables integration, and vehicle to grid/building applications is a plus. In addition to  working on electrifying school buses, you will provide expert support to the US Energy team on innovative financing strategies to help advance electric sector decarbonization, develop new products to enable cities and other large energy users to meet their clean energy targets, equitable access to clean energy, and deploy clean energy technologies in the electric sector. Understanding of renewables and other clean energy technologies is desired. You will support other team projects and proposals, such as providing technical assistance, authoring research papers and blogs, and communicating research findings to internal and external audiences.  

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

Job Responsibilities

Electric School Bus Initiative (80%) 

  • Lead our work on finance and business models with the goal of reducing financial barriers to electric school bus deployment
  • Identify strategies for reducing transaction costs, capturing future cost savings, and leveraging available funding sources to drive school bus deployment
  • Coordinate any research, dissemination, and planning efforts related to financing transportation electrification
  • Be an active team member of our Electric School Bus Initiative and ensure coordination with the other areas of the project
  • Manage contractors and partner organizations in both official and unofficial capacities, as needed.
Energy Team Project Support (20%) 
  • Engage on other US Energy team projects to accelerate electric sector decarbonization and enable cities and utilities to meet their clean energy goals
  • 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
  • Help represent the US Energy team in WRI meetings. Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities
Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications 
  • Master’s degree in business, economics, sustainable energy or a related field (or a Bachelor's degree with two years of additional relevant work experience) 
  • Five to seven years of relevant, full-time work experience 
  • Direct experience working with financial industry on transportation electrification and clean energy deployment
  • Ability to lead and engage with large groups of diverse stakeholders on complex technical topics 
  • Demonstrated research experience, with published content in established and relevant industry outlets 
  • Previous experience on transportation electrification, electric sector decarbonization, and clean energy
  • 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 
  • Fluent in English 
  • US work authorization required for this position
Desired Qualifications 
  • Understanding of procurement strategies for school district fleet electrification 
  • Familiarity and experience with business models for fleet electrification, including models to obtain revenues from utilizing bus battery assets
  • An understanding of use of batteries for disaster recovery, renewables integration, and vehicle to grid/building applications

How to Apply 

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

Potential Salary: $79,000 - $106,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

Program Overview

This position 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, which resides within the WRI Global Energy Program. WRI’s Energy Program speeds the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future by helping to build clean energy markets and address structural and institutional changes needed. The US Energy team focuses on decarbonization of the power and transportation sectors, working a variety of industry stakeholders including utilities, state and local governments, and large energy buyers. 

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, watersustainable 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 inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited 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.