Light Duty Vehicle Director

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Nevada City, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

CALSTART is seeking a highly motivated Director to lead the Light-Duty Vehicle industry to a 100 percent zero emission future. We will need a dynamic and creative leader who understands and has what it takes to advance the key public policies while also addressing the real-world market challenges. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively with and lead our member companies, policymakers, and non-governmental organizational allies in this space. We will need someone who is bold and willing to take risks, while also building and leading major new programs and initiatives.

The LDV Initiative Director will help coordinate and successfully implement two major new programs: one focused on expanding workplace charging nationally and the other on making EV charging widely available to all Californians. The Director will also work with our policy team to enact key new policies such as national and state standards for 2030 and 2035, while also pursuing policies that will accelerate market growth such as incentives and fleet rule. With the OEM's greatly expanding their product offerings, the Director will have a chance to play an enormous national role and impact the future of this country and the light-duty vehicle industry.

Specifically the Light Duty Vehicle Director will:

  • Set the vision and execute a strategic direction for this key initiative, align all program and policy activities
  • Collaborate with our members and policymakers to establish strong ZEV sales requirements, including post-2025 standards and light-duty fleet regulations
  • Determine which national and subnational key performance indicators are most important and how to work with our members to achieve the goals in the next 5-10 years
  • Spearhead member engagement to promote the program via innovative partnerships and accelerate commitments from elected officials and employers
  • Serve as CALSTART's liaison to all LDV industry members (car manufacturers, EV charging companies, suppliers, transportation networking companies, and more)
  • Develop public-facing content including blog posts and conference/symposium panels to highlight CALSTART's LDV initiative and its members
  • Provide strong support for CALSTART securing new business from federal/state/local/utility sources related to light-duty vehicle electrification efforts, including EV incentive program design/administration, EV infrastructure grant programs, technology demonstrations
  • Find “white space” where CALSTART can add real value
  • Partner closely with our VP of Policy to achieve the critical policy objectives
  • Partner closely with LDV car manufacturers, EV charging equipment companies, and NGO's
  • Cultivate solid relationships with funders secure funding to grow CALSTART's LDV policy engagement


CALSTART‘s mission is to improve air quality, combat climate change, strengthen the economy, and create jobs by growing the clean transportation technology industry. With more than 29 years of experience, CALSTART is recognized nationally and internationally as an industry catalyst. CALSTART's member organizations are diverse and include, among others, Tesla Motors, UPS, Ford, the Union of Concerned Scientists, ChargePoint, EVgo, General Motors, Rivian, Bolling Motors, GM, and Southern California Edison. CALSTART focuses its work in four major initiatives: cars, trucks (including non-road vehicles), bus/mobility, and fuels/infrastructure. CALSTART is a national organization with offices in several states. If you want a career where you are making a real impact and benefiting society and the environment, you should consider working for CALSTART.

This position is ideally based in the State of California.


  • Passion for addressing the climate threat and building the zero emission light-duty vehicle industry
  • Willingness to be bold and find new and creative solutions
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to government executives and elected officials
  • 7+ years with progressively increasing scope and responsibility in a clean energy field (e.g., transportation electrification, clean mobility, renewable energy, energy efficiency)
  • 3+ years managing people
  • 2+ years with a specific focus on zero-emission vehicle technology and infrastructure solutions
  • Strong familiarity with California and federal fuel economy and emissions standards and corresponding policy-setting procedures
  • Exceptional communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong sense of accountability and leadership
  • Ability to seek funding opportunities
  • Creative approach to challenges
  • Ability to engender trust with stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master's level or higher) in engineering, policy, business, law, or a related field
  • Understanding of utility regulatory / ratemaking / interconnection processes
  • Project management certification PMP/PMI or related.

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive annual salary based upon experience
  • Performance-based growth opportunities
  • Competitive company-paid health plan that includes dental and vision care
  • Retirement plan with a generous company contribution
  • Employee Incentive Program (bonus) yearly based on performance
  • Telecommuting and flexible work hours as appropriate
  • Rewards for alternative commuting to and from work
  • Committed to employee growth and development

To apply: If you are up to this challenge, we invite you to apply. Qualified candidates, please apply online with your resume and cover letter at (

CALSTART, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity in all forms. Our inclusive environment focuses on making decisions based on merit without regard to race, color, hair texture, gender, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, LGBTQIA+ status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law or not. This applies to any terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including recruiting, hiring, transferring, training, pay, incentives, benefits, discipline, promotion, lay-offs, and termination. Underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.