Deputy Director Commercial Clean Transportation Infrastructure

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18 days ago

CALSTART is #hiring! We continue to grow and are looking for candidates passionate about improving air quality and combating climate change through equitable solutions. The Deputy Director Commercial Clean Transportation Infrastructure will be responsible for leading grant and program administration for zero emissions commercial transportation infrastructure focused on medium and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment for contracts worth up to $276m. The Deputy Director will oversee the California Energy Commission's Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles) incentives, a first-of-its-kind project that provides funding for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure for zero-emission trucks, buses, and equipment in California; as well as three vocational set asides including public transit, public school bus, and drayage with close coordination with the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) team. In addition, this role will involve leading dedicated and cross-functional teams and contributing to strategy, policy, and business development.

Additionally, the Deputy Director, will:

  • Lead overall incentive administration of the EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles project and any future incentives, including responsibility for client relations, partner and vendor relations, scope, budget, timeline, and overall performance
  • Lead the medium and heavy-duty infrastructure incentives team and position the team for high performance and scalability
  • Manage the strategic development of medium and heavy-duty infrastructure incentives, including developing and scaling a replicable model for other states and countries to adopt and learn from
  • Assist the Director of Infrastructure Incentive Administration with medium and heavy-duty infrastructure policy and business development priorities, as needed
  • Manage coordination between EnergIIZE vocational set asides (transit, public school bus, drayage) and California Air Resources Board's Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)
  • Work closely with the Director of Infrastructure Incentive Administration in creation of long-range plans
  • Prepare and be accountable for budgets and compliance


We are a nationally and internationally recognized clean transportation industry organization with offices in multiple states. With 30 years of experience, we work with both public and private sectors to break down barriers to innovation and drive the transportation industry to a clean and prosperous future.

We work with member companies and the broader industry – including fleets, manufacturers, public agencies, and fuel providers – to advance the clean transportation industry. Our work is organized into the major initiative areas: cars, buses, trucks and off-road vehicles, clean fuels and infrastructure, and innovative mobility. We advance each of these sectors by supporting technology development, assessing and validating new technologies and products, accelerating market growth by supporting clean vehicle incentive programs, providing policy guidance and implementation, and providing value-added services to our member organizations. We believe now is our time, and we are planning for growth. If you want a career where you can make a real impact and benefit both society and the environment, you should consider coming to work with us!


  • Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Environmental Studies, Economics, Engineering, Urban Planning, Policy, or similar field or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of experience in project management, grant administration, government relations, or related experience
  • Experience in zero emissions transportation, EV or hydrogen refueling infrastructure, clean technology, and/or clean energy
  • Experience managing and developing teams
  • Knowledge of government and industry relations, including policy, procurement, grants, and/or community engagement
  • Knowledge of zero emissions vehicles, alternative fuel infrastructure, and/or clean energy development and deployment
  • Familiarity with major incentive, voucher, rebate, grant, and/or procurement programs
  • Ability to constructively manage multi-disciplinary teams and priorities, motivate them, keep them on deadlines, and help them develop best practices for the future.
  • Experience managing contract execution and oversight.
  • Experience managing client and partner relationships and advising on strategy, project planning, market assessment, funding prioritization, project improvements, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience managing budgets and schedule control.
  • Optimal thinking (continuous improvement mentality)
  • Managing a team across different time zones and mentoring staff
  • Excellent organizational skills to overall timeline for a complex and multifaceted program
  • Attention to detail and strong ability to write and present at a professional level for client-facing and public-facing deliverables

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Political Science, Environmental Studies, Economics, Engineering, Urban Planning, Policy, or similar field or equivalent experience
  • PMP certification
  • Knowledge of commercial medium and heavy-duty vehicle and equipment fleets

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive annual salary based on 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.

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

CALSTART includes the complete salary range amount $105,630-$132,286 of the job announced. We determine pay based on education, experience, internal equity, and any other factors relevant to the job. Pay for this role will typically be from $105,630-$112,945.

CALSTART, Inc. is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action 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. #LI-JS1

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