Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

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30+ days ago

CALSTART is seeking to fill an exciting new senior level position: Vice President of Strategic Initiatives (VP). The successful candidate will play a critical role in developing new strategic initiatives that will enable the organization to achieve its ambitious 2030 goals. Reporting to the CEO, the VP will work closely with the Executive Team and the Initiative leads. The VP will work with internal and external stakeholders, including national, local, and community leaders to identify, develop, and implement new projects and programs that will cause a fast-growing industry to grow even faster. The VP will also oversee and coordinate CALSTART's business development efforts. The successful candidate will play a major role in CALSTART's success this decade.
The Vice President will:

  • Identify and develop major innovative programs and efforts that will put the organization on course to meet its 2030 objectives.
  • Update, oversee and track progress against the organization's 2020-2025 framework.
  • Play a critical role in developing annual goals and objectives in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team based on the Five-Year Plan and other market needs and information.
  • Support and empower the Initiative, Activity, and Regional Office leads to pursue their strategic growth plans.
  • Work closely with CALSTART's Executive Team to identify market changes and intermediate and long-term trends and recommend changes in strategy.
  • Engage with our member companies to inform CALSTART's plans and strategies.
  • Work closely with the Executive to determine the annual budgets, forecasts, and revenues.

We are a nationally and internationally recognized clean transportation industry organization with offices in multiple states. With more than 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 these 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), fuels, and 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 giving 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 are making a real impact and benefiting both society and the environment, you should consider coming to work with us!
Ideally, this position will be based in California in commuting proximity to the Berkeley or Pasadena offices. Being based in those areas is not a requirement.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering, Policy or Environmental Studies or related area of study
  • Passion for addressing the climate threat, improving air quality, and building the clean transportation 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
  • 10 years with progressively increasing scope and responsibility in a clean energy field (e.g., transportation electrification, clean mobility, renewable energy, energy efficiency, related public policy)
  • 5+ years managing people
  • Understanding of the impact and potential of smart federal, state, and regional public policy
  • Experience leading and winning funding from public agencies
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong sense of accountability and leadership
  • Ability to engender trust with stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master's level or higher) in engineering, policy, business, law, or a related field
  • Experience raising funds from foundations

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

CALSTART, Inc. is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and one 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. 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.

Job Type: Full-time