Manager of Federal Policy for Electric Transportation

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.


About the Program:


ESB Program Overview: Through the Electric School Bus Initiative (ESBI), funded by the Bezos Earth Fund, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is undertaking an ambitious effort to electrify the US school bus fleet, and by doing so create cleaner air, healthier communities and normalize electric mobility for an entire generation. The nearly half million school buses in the U.S. for 80% of all buses nationwide, yet less than 3% are electrified. School bus electrification represents a unique opportunity to accelerate decarbonization while bringing direct, tangible benefits to every community in the United States and addressing existing inequities across the transportation and other systems. Overcoming the cost, infrastructure and policy barriers to mass adoption will require a systemic approach that engages an entire ecosystem of actors and prioritizes inclusive planning and deployment with impacted communities. Together with partners, WRI is working in five areas of focus centered in equitable approaches: • Supporting school districts in accelerating the transition to electric school buses • Collaborating with manufacturers across the electric school bus supply chain in preparing for the transition • Working with electric utilities to improve interconnection and investments for electric school bus charging infrastructure, including supportive rates and tariffs • Engaging policymakers to drive policies that grow demand and reduce barriers, and to increase electric school bus public funding • Partnering with organizations focused on supporting communities pursuing school bus electrification and providing the tools and resources to make it happen



Job Highlight:


In this role, you will help realize WRI’s goal by influencing federal action to unlock additional public funding and advance policy in support of the equitable electrification of entire school bus fleets. You will work closely with WRI’s Director of Government Affairs and Senior Manager of Legislative Engagement to understand and monitor all opportunities to support school bus electrification at the federal level, lead outreach and maintain relationships with key congressional, federal agency, non-profit and private sector actors on electric school buses legislation and implementation, and amplify the findings and efforts of other components of WRI’s school bus work with a congressional and executive branch audience.


You will also work closely with other members of the ESBI team, including those working on state policy, school district technical assistance, utility engagement and community engagement and advocacy.


You will report directly to WRI’s Director of Government Affairs and indirectly to the Director of the Electric School Bus Initiative. This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.



What will you do:


Lead U.S. Congressional outreach and engagement (25% TIME):

  • In consultation with the WRI Director of Government Affairs and ESBI Director, shape overall legislative strategy for electrifying school bus goal. This includes: developing new funding and policy ideas inclusive of equity-centered approaches, identifying relevant congressional staff and committees to engage with and determining best messengers and methods of moving priorities forward.
  • Executing on this strategy includes: maintaining databases for targeted outreach, scheduling and facilitating meetings, preparing and organizing briefing materials, conducting meeting follow-up, and ensuring internal coordination. o Manage relationships with key Congressional players on ESBI issues in close coordination with WRI’s Government Affairs team.
  • Identify opportunities to expand and further WRI’s outreach to Congress on priority issues impacting the electrification of the US school bus fleet.


Lead U.S. Administration and Executive Branch Outreach and Engagement (25% TIME):

  • Engage with officials and staff from the Administration and EBAs, to support implementation of federal legislation and funding programs.
  • Developing new funding and program strategies to advance that support school bus electrification.
  • In coordination with the government affairs team, oversee the drafting and submission of comments to federal agencies as part of rule-making processes or requests for information for electric school buses and other transportation-related topics.


Lead and support research, data development and policy tracking (25% TIME):

  • Research and assess complex policy issues related to electrifying transport, reflecting a depth and breadth of knowledge on clean vehicle legislation and associated politics, to inform engagement strategies.
  • Write relevant short reports and working papers on research findings, lead the drafting of online postings and review knowledge projects by others related to transportation electrification issues.
  • Develop, maintain and contribute to relevant datasets on clean vehicles policy, public health, electric school bus adoption, and other related topics to effectively target legislative engagement efforts, produce compelling communication tools, identify innovative methods to achieve WRI’s electric school bus priorities, and assist colleagues in related tasks on other workstreams.


Provide thought leadership and coordination with key stakeholders (25% TIME):

  • Provide legislative engagement and clean vehicle policy insight across WRI projects and centers, serving regularly as a peer reviewer and internal resource.
  • Serve as a subject-matter expert on federal legislation and policy issues related to school bus electrification and clean vehicle and transport electrification priorities more broadly, representing WRI at conferences, meetings, webinars and other forums.
  • Monitor, report on and engage in as appropriate congressional proceedings, relevant actions in the private sector, NGO research and recommendations, and actions by other stakeholders, related to clean vehicle and transport electrification priorities.
  • Independently attend relevant congressional and NGO community meetings, manage WRI’s relationships with groups and coalitions of NGOs, and share and track outcomes.

What will you need:
  • Education: You have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in sustainable energy, public policy, or a related field
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 7+ years of full-time work experience relevant to the job description that includes at least 2 years of experience in project and people management.
  • Experience with federal policy related to transportation electrification, electric sector decarbonization, and clean energy
  • Knowledge of key stakeholders working on federal transportation electrification, electric sector decarbonization, and clean energy policy just list is as knowledge. Doesn’t need a degree of knowledge
  • Past experience in research and writing related to transportation electrification, electric sector decarbonization, and clean energy policy just list is as research and writing experience.
  • Experience building and working with broad and diverse coalitions to move policy forward on complex technical topics
  • Experience managing projects and directing the work of subcontractors
  • Experience working well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, managing multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
    Experience drafting messaging documents for key audiences related to policy goals
  • Languages: Verbal and written proficiency in English
  • Requirements: This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States, in states where WRI is registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission.

Potential Salary:
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.


How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of February 10th, 2023. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organisation with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.



About Us:

Founded in 1982, 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. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 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.

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.



Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.

Our culture:

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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.