Senior Transportation Policy Manager

Location: San Diego, CA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, nonprofit organization based in San Diego that serves as an objective resource on energy issues for individuals, businesses, organizations, public agencies and local governments throughout California. CSE works to implement energy and climate policy in California through program development and management, technical assistance and education and outreach. With a primary focus on facilitating renewable, sustainable and efficient energy technologies and practices, CSE operates in five focus areas: energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, clean transportation and distributed generation.

Basic Functions:

The Senior Transportation Policy Manager is CSE’s lead in interfacing with evolving policy and market transformation efforts at the intersection of the energy and transportation sectors.  In collaboration with the Director of Policy, s/he will facilitate CSE’s policy-related activities that are designed to reduce criteria air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, and non-renewable fuel consumption in the transportation sector broadly but focused on electric vehicle adoption, through policies, programs, and research activities that result in technology, regulatory, and behavioral changes and market transformation. 

In this role, the Senior Transportation Policy Manager will assist the Director of Policy, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, and Senior Government Affairs Manager in identifying and fulfilling CSE’s needs in the regulatory and legislative spheres; s/he will also provide the foundations for policy-related outreach.  The Senior Transportation Policy Manager will work closely with the Clean Transportation Program Director, Clean Transportation Principal Advisor and other program staff to directly support specific CSE transportation team goals as well as help define and establish CSE’s role within the broader clean transportation sector. This position will also coordinate with the Building Performance and Distributed Generation teams within the organization and assist in the development of a consistent and effective voice that bolsters CSE’s position in the clean energy marketplace.

Foremost of the duties of the Senior Transportation Policy Manager is to support CSE’s key relationships at the regulatory agencies in California, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, as well as other states, on behalf of both existing programs and new initiatives. Working with the Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, this will involve establishing and maintaining communication and productive working relationships with regulatory agency officials, utility staff and other key market stakeholders.  As a fundamental part of CSE’s regulatory policy work, this position will track clean transportation proceedings, lead preparation of regulatory filings, and manage preparation of policy summaries, white papers and other materials for a variety of stakeholders.  Also foremost of the duties of the Senior Transportation Policy Manager is to support CSE’s key relationships at state legislatures and related state agencies (i.e., energy, transportation, etc.) in California, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, as well as other states, on behalf of both existing programs and new initiatives.  Working with the Senior Government Affairs Manager, this will involve establishing and maintaining communication and productive working relationships with legislators, legislative staff and other key market stakeholders.  As a fundamental part of CSE’s legislative policy work, this position will track clean transportation bills, lead preparation of letters of support/opposition, and manage preparation of bill summaries, white papers and other materials for a variety of stakeholders.  This position will also provide strategic support for business development efforts.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Advises Director of Policy on EV and clean transportation policy matters. 
  • Works with the Director of Policy, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Senior Government Affairs Manager, and Clean Transportation Program Director and staff in establishing CSE’s policy goals and positions, and developing strategies to obtain these goals, improve program efficacy and achieve longer-term goals.
  • Assists Senior Government Affairs Manager in developing CSE positions on specific legislative efforts in clean transportation and climate change.
  • Assists Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager in developing CSE responses to regulatory policy initiatives related to clean transportation and climate change. In this context, interprets state and federal laws and regulatory rules.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of relationships with state elected officials, regulators and agency staff, local officials and community leaders, environmental NGOs, reporters and other opinion leaders in the clean transportation energy sector.
  • Represents CSE Transportation Policy directives in regulatory, legislative and other forums.
  • Presents output from policy work of topical interest in seminar presentations and other forums.
  • Provides regular briefings to the Director of Policy, CSE’s Clean Transportation leadership team, and CSE’s Senior Leadership Team on policy issues relevant to the clean transportation sector and of importance to the organization.
  • In partnership with the Clean Transportation Principal Advisor, works integrally with CSE research staff to identify appropriate topic areas and develop CSE position papers on key issues in the clean transportation energy sector.
  • Prepares written or oral reports interpreting and detailing relevant clean transportation regulatory and legislative developments and propose responses that properly influence and advance the interests of CSE and our regional efforts.
  • Manages responses to inquiries and information requests from policymakers in areas of expertise. 
  • Contributes to development of proposals and related materials to support the business development process.  Participates in the development and preparation of funding proposals and client reports.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout California and periodically out of state; position requires approximately 20% of working time to be out of the office.

The ideal candidate:

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy or Transportation-related discipline/coursework or Juris Doctorate with 5-10 years’ work experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Requires discretion and independent judgment and the ability to work effectively under deadline.
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously within sometimes challenging time constraints.
  • Must be able to maintain a good working relationship with co-workers, stakeholders and clients.
  • Knowledge of CSE Programs an asset.
  • Excellent, efficient writing abilities in the policy context. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, tactfully and persuasively, orally and in writing, to individuals and groups.
  • Strong knowledge of, and relationships with, key networks in local, state and federal government on issues related to energy and clean transportation.
  • Proven networking abilities and a talent for coalition-building, ideation and building consensus among stakeholders.
  • Direct experience with clean transportation policy development and advocacy.
  • Ability to analyze proposed policy changes to understand potential impacts upon CSE’s strategic plan and existing programs.  Ability to respond appropriately to external events in a manner consistent with CSE’s plans and strategies.
  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize complex documents.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff, clients and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and apply relevant policy frameworks and analytical tools to issues.
  • Demonstrated successful ability to develop robust policy solutions that meet the identified policy need.
  • Ability to work within an organizational structure that embraces a collaborative and consultative framework for decision-making.
  • Knowledge of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market including technology and regulatory landscape.

CSE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Application Procedure:

Please send a resume and cover letter along with salary history via e-mail to human.resources@energycenter.org.  Please include “Senior Transportation Policy Manager” in the email subject to facilitate sorting.

CSE reaffirms its commitment to provide Equal Opportunity and affirmative action in its employee policies and practices