Project Manager, Electric Vehicle Charging Systems

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Program Overview

Zero-emission trucks and buses are increasingly available and capable. EDF aims to transition trucks and buses to zero-emission solutions by 2050. The stakes are huge. Though trucks and buses represent fewer than 5% of all vehicles, they account for 28% of climate pollution from road transportation and 57% of the soot from vehicles. The next several years are critical to lock in a pace of transition to achieve our goal. We have opportunities to put in place national and state-level policies that set long-term standards with a clear timeline for transitioning to zero-emission vehicles; help leading fleets gain an understanding on how to effectively operate zero-emission trucks and set clear transition plans; and secure investments to strategically deploy charging infrastructure necessary to support these vehicles and help reduce upfront cost barriers. 

 

This decade is a critical time to develop a robust, resilient charging system for electric trucks and make the associated investment to modernize the electric grid.  EDF has a critical role to make certain that this task is accomplished by advocating for federal investments; pushing states and utility commissions to adopted charging infrastructure policies and programs sufficient to meet the increasing demand from electric trucks; and partnering with industry leaders to advance solutions that overcome the barriers to charging these vehicles.

 

 

Overall Function

 

EDF is working with major fleet operators, manufacturers, electric utilities and other key stakeholders to establish new business, finance and regulatory models to bring down total cost of ownership, facilitate the deployment of critical charging infrastructure and encourage charging with clean energy. We are currently participating in a number of utility, state and federal cases to advocate for charging infrastructure rollout of medium and heavy duty vehicles.  In support of this, EDF seeks a project manager to provide technical support for to help advance our grid integration, electric vehicles and renewables advocacy efforts to ensure for their accelerated and coordinated deployment. This position would require a variety of different management and technical advisory activities to support out private sector charging infrastructure projects as well as provide technical advice to be included in active policy and advocacy in the commercial vehicle space.    The Project Manager will report to the Director, Grid Modernization Strategy.

 

The ideal candidate will be able work on a hybrid schedule out of EDF’s Boston or New York office. Remote candidates will be considered.  

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct a variety of research and develop insight around grid integration issues to facilitate significant electric vehicle and renewable energy deployment. This would be from a utilities perspective, including aspects of grid planning, utility charging infrastructure programs and rate structures.
  • Help formulate policy and market solutions to drive deployment and integration of clean energy technologies in particular those pertaining to electric vehicle charging grid integration.
  • Assist with modeling and data analysis pertaining to policy options, including quantifying economic and environmental benefits of different policy approaches.
  • Research related to clean transportation (e.g., alternative fuels, advanced vehicles).
  • Writing reports, articles, literature reviews, case studies, or other communications materials.
  • Collect fleet data and  provide technical advice on grid integration for fleets.
  • Provide technical support to the team in policy and advocacy in the clean vehicle space.
  • Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with specific knowledge of electricity systems, power grid issues, grid integration, renewable energy or electric vehicles; and with four years professional experience. A candidate with a Master’s degree and two years of relevant academic and work may also be considered.
  •  Reasonable engineering understanding of the power grid, along with an appreciation of power markets, regulatory frameworks and utility business models. A background in managed or smart charging would be preferred but not necessary.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively without extensive supervision, and to interact with a number of other advocates and analysts. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.

 

 

Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 68,000 - 75,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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