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Policy Director (CALSTART)

Richmond, California

Salary: Competitive

CALSTART is seeking a Policy Director to support our mission in California and around the country. The Policy Director plays a key role in working with CALSTART and its 150+ member companies to identify, develop, and secure passage of new laws, regulations, and appropriations that support the growth of the clean transportation technology industry and the achievement of state and national air quality and climate protection targets. Advancement of policy is one of the core CALSTART strategies to grow the industry.

CALSTART is the leading organization in California and nationally dedicated to improving air quality and protecting the environment by working to accelerate the growth of the clean transportation technology industry. CALSTART has a 22-year track record of successfully working with industry and government to deploy and commercialize leading edge clean vehicles. CALSTART has three offices in California as well as offices in New York and Colorado.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Policy Director is a key interface between CALSTART’s 150+ member companies, policymakers, and other external stakeholders. This person will track policy developments and communicate them to CALSTART stakeholders, lead policy-focused efforts on behalf of the organization, and play an integral support role across CALSTART’s major programs and activity areas.

The Policy Director should be comfortable working and communicating with diverse stakeholder groups. This position requires the ability to be a “bridge” between policymakers and leaders from the environmental community and industry. This position also requires the ability to find common ground and “win-win” policy solutions that advance the clean transportation industry. The Policy Director is frequently responsible for coordinating industry coalitions and leading them to achieve specific policy outcomes.

The Policy Director advises the CEO and the Board of Directors on regional, state, and federal policy matters. The Policy Director reports to the CEO and will also be expected to work closely and coordinate with CALSTART’s hired lobbying firms in Sacramento and Washington, DC.

Necessary Skills, Experience, and Attributes

• Strong oral communications skills, including listening and understanding the positions of various groups, as well as speaking in different situations. This person should be comfortable speaking with technical industry stakeholders, policymakers, and environmental stakeholders and knowing how to tailor the message and talking points accordingly
• Strong written communications skills, ideally including experience with formal written comments (legislative, regulatory) as well as more general writing (white papers, policy memos, short fact sheets, etc.)

• Ability to manage multiple projects and processes simultaneously in an environment with shifting deadlines and priorities
• Comfortable learning about, understanding, and discussing new vehicle and fuel technologies
• Strong organizational skills are needed on a daily basis as well to develop and manage events and workshops
• Bachelors degree required, advanced degree in public policy, law, business, or engineering preferred
• A tenacious attitude and belief in being able to overcome significant opposition
• A passion for the CALSTART mission of working with industry to make air healthy to breathe and to protect the climate and environment

Desired Skills and Experience

• Familiarity with clean air, climate, and transportation policy in California and nationally
• Experience with writing proposals and securing grant funding from foundations, government
• Experience in organizing outcome-oriented events

Compensation and Benefits

CALSTART offers a strong compensation package. In addition to competitive salary, CALSTART provides its employees with a full HMO health plan (with no monthly employee contribution) including dental, and vision care. The compensation plan also includes a retirement plan equivalent to eight percent of annual salary. CALSTART also allows for flexible work hours and provides monthly funding for use of transit.

The position is located in our Bay Area office in Richmond, California.

How to Apply for Employment

Applicants should submit their resume with a cover letter explaining why they should be considered for this position. A salary history is also requested. Applicants should submit their information to: Margaret De Guzman at

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of CALSTART to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CALSTART will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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