Position Title: Manager of Zero-Emission Truck Initiative – Texas, EDF
Position Posting: https://www.edf.org/jobs/manager-zero-emission-truck-initiative-texas
Location: Austin. Will also consider candidates based in Houston and Dallas.
With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.
EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.
Zero-emission trucks and buses are increasingly available and capable. EDF aims to transition trucks and buses in the U.S. 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.
Texas has a critical role to play in this transition. It is the second-largest market for new trucks in the U.S; is home to major logistics hubs and freight facilities; has major transportation-related air pollution concerns; and has a strong manufacturing base for electric trucks and buses. We seek to make Texas a leader in deploying zero-emission trucks and buses and charging them with clean energy.
The Manager, Zero-Emission Truck Initiative — Texas manages the implementation of the EDF trucks and bus electrification efforts in the state. This person will work in a dynamic environment at the intersection of our work to improve health outcomes for communities, scale zero-emission trucks and buses, and secure state-level progress on environmental policy. They will be charged with leveraging all EDF expertise and assets, along with external partners, to advance Texas cohesive zero-emission truck strategy. This role collaborates with key external partners, including community leaders, state and local policymakers, fleet managers, utilities and others to advance policies that support truck and bus electrification and progress near-term truck and bus deployment projects, with a focus on the Houston and Dallas metro areas. The Manager reports to the Senior Attorney, Energy Transition, responsible for helping to shape medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission policy priorities at the state and federal level.
The Manager will be responsible for implementation of the Texas strategy for the zero-emission truck initiative and will be key in developing policy solutions. The specific responsibilities for this position will include:
- Set priorities for in-state policy advocacy and near-term deployments in consultation with senior leadership team.
- Manage in-state consultants supporting zero-emission truck objectives.
- Represent EDF in meetings with state agency officials, utility regulator, legislators, municipal leaders and other policymakers.
- Support community-lead efforts to reduce diesel pollution by leveraging knowledge and relationships related to zero-emission trucks to advance local deployments.
- Coordinate with Air Pollution Monitoring initiative lead on leveraging local pollution data to support advocacy objectives.
- Recommend priorities for and coordinate engagement of fleet and manufacturers in Texas.
- Leverage EDF national tools and thought-leadership to advance Texas objectives.
- Develop long-term vision for creating the charging infrastructure needed to support zero-emission trucks and buses in Texas, including ensuring these vehicles are fulfilling their potential as a grid asset and vehicles charge with clean energy.
- Establish analytical priorities to support policy and deployment objectives and collaborate with EDF analysts to complete the analysis.
- Coordinate EDF engagement with utility sector in the state to advance development of a robust charging system for trucks and buses that is powered by clean electricity.
- Contribute to drafting timely and compelling proposals and donor reports.
- Participate 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. Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.
- A minimum of 6 years of working to effect change in policy issues or regulatory processes, including engagement with industry, regulators, elected officials and other public-interest stakeholders
- Sophisticated understanding of regulatory and legislative structures and the policymaking process in Texas; ability to interpret the overall landscape relevant to policy advocacy; and a strong strategic sense for influencing public policy.
- Experience interfacing with a range of stakeholders, including community leaders, companies, industry trade associations, and policymakers with the ability to garner consensus between disparate groups.
- Ability to deploy and integrate science, law, economics, and advocacy tools to initiate and win positive environmental change.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical and policy findings to colleagues, policymakers, other stakeholders and allies, journalists, and the general public.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage programs and staff.
- Ability to travel regionally.
- Demonstrated commitment to environmental, and diversity, equity, and inclusion values.
- Detail-oriented, organized, a self-starter, able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively under constant deadline pressure.
- Excellent strategic thinking skills and judgment.
- Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Advanced degree preferred, Bachelors required.
- Skillset Policy
- Experience Level 5-10 years