GoEV Senior Manager

  • Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
  • Remote (Bay Area, CA, USA)
  • Mar 21, 2021
Full time Climate Change/ Resiliency

Job Description

Based on research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have only a decade to make unprecedented changes in the global economy to avoid the dangerous and irreversible effects of climate change. The transportation sector is the single largest contributor to our region's carbon emissions. With the Karl Knapp GoEV Program, Acterra is helping accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy by providing local citizens with hands-on opportunities to experience the benefits of electric vehicles. Through peer-to-peer outreach and educational workshops, Acterra dispels misconceptions about driving electric and raises awareness that there is an EV to suit every budget.

Position Summary and Duties
Karl Knapp GoEV Senior Manager will be responsible for growing all aspects of Acterra’s EV program, which provides outreach and education for all communities and decision makers across the Bay Area. This role will supervise the Karl Knapp GoEV Manager (part-time). 50% of our current funding for EV programming currently supports Low Income Communities or Disadvantaged Communities and this is a goal for Acterra as we develop and grow programming.

The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of operations experience in the renewables industry, preferably clean mobility and/or EV, and ideally a combination of education and outreach experience. The candidate will combine solid business acumen, leadership ability, technical knowledge, process management, and operational excellence to guide the growth of the business. This role will support our grant funded programs, our growing EV Ambassadors program, and clean energy mobility while ensuring the continuing success of our Karl Knapp GoEV program.

The primary areas of responsibility

1) Policy, Communications and Coalition Building: The GoEV Senior Manager will work with Policy leadership and other collaborators (NGOs, CBOs, funders, government agencies, and EV infrastructure providers) to build coalitions and new partnerships, develop policies and pilot programs to advance Mobility as a Service (MaaS), promote the adoption of electric vehicles in city and corporate fleets and alternative transportation systems and policies (public transportation, car/vanpooling, telecommuting), advance the deployment of EV charging infrastructure particularly in our underrepresented communities and otherwise reduce the Bay Area’s dependence on fossil fuel and single occupancy vehicle (SOV) travel; develop funding sources for these projects; and maintain active communication (through newsletters and other means) with key stakeholders.

Key Performance Indicators: Well-designed policies; successful pilot projects; engaged internal and external stakeholders. Senior Manager will be responsible for press releases and an active social media promotion and education program.

2. Grant and Program Data & Reporting: The Senior Manager will develop, improve and maintain streamlined data acquisition, tracking and reporting systems coordinate (with other collaborators) the preparation of all external sustainability reports, prepare internal sustainability communications and establish and develop relationships throughout the organization to ensure the reporting is balanced and representative of all Acterra activities. Additional responsibilities will include project management, data analysis, story identification, writing and closing reporting gaps.

Key Performance Indicators: Accurate and timely reports, streamlined reporting processes.

Clean mobility activities will include:
• Represent Acterra in clean mobility task forces and/or play a convener or organizer role in multi-stakeholder collaborations or campaigns
• Connect with other NGOs, CBOs, government agencies doing similar work and establish a relationship or formalized partnership
• Develop activities and communications to educate the general public about the benefits of EVs
• Participate in pricing policy for EV charging

With regard to MaaS, initial activities will include:
• Understand current mobility landscape
• Develop roadmap to reduce SOV
• Research barriers and solutions to infrastructure deployment in Multi Unit Dwellings

For both areas of responsibility, initial activities will include:
• Identify and develop potential third party partners
• Identify and develop potential external funding

Other Essential Duties:
• Perform project and policy analysis, which includes: conducting research; determining and raising pertinent issues; summarizing findings; presenting results and administering programs.
• Manage department level special studies and projects, that are complex in nature and that may include: project management; establishing and monitoring timelines; preparing requests for proposals; ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, specifications, and/or requirements; monitoring project budgets; tracking projects; preparing related reports; and, performing other related duties.
• Serve as a liaison across departments as well as with other collaborators to carry out the organization’s goals and objectives; represents Acterra at a variety of meetings, public events, training sessions, on committees, and other related events.
• Represent Acterra with external, community-based organizations at a variety of meetings, public events, training sessions, on committees, and other related events.
• Manage, coordinate and administer special projects, which include: publicizing projects; monitoring budget; preparing reports to Executive Staff, Boards and Commissions or Councils.
• Administer grants and/or contracts.
• Conduct outreach to low-income residents with the assistance of the above organizations and individuals in partnership with Karl Knapp GoEV Manager
• Conduct additional community outreach using both traditional and emerging communication tools and channels.
• Oversee translation of program materials as needed to other languages.
• Present, co-present, translate, or answer questions during EV programs.
• Provide guidance to program participants who need assistance completing their rebate/grant applications.

• Fluency in Spanish (highly preferred)
• Experience in EV and Clean Mobility services (highly preferred)
• Prior public speaking or teaching experience (strongly preferred)
• Relevant operations experience or management in the energy industry encompassing operations, maintenance, performance reporting, and management
• Ability to exercise sound judgment in communicating to residents of low-income communities
• Ability to work in a rapidly changing, multi-cultural environment
• Self-starter with the enthusiasm to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and build relationships with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures
• Ability to adapt and comply with Funder/Client requirements
• Experience with and understanding of operations and grants management
• Excellent technical and non-technical verbal and written communication skills
• Strong editing and project management skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferred experience with fundraising software (Acterra uses Bloomerang as a CRM) and comfort with social media and e-campaigns
• Accurate, attentive to detail, dependable, able to meet deadlines
• Responsiveness and capability to adapt to fast-paced and evolving demands
• Flexible schedule required for occasional evening/weekend events
• Strong team player
• Valid CA. Driver’s License

Physical Requirements
Employee is required to speak and hear, drive a car, and be able to lift at least 25 pounds.

Compensation, Hours, Location
This is a full time, non-exempt position. Your schedule may vary based on need and may include evening and weekend hours on a regular basis. The annual rate will be $70,000-$80,000. Acterra strives to provide equitable and competitive compensation for all of its employees, including generous PTO and a retirement match. Acterra offers a highly collegial work environment. This role offers the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on climate change. Professional growth opportunities available.

Acterra strives to ensure that the organization is welcoming and inclusive. Acterra is an equal opportunity employer that supports and lives diversity in our staffing and values. Acterra does not discriminate as to gender, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, social background, disability, pregnancy, marital status, political affiliation, or age. Acterra strives to include persons from traditionally under-represented groups and complies with all applicable national and local laws pertaining to non- discrimination and equal opportunity.

We strongly encourage and seek applications from women; people of color; immigrant, bilingual, and bicultural individuals; and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming communities. Acterra complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Applicants should submit a substantive and thoughtful cover letter describing their interest in the position and making the case for the relevance of their experience. The cover letter should be submitted together with a current resume to: lauren.weston@acterra.org. Applications missing a cover letter or resume will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2021 or until filled.

Job Level

Mid-level, Senior-level


Nonprofit- NGO