Project Manager, Global Drive to Zero

· Pasadena, California
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Project Manager, Global Drive to Zero 


CALSTART is seeking a highly-motivated, experienced and results-oriented Project Manager to support our Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program  ( Drive to Zero aims to accelerate the growth of global zero-emission commercial vehicles (ZECVs), with the vision that ZE technology be commercially viable by 2025 and dominate by 2040 in first-success applications (referred to as “beachhead” segments) and first-mover regions (China, India, Mexico, Canada, Japan, the European Union, the United States led by California, and South America). The program has gained incredible momentum since its initial launch in September 2018, and currently counts on more than 70 pledge partners worldwide, and several strategic regional and global partnerships.

The Project Manager will support the Global Director and other CALSTART staff to recruit new Drive to Zero partners, manage regional and global alliances, develop knowledge products, disseminate information, support priority projects, and track progress towards our goals.

Additionally, the Project Manager will:


  • Manage partnerships with policymakers, manufacturers, fleets, utilities, financial institutions, NGOs and research centers in key vehicle markets worldwide
  • Advise these key stakeholders on policies, incentives, infrastructure investments, and pilot projects to advance the commercialization of ZECVs
  • Manage and write clear, strong technical reports, policy briefings, and guidance documents to support a faster uptake of ZECVs worldwide
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative analyses to advance ZECVs worldwide, based on best available data
  • Coordinate workshops, invite-only meetings, and other outreach events, and present research and conclusions in a range of venues
  • Support business development opportunities in partnership with the Global Director; Conduct research, prepare briefings and develop proposals for funders
  • Contribute to strategy development and evaluation of program priorities

The position is based in Pasadena or Berkeley, California.  Please note your preferred location in your cover letter. 


We are a nationally and internationally recognized clean transportation industry organization with offices in multiple states. With more than 27 years of experience, we work with both public and private sectors to break down barriers to innovation and drive the transportation industry to a clean and prosperous future.

Our member companies are diverse and include Tesla Motors, UPS, Ford, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Peterbilt, General Motors, New Flyer, and Southern California Edison.  We work with these member companies and the broader industry including fleets, manufacturers, public agencies, and fuel providers to advance the clean transportation industry. Our work is organized into the major initiative areas; cars, buses, trucks (and off-road vehicles), fuels, and mobility. We advance each of these sectors by supporting technology development, assessing and validating new technologies and products, accelerating market growth by supporting clean vehicle incentive programs, providing policy guidance and implementation, and giving value-added services to our member organizations. We operate from our offices in California, Colorado, Michigan, and New York. We believe now is our time and we are planning for growth. If you want a career where you are making a real impact and benefiting both society and the environment, you should consider coming to work with us!

We are looking for…


  • Master’s degree in engineering, environmental sciences, economics, or related disciplines preferred, or comparable work experience
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience with a strong background and proven knowledge of clean transportation policies and technologies; Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated understanding and experience with policies, incentives, infrastructure investments, and projects to advance ZECVs (e.g., battery-electric and fuel cell trucks and buses, and related infrastructure)
  • At least 5 years of direct project management experience, with demonstrated ability to effectively oversee and prioritize multiple simultaneous activities, meet or exceed deadlines, and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong emotional intelligence; Ability to develop and manage strong partnerships, and present effectively to small and large audiences
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills, along with strong research, analytical, and quantitative skills (including advanced Excel skills); Proven ability to synthesize large amounts of data into clear understandable language for key stakeholders and other interested parties
  • Ability and eagerness to travel domestically and internationally;
  • English fluency required with good proficiency in another language highly desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other relevant industry analysis, modeling, and simulation tools
  • Proven experience working directly with policymakers, manufacturers, and fleets a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive annual salary based upon experience 
  • Performance-based growth opportunities 
  • Competitive company-paid health plan that includes dental and vision care
  • Retirement plan with a generous company contribution
  • Employee Incentive Program (bonus) yearly based on performance
  • Telecommuting and flexible work hours as appropriate
  • Rewards for alternative commuting to and from work 
  • Committed to employee growth and development

To apply: If you are up to this challenge, we invite you to apply for this role.  Qualified candidates, please apply online with your resume and cover letter at job #PMD2Z

CALSTART, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. As such, CALSTART offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. These opportunities include all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, job placement, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, advancement, and termination. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.



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