Senior Vehicles Analyst-Advocate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000.00
Maximum: $75,000.00
Details: The salary is between $65,000 and $75.000, (annualized) depending on experience.



Application Deadline:



1825 K Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Senior Vehicles Analyst-Advocate

Clean Vehicles Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC or Cambridge MA Office (Oakland, CA a possibility)

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, advancing sustainable food and agriculture policy, promoting clean energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Join UCS’s efforts to cut oil use and global warming pollution from transportation while building a better, safer more equitable transportation system. Use your modeling and analytical skills to evaluate sources of transportation emissions and the efficacy of strategies to reduce pollution and oil use. Then, put your analysis to work, collaborating with a crack team of advocates, media and outreach experts to bring your analytical findings from the world of models to the real world. This position will challenge you in many ways, requiring skillful analysis, persuasive writing for a variety of audiences, public speaking, and many other skills you have or will acquire.


·        Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure and Electricity Grid Integration Research and Policy Analysis

o   In collaboration with our teams, carry out research and analysis aimed at understanding EV infrastructure needs and potential benefits of vehicle electrification to improving grid reliability or integrating higher levels of renewable electricity.

o   Develop and evaluate policies and strategies to accelerate electric vehicle infrastructure deployment and effective grid integration of EVs.

·        Communications

o   Inform the public, policymakers, business leaders and the media about the latest policy-relevant findings on transportation electrification infrastructure issues

o   Write web content, magazine articles, and Op Eds for newspapers

o   Act as spokesperson for UCS on EV infrastructure issues and prepare responses for media requests; write and review blogs for UCS blog, The Equation.

·        Advocacy

o   Help UCS advocate for smart policies with decision-makers at the state and sometimes federal level.

o   Engage in Public Utility Commission proceedings to support transportation electrification efforts.

o   Advance campaigns for accelerating EV deployment through effective infrastructure investment and utility policies.

o   Work to advance vehicle electrification and infrastructure policies that improve transportation equity and increase access to clean vehicles.

·        Materials

o   Prepare compelling written materials in a variety of formats ranging from short fact-sheets to longer reports, testimony, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

·        Expert Engagement

o   Build and maintain working relationships with other experts in academia, government, NGOs, and industry.


Qualifications and Experience

The position requires strong quantitative and analytical skills with a preference for candidates with expertise in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and grid-related impacts, sophisticated understanding and knowledge of electricity sector policy and public utility commission regulatory processes, and demonstrated experience with energy analysis and advocacy. General knowledge of transportation, energy, and climate policy is also required.

Work requires a minimum of 5-7 years of successful relevant and comparable experience. Candidates with Master’s degree preferred, including a background in research and analysis. A prerequisite for this position is proven advocacy and communication skills, experience developing analysis to inform policy, and demonstrated technical analysis skills.

The position also requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, understanding of the policy process, including advocacy techniques and legislative strategy. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is strongly preferred. Media experience a plus. A master’s degree in a relevant area (science, engineering, economics, public policy) is preferred. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and computer spreadsheets is required, and experience with energy and transportation models is strongly desired. Knowledge of electricity markets is also desirable.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer; may require extended periods at a computer. Periodic travel (about 10% of the time) to events, conferences, speaking engagements, and other UCS offices will be required.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position with a preference for the position to be based in UCS’s Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA office. Our Oakland, CA office may also be possible depending on the candidate. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is between $65,000 and $75.000, (annualized) depending on experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to and include “Senior Vehicles Analyst-Advocate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: May 6, 2018, or until filled.