Project Manager - Pasadena, CA (HQ)

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Position Announcement
Position Overview
CALSTART has an immediate opening for a highly-motivated person to join our team as a Project Manager. This is an exciting time for building the clean transportation technology industry and the opportunity to improve air quality, prevent climate change, and create jobs. The Project Manager will help develop, support, and manage high impact clean transportation projects. The position will be based in the CALSTART solar powered headquarters in Pasadena, California. 

CALSTART ‘s mission is to make the air healthy to breathe, prevent climate change, strengthen the nation, and create jobs by growing the clean transportation technology industry. With more than 25 years of experience, CALSTART is recognized nationally and internationally as an effective industry catalyst organization. CALSTART’s member companies are diverse and include Tesla Motors, UPS, Ford, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kenworth, General Motors, Southern California Gas and Southern California Edison. CALSTART focuses its work in four major initiatives: cars, buses, trucks (and non-road vehicles), and fuels. CALSTART advances 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 valued-added services to its member organizations. CALSTART is a national organization with multiple offices in several states. 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 for CALSTART. 

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate must have excellent written communication skills, and experience in research and program management. Successful candidates must have a positive “can do” attitude and think quickly on his or her feet. We want someone with a passion for CALSTART’s mission and for making a difference, who can anticipate and fulfill project partner needs, and supports an environment that promotes inclusiveness and team-building. We seek a Project Manager who demonstrates leadership, an eagerness to learn and grow, and strive for excellence. He or she will have the necessary skills to manage a variety of advanced transportation projects and must be able to perform the following tasks with strong competency:
Managing Technology  Partnerships; 
Developing detailed Work plans and Budgets
Assigning team members and managing tasks and timelines;
Conducting primary and secondary research;
Managing surveys and performing analysis;
Producing high quality reports and presentations; 
Supporting and organizing meetings, webinars and workshops that engage stakeholders; and 
Making presentations before stakeholder groups. 

Necessary Skills and Experience
The candidate must have three to five (3-5) years of project management experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific or technical field and/or a high level of competence with and understanding of technologies and technical issues.  A solid understanding of clean transportation technologies and fuels is preferred. Candidate must have a high degree of proficiency in written and oral communications and have the capability of presenting to and working with diverse stakeholder groups. The candidate must work well in a team environment, display personal initiative and be driven by a passion for the clean transportation industry. It is essential that the candidate be well organized and have impressive project management capabilities. The candidate should be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of applications, with a high degree of competence in Word, PowerPoint and Excel and be extremely comfortable with the use of spreadsheets.  The candidate must also be able to demonstrate initiative, independently manage time, and multi-task in a deadline-oriented environment. A strong attention to detail will be required. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for this position. 

Additional Skills and Experience
The following skills and experience are highly preferred or would open additional opportunities. They will be viewed favorably and will provide an advantage:
Certificate or training in program management.
Specific knowledge of and expertise with advanced transportation technologies, infrastructure or fuels.
Knowledge of life-cycle cost analysis and payback analyses.
Managing multiple projects.
Managing working group activities.
Collecting vehicle field performance data and performing detailed data analyses.

Compensation and Benefits
CALSTART offers a strong compensation package. In addition to a competitive salary, CALSTART currently offers employees a company-paid health plan including dental and vision care. 

The compensation plan also includes a retirement plan equivalent to 8 percent of the annual salary. CALSTART allows for flexible work hours as appropriate, and provides funding for transit. The organization also has a strong interest in employee growth and skills development.

The full-time position is in the CALSTART Headquarters in Pasadena, California.  Locating at an alternate CALSTART office negotiable.

How to Apply 
Applicants should send their responses in email form only and must include a cover letter explaining why they should be considered for this position and a resume. A salary history is also requested. Applicants should send their information to: 
Margaret DeGuzman:

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.