Northeast Regional Director

CALSTART, Inc. Published: January 17, 2018
Job Type
Energy / Engineering / Transportation /

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~ 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, BAE Systems, Ford, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kenworth, General Motors, Bollinger Motors and the Southern Company. 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.

Position Overview

CALSTART has an immediate opening for a highly-motivated person to join our team as the Regional Director of our Northeast (NE) operations. This person will oversee CALSTART’s work in the NE and play a key role in managing complex technology projects, developing business opportunities, supporting member companies and representing CALSTART in the Northeast region.

This is an exciting time for building the clean transportation technology industry and in doing so creating new jobs, preventing climate change, and improving air quality. CALSTART currently operates significant programs related to clean truck and buses, as well as electric vehicle infrastructure in the region.

Note: Based in CALSTART’s Brooklyn, New York office, the new NE Regional Director will have a tremendous opportunity to work with our industry and government partners to develop and lead new initiatives, and have a major impact in the region.

From its New York office, CALSTART is currently managing programs to provide clean truck and bus purchases and to grow the market for electric vehicles by getting more employers to offer charging at the workplace. The organization sees significant opportunities to work with its member companies and partners in the Northeast to expand the use of cleaner and lower carbon cars, trucks, buses, and fuels. CALSTART’s current NE Regional Director, who opened the Brooklyn office and partnered with NYSERDA to develop these programs, is moving to California for family reasons and will continue to be part of the CALSTART team.

One of the main activities the successful candidate will undertake is managing and expanding the nationally-recognized New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP), funded by NYSERDA.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and significant experience in program management and coordination, client relations, outreach, grant writing and technical assessment. Knowledge of key policy and political leaders in the Northeast would be extremely valuable, as would strong familiarity with utilities, fuel providers and technology developers. We want someone with a passion for CALSTART’s mission and who can see problems as opportunities. Comfortable working with a wide array of stakeholders, the ideal candidate should be able to anticipate and fulfill partner needs, and supports an environment that promotes inclusiveness and team-building.


The Regional Director will need to be a leader, and able to guide and manage teams toward meaningful action and outcomes. The ideal candidate should have the following experience, skills, knowledge, or attributes:

  • Managing programs and establishing relationships;
  • A strong “can do” attitude;
  • Experience in recruiting and building teams and leading successful proposal efforts;
  • The ability to envision new opportunities and turn them into meaningful outcomes;
  • Knowledge and awareness of clean transportation technologies;
  • Producing high quality reports;
  • Highly proficient in organizing and leading meetings that engage stakeholders; and
  • A strong presenter before small and large groups.


Necessary Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree with ten (10) or more years of work experience, preferably in the transportation or environmental industries.
  • 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 the capability to oversee and manage innovative programs.
  • The candidate should be a strong organizer, understand regional political dynamics and demonstrate a high competency level with technologies and technical issues.
  • A high degree of proficiency in writing and communications are essential.
  • Candidates must have the capability of presenting to and working with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • The candidate should be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of applications, with a high degree of competence in using spreadsheets.
  • The successful applicant would have a willingness and ability to travel in and around the Northeast region to manage, pursue, and develop projects and represent CALSTART.

The following Additional Skills and Experience are highly preferred and will be viewed favorably and provide an advantage:

  • A strong network of relevant industry and government contacts in the Northeast.
  • Specific knowledge of and expertise with advanced transportation technologies and fuels.
  • Knowledge of Life-Cycle Cost Analysis, Financial Analysis, or Economic Modeling.
  • Awareness of government funding opportunities.
  • An advanced degree.
  • Experience managing government contracts and programs.
  • Certificate or training in program management.
  • Skills in social and online media.

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.

To Apply

Please click "Apply" below to email a cover letter explaining why they should be considered for this position along with their resume.  Applicants should send their information to Margaret DeGuzman.

Note: Applicant should send their responses in email form only.

~ 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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